Japanese firm Team AJ have released 2 new products, the first is this lightweight alumnium suspension arm nut wrench which is used with the Mugen MBX5R/T when trying to get at the cars front differential. This wrench is for the 4 millimeter nylon locknut that holds the front suspension pin in place and is designed in such a way that its easy to get at the nut. The other product from Team AJ is a set of 10 high quality rubber sealed ball bearings which are designed for use in gas buggies.
Calandra Racing Concepts in the US have released a number of new parts for their own line of carpet racers as well as something for off road buggies. First up the release of a carbon fiber cross brace for the Gen-X (above) which mounts to the CRC lower arms, keeping the front end strong, straight and true even with the heaviest impacts. The brace also acts as a mount for CRC’s new “Long-Arm” option, coming soon for the Pro Strut front end. Also new are a number of super strong and light titanium parts such as upper pivot balls for the Pro Strut front end, front end screws and tie rods, also for the Pro Strut front end. Finally, for the Losi 8ight and 8ight T, CRC have made some “No-Pop” steering balls that capture the link, keeping the tie rod attached to the ball even in the event of a hard impact.
HPI Racing have released 2 new electronic speed controllers, the same as those that come standard in the company’s E10 street car and Sprint 2 Sport. The EN-1 unit can handle any motor with 21 or more turns of wire, while the SC15 can handle any motor with 15 or more, allowing you to fit any “stock” motor, which are typically 23 turns or 27 turns, or even mild modified motors in the case of the SC-15. The digital proportional circuitry provides smooth, precise control in a variety of conditions and both feature reverse.
We briefly mentioned this event in one of our Daily news Round ups the other day but now Xray have a full report from the HPC International, which attracted 60 drivers from all over the region, namely Singapore, Macau, Taiwan and the host country Malaysia. Qualifying saw a comfortable pole position for local Malaysian ace driver David Lim with his Werks-powered Losi, with Singaporean driver Glenn Phuah in an RB-powered Xray 2nd, after the dmap semi finals however Lim was eliminated and wouldnt run in the final. That final began with Hong Nor racer Ah M pulling into the lead after managing to overtake Sam Cheng and Glenn Phuah in the first few minutes of the 45min final. It was a tough final and the lead changed several time times between Sam, Glenn and Ah M. Sam made a slight mistake that gave Glenn an opportunity to take to lead the race leaving Sam to settle for 2nd behind eventual race winner Glenn Phuah, while Danny Teh claimed 3rd.
We received this report from JR Mitch on the recent 1st Annual gshobby.com Nitro Jam – With exactly 100 entries, the 1st Annual gshobby.com Nitro Jam held at the 555 Raceway in Bartow, FL amd presented by JR Mitch (Sept 8 & 9) was a success. People began showing up to practice on Thursday and Friday for non-stop track time.
Jammin have introduced the new JP-4 tuned pipe, designed specifically for 1/8 scale off-road racing to improve mid-range to top-end speed without sacrificing bottom-end punch. Like the rest of the JP pipes, the JP-4 features a smash-proof billet stinger and reliable spring coupler design, and is IFMAR legal meaning you can race it at sanctioned events. Available in two different coatings; hard-anodized or nickel plated chrome, the nickel plated finish is practically impervious to stains while both versions include 2 coupler grommets, springs, set screw and a spring-loaded pipe hanger.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Report from the HPC International 1/8 Off Road race – Link [rbproducts.com]
> Vita Racing Team cooperates with Reckward Tuning – Link [buggy-sport.info]
> Report from the Great lakes off road challenge Rd7 – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> Team Magic G4+ Wins 2007 Spanish Championship – Link [teammagic.com.tw]
Following from the earlier report about the new DXF Competition 2wd Classic chassis, comes information about another chassis in this class. This car despite being shown in CAD images has actually been produced, the Contact 300 is the brainchild of French racers Thierry Simon and Gilles Garrigou, who have produced this car for use by their team drivers only. The car again sports the conventional layout of the Classique type car but uses modern materials throughout and has fully adjustable caster and front camber. The company are currently working on a new design for the 310 and we hope to show you more information when we get it.