Due to the ongoing World-wide Corona pandemic, the EFRA has announced the cancellation of all European Championships for 2020. This means that, following the cancellations of the 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring, Large Scale On-road and Off-road, was well as the Nitro Buggy and IC Track Euros, also the 2020 40+ IC Track and 40+ 1/8th Off-road events will not take place this year. Full information about the situation can be found on the EFRA website here.
Coming from Japanese brand G-Style is their new Grand Slam 7.6V 4200mAh shorty LiHV battery pack. Building on the 2019 all-Japan Championship winning battery, the 2020 variant is constructed using new high-performance 150C LiHV cells that will make for an even lower internal resistance while keeping the discharge curve flatter throughout the race. The pack measures 93×46-5×18.3mm, it weighs in at 155g and it makes use of 4mm bullet-type connectors.
Coming from Fenix and made for their G56 1/10th scale pan car kits are new carbon fibre optionals in the form of chassis stiffeners and electronic plates. Starting with the stiffeners, the braces are machined from carbon fibre and attach to the sides of the chassis, reinforcing the main plate to make for greater setup sensibility and added steering response. The chassis stiffeners are available for the short and long wheelbase chassis options.
Italian company WRC Racing has introduce their new GTX.6 1/8th scale nitro on-road kit. The latest incarnation of WRC Racing’s GTX series features several updates such as a new carbon fibre front body support and a redesigned radio plate for improved front end flex. Also new are rear uniball upper arms for camber adjustment and a new double belt tensioner. The features list is rounded out by a new exhaust support that is integrated in the front spur gear support.
Coming from HiroFactory and made for their HRF10X-PB formula car kit are new one-touch battery stoppers. The 3-D-printed parts attach to the battery locator and allow for easy fixing and removal of the battery pack without having to use a rubber O-ring or the like. The stoppers are usable with most 1S-style 18.5mm low-profile shorty LiPo batteries and they are available in black, white and limited edition purple and pearl white colour.
The RCRCNT Raceway in Butleson, Texas held the Texas Biggie 43 this past weekend in several 1/10th, 1/8th and 1/5th scale on-road classes. The event attracted nearly 60 entries and in 1/8th Masters it was Scotty Ernst (Infinity) with the overall TQ from the Serpent duo of Jeff Whiting in 2nd and Darrel Bird in 3rd. The start of the 40-minute A-main event saw Scotty have a great start and he was able to keep calm for the first five minutes with Jeff Whiting right behind him. Scotty slowly was able to build up a lead and put some space between his and the field until his nitro gremlins struck again. 31 minutes in with only 9 minutes to go Ernst had built up a 2-lap lead until he lost a front belt. Scotty was able to keep it on the track for the remainder of the race but could not hold off Jeff and had to settle for 2nd some three laps down as Darrell Bird came in 3rd, another seven laps down.
RC-Carbonstore have introduced the new Rebellion-RC narrow carbon fibre main chassis kit for the Awesomatix A800 MMCX mid-motor touring car. Due to the use of much harder carbon fibre material compared to the stock main plate, the designers were able to create a chassis that is 8mm narrower than the stock plate, without sacrificing overall stiffness and flex characteristics, which results in a lot less chassis scrubbing during hard cornering. To further gain advantages of the new narrow design, the old short lower arms mounting positions were removed in favour of a streamlined design that further adds ground clearance during cornering or while riding curbs. In addition to making the chassis slimmer, the main plate also features a 4.5mm more forward battery and a 2.5mm more forward servo position in order to gain smoother corner apex steering while getting a more stable rear end under acceleration. The slimmer chassis design also allowed to reposition the anti-roll bars without having to change anything to the wires or mounts. Other new features include slightly enlarged motor cutouts that allow for easier ESC wire routing underneath the motor can while also preventing the motor from touching the chassis. In order to optimise overall flex, the under-spool and under-diff cutouts were reshaped while additional mounting positions for Rebellion-RC’s new MMCX weight set allow easy mounting of the floating receiver and fan mount plate as well as the forthcoming new Y-stiffener. The chassis is rounded out by mounting positions for Rebellion-RC’s signature under-battery rubber dots, a 0.3×45 degree lower chamfer for looks and durability and it is available in 2.0mm, 2.2mm and 2.5mm thickness.
Coming from T-Works and made for the Serpent SRX8 GTe 1/8th scale electric GT kit are new optionals in the form of a titanium turnbuckle set, a precision ball bearing kit as well as titanium and gold-colour screw sets. The 7-piece titanium turnbuckle set includes all needed turnbuckles to replace the standard steel items with lighter and cooler looking parts. While scrubbing a good amount of weight, the titanium spanners also are of greater corrosion resistance when running in wet weather conditions.