Swiss company SMP Racing, makers of the Slide 1/8th scale chassis which is no longer in production, have aimed their sites on the manufacture of aftermarket parts. Focusing on lightweight performance parts, they have released some new wheel axles for the Kyosho V-One RRR Evo, one pair made from titanium, weighing in at 6 grams and another set made from hard coated aluminium weighing 3 grams. Also new is a hard coated aluminum servo saver shaft for the Mugen MRX-4, which also weighs only 3 grams.
Reedy have released a new version of the popular Wolfpack 3600mAh battery pack which is now available in a version featuring a whopping 9.6V of pure power. Assembled using Reedy’s 3600mAH high-tech SC-R cells in a configuration that drops straight into the Traxxas Slash, it comes supplied with a Traxxas High-Current Connector to deliver power to the ESC with less resistance and heat than ever before. To further minimize power-robbing resistance and heat, welded connections between each cell and thick 14AWG silicone power wires ensure maximum performance and reliability.
The Japanese 1/10th scale 200mm Nationals took place last weekend at the Hokusei circuit track in the centre of the country. Practice was hampered by rain with drivers getting very little running prior to the start of qualifying, which was held in dry conditions. It was Kyosho racer Takaaki Shimo that took the TQ spot ahead of former World Champion Keisuke Fukuda in 2nd, Yuya Sahashi in 3rd and Shinnosuke Yokoyama 4th. The 40 minute Open class final saw a very close battle at the front between the top 2 qualifiers and it was Fukuda who eventually came out on top for Mugen, taking the win and finishing less than 2 seconds up on Shimo who finished 2nd, while Xray driver Hiroki Fujita took 3rd.
King Headz have released this CNC machined 7075 aircraft grade aluminum engine mount for the Xray XB808. Designed with a base mount and removable top blocks, once installed in the vehicle and the gear mesh is set you can remove and reinstall the motor without resetting the mesh. Suitable for both a Nova based or Picco based motor, the mount has an extended leg that will help to reduce chassis flex near the flywheel hole. The top blocks are also available separately.
To get a long life out of your Novarossi based engine you will at some point need to replace the engine’s bearings. Because of high tolerances inside the crankcase however this can be a difficult and often not very precise task. To help with this Novarossi have released this ball bearing extractor tool. Available in blue anodized alloy the kit has multiple ball bearing adapters of different sizes, suitable for all rear ball bearing inner races that are used inside 2.1cc – 4.66cc NR based engines. The extractor tool is also available with just a single bearing adapter, ranging from 11mm to 14.5mm.
X Factory have announced November 1st as the preliminary release date for the X-60 Conversion. The new conversion is suitable for an AE T4 truck to convert it to mid-motor, similar to the popular X-6 buggy. Photos show several interesting aspects of the new truck, firstly the mold for the rear control arms is done, and the Team is using production prototype arms. Since the beginning of testing, not a single graphite arm has failed, so this part of the program is complete. Second, X Factory has decided to go with a carbon fiber battery strap instead of the current molded strap. X Factory president Chazz said the following about the project –
We are closing in on it, and the release date is looking more and more doable. All the decisions have been finalized and now it’s a matter of making the parts and giving them a final test to make sure they’re OK. There are lots of potential stumbling blocks between now and release, but this project has been going more smoothly than anything we’ve done before, so I hope we can meet November first. The chassis mold is about one quarter done, and we hope to have production prototype chassies before the end of this month. The Boyz will start testing immediately, of course, but that will allow us to move forward on many other things. We’ll finalize the body at that point, an entire new design from one of the top body manufacturers that you’re going to love. And we’ll begin writing the instruction manual, which is never a simple task.
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Following the success of our inaugural year, the Euro Touring Series is back for another bigger and better season, incorporating some emerging countries along the way. The season will kick off next month, 10th-12th of October, in Kastellaun, Germany, before moving on to Hungary in December, Poland in March, Netherlands in May and back to Andernach in Germany for the season finale in July. Round 1 will be run in place of the well known Speed Weekend and has already attracted the cream of European racing with Jilles Groskamp, Marc Rheinard, Viktor Wilck, Steen Graversen, Jonas Kaerup, Christer Andersson, Hupo Hönigl and more having already confirmed their entry.
Entry closes on the 9th of October, but as a bonus for those that pay their entry fees prior to the 19th of September they will receive a great goodie bag containing lots of freebies from the event sponsors. As always the legendary Scotty Ernst will be doing the commentary, BBK will be handling the timing and Red RC will be reporting live from the event.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on our site here.
The fourth & final round of the Irish 1:8 Buggy Nationals took place over the weekend at the Navan Nitro Nuts track and where championship came to a thrilling climax with a tie break required to declare the 2008 Champion. After 45 minutes of racing it was Xray driver Barkley Abernethy who just took the win from the Hot Bodies of Mark Harron. Seperated by just four seconds the result left the pair tied on points and with both having recorded the same number of wins and second place finishes the title would be decided on each drivers qualifying results handing Harron the title. Completing the podium at the all astro turf track, which also hosted the opening round back in May, was Crono driver David Curtis.