Rube Dude are reporting on this weekends 2007 Top End Nitro Challenge that took place at the OCR Raceway and attracted a large number of off road racers, all looking to get their hands on the large 1st place purse. In the end, after 3 nights of Nitro Buggy action, it was Ian Haley that took the $3000.00 cash prize in first place with 158 laps, Ash Frensham $750.00 cash in second on 154 laps, and taking the $250.00 third place spot on the podium Tony Knauth with 153 laps.
DuraTrax have announced the release of the new Raze ST RTR stadium truck, which is based on the companies popular Raze nitro buggy. This 1/8th scale 4wd truck boasts lots of upgrades included as standard that make it a terrific value with plenty of option parts for even greater performance. The Raze ST includes a SuperTigre G-27CS 4.4cc racing engine with adjustable engine mount, race-legal (150cc) fuel tank with flip-top and built-in filter, heavy-duty 4mm aluminum shock towers, pre-glued soft off-road tires with foam inserts, molded chassis side guards and an aluminum racing tuned pipe.
This product was released earlier in the week but we didn’t get around to writing about it then and so here it is today. Novak’s 3-Amp High-Voltage Universal BEC allows you to run higher voltage main battery packs, up to 26.4 Volts (4-22 Ni-MH Cells or 2-7 Li-Po), and regulates output to 6 Volts/3Amps to provide consistent power to your electronics throughout the charge. It is ideal for applications that use higher main battery pack voltage above 12 or more volts in the main battery pack due to the fact that most speed control BECs have difficulty handling more then 8.4 volts input.
Atomic RC, the custom parts makers, have starting making option parts for the latest car to enter the 200mm market, the Xray NT1. While little information about these parts is available, the first to be released is a machined alumium lower back plate, which is a direct replacement to the standard composite part, but is stronger in the event of a rear collision. The 2nd new part are these new upper engine mounts, but i cant find any difference between them and the original Xray part with perhaps the exception of the materials used.
We are hearing a rumour out of the US that custom motor building firm Team Br00d has run into some financial problems and as a result is having to release its contracted factory drivers. We hope that these difficulties wont affect the production of their motors, and their other business concerns, but we believe it has left many top drivers looking for new motor sponsors. According to the team list on the companys website this could affect factory drivers Travis Amezcua, Billy Easton, Mike Blackstock, Travis Schreven, Ralph Burch, Chris Tosolini, Jarrod Langlois, Jarrod Scott & Dakotah Phend, some of which have only recently signed to the company. We hope to bring you more details about this situation when we hear them.
UPDATE: According to Eddie O on RC Tech yesterday, he says that Burch and Tosolini are staying put for the time being and Schreven will also be representing Br00d at next months Nationals.
UPDATE 2: We were contacted by Team Brood to clarify their situation and it seems that all is very well with the business, with a lot of infrastructure upgrades recently implemented and lots of additions to the companys inventory. There has been some changes in their team, as we heard, with these changes mostly affecting their paid team drivers, but they will retain the services of Travis Schreven as well as Burch and Tosolini for the time being. Team Brood also stated that they had added some members to their team line-up but that the list on their site is yet to be updated. Good to hear.
GM Racing have announced that they have signed former European 1:12 On-road champion and multiple 1:10 Touring car vice European champion, Sakke Ahoniemi. The Corraly team driver will use the companys GM Genius Brushless speedo, GM brushless motors and GM VISCommander battery management system on up-coming races. He had this to say about the deal.
After a couple of months testing with GM brushless motors and speedo, I’m very convinced that GM is the right company to power up my Corally cars for best results. GM Genius Brushless speedo is amazingly good in all areas and GM brushless motors have good power, so I’m looking forward to next races.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Mugen Germany report on a number of off road events (in German) – Link [mid-mugen.de]
> Steve Hayes reports on his win at the 200mm Irish Nationals – Link [mirageracing.com]
> RC Mag take a close look at the XB8 of Romain Soret – Link [rcmag.com]
> This weekends 4th round of the BRCA 1/8th TT nats is cancelled – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> RC Mag take a close look at the HobbyTech Str8 of Stéphane Matéo – Link [rcmag.com]
> Excel release 3 new lightweight 190mm touring car bodies – Link [rc-excel.jp]
> Horizon report on the latest round of the 19T BRCA Nats – Link [horizonhobby.co.uk]
We briefly mentioned yesterday that Nosram had released the 4 turn version of their Storm brushless motor, well today its the turn of sister company LRP to make the same announcement with the release of their Vector X11 4T modified brushless motor. As with the other low turn versions of this motor it features sintered rotors and the X11 utilises a sensored system that ensures the motor has the same linearity and smooth feeling as brushed systems.
The new 4.0T Vector X11 motor is the new 1/10 TC Modified Specialist and is used by LRP’s TC Modified Superstar Ronald Völker on most tracks. The 4.0T motors gives the advantage of nearly the same power as the 3.5T version but with a better efficiency.