Ielasi Tuned from Italy have announced the signing of former IFMAR 1/8th World Champion, Robert Pietsch to their factory team. Robert will use the Novarossi-based engines to power his Mugen ride during his 2020 1/8th scale campaign and he has the following to say about the deal:
First of all I want to thank O.S. Speed and in particular Mr. Shimazaki for the support of the past two years. In the near future I will focus more on the Mugen Seiki 1/10 touring electric model car project, so with the Nitro I will not be able to race with the 1/10 this season, but only in the 1/8 On-Road category and I am sure that together with Daniele, with all his passion and experience as a mechanic on the track, we will do our best to obtain good results.
RC Maker have introduced new GeoCarbon carbon fibre optionals for the Yokomo BD10 touring car. First up is a bumper plate with stopper that sports a stylish, stealth and innovative design. This support contacts the bulkheads and prevents impacts from snapping the main chassis and are very important. The design includes a 5mm brace which sits below the plate, raising it to the correct height and significantly increasing the strength of the whole assembly. Upon resting, there is a 0.2mm gap between the bulkheads and the support, to prevent any rubbing and tweaking. This support will only be active in a crash. This provides the optimal solution to keeping the chassis on the brand new BD10 safe, whilst looking great at the same time.
Coming from Yeah Racing are their new Hackmoto V modified and stock 540-class brushless motors. The motors were designed with performance in mind, as by using oversized copper wires, the internal resistance of the motors has been lowered. Oversized angled copper solder tabs allow for ample space for soldering even large diameter wires and the motor case has been lightened as much as possible to reduce the weight which allows racers to easily balance their cars while helping with cooling. The sensored motors feature aluminium end bells, high-power Neodymium magnets and high-power rotors and they are available as 5.5T, 10.5T, 13.5T and 17.5T variants.
Coming from Awesomatix are several new option parts for the A800MMX and A800FX touring cars. First up is the AM24-20 optional servo holder for the A800 4WD cars in combination with the SB1 single bellcrank steering. The newly designed mount combines the servo and steering holder in one single part. Using the mount offers a more equal chassis flex as the servo holder does not need to be screwed outside of the chassis centre line.
Sweep Racing USA have introduced their new ready to race 4-piece F21 US carpet tyre set. It includes soft compound front and EXP rear tyres that will offer great traction and long life on all carpet surfaces ranging from low grip to high traction CRC carpets without the need of front sidewall gluing. The low-profile tyres are usable with all current 1/10th formula pan cars that use F103/F104-style front axles and rear adapters.
Coming from Ielasi Tuned is their new Raptor.12 Evo nitro on-road engine. Designed for 1/10th scale 200mm touring cars the power plant is the evolution of the Raptor.12 WC and features a new low centre of gravity cooling head that is of an updated shape for an overall lower CG and thus less chassis roll in corners which results in a more planted ride especially in high-grip track conditions. Furthermore timing has been optimised to improve the engine’s performance over the whole RPM band and it comes with a hand-tuned DLC coated crankshaft and a ceramic main bearing.
Absima have announced the release of their new Revenge CTS 8 V3 speed controller for competition 1/8th scale applications. The speedo utilises a machined aluminium case and add-on cooling fan for optimised heat dissipation while the software allows for a wide range of throttle and brake adjustments, ensuring the ESC can be adapted to virtually every driving style and track condition using an optional programming box. The 180A rated controller is of a sensored design, it features a 6v/7.4V BEC system, all black wires for a professional factory look and it is usable with up to 6S LiPo battery packs.
The opening round of the Steel City R/C Speedway Points Series was held at the Steel City R/C Speedway in Fontana, California last weekend. The event saw 1/10th, 1/8th and 1/5th scale racing and in 1/8th Open it was Chris Velez who lead an all-Serpent podium from Max Smalls in 2nd and Jeff Rold in 3rd.