New from Xray are these premium aluminium shock absorbers, specially developed and designed to work with T2’008. These unique black hard coated aluminium shocks are loaded with all of the features needed for today’s racing. When you need ultra-fine shocks for your lightweight electric touring car, the new Xray shocks have you covered. The unique shock absorbers have interchangeable internal parts, with fixed 1-piece precision pistons which are available with 3 different-diameter holes for damping adjustment: 1.1mm, 1.2mm, and 1.3mm holes. No matter what you choose, all pistons are ultra-true and round thanks to a very special mould design, resulting in ultra-free movement of the piston inside the shock body.
The 3rd round of the Spanish 1/8th scale buggy Nationals took place at the Fuencarral track in Madrid last weekend. After qualifying it was Borja Hernandez that took the top qualifying spot from new HongNor signing Richi Gomez, while current European Champion Robert Battle took 3rd spot. The Semi finals saw wins for Battle and Gomez, with Hernandez failing to progress as problems at the very start of his semi dropped him out of contention. The final saw Battle in commanding form, never giving up his lead to take the victory by a lap from 2nd placed Richi Gomez, who had an early battle with Daniel Vega and later had to contend with pressure from eventual 3rd place finisher Raul Peris.
Much More have announced the July release of this bearing tool for use with Team Orion and Speed Passion brushless motors. Allowing the user to easily remove damaged bearings from within the sensor circuitry, the 2 piece tool helps you remount the bearing. Similar to versions used with gas engines, the tool ensures that the bearing is precisely aligned when mounted.
Japanese firm Central RC have announced the release of this large carrier bag (230cm x 470cm x 135cm) for transporting all your racing equipment to and from the track. Featuring 3 large cardboard drawers, set in a frame, ensures that the bag won’t collapse when a lower drawer is removed, which makes it easier to place it back in the bag also. The outside is made from a hard wearing black material, while styling comes in the form of 2 large orange straps and printed logos on the side from both Central and the brands distributed by Central RC, which include Serpent Hudy, Xray, Mega, East etc.
The 19th instalment in the Xray column from Xray owner and chief designer Juraj Hudy is now on-line. In this months column, Juraj talks about the company’s preparations for the upcoming 1/10th scale 200mm World Championship in Portugal.
First I ran with a standard clutch to get the feeling on the drivability on the track, and then changed to the new lightweight clutch to make side-by-side comparisons. The feeling from the lightweight clutch was very good; the car was easier for me to drive and acceleration of RPMs was very smooth. The negative side effect of the smoother clutch was that the clutch lost a bit of aggression and in certain corners the car lost the speed out of the corner at full throttle. I believe that at small technical tracks this lightweight clutch with smaller diameter and smaller shoes would be outstanding, but for this super-fast track I felt that the standard clutch would definitely be better.
The 4th round of the French Nationals for 1/8th scale buggies was held last weekend in Avesnes sur Helpe in the North of the country, close to the Belgian border. In qualifying, it was round 3 winner Yannick Aigoin, with his Losi 8ight, that took the top qualifying spot in front of Mugen team driver Renaud Savoya in 2nd, with Jerome Sartel and Guillaume Vray rounding out the top 4. Following the Semi finals, which saw wins for Aigoin and Savoya, it was the latter that came out on top after the 30 minute race, winning by a lap from Losi racer Michel Farina in 2nd, with Mugen driver Vray taking the final podium spot in 3rd.
Serpent have released some new products including this new shock tower for the front of the Serpent 960. Made from 3mm thick carbon fibre, the new shock tower features a 3rd hole for mounting your cars shock absorbers 3mm lower, giving a less aggressive increase in steering at the front. Also for the Serpent 720, is a set of super strong CVD pro-shafts. Sold in a pair, they are made from the highest quality spring steel, meaning they are extremely durable and highly resistant to crash damage. Coming pre assembled, they are a direct replacement for the kit versions.
Kyosho team driver Levi Jackson scored another victory with the Kyosho ST-RR during the 3rd round of the Southern California Saturday Series, held at Thunder Alley in Beaumont, CA, host of the recent 1/8 Off-Road Buggy Nationals. Levi won from 2nd placed Scott Hughes, the Mugen driver having problems on the last lap of the race giving him a non finish, while Jake Malkin took 3rd.