Italian engine company Max Power have released a new .21 engine called the XL7. Designed for On road and Rally game use, the new XL7 is fitted with a seven port sleeve and features a super light balance crank shaft which is claimed gives better bottom power and improved fuel economy.
The future of Serpent, one of the pioneering companies of the on rc racing scene, has been the subject of much industry talk lately and today the men behind the company, Ronald Baar & Michael Salven, issued a statement to try and clear up some of the rumours doing the rounds. In the statement they clarify a number of issues including the fact the company will still have its HQ, albeit on a smaller scale, in The Netherlands. Under the company’s new structure it will have three main locations in SerpentAsia, SerpentAmerica and SerpentEurope which will support the 45 Serpent distributors World Wide. Backing up the statement is Serpent’s presence at the iHobby Expo in the Chicago this weekend where their new US distributor has a booth.
Upgrade RC have released three new body skin sets for three the main three newcomers to the 1:8 Nitro Buggies market, the World Championship winning Hot Bodies D8, Mugen MBX-6 and the Kyosho MP9. A choice of eight designs are available.
Sweep, the tyre/wheel brand of Much More, have announced they will enter the 1:8 Off Road market starting with two 1:8 tyre designs and its own wheel. The Star Trek and Battle Star tyres come premounted and are each offered in two compounds. Red is a described as soft while Blue is a super soft compound. The Star Trek thread is designed to work well on most track conditions while the Battle Star gives more forward bite due to the horizontal, straight-edge pins. The new 1:8 wheel, which is made of Dupont nylon, is available in White or Yellow and is suitable on most buggies using a standard hexes and will take most standard sized tyres.
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Team Shepherd has extended their product range with the launch of two new low-friction rubber belts for the front and the rear axles of its successful Velox 1:8 onroad car. The new belts are much softer and more flexible than the standard versions and allow the drive train to run more freely. This ensures that the engine power is efficiently transfered into speed. Although the softer belts wear faster, the extra power and decreased fuel consumption offers racers that little extra advantage.
Raimondo Gilletti has won the third round of the Italian Regional Championship (Sicily) which was held at the LeCocoBeach track in Catania over the weekend. Driving his Novarossi powered Team Magic G4RS, Gilletti claimed the TQ setting a new track record of 10.82 seconds. In the final he went on to take victory from Kyosho driver Michele Perniciaro with Marco Lipuma, also driving a Kyosho, completing the podium.
East Midlands Model Motorsport Association “EMMA”, the new name for the former Tibshelf Model Car Club, have been in contact to tell us about an exciting new indoor 1:8 Buggy race they are hosting over the weekend of November 28/29/30 at Newark Showground.The meeting is already beginning to fill up with a number of top BRCA national drivers including Spashett, Cragg, Hazlewood, Bloomsfield and more already entered. The unique challenge of an indoor Astroturf track that promises fast and furious racing, coupled with the guarantee that the weather will make no difference to lap times being the main draw.. One top racer has already commented that “It’s not often in this country we get to see this sort of event on astro, where of the continent this event is commonplace!” The event is being supported by CML Distribution and Radio Race Car International magazine.
Last weekend saw the conclusion of the Spanish 1:10 EP Touring National Championship in Toledo where reigning champion Toni Mateo successfully defended his title in the best way possible by winning the event. Finishing second to the Tamiya driver in the season finale was David Escudero who takes Vice-Champion honours. David Martín completed the podium in Toledo ahead Jordi Padró who claims third spot in the final standings.