Xray have released details of their new 4-hole large-bore shock pistons which have been designed specifically for use with the wider XRAY shock absorbers, that are sold for the XT8 and XB8 EC. The newly-redesigned pistons use a new production process to improve roundness, ensuring perfect piston movement in all four shocks and each of the pistons have four straight holes, in sizes of 1.3mm 1.4mm and 1.5mm, in every set. The 4-hole pistons with the same hole diameter have increased oil flow compared to pistons with fewer holes (for example, 2-hole pistons). This allows the use of thicker shock oil, which will allow for different damping characteristics.
Qualifying is over for this years ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals in Missouri, and the man who has shown great pace from the first practice session through to all the rounds of qualifying, Team Associateds Ryan Maifield, has claimed pole position for Sundays 60 minute A-main race. Taylor James, racing for Jammin lines up in 2nd position while Jared Tebo, racing the yet to be released O’Donnell buggy, did a great job after a poor first round of qualifying to bounce back and claim the 3rd starting position. We hope to bring you the final results, as we get them, from tomorrows mains.
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So we received an e-mail from our friends at RC Hobbies in Canada to let us know that the show RC Insider, which is hosted by Dirt Girl Anna Curtis and directed by Jayne Romyn, is back on air. No longer is it being shown by the Outdoor Life network in the US however, but instead it will be shown online, which is of course better for everyone. The show itself features race reports, interviews and product reviews and seems to be a good effort so we recommend you go check it out.
The first demo episode of this show can be seen here.
Our partners Kimihiko Yano have begun selling these great specialist tools from US based Niftech, specifically this armature shaft straightener and armature / tire balancer. The shaft straightener features a very precise measuring tool that allows you to measure the deformation of the armature shaft accurately while the supplied tool allows you to straigthen the shaft. The Balancer is a magnet hung shaft that comes on a base that sports a spirit level to ensure it has been placed flat while it comes with 2 shafts to allow you to check the balance of both tires as well as armatures.
Rain has been heavily effecting this weekends ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals that are being held at the St. Louis Dirt Burners track in Missouri. With the weather basically eliminating all but a handful of practice sessions for the 300+ entries setups have not been perfected heading into qualifying. Yesterday saw the first round of qualifying, take place under dry weather conditions but on a track that is still soft from the rain. In that session it was Associated RC8 driver Ryan Maifield that took the fastest time in this round ahead of Jammin racer James Taylor, while World Champion Mark Pavidis, racing for Kyosho, ended up with the 3rd fastest time. Qualifying continues today, hopefully under dry conditions, and we will bring you an update after todays sessions.
Our partner Neo Buggy are running a great competition right now to win a Neo Buggy branded pit mat from Upgrade RC. Simply predict the winner of this weekends ROAR 1/8th Buggy Nationals, and win and be one of the first 5 correct answers, to win this great prize. Entries close 1 hour before tomorrows main final so get your entries in quickly.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> RB Products have a brief report from round 2 of the Swedish Cup – Link [rbproducts.com]
> New servos, racing clutch and tools from SIIM Racing – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> Tamiya release full details of the TA05-MS Chassis – Link [tamiya.com]
> Serpent F180 with Ferrari / Michael Schumacher paint job – Link [serpent.com]
> Hobao ST PRO Truggy of David Crompton – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Pictures of the Kyohso X312T packaging – Link [rcworld.ch]
Alex Racing today announced their new full line up of Stock 23T brushed motors, suitable for use in the JMRCA National stock class, called Flat Out. Comprising of 3 main motor types, the VS Series, the M series and the L series, all the motors are available with the choice of brush hardness – soft, medium or hard, brush material type – carbon or pure silver, rotor specification – for lots of torque or high revs and finaly whether it comes with a steel or aluminum ring. The M series comes with a new style end bell which allows the use of bigger brushes than on standard motors.