More new stuff from H.A.R.D. Racing, this time its the introduction of their new 1/10 Touring Car Quick Set Up System. Similar to the others currently on the market, including the original Hudy setup system, the new HARD version differs slightly in that the measurements are shown on the top of the side plate while the camber plate pivots from the bottom and not hanging from the top as with many other systems which is meant to provide a more accurate reading. The system itself is made from black anodised aluminum and comes supplied with the acrylic toe plate.
Serpent has released this latest LCG orange anodised engine mono block for use with 12 size engines in the Serpent 720 which drops the engine by 1.5mm and thus helps lower the cars centre of gravity. Suitable for Picco and Novarossi based motors, this block ensures the engine mounting points are kept aligned reducing stress on the crankcase, which allows the engine to rev freer. The extra material used in the blocks, and with the addition of fins, also allow extra cooling to the crankcase and ensure the centre of gravity is kept as low as possible.
H.A.R.D. Racing have announced the release of this great looking and very functional compact-Line 1/10th touring bag. Made from the highest quality materials and constructed to last, you’ll find that its big enough to conveniently carry your car and R/C gear to each meeting. Made from super strong styrofoam, its attractive shape and styling makes it the perfect R/C accessory while the two internal boxes, shoulder strap and handle make it very practical.
As expected Protoform have released their latest 1/8th CanAm body style, called the Frizbee, and it is designed for large tracks with long straights and sweeping corners. The Frizbee incorporates some unique air management features to improve handling and stability. A molded in fairing is located behind the cylinder head and INS box to minimize turbulence and aid airflow to the rear spoiler. In the front there are a pair of air-extractor vents that increase front downforce when properly cut and folded downward. The Frizbee fits all the popular 1/8th chassis and sits nice and low. Rear bite can be adjusted with the add-on rear wicker/gurney tab. Available in .030 Lexan (lightweight) or .040 Lexan (regular weight) this body has protective outer film and body side-stiffeners with hardware.
Just this weekend saw the German National Championship title race run for 1/8th scale at the Hamm track in the West of Germany, a race that would crown the new German National Champion. In qualifying it was Serpent racer Michael Salven that claimed the pole position ahead of Shepherd racer Robert Pietsch who would start 2nd. The start of the race was filled with drama as Salven missed the start changing tires and had to begin the race from the back of the grid meaning he would have to push from the start. With the race underway Pietsch could take the lead, but with Salven pushing hard he couldnt afford to relax, that was until Michael went off and with the motor starved of fuel sitting upside down, it stalled, which lost him 2 laps and so began another recovery drive. By the end of the race Salven had recovered to 3rd only a few seconds behind 2nd placed finisher Oliver Mack for Mugen, while the win went to Pietsch, driving the prototype Shepherd Velox.
Serpent have announced the release of this all-new ride height and droop gauge for use on all circuit based cars. Machined from a single block of aluminium, it has been orange anodised and lightened further with the addition of 3 holes in the body of the tool. This 2 in 1 gauge can measure both droop, when used in conjunction the new Serpent setup blocks, and can easily be used to measured the cars ride height by simply rotating it 90 degrees. The tool sports the new Serpent logo and can measure between 2mm and 10mm ride height and –2mm to 11mm droop.
Serpent have released some new parts for the Serpent 720 and 960, the first being this brass plate for use in the optional Serpent 720 LCG chassis plates. Made using very hard brass material, this plate provides more weight to the front of the car, helping to remove snap oversteer and allowing the car to corner faster and smoother. In addition to the improved cornering speeds the added weight mounted in the chassis helps prevent grip roll on high traction surfaces. Also new from Serpent for both the 960 and 720 are these thin and therefore super soft front anti-roll bar blades. These new blades have the same hard setting as before but in the softest setting they are much softer providing even more steering and overall they allow a wider range of settings. The end of the shafts have also been changed and now have a new adjusting slot which enables you to easily see the setting of the anti-roll bar.
Barry Baker has backed up his ROAR Carpet Nats title by winning the modified touring car class at last weekends ROAR On Road electric Nationals held at the Seattle Indoor Raceway. Baker, who had TQ’d the event, drove his Xray to victory in the first 2 of the 3 finals to take the overall title with 1 round still left to run. Xrays strong showing was backed up by Paul LeMieux who had qualified 3rd but took 2nd place ahead of Tamiya driver Josh Numan in 3rd.
UPDATE: All A-main results have been added… content