February 26, 2024

Pålsson & Ronnefalk win at Euro Buggy Masters

Schumacher’s Jessica Pålsson and Xray’s David Ronnefalk took the spoils at the annual Euro Buggy Masters in Sweden, this year’s event also doubling up as the Warm-up Race for the EFRA 1:10 Offroad European Championships.  In 2WD it was the Xray of Hampus Berg who took the TQ after taking two of the five qualifiers.  Behind the Swede it was Pålsson fastest in Q2 who would start second ahead of Sworkz’ Joern Nuemann, Ronnefalk and the Associated of reigning European Champion Marcus Kaerup.  In 4WD it was Ronnefalk was Top Qualifier over  Kaerup, both drivers recording two TQ runs each.  Fastest in the final round Pålsson would complete the Top 3 on the grid from Berg.  In Sunday’s finals it was Pålsson who took the first A-Main as Berg had a DNF.  Berg would bounce back to take A2 and leading A3 with with 30 seconds to go he taken out from behind dropping to fourth handing the overall win to Pålsson as the A3 win secured Ronnefalk the final podium placing at the Malmo based event.  In 4WD, Ronnefalk failed to capitalised on starting out front in A1 with a mistake ending his challenge and allowing Kaerup to take the win.  He would reset for A2 however and convert pole into wins in A2 and 3 to claim the overall ahead of Kaerup and Pålsson.

Image: Jessica Pålsson Motorsport [Facebook]

February 26, 2024

Mikimodel BD Body Stopper V2

Mikimodel, the Yokomo distributor for Italy, has announced a second version of its Body Stopper for all Yokomo Touring Car models.  In the world of increasingly extreme and increasingly difficult competition, aerodynamics plays an ever more important role. This is why the original Body Stopper was created to give the maximum possible stability to the bodywork, to prevent them from deforming in the front area which is the most subject to deformations at both high and low speeds.  Now the Body Stopper V2 not only has the classic upper screw (M3x6 or M3x8 recommended) which is used to come into perfect contact with the bodywork, but also adjustable anchoring holes to best adapt to all models on the market.

Source: Mikimodel [mikimodel.net]

February 26, 2024

FlySky adds Neumann

FlySky has secured yet another World Champion who will use their Noble Pro radio with the announcement that Jörn Neumann will officially represent the Chinese brand.  Best known for his offroad racing exploits, his latest win being at MIBO International, the German is the current IFMAR 1:8 GTE World Cup Champion and was World Champion of the nitro category in 2020.  An 8-time European Champion and first ever European winner of the legendary offroad Reedy Race of Champions, commenting on his new deal Neumann said, ‘I am using the Flysky Noble Pro for a while now and really like it.  It feels perfect in the hands and it has a wide range of adjustments to get you perfectly set-up for every condition.’

Source: Flysky [flysky-cn.com]

February 26, 2024

MXLR A12 Fan Holder & Damper Check Adapter

MXLR has released a new Fan Holder and a Damper Check Adapter for the Awesomatix A12 1:12 platform.  The fan holder is the final version of the prototype which Max Mächler used to win the 2023 1:12 SPEC World Champion Title.  It is not easy to fit such a big and strong fan into the A12 but using smaller than 30mm wasn’t an option because of the sacrifice in performance.  At the Worlds Mächler used a heavily modified Fan to clear with the body shell.  After several more tests and versions MXLR finally found a suitable way which doesn’t require as much modification, if any at all.  They moved the Fan more forward and mounted it way steeper on the holder.  The key to still get a great air flow were the small side dams.  The results of using the Fan Holder with a strong 30mm Fan at 6,0V is a much lower motor temperature.  Depending on the track layout and grip conditions, it reduces the temperature by 12-18 degree Celsius.  This leads to the option of using more timing at the motor and/or longer rollout, which means more speed.  Weighing only 2,6g (without screws) the Fan Holder is 3D printed with relatively durable material which is able to absorb impacts to a certain degree.

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February 26, 2024

Ryan Maker – ‘Using this World stage as a test ground is both the most exciting and nervous thing I have done.’

Growing up I was a huge fan of Formula 1 and always tended to supported the underdogs. Pre-qualifying was my favourite part of the Grand Prix weekend and my favourite team was Zakspeed.  That interest in the German team stemmed from an article in an F1 Magazine that compared the Zakspeed team and its budget to that of the all conquering McLaren.  In the article it covered how the high cost of wind tunnel testing meant Zakspeed’s small budget forced them to come up with an alternative and they used a water tunnel that was used by boat manufacturers to test hull designs.  Racing 1:8 Onroad nitro at the time, in the form of a very basic Team Associated RC250, I was inspired by the Zakspeed story I wanted to build my own R/C car and become a ‘Constructor’.

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February 24, 2024

Hills Offroad RC announced as 1:10 Offroad Worlds host

RCRA, the governing body of RC racing in Australia, has announced the Hills Offroad RC track as the host venue for the 2025 IFMAR 1:10 Electric Offroad World Championships.  With it the turn of the FEMCA Bloc to host the championships, Australia was awarded the 20th running of the category’s biggest prize during the 2023 World Championships in Arizona, with a number of tracks emerging as candidates for the event.  Based in the Castle Hill suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, the hosting of the WC will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Hills Offroad RC club which was founded the same year as IFMAR hosted the first ever 1:10 Offroad Worlds – 1985 in Del Mar, USA.  One of the premier offroad track in the country, the club has hosted the Australian Nationals and will do so again this year along with the NSW State titles.  While Worlds dates have still to be confirmed but expected to be between September & November, making the announcement RCRA posted, ‘It is now with Great Pleasure we can announce that Hills Off Road RC has been formally selected as official venue of the 2025 IFMAR 1:10 Off Road Electric World Championships on behalf of FEMCA as the Host Bloc!  We would like to extend a big congratulations to Peter Couper and the rest of the Hills Off Road Club for presenting a very strong submission that will form the basis of the Stage 1 Report to be presented to IFMAR for Final Approval.’

Source: Hills Offroad RC [Facebook]

February 23, 2024

Xray X4 Adjustable Camber 14mm Titanium Screw

Xray has released a new Adjustable Camber Titanium 14mm M4 L/R screw for their X4 and X4F touring car.  Also compatible with their X1’23-24, the ultra lightweight screw is specially made from high grade titanium material and threaded on both ends to connect the upper CFF arm with the outer ball cup.  Helping to lower the cars CG, it is 50% lighter than steel and comes as a set of 2.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

February 23, 2024

EcoPower SCX24 aluminium servo mount

New from A-Main Hobbies brand EcoPower is the ECP-3070 CNC-machined aluminium servo mount to enhance the steering precision and performance of the Axial SCX24.  Engineered and constructed to fit most 1:24 scale micro servos, including popular high-torque brushless case servos, ECP-3070 eliminates unwanted flex found in stock composite servo mounts, enhancing steering precision and performance. Compatible with front and rear SCX24 axles for optional 4-wheel steering conversion, this servo mount is the ultimate upgrade for your SCX24 platform and a must have for high torque servos.

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