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.
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.
Our Australian partners Rube Dude have a brief report from last weekends Queensland truggy State titles that were run at the Twin Cities Scale Model Motorsport Car Club in Townsville. The truggy class was TQ’d and won by HongNor racer Zac Ryan and he has also given his account of the event.
I was given a Hong Nor X1-CRT for the event, which I had never run before. Thursday I managed to work out the setup and after that I basically left the setup for the rest of meeting. By Sunday afternoon I had finished top qualifier in the semi final and went on to win the A-main by three laps.
Last weekend at the Roeselare track in Belgium saw the 2007 Benelux Championships take place for 1/8th and 1/10th scale classes. The event is open to drivers from within the Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, and despite the predicted bad weather a lot of top drivers turned up for the event. Qualifying took place on Saturday in damp conditions and in the 1/8th scale class it was Steven Cuypers that claimed the pole position, heading a Serpent 1-2-3 with John Ermen in 2nd and Robin D’hondt in 3rd. In the 1/10th scale class it was Xray driver Jilles Groskamp that took the pole position by only 3 tenths ahead of 2nd placed Jerome Renaux, racing for Kyosho.
In an eventful final at this years ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals in Missouri, it was Team Losi driver Adam Drake that walked away with the National title. Up until the half way mark of the race it seemed to look like being a dominant victory by pole man Ryan Maifield, driving the Associated RC8, but continued technical problems dropped him down the order until he finally stopped completely. Adam Drake inherited the lead because of this, and despite a late charge by O’Donnell racer Jared Tebo in the closing stages of the 60 minute race, the Drake could hold on for the win, with Tebo close behind in 2nd, while the 3rd spot went to Ryan Cavalieri, driving the Associated buggy.
Images have started to surface on the internet from the new 2wd buggy of Korean RC manufacturer, Academy. The picture above is from RC Tech and shows the complete car in CAD format and as we can see it features a moulded chassis with centrally mounted stick pack configuration while the front end sports a unique looking steering C-hub setup. Other pictures from our partners RC Forum (see below) show, the tub chassis in detail and close ups of the rear end of the car, which looks pretty conventional. No word has been given on the expected release date of this car, or even the name, but we will let you know when we find out.