Team Orion have issued a release about their team driver Ari Bakla capturing the 2007 Australian National Titles, that took place this past weekend. The event attracted nearly 200 entrants and the competition down under was exceptional. In a dominating display of driving, Bakla finished qualifying on the top of the time sheets in both modified classes and then went on to take advantage of his front row starts to claim the double victory.
The picture above was spotted in this months issue of the Japanese magazine, RC Magazine. It shows a new, concept stage, project by Kyosho to make a 1/12th gas powered 4wd pan car, sporting what looks like the same Sirio .09 engine that comes with the Mini Inferno range of buggies. As my Japanese is pretty bad, all i can comment on is the picture and i have to say that it looks like a rather awkward and cramped layout with 2 belt configuration, side mounted disk brake and 2 speed gearbox. The rear top mounted exhaust just looks like an afterthought and as much as the center of the car looks too busy, the front has nothing going on. What do you guys think?
Following the EFRA rule change earlier this year that placed a ban on body side stiffeners that are stuck or mounted to the inside of the body, some enterprising racers like John Ermen (above) have come up with a clever and unique way to overcome this ruling. Also seen on the car of Rob Kuijper at the first round of the Dutch Nationals last week, both drivers have mounted, formed, wire to the central radio plate mount that spreads out to touch the inside of the body shell which ensures that the sides of the bodyshell don’t flap about high speed or get caught up inside the car in the event of a crash. The end of the wire has been finished off with fuel tubing to ensure the vibrations dont put a hole in the side of the body. Clever thinking.
A while ago we announced on our site the creation of the South African RC Pro Series, and even prior to that announcement the first round of that championships was won in which Jonathon Ment won the buggy class and Carl Hein Fommann won the truggy. Just over a week ago was round 2 of this series and it took place at Avion Raceway in Kempton Park South Africa and 70 racers were in attendance. Below is a report from the organisers from this event.
LRP have announced the release of their Brushless & Brushed Cooling Set, which is essentially a fan and heatsink combination. As we all know excessive motor temperatures lower the efficiency and the power of a motor and can also lead to permanent damage so with this new offering from LRP you will see a considerable reduction in motor temperature during the race which keeps motor power up. Suitable for all 540-type motors, the set features a blue anodised heatsink and an oversized cooling fan to remove the heat.
LRP have announced the release of the successor to the popular Pulsar 2 competition charger, the obviously named Pulsar 3. Bearing a strong resemblance to the Nosram Stealth Evolution charger, this new Pulsar is a fully featured charger that can handle all types of racing cells, including Lipo’s, for use at the highest levels of racing and with 4 World Championship titles for this range of chargers it definitely has a great pedigree.
Serpent are reporting on their site about last weekends Pre FEMCA championship race that was held at Jakartas Twin Circuit facility. The event was seen as the warm up event for the FEMCA Championships which take place on this track later in the year, and at this event it was Serpent driver Teddy Syatch that was the man to beat TQ’ing both classes along with recording the fastest lap of the weekend for both classes too. Unfortunately organisers were forced to cancel the A Mains due to heavy rain with the result being declared on the outcome of the qualifying heats which meant Teddy won both classes with 2nd place in 1/10th going to Peter Widjaja and Ryan Chandra in 3rd. In the 1/8th scale class, behind Teddy, it was Fayakhun TKI in 2nd and Arya Rido in 3rd.
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Korean company Much More have announced the release of this new electronic speed controller, called the ‘Drive’. Aimed at the sports market, with its forward and reverse, this speedo only works with motors over 17 turns but can accept all types of cells like NiMH, NiCD and Lipo. The ‘Drive’ features automatic setup and has a high temperature safety cut off system that prevents damage through overheating and because its from bling masters Much More you can choose from 2 different colour heatsinks – blue and silver.
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