Trinity have released a new balanced charger for use with your 2 and 3 cell Li-Po hobby battery packs. Operated using AC mains supply, this balance charger monitors and charges each cell individually so there is no possibility of one of the cells being overcharged. Simple to operate, just plug it in and it can charge 2 cells (7.4 volts) or 3 cells (11.1 volt) at 0.75A.
Kyosho have just announced the follow up to their ST-R truggy which was introduced in early 2006, with the announcement that this October will see the release of the new ST-RR competition truggy. The ST-RR is the culmination of a year and half of racing and rigorous R&D and the result is the most refined racing truck on the market. As the 2007 Silver State Champion, the ST-RR is poised to take it to the competition on a whole new level.
We showed the extensive range of LiPo cells from Nosram before but they have added even more packs to their range with the release of new receiver packs and regulator. These Nosram VTEC LiPo receiver packs have a nominal voltage of 7,4V which needs to be converted into the regular 6V input voltage for every receiver. The new Nosram LiPo RX regulator takes on this duty and will constantly provide 6V input voltage with a continuous 5A current which results in consistent steering and braking response throughout the duration of long finals.
Here are some videos from the 4wd class at the European Electric buggy Championships held in Vassa, Finland in which Hupo Hönigl took the win for Tamiya. We have the 3 videos showing the all 3 A-mains, with the first final shown above and the other two parts, along with the jumping contest, below.
Jason Breiner from BMI Racing posted these images online of these new balance tools by IRS. Essentially they are two hemispheres with a pin sticking out of them and what they do is help you set the balance of your chassis by allowing the car sitting on top of them to lean, showing how the car is balanced. The pins are inserted into the cars chassis plate along the center line and gravity does the rest and the beauty of them is you can leave them in the chassis as you play around with weight distribution receiving instant confirmation.
Hudy recently released this new Arm Reamer which has been designed specifically for R/C use, and will precisely resize plastic holes without creating excessive slop, allowing you to build a perfect free-moving suspension. The tool is specially designed and hand ground to create sharp micro edges on the surface of the tool pin to precisely size plastic without tearing, stressing or over-sizing the hole of the suspension arm.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Werks MT tires take the win at the Manufacturers Cup – Link [buggy-sport.info]
> MTX4 Pro Chassis plate drawings from Kawahara – Link [kawahara-racing.co.jp]
> JP Racing report on the 1/8th scale Euros – Link [jpracing.com]
> Travis Scrambling, USA Joins GO Team for 2007-2008 – Link [nagateamracing.com]
> Final photos of the Azarashi Cyclone D4 shock towers – Link [team-azarashi.com]
> Pavidis and Hughes win SoCal Saturday Series Rd3 – Link [prolineracing.com]
Our partners Kimihiko Yano in Japan have started selling this latest brushed speed controller from Advanced Electronics, the 5.1 PC Pro. Suitable for touring cars, and small enough for use in 1/12th scale cars, this speedo uses an up to date FET element for minimum power loss, has a temperature shut down sensor and has 4 built in throtlle profiles. Adjustment of the ESC can be done using the one touch button located on its face and a multi coloured LED guides you in your setting changes. Suiuable for 4 – 6 cells, the controller minus the wires weighs only 15.8 grams and has a very small footprint (26.5 x 21.5 x 14.5 mm).