The 2007 Japanese EP Touring Nationals for Sports class was run this weekend at the Kawaba RC Plaza under mixed weather conditions. Qualifying saw the pole position go to Yoshiaki Takahashi but in the final it was Morashi that was on the pace, taking the win in the first 2 legs of the A-final to take the overall title with one leg of finals left to be run. The runner up spot went to pole man Takahashi with two 2nd positions, with the final podium position going to Mitsuo Yoshida in 3rd.
Spektrum, makers of the pioneering 2.4gHz radio system, have released a number of new products in their product range. First up is this Spektrum dual voltage regulator that provides regulated voltage protection for up to two servo functions with two input ports and two output ports. This unique component eliminates the danger of higher voltage power systems to standard voltage servos by being placed in between the receiver and the servo needing regulation, which allows the rest of the system to work at a desired voltage. Also new is a range of NiMh receiver packs in both 1650mAh, 2150mAh, 2700mAh and 4500mAh capacities, with all packs featuring Sanyo cells and come installed with an EC3 lead for quick and easy usage, and a 6” JR charge lead.
Machines Racing Products have released a number of new hop-up option parts for the CEN Racing Matrix and TR, available exclusively at Machine’s R/C Hobbies. Designed by CEN factory team driver, Gene ‘the machine’ Hickerson the new products inlcude hardened tool steel cross pins, for the Matrix, TR Arena, and GST 7.7 differentials and CNC 7075 blue anodized front upper turnbuckles for the Matrix TR Arena and Matrix Buggy. Also new for the Matrix & TR Arena is a CNC 7075 blue anodized ackerman steering plate and a CNC 7075 blue anodized front suspension holder plate.
Over a week after Red RC brought you the exclusive lowdown and shots of the all new Kyosho Evolva M3 at the World Championships in Argentina, Kyosho have now released the first official pictures and information on their website. As we already explained in our previous report, the car is completely new with only a few small parts being transferred accross from the old car to the new, while the main change has been to strengthen and optimising the cars construction.
It’s been a long time coming but O’Donnell have finally released information about their new 1/8th scale 4wd buggy, called the Z01-B. A long time in testing by team driver Jared Tebo, the car has had a lot of success on the track yet very little information has been seen about the car so far, with the exception of some photographs. The Z01-B is said to the most dependable, durable, consistent buggy platform ever created for 1/8 scale nitro buggy racing and while no definite release date was given, expect it soon.
oOple have finally completed their review of the Hot Bodies Cyclone D4 and as you would expect its very in depth, with step by step building pictures as well as tips, a report from racer John Price and finally an interview with Adam Skelding, designer and team driver. Also newly reviewed by oOple is the recently released Sanwa DSSS 2.4ghz system.
View the Cyclone review here and the Sanwa review here.
New from JConcepts for the Traxxas VXL buggy is the “Hi-Speed”, whose styling presents a flowing design while incorporating many radical scoop outlets for additional air flow for speed control and motor cooling. A large Bandit specific 7” V-wing is included for maximum high speed stability while the race inspired, shorter aggressive styling, Illuzionized cab and scoop and durable flowing design are just some of the features that make the body stand out from the rest.
We received confirmation that entry for the 2008 DHI Cup will open on Wednesday the 24th of October, at 19:00 CET. It is with great pleasure, that the team behind the DHI-Cup has announced a three year deal with Odense Congress Centre to host the DHI-Cup. It means that they will have perfect surroundings for this race, with 3000 m2 floor, large tribunal for viewers and visitors, along with a great cafeteria. The track itself will have a size of 22 by 35 meters, and will be on a brand new carpet perfect for racing. New for this year is will be open practise on friday with qualifying beginning on friday evening. Red RC will be present to report live from the event but we will be bringing you more details of our coverage in the near future.