In all our excitement of writing about the new GRP Conespike for 1/10th scale, we completely overlooked the fact that GRP had also produced the same tire style for 1/8th scale as well. These tires have also been made in conjunction with Mirage Racing and UK GRP racers and have been specifically developed for the grass / astro turf conditions found in the UK.
The surface of the tyre has a textured finish instead of a smooth finish as this improves traction once the spike has folded under acceleration. This made a huge difference in performance of the tyre and was another feature that we are very happy with. We also have been very busy developing a new softer insert which is now yellow in colour and improves handling on bumpy tracks as well as landing jumps.
If you have no racing plans this weekend and you are in the UK, then be sure to head down to Bridge Street Sport’s Centre in Leominster, Herefordshire where the Hereford Radio Car Club are running their 2007 Micro Open Meeting. The race is open to 1/18th scale Pro Stock and Modified class for buggies and truggies and an Open class for mini Monster trucks and 1/16th scale buggies and truggies. The event is still open for entrants so if you are interested you can check out the entry form here (PDF).
Team Magic have announced that the 5th of September will be the release date for the M1B Turbo, the replacement for their under performing M1B 1/8th scale buggy.
It’s here, the revolutionary buggy just got lighter, stronger and faster. Team Magic presents to you, the M1B Turbo, features a numerous of advanced upgrades worth over US$ 300. Include the advanced front & rear gear box, bevel gears, steering block carriers, flying wing suspensions arms, ST Steel universal joints…and more. Many K Factory parts will also be included in this new kit, including the water resistant air filter, ST Steel differential outdrives, Alum. 7075 steering linkage set and the Alum. front chassis stiffener rod set. … Available Sept. 5th, 2007.
GRP have announced their first 1/10th scale buggy tire, which have been designed in conjunction with UK distributor Mirage Racing called the Conespike. The Conespike has been designed and tested in the UK over the past few months by top GRP drivers and will be available in rears suitable for both 4wd and 2wd, 4wd fronts and 2wd fronts.
We tested various spike designs to maximise forward traction and side bite. We had some very interesting results with length of spikes and shapes of spikes and with GRP’s awesome prototype making facility we were able to quickly change and re mould the tyres to our needs. Months of prototypes and lots of laps later we had decided on the best design of spike and pattern of spikes for grass, loose dirt and Astroturf. We also tested numerous compounds and chose the C compound which has excellent forward traction and very low wear. The surface of the tyre has a textured finish instead of a smooth finish as this improves traction once the spike has folded under acceleration. This made a huge difference in performance of the tyre and was another feature that we are very happy with.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Mirage report from the 2007 Euros in Montbrison, France – Link [mirageracing.com]
> McIntosh wins the RC Pro Series EAST Round 2 – Link [teamxray.com]
> Report from the 8th round of the Schumacher BTCC – Link [mirageracing.com]
> Hungarian off road National Championship Round 4 – Link [rbproducts.com]
> Moore-Speed Reynard 02S 12th Body – Link [mirageracing.com]
> Pre painted bodies from Ansmann – Link [powers-international.com]
Korean electric accessories manufacturer, Much More, have confirmed that they have signed up top Team Associated driver Juho Levanen from Finland. Levanen, who will now use Much More products, has dominated this years Fintrack series as well as winning the LRP Masters in April while the highlight of his racing career so far must definitely be his back to back European 1/10th scale Touring car titles in 2002 and 2003.
OFNA have introduced this new ultra-compact starter box for 1/10 belt-driven nitro touring cars with transverse mounted engines. The starter box is lightweight and compact for easier storage and transporting and it’s powered by a single 750 size motor and one or two 7.2 volt stick packs. Use one battery to keep it as light as possible, or hook up a second battery to double the capacity. The starter box has an adjustable starter wheel and starting platform to accommodate most 1/10 touring cars on the market.
Protoform have finally released photos of their new high downforce 200mm DNA³ body shell, a body style previously only available for 190mm electric cars. In spite of numerous modifications to optimize the body for nitro sedan racing, the signature DNA style remains, from its bold front splitter to its large real wing there’s no doubt that this is a serious racing body design. Made to fit all 200mm nitro sedan chassis, the body and its supplied wing meet all ROAR and IFMAR rule requirements. Supplied with a protective film, wing mounting hardware, decals and window masks, the DNA³ is formed in genuine Lexan to provide durability for this ultra-fast racing class.
Click to see the body from different angles… content