The organisers of this years Futaba Nitro Challenge were in touch to let everyone know that the dates for this great event have been finalised, with the race set to take place on the 19th – 23rd of September. As with last years event, this years Nitro Challenge will be run on the HX Raceway in Bossier City, Louisiana and is expected to draw a large crowd, all hoping to get a piece of the action that saw Taylor James walk away last year with $2000 in prize money.
Go to the official event site to find out more information and get the entry form.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> 3rd round of the Swiss 1/8th buggy Nationals – Link [bclc.ch]
> Fioroni adjustable rear toe-in/antisquat plate for Mugen MBX-5 – Link [buggy-sport.info]
> CML report on the TC5 performance at Rd3 of 19T BRCA Nats – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> JP Racing have their report online from the Kyosho Masters – Link [jpracing.com]
> Mirage have a report from last weekends Halifax National – Link [mirageracing.com]
In addition to the Exclusive on their new rubber tire range, JACO also provided us with information, and again and Exclusive first image, of their new 1/12th scale foam tires and awesome new wheels. Replacing their current line of wheels, these new tires come mounted on the all new large diameter ‘Prism’ wheel and have already proven themselves in competition, by winning the Stock Invitational race at ‘The Gate’ by over a full lap. These revolutionary tires come trued to a race-ready diameter and will be available in 5 different compounds for front and 5 different compounds for rears, and the best part is that less rubber on the wheel means a lower price to the consumer, so expect to pay $16.00 for fronts and $18.00 for rears when they are released in a week or so.
JACO, the manufacturer of high quality foam R/C tires, were in touch to let us know that they are now entering the rubber tire market and gave us the Exclusive first photo of their new Rubberz. The new JACO pre-mounted sedan tires are the latest addition to their growing line of quality products and extensive testing by their world class racing team has resulted in the development of four all new rubber compounds for racing – #2424 Yellow (Soft), #2428 Green (Med-soft), #2432 Blue (Med-firm) and #2436 Orange (Firm). These tires come with the wheel, insert, and belted tire pre-assembled, just bolt them on and race! $45.00 USD for a set of 4 pre-mounted tires.
Last weekend at the GMC club of Geneva, saw the 2nd round of the Swiss electric Touring car Nationals take place under changing weather conditions. Sundays qualifying started late due to rain but when the sun came out and the track dried it was decided to make the race based on 5 qualification runs with the best 3 counting towards the final result. In the modified class, it was round 1 winner Mario Rigert, driving for Xray, that showed his class winning 4 of the 5 finals to take the overall win ahead of Corally pairing of Marc Bösiger in 2nd and Philipp Huber in 3rd.
View the full race report as well as lots of photos here.
Italian tire manufacturer ATS have announced the release of a number of new products for both off road and general use. First up are these very unique foam truggy tires, created in 56mm width and in 130mm tire diameter, they will be available in both hard and medium compounds and should allow your truggy to tear up the tarmac. Next up is the announcement that ATS will enter the buggy tire market and they are currently testing rims and compounds and will launch with 3 compounds called Sticky, Adherence and 1600, expect to see them available soon. ATS have also released a range of clutch bell housings for off road and rally game that come in both closed and open finish and in a number of different teeth amounts. Finally comes the release of cleaning putty, similar to that sold by Serpent, that comes in a handy little tub and helps remove oil and other crap from your car.
We brought you information about shock bodies from Japanese firm, Riemon Speed Works before, and today they have announced more metal optionals, including more shock bodies. In the picture above you can see on the left, new metal shock bodies for the Kyosho Lazer ZX-5, the left shock body being a prototype made from brass and the aluminum version on the right the final sale version. In the middle of the image are the prototype and final shock bodies for the Tamiya M-chassis while the final product on the right are hex adaptors for 1/10th touring cars, which have been made from brass to apparentley help transfer the power from the tires to the ground in low grip conditions. Available this month.
Robitronic have released a new front ball differential for their Avid electric touring car as well as making the announcement that they will give current owners of the car a replacement set of hardened driveshafts, which i suppose replaces the original versions that were perhaps breaking or twisting. These hardened shafts will be included in all upcoming releases of the kit and to receive your free replacement, simply ask your Robitronic dealer.