May 16, 2024

Brazilian Nitro Onroad Nationals Round 1 – Report

The first round of the 2024 Brazilian Nitro Onroad Nationals was held in Florianópolis, SC, Brazil, recently. Despite delays caused by heavy rains in the area which decreased practice times for all participants, the finals happened on Sunday under much desired sunny weather. With record attendance for such an event after an ongoing economic downturn and some long term effects of the pandemic on the closure of many tracks and shops, the event was a success, with 46 registered drivers including two from Argentina as well. The event was divided in four categories; 1:8 GT, 1:8 Onroad and 1:10 Touring Car, the latter divided in two grids of Sport and Racer. Sport designated for rookies while the Racer category was for seasoned drivers.

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May 16, 2024

Xray X4F Horizontal Body Post Mounting Gauge

Xray has created a Horizontal Body Post Mounting Gauge for their X4F 1:10 FWD Electric Touring Car.  It is design to help to mark the horizontal rear body mounts position on the body shell for a perfect fit on the car.  Featuring two special scales you can check and adjust the proper position of the body.  The first scale is used to adjust the rear part of the body and the second scale is used to check the body height around the car.  Fits all popular body shells.

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May 15, 2024

EXO Design M-Chassis Adjustable offset rim set

New from EXO Design are these adjustable offset rim set for use on M-Chassis kits.  Suitable for Tamiya, Carten and ABC M-Chassis series, the adjustable offset rim set is a two-piece design. This allows for offset and the pattern of the rims to be changed freely to meet the body and chassis perfectly.  The rims can be painted to the desired colour with included masking kit.  Sold as a pair (2 wheels) screw are included for assembly of the rims.

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May 15, 2024

Ielasi Tuned GP3R 24 1:10 Onroad engine

Ielasi Tuned has a new 2024 version of its European Championship winning 1:10 Nitro Touring Car engine with the announcement of the release of the GP3R24.  This engine compared to its predecessor, which won the 2023 European Championship title in Italy with Toni Gruber, does not have any major changes but some small revisions in the engine phases, optimised crankcase backplate and new graphics are the differences compared to the GP3R23Euro.  With the previous model already very successful they didn’t want to make big changes so they decided to carry forward the good things done in recent years.  While the first batch is already sold out a second batch is being prepared.

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May 15, 2024

Thurston makes it 2 from 2 in BRCA 1:8 Onroad C/ship

Alex Thurston continued his impressive 2024 season form making it 2 from 2 at the second round of the BRCA British 1:8 Onroad Nationals held at Adur over the weekend.  Winner of the season opener at the Cotswolds track last month, Thurston took his Ielasi Tuned powered YMC Racing Mugen Seiki to the top of the times in all four qualifier and starting from the TQ went on to win the final by 2 and a half laps setting the fastest lap in the process.  As at Round 1 of the 7 round Championship, reigning Champion Tim Wood was again on the podium but this time down in P3 behind team-mate & new Team Shepherd owner David Spashett who went from pitman at season opener to racer at Round 2 to claim a second place.  Currently Thurston leads three National Championships – 1:8 Onroad, 1:10 200mm Nitro Touring Car and the 1:10 Electric Touring Car having secured his first ever National win in the class at the season opener a weekend earlier.

Image: Alex Thurston [Facebook]


May 14, 2024

Raiola crowned Italian 1:10 Nitro Touring Champion

Infinity’s Carmine Raiola was the crowned the 2024 AMSCI Italian National 1:10 Nitro Touring Champion over the weekend at the Roger Track 2.0 in Marigliano.  Qualifying for the title race would see Raiola secure the TQ, after topping 3 of the four rounds, ahead of team-mate Dario Balestri.  An impressive qualifying performance by the BMT of Ciro Mollo would secure him third on the grid for the 45-minute final.  Continuing his form into final setting the fastest lap, Raiola would cruise to victory over the Xray of Mario Spiniello by almost 2-laps, Spiniello having a strong final having qualified P9.  Unfortunately for Balestri and Mollo their races would end prematurely, the pair making contact and eventually retiring within 1-minute of each other as the race entered the final 5-minutes.  In the end it was the Xray of Francesco Pierella which completed the podium.  In the Sport Category, it was Ciro Borrelli who took the title also driving an IF15-2.

Image: Carmine Riola [Facebook]


May 13, 2024

2024 IFMAR 1:10 Nitro Touring World Championship – Stage 1 Report

The Stage 1 Report for the IFMAR 1:10 Nitro Touring World Championship which takes place later this year in Costa Rica has been published.  The event is scheduled to take place at the Mini Autodromo La Cruces track from November 14-24 and will mark the 10th running of the championship.  Expected to be supported strongly by drivers from across Central and South America, it appears the classes declining popularity and the duration of the race, 9 days of track time, mean international entries could be limited.  Red RC reached out to a number of manufacturers regarding their attendance plans with two responding that they are still undecided on whether they will send drivers.  One manufacturer confirmed that they will not be sending any official factory drivers from either its Japanese, European or American teams.  Infinity are the reigning champions thanks to Tadahiko Sahashi win in Thailand in 2022.  The team enjoyed a dominant performance in Bangkok filling 9 of the 10 spots, Capricorn the only other brand in the final at RC Addict.  After such a result and also winning the title at the previous Worlds with Naoto Matuskura, the Japanese manufacturer has little to prove by attending with a large team.  EFRA has reportedly received interest from around 10 drivers seeking to attend the race.  Having covered the last 7 runnings of the 1:10 Nitro Touring World Championships, it is Red RC’s intentions to travel to Costa Rica to report on the race.  View Stage 1 Report by clicking here.

Source: EFRA [Facebook]


May 10, 2024

B-Power SRX8 GT’23/TQ Gearbox Kit

Italian company Star RC under its B-Power brand, which specialises in options for Serpent cars, has released its own gearbox kit for Serpent’s SRX8 GT’23/TQ 1:8 GT Onroad chassis.  The kit can be installed without the need to make any modifications and allows you to use the original Serpent 2-speed gears.  B-Power claim that with their gearbox kit, you will always have a perfect gearbox operation, with changes that are always equal and precise.

Source: Star RC [starrc.it]