Former French National champion Frederic Pain has joined Atomic Carbon to drive the S4 in this years French national series. Frederic, who was the French National champion in 2003 and 2004 and runner up last year, will be part of the French off road team that will be racing at the World Championships that takes place in Japan later this year.
Current 1/10th Touring car World Champion Andy Moore (not pictured above) is setting the pace after Fridays practice at the 1/12th European Championships held in Sweden. The British driver was 4 seconds clear of second place Simo Ahoniemi from Finland with German driver Markus Mobers in 3rd, a further 4 seconds back. Its, of course, only early stages and the drivers are still trying to find their best setup to go into qualifying, which starts tomorrow, so todays times are just a very rough estimation of who is quick. Finish gas racing specialist Teemu Saarinen was 4th fastest after todays practice sessions with dominant British champion Andy Griffiths lying in 5th.
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Just a quick word to say that HPI Japan have announced that the long awaited Hot Bodies Cyclone D4 4wd buggy will be shipping in April, so expect to see in your local hobby shop or online store in the next couple of weeks. As well as announcing the cars release HPI Japan have also shipped some optionals for the D4 like a 1.2mm anti-roll bar instead of the kit 1.4mm, a high downforce wing and a front one-way axle.
Serpent today released these WOS steering blocks set for the Serpent 960 that contains 2 steering blocks, bearing eccenters, ceramic bearings, spacers and nylon pivot ball nuts. Featuring a different offset to the standard kit versions, the blocks can be used in 2 different configurations by swapping the side of the car they are mounted on. These changes, depending on the side the steering blocks are used on, will either give you more turn in on corner entry, or more on power steering at corner exit. The included eccenters ensure that the axle is raised higher than centre line, which enhances the effect caused by this new configuration.
Japanese company Eagle Racing have announced today, the release of this small and effective comm lathe that weighs in at only 604grams and has a very small footprint too, meaning it won’t take up much space on your pit table and apart fromt that, it does exactly what every other comm lathe does, and we’re sure it does it well to. Also available from Eagle Racing today is a range of aluminium option parts for the Losi Micro-T, such as wishbones, shock towers, uprights, wishbone mounts and gears some of which you can see below.
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Tamiya have released this rather nice carry case, called the Porter RC bag, which has been designed for the TamTech Gear, retro electric buggy, and features space for the car, radio and other accessories. The case itself is made from a hard wearing black material and looks very stylish, featuring only a small Tamiya logo in the lower corner of the bag itself.
Following on from our post about the new Much More armature tubes yesterday, comes this cardboard carry case for both those armature tubes, as well as your precious motors. The Much More branded box, is filled with foam for maximium protections and can hold 4 armature tubes, that are supplied, and up to 6 motors.
Last weekend saw the biggest off road race in Chile for this year when the country played host to the 2007 South American Championships at a track in Santiago. The race saw competitors from Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina and even some drivers from the United States, Canada and Germany, and so National pride was as important in this race as the individual result. In the end the race was won by Argentinian Mugen driver Adrian Castro with 2nd place going to Venezuelan, and pole position man, Daniel Ferreira driving a Jammin buggy, Patricio Concha from Chile rounded off the podium in 3rd also running a Jammin buggy.
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