Something of interest to our US readers, or at least those that still take part in ROAR sanction events. The US governing body, ROAR, have made their updated 2007 rulebook available to download from their site.
Among the welcome changes are the updated vehicle diagrams supplied by John Kelishes at ProLine, a long-standing ROAR affiliate. These really look sharp. Thanks John and ProLine! Also thanks go to EFRA for supplying the great looking dimensioning diagrams which are now being used worldwide on 200mm touring cars.
Atomic RC products has come out with 2 new parts for the Kyosho V-one RRR 1/10th scale sedan. First up is the new lightweight 2 speed gearbox parts you see in the picture above. New items include a new aluminum 2nd gear carrier as well as 4 heavy duty spur gears, 2 for each of the first and second gears. Also newly released for the car is a black anodised 3mm chassis, this looks good but i don’t know of the advantage of it is, if any.
Serpent USA have released a new Lola CanAm body shell for 1/8th scale. Designed with trim lines for the Serpent 960, this lightweight body has been tested by Paolo Morganti and he declared himself pleased with the balance of the body and commented that it had good steering yet really good rear traction also. It’s available next week under part number #SUS31490.
This is the Battery Warmer 2 from Velocity Racing, i didnt now there was a 1 but now im pretty sure there was. Now this technology was completely lost on me when i saw it first and i still dont see the sense but at least i now understand the theory behind. After you’ve nicely charged the batteries you can keep them nice and toasty in your electric powered cell warmer up until just before they go in the car to go onto the track. The theory behind heating your batteries is that it reduces resistance in the cells, but i am told that with cell capacities at what they are now this really isnt necessary, perhaps if you race outdoors in winter……..on ice……..in Canada…….at night. Its available in two version, one with external power leads and one deisgned to be powered internally.
Another body from JConcepts and another Illuzion, this time for the Electric 2wd buggy, the Losi XXX-CR. This particular body comes with 3 wings in total, one 6″ rear wing, one 7″ rear wing and a front wing also. So you should have no problem hooking your Losi up when you have this body on, plus it looks super mean too.
The high down force 6″ rear wing is for added rear stability and the high down force 7″ rear wing is for super rear stability. The Illuzion front wing is for added front stability. The Illuzion body features hard edge side pod styling with runners on the sides designed to move the air more efficiently to the wing. The roof of the body has been dramatically wedged and Illuzionized for that aggressive look.
Another addition to the Illuzion range from JConcepts is this Mugen MBX5R bodyshell. Available in either standard or heavy duty polycarbonate this new shell not only looks the part but performs too.
The Illuzion features enhanced hard edge side pod styling with runner flow channels on the sides designed to move the air more efficiently to the wing. The roof of the body has been dramatically wedged and Illuzionized for that aggressive look. While the front of the body has less of a transition from hood to window which gives it a more dramatic look.
This thing is really cool and simple, it takes an existing product, like the comm cleaning stick and makes it better. If the comm cleaning stick is a bit of a pain to use or you don’t have a commutator lathe, then this thing is a great solution. It comes supplied with a handle to turn the commutator, and all you do is place the supplied grinding stone into the space where the brush on your motor goes and the supplied spring keeps the correct pressure on it, then you turn the handle and it grinds the end of the commutator.
In absolutely commanding style, top Team Orion racer Ryan Cavalieri showed everyone that he was the class of the field at last weekends Southwest Indoor GP in Arizona by TQ’ing all 3 classes he competed in and then going on to win all 3 as well. On top of that the top drivers from the event were put together for a showdown race called the Pro Challenge and Ryan won this too to take 4 wins in the one weekend.
Team Orion factory driver and off-road superstar Ryan Cavalieri was on hand to compete against some of the Nationâ€™s best. Ryan competed in all three modified classes (2wd,Truck, 4wd), and by the end of practice, it was clear RC was the man to beat.