A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Nicholas Zachariades wins round 6 of the Cyprus Nationals – Link [serpent.com]
> Xray win BRCA Young Guns Championships at Bedworth – Link [mirageracing.com]
> More great pictures of the Serpent F180 – Link [serpent.com]
> Team Losi not sending team to the EP Buggy World Championships – Link [rctech.net]
> Serpent announce the 2007 Nations Cup in Portugal – Link [serpent.com]
> Photos from the Hong Kong Axial Cup – Link [rctech.net]
Just this weekend saw the German National Championship title race run for 1/8th scale at the Hamm track in the West of Germany, a race that would crown the new German National Champion. In qualifying it was Serpent racer Michael Salven that claimed the pole position ahead of Shepherd racer Robert Pietsch who would start 2nd. The start of the race was filled with drama as Salven missed the start changing tires and had to begin the race from the back of the grid meaning he would have to push from the start. With the race underway Pietsch could take the lead, but with Salven pushing hard he couldnt afford to relax, that was until Michael went off and with the motor starved of fuel sitting upside down, it stalled, which lost him 2 laps and so began another recovery drive. By the end of the race Salven had recovered to 3rd only a few seconds behind 2nd placed finisher Oliver Mack for Mugen, while the win went to Pietsch, driving the prototype Shepherd Velox.
Serpent have announced the release of this all-new ride height and droop gauge for use on all circuit based cars. Machined from a single block of aluminium, it has been orange anodised and lightened further with the addition of 3 holes in the body of the tool. This 2 in 1 gauge can measure both droop, when used in conjunction the new Serpent setup blocks, and can easily be used to measured the cars ride height by simply rotating it 90 degrees. The tool sports the new Serpent logo and can measure between 2mm and 10mm ride height and –2mm to 11mm droop.
Serpent have released some new parts for the Serpent 720 and 960, the first being this brass plate for use in the optional Serpent 720 LCG chassis plates. Made using very hard brass material, this plate provides more weight to the front of the car, helping to remove snap oversteer and allowing the car to corner faster and smoother. In addition to the improved cornering speeds the added weight mounted in the chassis helps prevent grip roll on high traction surfaces. Also new from Serpent for both the 960 and 720 are these thin and therefore super soft front anti-roll bar blades. These new blades have the same hard setting as before but in the softest setting they are much softer providing even more steering and overall they allow a wider range of settings. The end of the shafts have also been changed and now have a new adjusting slot which enables you to easily see the setting of the anti-roll bar.
Barry Baker has backed up his ROAR Carpet Nats title by winning the modified touring car class at last weekends ROAR On Road electric Nationals held at the Seattle Indoor Raceway. Baker, who had TQ’d the event, drove his Xray to victory in the first 2 of the 3 finals to take the overall title with 1 round still left to run. Xrays strong showing was backed up by Paul LeMieux who had qualified 3rd but took 2nd place ahead of Tamiya driver Josh Numan in 3rd.
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We forgot to mention this news when our partners Neo Buggy announced it last week, but HoBao are coming out with their latest 1/8th scale buggy, the Hyper 8.5 Pro Edition. We also now have pictures of the new buggy thanks to HoBao Norway and the car looks pretty good with its new spider diffs, big bore shocks, new chassis and braces as well as other changes. These pictures come hot on the heels of the announcement by UK distributor CML of the HoBao Hyper 8 ‘BRCA edition‘ which comes out in August, a release date for the 8.5 Pro isn’t known yet.
We wrote about the Solaroli tuned Picco engines back in March when the Italian driver released his hand tuned Evo2 .12 and .21 engines. Now with the basic Picco engines updated, for better durability and performance, Stefano has hand worked and is now selling the Evo3 version of the Picco .12 motor. The work that is done features porting of the liner, and other work, as well as optimising and polishing the crankshaft to get the absolute best out of the engine.
GS Racing have announced the release of the Shadow SB1 RTR, a new 1/10th scale 4wd gas powered buggy aimed at helping bring beginners into the world of RC nitro. Designed for maximum fun this car features lots of suspension travel, newly designed durable front and rear aluminum shock towers and the car features no e-clips in the suspension system so that the car can be maintained more easily. This car comes equipped with the powerful .15 rear exhaust engine, with pullstart, which works with the companies unique rear exhaust system, which sees the pipe mounted in a cage behind the rear shock tower.
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