RC Maker have introduced their new Slimflex topdeck for the Awesomatix A800X mid motor MMCX chassis. Designed to reduce the profile of the topdeck, it has been optimised to improve the flex characteristics in low traction asphalt and carpet conditions. It increases the overall torsional flex of the chassis both front and rear resulting in more overall grip. The flex can be altered by either using ST019 screw or removing it from the topdeck. Together with the use of the screws under the motor mount, owners can access a large range of flex characteristics, just like the standard topdeck, but with increased “overall” flex throughout the whole footprint. The rear brace is designed to act as a spring, restricting bulkhead flex at this point but not totally removing it like the standard topdeck. RC Maker recommend using their Med Flex Link, or Flex Dampener on the front of the front bulkheads to remove and excess “over-flexing” of the bulkheads. Additional flex can also be obtained by cutting the rear carbon tab on the topdeck with a Dremel, to increase the length of the flex point to further, increasing flex in the rear of the car. Recommended uses of the Slimflex topdeck include low to medium traction carpet with aluminium chassis, low to medium traction asphalt with carbon chassis and high traction asphalt with aluminium chassis.
The opening round of the Italian 3-race Campionato Costruttori EP Series was held at the Gymnasium RC track in Livorno. The Campionato Costruttori EP is a new championship strongly desired by the Italian manufacturers and distributors of the electric racing sector who have joined to allow all racers to have fun in a healthy and constructive manner while racing in a highly competitive field. The series was also chosen by the Italian ACI covering body as a championship to assign Italian national titles, confirming the high level of organisation. This lead to a very high number of sign-ups already for the opening round of the championship.
The second round of the Schumacher BTCC, incorporating the KO GP, took place at the fast Cotswolds circuit last weekend. The series running on Rush control tyres has been greeted with great enthusiasm buy the drivers who have attended, and this round was no different. In the Modified class Olly Jefferies dominated the day running some very fast times. Olly took the overall win from Glen Westwood and Chris Ashton.
Neidhart has announced the signing of 2-times IFMAR World Champion, Atsushi Hara as their Asian sales manager. Hara, who won the 2008 1/8th scale Off-Road IFMAR World Championship title with the Neidhart brand HB Racing, will now take over the position as sales manager for Asia. As such, he will be responsible for the sale of all Neidhart brands in the Asian market. Interested dealers and distributors can reach Hara at email@example.com. Besides his job as sales manager Asia, he will also be involved in the development of new vehicles and electronics for the HB Racing, Team Orion and Performa Racing brands while also attending select local and international events. Atsushi has the following to say about the deal:
I would like to say thanks so much to Mr. Philippe Neidhart, Oscar Jansen and Adrien Bertin for giving me this great opportunity. Also, I am very happy to come back to HB Racing as my “Home.” When I left HB Racing in 2013, I didn’t think I could come back. But now I am back with the Neidhart SA family so I have big motivation, and I’m looking forward to the future of our RC industry.
Round 6 of the BRCA 1/8th Circuit Nationals was held at Mendip RC Raceway this weekend. 32 drivers were in attendance in nitro and 7 had booked in electric. The track was nicely prepared and sprayed to ensure grip would be good and consistent. The track was still dusty for practice on Saturday morning but the grip quickly came up under the Somerset sun. It was all about getting good lines and watching tyre wear, which would prove to be a bit of an issue on race day. Sunday started as usual with the drivers’ briefing, during which a minute silence was observed in memory of Dave Waters, former BRCA Chairman, who recently passed away.
The 2nd running of the Xray Racing Series Singapore took place this past weekend at the Urban RC onroad circuit in downtown Singapore. The event was headlined by the entry of Xray factory driver Alexander Hagberg, who joined his Singapore teammate, Dominic Quek. Singapore’s 2-time IFMAR finalist, Nicholas Lee, also participated, alongside a number of notable foreign entries. A total of 63 entries took to the starting grid, making this one of Singapore’s largest EP events in recent history. In qualifying for the premier Modified Class, the crowd witnessed a close battle by the trio of Lee, Quek and Hagberg, with each taking TQs in Q1, Q2 and Q3 respectively. With 2 of the 4 rounds counting, the overall TQ would be decided only on day 2 of the event when Q4 took place. With intense pressure to secure the coveted TQ spot, it was Hagberg who finished 0.5secs ahead of Quek to secure the pole position start in the finals. Lee would start 3rd.
New from Protoform and made for the demanding 1/8th IC Track class is the all-new X-15 body shell. The last four 1/8th IC On-Road IFMAR Worlds Championship winners have relied on Protofornm to finish on the top step of the podium. In their quest for a 5th straight, PF have developed the X-15 race body. The “X-15” name is legendary and carries with it an enduring reputation of innovation, sheer speed and record setting performance. The new body style has been exhaustively tested by Protoform’s world-class team of drivers and has proven to be a step forward in predictable handling and lower lap times. Many unique shapes and proportions have been developed during its evolution process including streamlined cockpit and never-before-seen shrouding around the engine area. These features are sure to make the body stand out at the track. The X-15 is Global Body Spec compliant and ROAR approved. Made in the USA from high-quality, super-durable polycarbonate, it is available in both Pro-Lite and Light Weight. Included with the body are universal stiffeners with hardware, a stylish decal sheet, and overspray film complete the package.
Following a couple of teasers Protoform have introduced their all-new Turismo body shell. Electric touring car racing has undergone yet another evolution since the multi-national championship-winning Type-S was released in 2017. Catering to the demands of racers needing ultra high-downforce, super low-CG aerodynamic body shells, Protoform is proud to release its latest contender for 190mm touring car racing: the Turismo. Designed and produced using the latest in 3D CAD and 5-axis milling technology, the Turismo is packed with new features for performance on track and ease-of-mounting while preparing to dominate the competition. The aerodynamic features include a radical high-downforce design with lowered nose and trunk sections, a cab-forward layout with extended A-pillar ribs for precise turn-in steering, and an extended decklid length with spoiler lip for massive rear grip. The rear wing posts moved outwards for increased stiffness and anti-tuck protection while the rear decklid stiffening ribs tie directly into the wing posts to reduce rear body flex. Sculpted side door panels make for increased stiffness and side bite.