Robitronic have released this new starter box as an addition to their current range, called the Special off road starter box. Made using a metal casing, the durable rubber starter wheel is driven by two 775 electric motors and the whole system is powered by two 7.2v stick packs. Utilising an easy to adjust car mounting bracket system, the moulded plastic end of the box sports an integrated handle for ease of transport.
Kyosho America have a brief report from the recent Hank Perry 240 that attracted more than 300 entrants as well as attracting top factory talent from many of the major manufacturers. Kyosho / CRF driver Taylor Petersen dominated the event, having qualified first in the Pro Buggy class and 2nd in the Pro Truggy class. At the beginning of the buggy main Petersen battled closely with a couple of the front runners, trading the lead during pit stops, before taking the lead for the last time on lap 35 and going on to win by 1 lap. The truggy main also started with some close racing with the early front runners, but it took a challenging turn when Petersen had problems during the first fuel stop, knocking him back to fifth place and a full lap down to the leader. Petersen put his head down and charged as hard as possible, eventually getting back on the lead lap before finally passing the leader on lap 70. Petersen pulled out more than a five second lead over the last five laps to seal the win in the Pro Truggy class. Taylor also took top honours in the 1/10 truck class for yet another class victory.
Following some running earlier in the year with LRP, R/C Car legend and 14-time IFMAR World-Champion Masami Hirosaka has recently been signed to sister company Team Nosram. For a driver like Masami, only the best possible equipment will do and he has chosen to use Team Nosram brushless motors and speed controls. This combination will give him that important advantage over the competition in this important World Championship year. Masami has been active on the highest level of competition for over 20 years and has proven many times that he is one of the best drivers on the planet. He has won WC titles in both off- and on-road classes but the ISTC title still eludes him, something he hopes to finally win this year.
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We received a report from the first ever RC Pro Series buggy race to be held in Canada, which was hosted by RCGEARs of Calgary on May 18. There were a total of 78 entries in the five class field of machines and thanks to everyone present, the races and tech ran super smooth for the entire single day event. In Expert Truggy Medicine Hat’s Ty Tessman put on a driving clinic, both TQ’ing and taking the win. Calgary’s Troy Davies drove the wheels off his Kyosho truggy to come from 10th place early in the race to finish 2nd. Jammin’s Navaz Walji took 3rd.
Team Magic Europe was in contact to let us know that UK electric on road racer Jason Moggridge has become a member of their official team. Jason finished 4th last year in the UK SLCC, and is currently sitting in 2nd place in this years STCC & SLCC’. Jason will now run with the new Team Magic E4RS for the rest of the season.
Alien Power has released some new stock spec series cells which have been pushed and matched in a similar way to their previously released EP4600 cells. Specially developed for stock drivers they have really high voltage rates that have been enhanced using the company’s proprietary voltage increasing system that permanently alters the internal structure of the cell, resulting in increased voltage and lower internal resistance. Cycling and matching is also done on the latest state of the art computerized equipment which is continuously monitored and calibrated at scheduled intervals to ensure the most accurately matched cells. Available in 4 cell, 5 cell and 6 cell sets.
Xray have announced some new additions to their already extensive range of silicone oils, thus allowing ultra-fine setting of shocks or differentials. For extra-fine shock setting adjustment for buggy, truggy and touring cars they have released some 550cst oile, while for extra-fine diff settings for buggy & truggy there are new 6000cst, 8000cst and 15000cst.
We received a report from the 2nd round of the 2008 Danish Off-Road DRCMU championship that was run last weekend on the outdoor carpet track in Tinglev. In the Stock class it was again Jesper Rasmussen that was in the fast lane with his Kyosho, followed up by Martin Kristensen driving a JConcept BJ4 in 2nd, and the young Tamiya driver Sebastian Sorensen in 3rd spot after 3 rounds of qualifying.