K-Factory has announced the release of these new inserts for their quick release front and rear “hubs” that allow the user to have the benefit of these lighter uprights and steering blocks but now being able to use the standard IFMAR legal non quick release wheel axles. These hubs are 20% lighter than the stock versions that come with the G4 and are still strong enough to withstand impacts and the rear uprights have the benefit of allowing you to change the rear roll center by placing spacers beneath the rear upper linkage connector.
The LRP IPC V7.1 controller had amassed somewhat of a legendary status thanks to its success and popularity, and now LRP have released the follow up to that legend, the IPC V8.1 Generation+. The new integrated V8.1 Technology has even better driving feel and 25 power maps for fine tuning making this speed control a first choice for tough competition environments. Special highlights include adjustable automatic brake for onroad and adjustable initial brake for off road models – for excellent brake control. Another new controller from LRP is the V4.1 Generation+ which is based on the World Champion technology of the legendary V7.1 controller combined with the spirit of the new IPC V8.1 Generation+. Although the V4.1 has the original IPC technology, it has been adapted for street and fun racers.
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We just got dropped an e-mail from the guys over at RC Zone telling us about their upcoming Live Webcast from this years RCX show that takes place in Pomona California on the 31st if March till the 1st of April. The webcast will be streaming live interviews, track demos including the Supercross Challenge, and showcasing some of the latest products throughout both days. It is completely free to view and no registration is required. A chatroom will be made available for members to simultaneously discuss the latest happenings and product releases. The entire webcast will be archived and broken in to separate videos for download after the show for those who can’t tune in.
Be sure to checkout RCXLive.com during the event to see this great coverage.
Ben Cosgrove has won the Handy Models Grand Prix run by the Cotswold Model Car Club, leading home an Xray NT1 1-2-3. Competing for the first time as a team the 3 UK Xray NT1 team drivers, Ben Cosgrove, Mark Gilliland and Robin Hammet, had to cope with tricky damp conditions on the Sunday of the event but a quick run in the dry Saturday qualifying gave Cosgrove the pole position which couldn’t be bettered on the final 2 damp qualifying runs on Sunday. In the final Ben managed to stay on the lead lap despite a tricky tire choice but as the track dried a bit he was able to get into the lead from where he could take the win, followed home by Robin Hammet and Mark Gilliland in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Japanese manufacturer, Alex Racing Design, has announced details of their latest 190mm electric touring car, the CER. Featuring a very unconventional layout, the car sports a front centrally mounted motor, similar to the Losi JRXS-R but then on the front of the car, rear mounted cells and centrally mounted steering servo. The car is fully tricked out in red anodised metals (also available in 4 other colours), C-hubs on the front, CVDs all around and comes with rear ball diff and front solid axle as standard. The car looks good, however the height of the spur gear and associated drive parts is worrying for center of gravity reasons, but we will have to wait on some results to prove if this front mounted motor configuration is the way to go.
Mark Green has won the 2007 pre World Championships held last week at the host track in Cordoba, Argentina. Racing the only Serpent 960 in the final, Mark was in good company with some of the best Italian racers present at the event, including current World Champion Lamberto Collari. In the end Mark could win easily, showing great pace to win by a lap ahead of current 1/10th European Champion Dario Balestri who was driving the all Italian combination of Novarossi powered Motonica. Marco Vanni brought his Mugen home in 3rd, ahead of prevous Worlds finalist Walter Salemi also driving a Mugen. Masao Tanaka was making his international debut for Motonica and finished in 6th, giving a strong showing for this car while the other Japanese in the final was current 1/10th World Champion Keisuke Fukuda who suffered problems ending his race in 9th, one place ahead of World Champ Collari who retired early on due to radio problems.
Xray have a report on their site from John Van Beers about the recent Ultimate Open race, run by the Taranaki Radio Control Car Club in New Plymouth, New Zealand. The event attracted approximately 100 entrants and brought together both gas and electric racers for the one event with the Stock electric class being the most popular with over 30 entrants. In the stock class it was Xray driver John Van Beers that claimed the TQ with his T2 chassis and he carried that pace into the finals where, despite some incidents, managed to take 1 second place and 2 wins on his way to the overall title followed home by Leon Dravitzki in 2nd and Murray Hodges in 3rd.
As in qualifying, the racing at this years Cactus Classic was dominated by the Team Associated pairing of Ryan Cavalieri and Ryan Maifield, between them picking up all the big trophies in the modified classes. In the 4wd buggy mod class it was Cavalieri who took the win despite a disastrous 1st main where he only finished 9th allowing Masami Hirosaka to take the round win, but Ryan was able to pull it back together to take the wins in the final 2 mains to take the overall win, with Yokomo racer Hirosaka ending up in 2nd, with Maifield in 3rd. In 2wd mod, the Ryans were reversed with Maifield taking the win despite a seemingly more consistent run by Cavalieri, but wins count and Maifield took 2 and with it the overall win ahead of Cavalieri in 2nd and Team Losi driver Jesse Robbers in 3rd. In Truck mod the top 4 from 2wd mod were repeated with Maifield taking the win ahead of 2nd placed Cavalieri with Jesse Robbers in 3rd and Jared Tebo, as he finished in 2wd buggy mod, in 4th.
UPDATE: Added Team Orion Press release. Hit more for the full info.
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