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.
Mugen Seiki Racing have annnounced that they have signed double ROAR National Champion (this year alone) Barry Baker to their 1/8th scale team for the 2008 season, and we presume for whats left of the 2007 season too. Barry, who continues to race Xray in the 200mm class, will be using Max power and Jaco tires in his MRX4-X and will be attending most of the major 1/8th races next year.
Japanese company Rony have announced the release of some new carbon parts for both the Kyosho Spada and the Xray NT1. The Spada gets a new chassis plate which Rony have made from carbon fibre, replacing the standard aluminium version and therefore saving weight without sacrficing strength, although not sure how heat dissipation will be handled. New for the NT1 is a rather beefy looking 4mm thick carbon fibre rear shock tower, the latest in a long line of companies to try their hand at this part.
Much More have released a new addition to their accessories range with the introduction of these Premium Body Cushion O-rings. Sold in a pack of 20 it comes with 10 x 4mm thick o-rings and 10 x 6mm thich o-rings which go over your cars body posts helping you fine tune the height as well as protect the body and reduce vibration damage.
Xray are reporting on their site from the the final race of the Swiss electric touring car Championships held in Baar 2 weekends ago. Qualifying saw Xray driver Ronny Lnenicka dominate the qualifying and take TQ ahead of Corally driver Philipp Huber in 2nd and another Xray driver Sacha Lnenicka in 3rd. In the finals it was a double win for the pole man Ronny who took the overall round win ahead of Huber in 2nd and Sacha Lnenicka in 3rd spot. This result was enough to seal the top 3 positions in the championship for Xray with Mario Rigert claiming the overall title with Ronny the Vice Champion title and Sacha, with 3rd overall also claimed the Swiss Junior title.
CML have introduced these new cooling fan stands from brand Fastrax. Available in 2 different configurations, the version on the left cools the car from below as you continue to work on the car which has been placed on the stands non slip foam surface. The second version on the right bridge the cars, cooling your expensive electronics from above using its dual fans. Both are made using a blue anodised aluminium frame and both come supplied with power cables and battery clips for connecting them to your power supply.
The 2wd ‘Classique’ class seems to be going through a bit of a resurgence of late with new cars coming out more frequently in this rather innovative class. The latest car due for release is the French made (we presume) DXF Competition chassis and while it follows the same design lines as previously released cars in this class, it loses the DIY look. Expected to be released in January next year, the car sports an aluminium chassis, fully anodised aluminium parts and the front end of the car has highly adjustable geometry.
SMC have released their lastest competition LiPo cells with the announcement that they will start selling these monster 5000mAh 7.4V packs. Coming supplied with a soft shrink sleeve case, in place of a hard case, SMC stand behind the quality of the construction of these packs. Extensively tested by the SMC team, they come supplied with either the Deans or Traxxas type connector.