A quick piece of news from Japanese firm Active Hobby, who have shown their new prototype 1/10th scale 200mm bodyshell on their website. Still in development, the version pictured above is a pre production type with the completed shell expected to be ready for sale in May.
Serpent are reporting on last weekends first round of the Hyundai sponsored Serpent Korea Cup that took place at the Suwon circuit. Attracting 60 racers, the event was open to racers of all makes of 1:10 and 1:8 scale cars and attracted special guests, the famous Sahashi brothers all the way from Japan. In 1:10 Yuya Sahashi broke the track record to TQ for the event with his Serpent 720 but in the final both brothers suffered engine problems which allowed young Korean Serpent racer Nam SangJun to take the win fom Kyosho driver Choi Seungwon in 2nd and Ahn Nyunho in 3rd. In 1:8 SangJun again starred by securing the TQ position with his 960 and in the race the youngster did a superb job to finish second behind Serpent team driver Yuya Sahashi to give Serpent a great 1-2 result with Oh Yongtaek in 3rd for Kyosho.
We have shown you lots of parts from M Mod before, as well as All Mod, and today we have more parts to show you, this time only for Mugen. The first up, which you can see above is a rear lower wishbone pivot point for the MTX4 that has been made out of the trademark grey anodised aluminium and adds to the strength required around this area in the event of an impact. Also available from M Mod, for the MBX5 and the MBX5-T, is a part that combines the upper servo saver mount and the upper rear side front suspension pivot point in one part which adds greatly to the strength and stiffness of this entire area.
Team Orion have issued a release about their team driver Ari Bakla capturing the 2007 Australian National Titles, that took place this past weekend. The event attracted nearly 200 entrants and the competition down under was exceptional. In a dominating display of driving, Bakla finished qualifying on the top of the time sheets in both modified classes and then went on to take advantage of his front row starts to claim the double victory.
The picture above was spotted in this months issue of the Japanese magazine, RC Magazine. It shows a new, concept stage, project by Kyosho to make a 1/12th gas powered 4wd pan car, sporting what looks like the same Sirio .09 engine that comes with the Mini Inferno range of buggies. As my Japanese is pretty bad, all i can comment on is the picture and i have to say that it looks like a rather awkward and cramped layout with 2 belt configuration, side mounted disk brake and 2 speed gearbox. The rear top mounted exhaust just looks like an afterthought and as much as the center of the car looks too busy, the front has nothing going on. What do you guys think?
Following the EFRA rule change earlier this year that placed a ban on body side stiffeners that are stuck or mounted to the inside of the body, some enterprising racers like John Ermen (above) have come up with a clever and unique way to overcome this ruling. Also seen on the car of Rob Kuijper at the first round of the Dutch Nationals last week, both drivers have mounted, formed, wire to the central radio plate mount that spreads out to touch the inside of the body shell which ensures that the sides of the bodyshell don’t flap about high speed or get caught up inside the car in the event of a crash. The end of the wire has been finished off with fuel tubing to ensure the vibrations dont put a hole in the side of the body. Clever thinking.
A while ago we announced on our site the creation of the South African RC Pro Series, and even prior to that announcement the first round of that championships was won in which Jonathon Ment won the buggy class and Carl Hein Fommann won the truggy. Just over a week ago was round 2 of this series and it took place at Avion Raceway in Kempton Park South Africa and 70 racers were in attendance. Below is a report from the organisers from this event.
LRP have announced the release of their Brushless & Brushed Cooling Set, which is essentially a fan and heatsink combination. As we all know excessive motor temperatures lower the efficiency and the power of a motor and can also lead to permanent damage so with this new offering from LRP you will see a considerable reduction in motor temperature during the race which keeps motor power up. Suitable for all 540-type motors, the set features a blue anodised heatsink and an oversized cooling fan to remove the heat.