Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski has kicked off qualifying at MIBO International with a TQ run in Modified Touring Car ahead of Mugen Seiki’s Ronald Volker. Making his debut at the Czech race, the very much on foam multiple discipline racer survived an up on two wheels moment to top the 5-minute qualifier by 1.8-seconds ahead of the defending Champion. Following up on his pace in practice, Pekko Iivonen completed the Top 3 while Patrick Gollner lead the charge from Xray with four fastest time ahead of team-mates Jan Ratheirsky and Martin Hudy.
The second edition of MIBO International got underway at 17:00 this evening in the Czech Republic with Mugen Seiki’s Ronald Volker setting the pace on the onroad track as Xray led the charge on the offroad track. Packing in 5 rounds of practice before drivers retired to the Sports V Hotel’s bar and restaurant to socialise & discuss a plan of attack for the rest of the event, defending Champion Volker set the fastest 3-consecutive laps ahead of Schumacher pairing Michal Orlowski and Pekko Iivonen. On the track layout, which is getting a very favourable reaction from drivers, it was the Xray of Patrick Gollner that was fourth fastest ahead of Jan Ratheisky and the factory Yokomo of Christopher Krapp. Over on the offroad half of the hall, in 2WD Buggy it was the star of last year’s inaugural event Bartosz Zalewski who set the pace from his car’s design Martin Bayer followed by a gaggle of MIBO International race debutants that included Schumacher’s Daniel Kobbevik, Sworkz’ Jörn Neumann, Team Associated’s Joona Haatanen and Sworkz’s Micha Widmaier. Former European Champion Bayer was fastest in 4WD followed by veteran Hupo Honigl completing the Top 3 ahead of Haatanen and Zalewski.
Smokem Racing has released a number of top decks for the ARC A10 and A10’23 1:10 Electric Touring Car. The RS-X 1-piece top deck is a slight departure from their normal RS design (which ARC had adopted with the release of the A10) and has slightly stiffer but longer flex than factory top deck, yet is not as stiff as the split top deck setups. The RS-X is more responsive under certain conditions yet still offers a smooth feel, which was preferred by some of our drivers. Included in the latest release are the RS Split Top Decks that feature a slight taper and a thin cutout for a more linear flex. The Rear Split Top Deck features Smokem’s trademark recessed V-shaped brace for slightly more flex than the stock split top deck for improved corner speed. While for the front, there is a standard design with a long thin cutout for a softer, smoother steering feel. To compliment that there is a version with a recessed W-shaped brace delivering improved steering response. Finally the RS X-Low Rear Shock Tower is designed for racers that prefer traditional vertical body mounting. This shock tower offers a stiffer mounting platform than the factory horizontal body post brace for superior rear down force compared to the factory design.
New from Xray for its X4 1:10 Electric Touring Car platform is the Rubber 3D printed bumper with Inner “H” Profile. Exceptionally light as well as durable, the “H” profile allows for the cells of the bumper to be made super thin yet still lightweight and carry the desired compression characteristics. The 3D printed material doesn’t fold or break in crashes, and allows more airflow under the body, with the high aerodynamic efficiency improving front traction. It fits all X4 kits.
A big category in its home US market, Protoform as released a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Clear Body for the VTA Class. They are once again throwing it back to the glory days of American road racing with the latest entry in their line of bodies for Vintage Trans-Am racing. From its muscular stance and hood scoop to the deep-set front grille and built-in rear spoiler, all the details of the classic Mopar are faithfully recreated in 1:10 detail. This body is made from high-quality polycarbonate in the USA and includes an extensive decal sheet with fender stripes along with window masks.
New from T-Works are these Titanium Upper Deck Screws for Mugen Seiki’s MTC2R 1:10 Electric Touring Car. Made from high quality Ti64 titanium alloy and sold as a pair, these lightweight yet extremely durable screws replace the kit standard steel versions and help reduce the car’s centre of gravity.
The organisers of the annual ‘Charity Race’ in Italy have announced that last year’s winner and new 1:12 World Champion Michal Orlowski will head the 2024 entry on March 2/3. A race that has raised thousands of euros for local charities includes Ronald Volker, Marc Rheinard, Bruno Coelho, Alexander Hagberg and Viktor Wilck as previous winners and has always been popular with factory drivers given its positive charity element. Set to make his MIBO International debut this weekend in the Czech Republic, Orlowski won the 12th edition of the ‘Charity Race’ at the RC Landia indoor carpet track in Scandiano from Schumacher team-mate Mattia Collina. Organised by Team La Gang, the event has classes Modified, Stock 17.5T, FWD, GT10, 1:12 and GT12.
RC Drift specialists ReveD from Japan has introduced a new radio bag and lipo bag to its accessories range. The large-capacity type ‘Radio Bag 2’ can accommodate various sizes of radios and has a large opening with a zipper, making it easy to put in and take out your radio. It can also be used as a large-capacity bag that is convenient for carrying chargers, parts boxes and others track side essentials. The new ‘LiPo Bag 2’ can be used not only with short size LiPo batteries that are often used in RC drifting, but also with standard size LiPo batteries. By using flame-retardant materials with excellent fire resistance and wide Velcro, damage will be minimized in the unlikely event that the battery catches fire.