The picture above and below is that of a new kevlar / carbon fibre tub chassis for the Atomic Carbon S4 which UK driver Mat Dodd is currently testing. The chassis has a outer layer of kevlar and the normal inner layers of carbon fibre with the purpose of the kevlar to help reduce any wear to a minimum on the chassis. Depending on how testing goes it might be introduced on the company’s S2 and S4.
Team Losi have released some of the most popular shock oils in the Losi range all together in one convenient package. The package is sold together with 6 bottles that include 17.5, 22.5, 27.5, 32.5, 37.5 and 42.5 hardness silicone oil, with the 42.5 a new addition to the range of shock oils.
Current US National Champions Speed Merchant have announced the release of their latest 1/12th scale chassis, the Rev5, due for sale in the 2nd week of October. The car has a new rear pod design, that takes “easy access” to a new level, meaning you can literally drop in any motor, including brushless with a large pinion attached, with ease while the new pod plates have been machined from Delrin which offers huge weight savings. The car also feaures a new extensively tested “Formula” front end which has been created using linkages yet is sturdy enough to hold up to the speeds and forces generated in today’s cars. By supporting the top of the king pin with 2 balls, the upper link arm is very stiff and strong, and doesn’t move during a crash.
Xray have a report from the the fifth and final round of the Portuguese 1:8 National Championship that was held at the Vizela track, and saw the crowning of Xray driver Fernando Almeida as the new National Champion. Kyosho racer Miguel Matias was TQ followed by Fernando Almeida and each of the two drivers won their semi-final and with this result Fernando was already the new Portuguese Champion, having 3 wins and one 2nd place. In the final, Matias used his no.1 starting position to his advantage, pulling away from the field and getting a 4-lap lead by the end over 2nd place finisher Carlos Duraes with Tiago Almeida in 3rd. Fernando was 2nd in the race until he was hit by another driver, breaking his right rear lower suspension arm and putting him out of the race.
Spanish aftermarket parts maker Ultimate Racing have released this blue anodised flywheel tool. Featuring a laser etched Ultimate Racing logo, the tool helps you easily remove your cars flywheel by pulling it away from the crankshaft just by twisting the handle.
The Venom Group have announced that they will soon release their all new 11.1v LiPO battery packs. Designed to compliment today‘s high demand needs for more power and capacity, these packs offer 30% or more average runtime, and are 33% lighter, than the comparable NiMH pack. Sold in 2 versions, 4000mAh and an amazing 5400mAh, both come supplied with 12-gauge silicone wire and the new Traxxas high current connector and both include a “JSTX42.5 3P” balance connector.
Xray have a report on their site from the 1/18th scale East Coast Championships that were held at RC Excitement in Fitchburg, Massachusetts last weekend. Last years Formula 18 truck class winner Zack Barry was present and this year he would also race the micro sedan classes for the first time, having only completed building his M18 Pro chassis’ before the event. After 3 rounds of qualifying Zack had TQ’d the Formula 18 truck class by 2 laps, claimed 3rd on the grid in Pro brushless micro sedan and lined up 5th in Pro Mod micro sedan. On Sunday the mains were run and in the Formula 18 class Zack had an amazing 28 lap run, winning easily by a full 2 laps. Next to the sedan class where in the Pro brushless A main he again took the win, while in the pro mod class Zack had a tough run and finished 6th.
According to a statement by Josh Cyrul, top racer and designer of CEFX cars and parts, the company will stop trying to make their C12 1/12th scale chassis suitable for both brushed and brushless configurations as the changes needed to make the BL car competitive would compromise the cars setup in non BL configuration too much. Hence the C12 will stay as is and the company will further develop a specific BL version, the first picture of which is shown above.