A-Main Hobbies, owner of the ProTek brand, dropped us a mail to tell us about their new line of LiPo battery packs that they have just released. The line up includes transmitter packs which have been designed to fit popular car transmitters such as the Futaba 3PK, Airtronics M11, JR Z-1 and KO Propo EX-10 Helios transmitters with capacities ranging from 1000mAh for minimal weight, up to 3300mAh for maximum endurance. Next up are receiver packs designed for off-road nitro cars and trucks with a number of different receiver battery dimensions and capacities from 1000mAh up to 2000mAh as well as a LiPo regulator that features a low drop out voltage design and low voltage detection to remind you when your receiver battery is going flat and needs to be charged.
Our partners Rube Dude have a report from the first round of the WA Challenge Cup that was held last weekend in Geraldton, Western Australia. The event was open to both buggy and truggy classes and in the buggy class it was a win for HongNor racer Logan Bruecher who tore it up on the track to win by 2 laps ahead of Ian Haley racing the OCM, while 3rd spot went to Darren Wiese, who had lead the race for some time but dropped back later in the race. In the truggy class it was a win for 13 year old Josh Taylor who came home 2 laps ahead of runner up John Grupillo in 2nd and Jack Tompsett, a further 2 laps back, in 3rd.
Powers International have begun selling their new Zapped 4600MAh cells, the most up to date and highest performance cell available at the moment. Sold in packs of 6 or 24, these NiMH cells are made by GP have been worked by Masaaki Hirosaka himself for unrivalled performance and runtimes.
K-Factory have introduced their new ZF bearing range which come in a variety of sizes and are used as a replacement for your standard kit bearings. Lightweight, these bearings help reduce rotating and static weight within your car, while their construction, combined with the very smooth rubber material used for the seals, provides your car with an almost frictionless transmission system. Less friction equals more speed.
Our partners Neo Buggy have announced that they will once more run their popular Neo indoor race, which for this year will be called the Neo08, replacing the previous Neo Invitational name. Run in association with DXR and at the same great venue as the 2006 running of the event, the Harper Adams College, Newport, Shropshire UK, the 2008 event will be run over 4 days from the 21st – 24th of March.
The 3rd edition of the Neo Race returns to the Harper Adams indoor venue for Easter 2008. After the very successful 2006 race, DXR and Neo-Buggy will once again join together to organise and run Neo08. The DXR team are known for their excellent events run at the Harper Adams venue, and pairing with Neo-Buggy we hope that this race will be the best yet. The event will be a 4 day race, using IFMAR adapted rules; 10min heats for practice and qualifying and standard Christmas tree finals. Entry limit is set at 210 drivers.
More information to come at the official site Neo08.net
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Some new buggy tire designs from ATS – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> A look inside the Ninja MR12-T01T MRT version – Link [yome3000.com]
> Report from the French 1/8 TT Coupe de ligues – Link [rbproducts.com]
> Xray/GRP take RRCI Clubmans by Force – Link [mirageracing.com]
> DG rubber tire cleaner & traction compound – Link [powers-international.com]
We are a little bit late with the details about the VTEC brand expanding its tire line by releasing new foam tires, but we’re catching up on our LRP news and felt that while we did briefly mention it earlier this month its worth going into a little more detail about them. These tires have been made using high quality Japanese foam and are suitable for use on both gas and electric powered cars. Sold pre glued, they come available in a number of different shores from 35 to 45.
Kyosho have confirmed to us that their top Japanese Factory racer, and the man behind the TF-5 Stallion Shin edition, Shinosuke Adachi will be present at this weeks European Electric Touring car Championships being held in Montbrison, France to provide support to all Kyosho racers at the event. This marks the first time that Kyosho will sponsor and provide support at an electric event in Europe since the Japanese brand re entered the EP market with the Lazer ZX5 buggy back in 2005. Kyosho have seen a huge push towards electric classes lately with the introduction of their TF-5 chassis back in 2006 and the release of the Ultima RB5 2wd buggy earlier this year as well as changes within the company that have seen the hiring of Gil Losi Jr in March and the acquisition of Team Orion in May. The smiling man you see in the picture above is just the first step in a larger move towards World domination by Kyosho as already witnessed in the 1/8th scale buggy class since the late 90’s and the gas on road class in the last 6 years.