Craft RC have been super busy releasing more new skins, this time for the Much More Power Supply, following earlier releases for the Cell Master, also from Much More. The skins are available with twelve different exclusive designs to match those found on their transmitter decals. As per the previous versions these too are made from top quality material that are easy to apply, high quality and can be removed without leaving any residue.
New from CSO High Performance Parts is this high quality 7075 T6 hardened aluminium pulley set for the Xray NT1. The pulleys are not only more durable but also claim to improve the efficiency of the drive train providing faster acceleration, while resisting dirt build-up which prevents the belts from skipping. All the parts have gone through a hardening treatment and are carefully monitored throughout the production, with each batch inspected and certified before packaging.
Our site sponsors Team Orion were delighted to inform us that Adrien Bertin has brought them yet another victory, this time at the 2008 Kyosho Masters, held in France last weekend. From 5th on the grid, Adrien went to 4th at the start and methodically moved through the field, taking advantage of his Team Orion CRF .21 powered Kyosho 777, which was also equipped with the new AKA tires for this event. After 15 minutes it was shaping up to be a three horse race between Daniel Reckward, Julien Lattanzio and Adrien Bertin and for 15 more minutes these three swapped the lead several times, never more than 8 seconds apart on the 35 second a lap track. With 10 minutes to go it was down to Reckward and Bertin, swapping the lead on pit stops as well as on the track. With two minutes to go the pair were nose to tail around the track and going onto the final lap, Adrien made the final pass for the lead at the end of the straight and he held on through bumpy conditions to take the win. Along with the performance of his Team Orion CRF Engine, Adrien was able to run on this multi-surface blue-groove track with the same set of tires in the last round of qualifying and also for the entire 45 minutes main event.
Losi have announced the July release of this simple and affordable Micro Vehicle electronics upgrade. The 27MHz AM Receiver/ 3 Wire Servo Combo is what you need to complete the conversion to the Losi Xcelorin brushless system, as the conversion to a brushless system requires the use of a standard three wire receiver and servo in order to be compatible with the Xcelorin ESC. The 27MHz AM Receiver is compatible with the stock Micro Vehicle 27mhz AM transmitter, which eliminates the need to purchase a new transmitter.
Last weekend the JP Raceway in the Philippines played host to the Masaaki Hirosaka sponsored Philippine Invitational Touring Car Championship. Mr. Hirosaka’s sponsored driver Nicholas Lee from Singapore dominated the Open Modified Class using his Kyosho Stallion, taking TQ in all 4 rounds of qualifying and won all 3 legs of the final. In the 3rd leg he was pushed very hard by local Serpent racer Ralph Lorenzo and his performance was rewarded with 2nd overall in class, finishing in front of Hot Bodies driver Raffy Abello who claimed 3rd overall. The 23 Turn Open Stock class was dominated by Hot Bodies driver Jerome Supan, who won from Josh Castro who took 2nd, with Tamiya racer Joseph Salcedo claiming 3rd.
The Drake has sent us a brief report from round 3 of the SoCal Saturday Series held at Thunder Alley in Beaumont, CA, host of the recent 1/8 Off-Road Buggy Nationals. The weather was extremely hot, but Losi /GRP drivers Adam Drake and Matt Castellano were even hotter. Matt edged out Adam in round one by less then one second to set the early TQ, but in round two Adam was able to improve his time and take the overall TQ for the 1/8th Pro Buggy class. Adam also TQ’d the 1/8th Pro truck class, but had electrical problems in the final. In the buggy final Adam was able to keep it smooth and consistent to win his third buggy final in three races, while Matt also ran a great race and finished second for the Losi / GRP / Nitrotane 1-2. The 1/8th Expert final saw Losi 8ight racer Kyle Johnson taking the win, just in front of his team mate Jim Pierce.
The 3rd round of the Dutch Electric Touring car National Championship was held this weekend at the small and technical Gouda track in the centre of the country. The weather behaved and the racers had dry, but windy, conditions to contend with. The qualifications saw Xray racer Hugo vd Berg on the top of the time sheets, just ahead of Serpent racers Rob Janssen and round 2 winner Bart Wubben. In the 2 leg final, the first leg saw some mistakes from Hugo, which left Bart to open a gap up front followed by Tamiya driver Arjen Potharst. In his recovery driver Hugo managed to get back to 2nd, however making contact with Arjen and Rob on the way which dropped Arjen to 8th and Rob back behind a fast Stefan Jansen. Bart took the win from Hugo, with Stefan in 3rd followed closely by Rob. In the 2nd leg Rob made a good start and could get passed Hugo who was then hit by another car, taking him out of the race. Bart was close behind Rob and with some team play at work, he let his quicker team mate through and thats how they finished with Bart Wubben taking the overall win from Rob Janssen in 2nd and Kyosho racer Stefan Jansen 3rd. In the stock class it was Micheal Lepelaar that took the win ahead of Vasco Christiaanse in 2nd and ETS round 3 winner George Spitteler in 3rd.
After a long testing and development period, LRP have announced the release of their all new VTEC Kamikaze tire line. Specially developed for off road racing, the Kamikaze sets new benchmarks in terms of life, wear and grip in today’s off road racing. The LRP R&D team, in close cooperation with their team drivers, have developed a special compound that provides the highest grip and longest lifespan for any racing application and will be offered in a soft compound for highest performance during qualifying, as well as a medium compound for finals. Also available as pre-mounts, that use LRP’s special gluing system to provide the highest durability, they come with a special moulded insert which reduces tire wear to a minimum. In addition, the all new Kamikaze tire features revolutionary venting holes to aid performance through optimum air circulation, avoiding pressure in the tire ensuring the insert works at even the highest rpm. To easily distinguish between the different compounds the hardness of the tire is embedded in the side wall.