The 2008 Reedy Truck Race of Champions was held last week at Hot Rod Hobbies in Saugus, California. Temperatures reached the mid to upper 90’s all week long putting motors and batteries to the test in these extreme conditions. On Thursday there was a buzz going around the pits with last years defending Reedy Truck Race Champion and current World Champion Jared Tebo arrived to the track, but had a few less stickers on his truck. Jared was recently released from his motor/battery sponsor a few short weeks ago and didn’t have a power sponsor. A closer look at his truck showed he had a Team Orion Vortex Brushless Motor and a Team Orion 3800 LiPo Battery in his truck.
Adam Drake dropped us a mail to say that last weekend the Losi driver did some extensive testing using the first sets of Losi / GRP Eclipse and Reptile tires for truggy together with production inserts. Adam was extremely happy with the tires and the lap times reflected this. Public release of the new truggy tires is expected for early December.
French bearing company Kanzen is proud to announce the release of 2 new complete (24pcs) ball bearing sets for the Mugen MBX6 and the Kyosho MP9. Both sets come with SRS Black Seals suitable for all weather conditions, keeping your rotating parts running like an Swiss watch in even in the mud and sand.
Team Shepherd is proud to announce that the 2007 Brazilian Champion Eduardo Dulac has joined Team Shepherd. Dulac will use the 1/8th scale Velox in all major events like the Brazilian Championship, the Portuguese Championship, the World Championship Warm-up in Switzerland as well as the World Championship itself. Additionally Eduardo will also start to manage the sales of Shepherd products to all interested drivers in Brazil.
Last weekend the 4th round of the Mexican 1/8th scale National buggy championships took place in Guadalajara. The final saw Associated RC8 driver Marco Allende line up on pole position in front of Alejandro Cortez in 2nd but after the 40 minute final was over it was Xray driver Daniel Ornelas, driving the new wider VP Pro rear tires, that took the win by 28 seconds from Ramon Sigrist in 2nd, while Hector Garcia took 3rd.
Speedzone have announced that they will release the IP4600 cell to its line of matched cells. Demonstrating high runtimes with high voltage, the IP4600 cell will be a top performer in the NiMH class of cells. Reliability has been excellent with consistent performance results and extremely limited self-discharge. Being very conscious of the current economic conditions Speedzone claim to have taken steps to ensure that pricing of IP4600 cells will be cost effective to all R/C enthusiasts, from the average hobbyist to the weekend racer.
Team Trinity have introduced an all new proprietary brushless motor design for all levels of competition. The Pulse Modifieds are pro racing brushless cans, and the ROAR Spec versions meet all ROAR and IFMAR spec class requirements. Both types of motors work with all sensored-style speed controls, and feature strong Neo magnets, heavy duty ball bearings, timing adjustment, and is available in the following winds 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 10.5, 13.5, 17.5 and 21.5.
The 6th and final round of the Belgian 1/10th scale National Championships took place recently at the MRCC track in Charleroi. The weather on Saturday was cold but dry and following one practice session in the morning there were 2 rounds of qualifying in which Xray driver Jerome Renaux set the pace. Sunday arrived and with it the rain, making the final qualifier useless and so Renaux would start on pole for the wet final. In the final the pole man had a good start and by the 15 minute mark had a one lap advantage over 2nd and it would stay that way till the end with Jerome winning from team mate Stephane Roufosse in 2nd and Manuel Henriet in 3rd. This win sealed the T1 title for Renaux.