Hobao have released a RTR version of their European Championship winning buggy, the Hyper 8.5. This high specification 1/8th buggy features many of the details that made the this car a first time winner at the Euro champs, making it an ideal choice for anybody looking to enter the competition end of 1/8th racing and be competitive from the off. Included is the company’s latest generation Hyper 21 3-port Race engine to provide improved power and torque over standard RTR power plants. Also included is the FR2 extended chassis, big bore shocks for improved rough track handling, 9kg steering servo for heavy duty applications and racing dish wheels.
Slovakian tool maker Hudy have releases 2 new additions to their extensive range with the release of these precision 4 and 5mm turnbuckle wrenches. Made from their special self-developed, world-reknown Hudy Spring Steel to ensure maximum strength, durability and long life, the turnbuckles wrench have been additionally hardened to provide unmatched life span.
More stuff from Carson who have announced the release of the HT Charger, a high-tech balance charger which features up-to-date built in software to aid the charging and discharging process. The HT-charger can charge all types of rechargeable batteries and due to its integrated balancer it can also safely charge LiPo batteries. Powered by 12V, the HT features a bright blue display which can be read in direct sunlight while an integrated cooling fan provides optimal heat dissipation.
Carson have released this starter box, which thanks to its design can achieve 3 different starter wheel orientations thus enabling it to be used with both gas circuit cars and buggies. The integrated 12V starter-motor provides effortless starting of 2.5 – 4.10 ccm glow engines, making the starting of 1:10 and 1:8 on-road as well as off-road vehicles much easier. Power is supplied from inside the metal box by either lead-batteries with 12 V / 7 Ah or two racing packs with 7.2 V (sold separately) or alternatively it can be powered externally by a car battery using the supplied power cable.
German company Carson have sent us lots of stuff to get through so here is the first batch of products. First off we have this metal work stand, with blue anodised base, which features an anti slip rotating upper platform for easily working on different sides of your car. The platform also features 4 openings into which you can hold your shock absorbers as you fill them. Next up is a car stand on the other end of the price scale, featuring the Carson logo it’s made from a material similar to sponge rubber, which provides a firm stand and no slipping. Carson have also released an anti-slip pit mat (450x300mm) that due to its soft material avoids that screws and nuts roll away as well as protecting the underside of your car. Also new from the German company are a set of sturdy Allen wrenches in 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm and 3.0 mm, and a ride height gauge measuring from 3mm to 8mm in 0.5 mm increments. Finally for on your work bench there is a battery pack cooling stand that uses 2 high-quality fans to help cool down your batteries after charging or driving.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Report from the 2007 GRP Irish Challenge – Link [mirageracing.com]
> Report from the 2nd round of the German truggy Nationals – Link [mid-mugen.de]
> Luxembourg 1/8th scale title for Dirk Rischard – Link [serpent.com]
> Photos of the Axe Rossi Cobra X1 Evolution – Link [team-savoie.com]
> Coverage of the JMRCA 1/12th Nationals Championships – Link [kimihiko-yano.net]
> Keith comes close in carpet capers – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
Mirage Racing are reporting on last weekends first round of the 1/12th scale Nationals, that were run indoors in Milton Keynes. The event was open to both 19 Turn and Modified with the former being run on Saturday before the Modifieds took to the track on Sunday. In the 19Turn class, it was 19T Touring car National Champion Chris Kerswell that took the pole position from Mick Farrell and Andy Griffiths in 2nd and 3rd. The start of the final saw a number of collisions that involved many of the front runners, leaving Matt White to take the lead and despite pressure from Keith Robertson he could hold on for the win, with Robertson in 2nd and Mark Stiles in 3rd. The Modified class was a continuation from where National Champion Andy Griffiths left off last year with the Hot Bodies driver taking the pole position ahead of Keith Robertson and Mark Stiles. In the final Andy could get straight into the lead pursued by Robertson and a fast starting Mick Farrell in 3rd, which was how it stayed for the full 8 minutes, Andy taking the win for Hot Bodies ahead of Asso driver Robertson in 2nd and Farrell for HB in 3rd.
JConcepts have been in touch to let us know about the event they are running this December in Florida. – Racers of all skill level are invited to participate where “The Powers Explode” at Lake Park in Tampa, FL. December 7-9th 2007. The Hurricane R/C Club has the facility and history, It’s up to you to bring the driving. All the greats have raced at Lake Park – you should too! Electric is back and better than ever, 2wd or 4wd, it doesn’t matter. When you think about racing electric R/C cars – do you think about bump ups? Or 10 or 15 minute mains? Well, you should now! This event has been designed with the latest in technology in mind. Longer lasting batteries and brushless motors allowed! Electric guys – it’s just what you are looking for.
Nitro is hot and it is furious, especially at Lake Park. Lots of power, long mains and a great racing track – it just doesn’t get much better than this. Bring the 1/8th buggies, trucks, monster trucks and 1/10th scale trucks to Lake Park for the ultimate throw-down! Nitro guys – Lake Park has hosted some of the best off-road races ever. Become a part of the continuing history of Lake Park – Nitro style.