We briefly wrote about this 1/12th scale 2wd truck from Yokomo, called the SD12-TR, back in April and at the time we didnt know much about the car other than the very basics. Today CML in the UK have released details, and lots of pictures from the truck.
Featuring championship-winning technology, the heaviest components of an electric R/C car such as the motor and battery, have been reduced in size for lighter weight. Powered by a high-power motor (included in kit: Yokomo Mini-Zero 290-27T) and a high power Yokomo Nickel Metal Hydride battery (sold seperately) high-performance running can be easily enjoyed in stock kit form.
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A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> RB products have a report from last weekends ROAR nats – Link [rbproducts.com]
> Kyosho have release lots of new parts for July – Link [kyosho.com]
> Simon Kinzelmann won the 7th round of the Bayern Cup 2007 – Link [buggy-sport.info]
> MCRC setup board and scales – Link [kimihiko-yano.net]
> Xray release details of the new NT1 Rear Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar – Link [teamxray.com]
Two weeks ago we told you about the great adventure that the HPI Baja 5B buggy was going to undertake, when HPI announced that they would drive this buggy all the way around the island of Iceland. They completed the 1383,04Km journey in 3 days with only minimal maintenance required on the car which included changing the 5 pairs of front and 7 pairs of rear tires that were used for the whole trip.
Check out the HPI page for the full report and lots of cool pictures.
Team ART have shown on their website, this prototype conversion for the Academy SB-V2 4wd buggy, and has participated with it in the recent Korean Nationals, placing 4th and showing the pace of this car. From the picture you can see that it appears to use the center from a HB Cyclone D4, with different carbon upper plate, while continuing to utilise the geometry and outward transmission from the SB-V2. This is presumably for better weight distribution as now the batteries saddle the center shaft and the motor and center gear assembly are further forward, the original SB-V2 features a rear mounted gear assembly and the batteries are mounted on 1 side.
UPDATE: Jimmy ‘the train spotter’ from oOple, has corrected me regarding the center assembly, that while it may look like the D4 / BJW assembly, it is in fact ‘completely’ different. We shall be running all of this stuff past his eagle eyes in the future.
The 23 turn motors are coming thick and fast these days and the latest is this version from Tech Racing, called the Exelero. Made by Yokomo, and featuring the companies new end bell, these particular motors have been individually tuned with such adjustments as the setting of the spring pressure and correct aligning of the brushes done by hand, as well as some other adjustments. This particular motor is designed for torque, and as with all the current batch of 23T motors, is JMRCA compliant.
Episode 8 of RC Racing, that great TV show, shown in Europe on cable channel Motors TV is now online and can be watched in the player above.
This month is the final episode of series 1 and we go out with a bang, with the dramatic Buggy “A” final from the Neo-Invitational meeting. We also have an up to the minute look at the latest developments in the touring car world, checking out the latest Chassis, Motors and Batteries. We also investigate weather manufacturer claims of their models top speeds are actually true – with surprising results!
The 5th round of the BRCA 1/10th 200mm Foam Nationals were run last weekend at the Brooklands track in the south of England. The weather was fine for qualifying and it saw the pole position going to round 3 winner Darren Johnson, racing the Team Magic G4+ while in 2nd place was Robin Hammet with 3rd spot on the grid going to Kyosho driver Steven Brown. Just at the start of the main final however, the rain started to fall and continue for the length of the race, only stopping when the race ended. This of course caused plenty of rush tyre decisions and as all the rain related dramas settled down it was Steve Brown that emerged out in front, keeping it clean and going on to take the win from Mugen racer Paul Knapton in 2nd, only 1 lap behind, while 3rd spot went to Tim Wood racing a Serpent.
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Last weekend in Sweden saw the Nordic Championships for 1/10th and 1/8th scale cars run at the Vast-8 track in Gotheburg. In qualifying it was Kyosho racer Roland Ström that took the 1/10th scale top qualifying spot while in the 1/8th scale class it was again a Kyosho, this time driven by Marcus Lindner that took the class TQ. In the 1/10th scale final it was a win for Xray NT1 racer Martin Cristensen, who took the lead after pole man Ström ran out of fuel just before the end, while in the lead, eventually finishing 2 laps behind in the 2nd position while in 3rd spot it was a close race between eventual 3rd place finisher Niklas Håkansson and 4th placed Per Ola Hard, the latter losing a lot of time in a crash mid race. In the 1/8th scale race, a lot of the front runners like Mikael Fransson, Martin Christensen, Christoffer Hallborg and pole man Marcus Lindner all ran into problems which allowed Roland Ström, racing a Kyosho to take the win by 5 seconds from 2nd placed Serpent driver, Bengt Andersson, while Niklas Johansson came home in 3rd, 1 lap behind the leading pair.