Trinity have announced that they are the exclusive World wide distributor for the new StarCell line of R/C electronics with the first offering in the StarCell line, the new iPlug. The iPlug is a new super low resistance high amp carrying connector designed for monster trucks, boats and any vehicle with high voltage and amperage requirements. Featuring less resistance then “Tamiya” style plugs, the iPlug is compatible with the new Traxxas vehicles and will plug right into Traxxas style plugs.
Twister Tires USA have announced that have agreed on a long term deal between current Serpent driver DJ Apolaro and Twister Tires. DJ, who finished 3rd at the recent US Open Fuel Sedan Nats, brings a lot of knowledge and experience to their growing company and together they hope that in the very near future DJ, along with Twister Tires, will grow to become an R/C household name.
The 2nd round of the Israeli League was run last weekend at a wet Hot-Wheels race club, and despite the rain there was still quite a lot of grip. The drivers also had to contend with a new track layout which combines fast and slow chicanes as well as a long straight and after qualifying it was Yaniv Sivan that had taken the TQ spot. From the start of the final it was Yaniv that took the lead followed by his brother, and winner of round 1, Nir Sivan while the battle for third went on behind them between Golan Levi and Yaniv Levi. This battle contined all the way till the end of the race with Golan taking the final podium spot behind eventual winner Yaniv Sivan, while Nir Sivan took 2nd.
Last weekend saw the 2007 HongNor Cup held in mainland China for the first time at the FeiTeng track in Guangzhou, and it was open to both Buggy and Truggy. This is a one make race, open to HongNor racers only and it was attended by their factory team as well as many top Asian drivers, all driving the X1CR or X1CR-T. Qualifying saw the buggy class TQ go to ChengYikuan with Taiwanese factory driver WangWenPei in 2nd position. After the start it was WangWenPei that immediately took the lead and despite a battle with Singapore driver WenYi for many laps he was able to pull away and win the race 1 lap in front of WenYi in 2nd, with HuWeiPing in 3rd. WangWenPei also went on to win the Truggy class.
Serpent have announced the release of the ‘08 spec of the European Championship winning Serpent 720 chassis. Maintaining the cars race winning geometry and already high specification, the 2008 version will now be supplied with a number of great option parts as standard. The chassis plate has now been black anodised and features a machined recess to mount the supplied front brass plate, an option that helps remove snap oversteer and allows the car to corner faster and smoother. Also included with the kit are the new 0 and 1mm offset steering blocks that provide more options to fine-tune your car’s setup on different track layouts. An aluminium radio plate X bracket also comes as standard, that not only looks great but also helps increase rigidity of the car, while finally, to ensure the engine mounting points are kept aligned, reducing stress on the crankcase, the 720-08 is supplied with the single piece orange anodised engine mount. Apart from the options, some of the cars standard parts have also been improved such as the fuel tank, which is now made from a more crash resistant material, while the mounted AFL tank lid comes with a new improved rubber seal. Other improvements include the use of a smaller diameter flywheel and the inclusion of Serpent’s new shock springs.
Axial Racing in the US have releaed this large 500cc capacity fuel bottle, similar in style to that released by Serpent back in June. Made using a soft, long lasting and easy to squeeze bottle material, the spout is made from green anodised aluminum and sports a laser etched Axial logo, while to get the fuel into the tank the end of the spout has a curved neck. Tinted plastic protects fuel from sunlight and still allows you to see level of fuel in bottle, while a rubber cap prevents spilling during transport.
Japanese manufacturer Hiro Factory have released this aluminum 1st gear carrier for the Motonica P8.0. Made from black anodised aluminium, it features a high quality one way bearing and for added performance, and weight advantage, the carrier has been lightened through adding holes to the parts surface.
Newly released from Hot Bodies for the Cyclone 12 is a set titanium screws for the front end of the car. Sold in a pack of 4, these M4x10 screws are much lighter than the standard steel versions yet are extremely strong. Also new from Hot Bodies is a set of 5 battery boxes which are the original retail packaging from the HB cells and can each hold an assembled pack up to 6 cells.