Serpent have announced the release of this innovative new product for their S400 190mm touring car. These new wishbones have made using a new process to fuse the plastic with plates of carbon fibre, which not only produces these really cool looking parts but also helps create a stiff and strong wishbone. Another great benefit of the carbon insert is that they are less resistant to softening in really hot conditions, meaning the cars handling remains consistent at all times. The front wishbones have also been shortened which helps improve reaction speeds and initial turn in, perfect for tighter tracks.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> RC Pro interview top Kyosho racer Cody King – Link [rcprosites.com]
> Hobao Hyper 12 Mini ST Truggy pics – Link [hobao-racing.com]
> XB808 Wins RC Pro-Series South – Link [teamxray.com]
> JQ The Column 1st running Proto – Link [neobuggy.net]
> Report from 1/8th Tyro National series Rd1 – Link [mirageracing.com]
> XT8 Wins UK GRP Dirt Challenge – Link [teamxray.com]
> RB Products report from the Madrid Champs – Link [rbproducts.com]
> 2nd annual Mugen Seiki Sedan Cup – Link [speedworldraceway.com]
> German Summer Champs 2008 – Link [summerchamps.de]
In case you missed our coverage of last weekends ETS Rd3, which includes round by round reports, photos and some exciting finals videos, check it out here.
The opening round of the AMSCI Italian 1/8th scale Nationals for F1 level drivers was run at the weekend in Bologna. Qualifying for the race was headed up by ATS shod Serpent racer Giordano Agostinelli with team mate Alberto Tadeshi in 2nd, and young Shepherd Velox driver Stefano Pregnolato in 3rd. In the race, Agostinelli was able to get straight into the lead but was to have some very tough battles but eventually dropped back to finish 4th while Pregnolato managed to work his way to the front thanks to some good driving, fast pit stops and some problems for the guys ahead. Near the end of the race, while still leading, the Velox driver developed some brake problems and this caused some frantic action by his pitman in his last stop which resulted in a stop and go for the young driver which lost him the lead to Serpent driver Domenico Calce, who took the lead and soon after, the win, with Pregnolato only 2 seconds back in 2nd and Alberto Tedeschi in 3rd.
The first round of the Dutch Brother Cup was run over the weekend under superb weather at the MVW in Purmerend and was open for Sportsman and Hobby classes. The hobby class was won by Jan Eichhoorn with Jan Wagemakers in 2nd and Robbert Walden 3rd, while in the Sportsman class it was Jordy Velder who took the win, while also setting a new track lap record, with Jeffrey Halsema the runner up and Wouter Bouwens in 3rd.
We got sent a brief report from last weekends JBRL series round 1 race that was run at Revelation Race in California. With an entry of 225 drivers, it was Losi racer Adam Drake that claimed the TQ in both the Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy classes and in the finals, the Drake was able to convert his good start position into a win in both classes. Runner up in the buggy class was team mate Mike Truhe with Kyosho team driver Ryan Lutz in 3rd while in the Truggy class the 2nd spot belonged to Cody King, just ahead of his Kyosho team mate Ryan Reece. The Open buggy and truggy class saw an equally dominant performance by Kyle Johnson, the Losi driver TQ’d truggy and won both classes. Completing the clean sweep for Losi was Chris Nelson, who won the 1/10th truck class running a Losi AD2.
Team Trion have released long reach battery end bars for use with 5 cell pack configurations. Similar to the versions released recently by Much More, these move the point where the wire attaches to the pack out from under the car’s upper deck so it is easier to access. The long bars are sold in a pack of 10 or they can be bought as part of a full set for making a 5 cell pack that includes 4 battery bars also.
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The first 1/8th scale BRCA National was held at the weekend at the very wet and muddy track in Ware, Herts. Qualifying saw Losi racer Darren Bloomfield take pole from last years Champion, and Associated team, driver Neil Cragg in 2nd, while Graham Alsop placed his Hyper 8.5 3rd on the grid. The main final was run in very wet conditions and quickly became a two horse race between Graham Alsop and Neil Cragg, the two swapping the lead for the first 25 minutes until Neil suffered a sliced tyre which cut the battle short. This left Graham to cruise to an unchallenged victory as Neil nursed his car home to 2nd and Bruce Thompson in 3rd, 2 laps back on the leading pair.
The French EFRA GP for 1/8th scale buggies was run this weekend in St Exupery in the Lyon region. After qualifying it was Losi driver Yannick Aigoin that claimed the top qualifier spot but after the semi final it was Mugen driver Renaud Savoya that line up on pole position for the main final. Savoya eventually won the 45 minute by a few seconds in front of Kyosho driver Jerome Aigoin with Spanish driver Borja Hernandez almost a lap further back.