Taiwanese engine manufacturer STS have unveiled more additions to their already extensive range of engines. First up is the new S12XS, 2.1 cc touring car motor that has a 12mm crankshaft with turbo scoop, 5 port tear dropped ABC liner and is supplied with a turbo plug. The S12XS is also available as a 3 port IFMAR legal version. Also for on road is the new 3.5cc S21R motor that has a 14mm balanced crankshaft with turbo scoop, 5 port ABC liner, carburettor with interchangeable venturis and is also supplied with a turbo plug. Finally is the S21T buggy engine which is exactly the same as the on road motor but has a larger cooling head as is normal with off road motors.
Kyosho America have been in touch to let us know that Cody King has won the popular RC Pro Series National Championship, followed in second place by Ryan Lutz, both running Sirio-powered Kyosho Inferno 777 WC Edition buggies. Even though he trailed in points coming into the Championship final, King led the most laps and won the final round, giving him enough points to capture the National Championship. Ryan Lutz, who TQ’ed both truck and buggy classes with wins in seven of the eight qualifying rounds, scored a third place finish in the buggy class. This gave Lutz enough points to secure the second position for Pro Series Championship, while Kyosho scored the top two spots in the championship with the Inferno 777 WC.
Intellect will soon release the follow up to the explosive power of their IB4200 cells with the introduction of the all new IB4600VR-1. These new batteries not only provide longer run time than their predecessor but they will have been tested to ensure that they are stable and safe, and upon passing, the VR-1 cells will go on sale. Expect to see them available from your favourite cell matching company in the near future.
Ultimate Racing have released these new adjustment washers, which have been made from spring steel and designed for adjusting the gap between the axle bearing and the wheel hub. Measuring 8.1 x 10 x 0.1 mm, they are sold in packs of 10 and allow you to perfectly adjust the wheel hub tolerance without affecting the bearing function.
We received a report from the first round of this years Panther tyres and products supported Herts Nitro Winter series. With no practice in the morning and only 3 rounds of qualification with 2 counting, making no mistakes was very important. Darren Bloomfield took top honours with the quickest run of the day in round three with fellow Losi driver Mathew Perry in second and Karl Jackson for Kyosho in third. With the day light fading towards the end of the finals the racing looked incredibly fast. A bad start to the final from Darren put him to the back of the pack and this left Karl and David Crompton to battle for the win. At about the five minute mark Darren found himself back on equal terms with the top two fighting for the lead. Wheel to wheel racing with Karl down the main straight gave Darren the lead and he never looked back. Bruce Thompson took the chance in the ten minute final not to stop and this gave him the extra time he needed to take second spot in the final for Losi and Novarossi. The majority of drivers chose to use Komodo Dragon 2 tyres in soft compound but Darren preferred the additional steering gained from the Hedgehog.
KM Racing have released some new tools for on road racers in the form of a new droop gauge and droop blocks. The red anodised blocks (above) have been machined from aluminium, feature the KM Racing logo, and provide an accurate base from which to measure your cars downstop settings. Designed to accompany the blocks, is a new red anodised aluminium droop gauge that can measure between -3mm to +10mm in half mm increments, allowing for very accurate settings.
Following up on the decision by the Norwegian federation to stop all EP racing until the new year in response to the safety hazard of exploding NiMh cells, a number of other countries have also reacted, however so far not as strictly. Neighbours Sweden decided to just ban a certain batch of the offending IB4200 cells, as have Belgium, and racing will continue as normal, while the BRCA in the UK have advised their members on the best way to handle, use and charge NiMh cells. In the meantime the Intellect Battery Co. have now supplied the batch numbers which may contain cells that could potentially explode when subjected to race type conditions.
Click here to read the list of affected cells and also the BRCA recommendations… content
Another body from JConcepts, this time its for the turn of the Kyosho Ultima RB5 to receive the Illuzion treatment. The Illuzion “Scoopless” styling presents a smooth yet detailed design while incorporating many of the features from the original Scoopless body for the RC10B4. Race inspired aggressive styling, slim side pods and kick-outs, Illuzionized cab and durable design are just some of the features that make the new Illuzion RB5 body stand out from the rest. Made from heavy-duty thickness polycarbonate with protective film, the body is supplied window masks, detailed Illuzion decal sheet and a new RB5 specific 6.5” Illuzionized high downforce wing.