Orcan, who we have written some pieces about before, have come out with some new products to add to their expanding product range. First up is the V2 version of their motor cooler which apart from a new look, has changed very little from the original version from what we can tell. Secondly Orcan have released these VTEC 1400MAh cells for use in the Xray M18 Pro and similar cars and which can cope with the high power demands of brushless systems, especially in the modified class.
GS Racing have released three new colors of Truggy Dish Wheel for you to choose from. Available in white, fluorescent yellow and reflective silver these new wheels offer racers different choices to enhance the visuals of their truggy, without compromising performance.
Dutch company Spintec have released the 2nd version of their Battery Manager, which is a conditioner for 4 to 8 cell packs that can discharge all your batteries to keep them in top shape whilst analysing their performance. The Battery Manager v2 conditions your pack for maximum power and runtime using 10A & 35A Coolflex current conditions while all the time keeping it cool and the built in cut-off voltage is adjustable between 0.8 to 1.1 Volt. Whats really neat on this new version of the Battery Manager is the large red-backlight display that gives you all the information such as total runtime, actual voltage, average voltage, total energy, capacity and internal resistance.
Serpent have just acknowledged their entry into the ultra competitive electric touring car market, and shown pictures of their new car, the S400. We first showed you pictures of the car back in February when it made its debut at the Snowbirds in its carpet form, while the new pictures show it in a better light, photographed in its outdoor rubber tire version. The car is expected to be released in July in outdoor spec with a carpet version to follow just before the indoor season starts.
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HoBao have released this new optional for their Hyper 8 that allows the user to easily adjust the cars Ackermann and toe settings. When mounted in the car there are now 3 positioning holes for the steering rod, to adjust the Ackermann while in the center is a screw which you can easily adjust to increase or reduce the space between the two ends of the steering plate, increasing or reducing the cars front toe out.
Another report from Xray, this time from the first round of the 1/8th TT Norwegian National Championships that were held last weekend. Xray driver Morten Thorkildsen won his semi final to take the number 1 spot for the final where he was able to pull away and stretch out a lead and despite running out of fuel 100 meters before the end, could take the win in front of Losi 8ight racer Viggo Andreassen in 2nd and Kyosho racer Rune Karlsen in 3rd.
We exclusively informed you last week that Kyosho had bought Team Orion, and now it has been confirmed – “Team Orion, with 20 years experience as the maker of the some of the world’s best electric and nitro power systems, has joined forces with Kyosho, the maker of the world’s finest radio control models. Other than an eventual relocation for the respective Team Orion facilities, the same key people will be in place making all the same products that have made Team Orion such a dominant force in the market. The combined strength and extra resources that result from the partnership will present new opportunities to expand the Team Orion product line.” In the picture, taken at the Shizuoka Hobby show last week is Mr Masayuki Susuki, Kyosho president alongside Philippe Neidhart (center) from Team Orion and Joel Johnson from Kyosho USA.
Robert Pietsch continues to win in the South of Germany as the 3rd round of the regional championships took place last weekend in Rosenheim. Qualifying on Saturday and Sunday resulted in Robert Pietsch taking the TQ spot on his home track with Thomas GÃ¼nsel in 2nd and Sebastian Feller in 3rd, all 3 drivers racing the Xray NT1. At the start of the main final, Robert took off into the lead leaving GÃ¼nsel and Feller to battle it out for the 2nd step on the podium, eventually being decided when Feller had a coming together with another car, dropping him back, but still managed to recover to 3rd behind the winner Pietsch and 2nd placed GÃ¼nsel.