K-Factory have announced the relase of this TC Motor Cooling Head which has been designed to fit the Team Magic E4 perfectly, as well as any other electric car with a transverse mounted motor. Machined from aluminium, and anodized black, it cools the motor effectively due to the fins being turned 90 degrees that enables a constant flow of aire through the heat sink.
Hudy have announced the release of this new 1/18th truck wheel adaptor for the company’s range of tire truers. Precision center balanced, the wheel adapter is suitable for 1/18 truck and monster truck foam wheels and features a special clamp-on design as well as a hard-anodized surface for extra long lifespan and comes supplied with a locking nut.
The 13th installment in the Xray column from Xray owner and chief designer Juraj Hudy is now online. In this months column, Juraj talks about the process and thoughts behind the development of the company’s new touring car, the T2’008.
Before we started with the testing and development, we first built very demanding and difficult tracks at our in-house indoor track. Of course we did the same for outdoor testing but not as much as indoors, as the weather this year was changing very rapidly and as such the outdoor track conditions were changing too fast… a good recipe for bad testing. At our indoor track we have a special environmental control system that keeps conditions very stable, and as such we could run from morning ‘til night under the same track conditions, thus assuring objective results.
We have received some more bad news concerning RC racing, following the immediate halt to EP racing in Norway, and that is that the 2008 European 1/8th scale ‘A’ Championships and preceeding 1/8th scale EFRA GP, to have been held in Roeselare, Belgium have been cancelled. We received the letter from Franky Noens, 1/10th scale section chairman in EFRA and secretary of the Belgian association, saying that due to problems with noise and no immediate solution the events have been cancelled. What hasn’t been said is if they will be held somewhere else or just left off the calendar next year, we would presume that they will find another venue. Roeselare played host to this years European 1/10th scale ‘B’ Championships.
Xray have a report on their site from the first round of the Northwest Indoor Championship Series that was held at the Seattle Indoor Raceway, which saw just under 100 racers in attendance. With a groove formed after practice and the Friday night club race, Saturday’s qualifying was very quick and saw Darren Shank place first in both TC Mod Foam and 1/12th 19T, while the TQ in the other classes went to Frank Mirabelli in TC stock foam, Marcos Garcia in rubber stock class, Randy Sides the 19T Foam class and Brian Bodine the 19T TC Rubber class. The races ended the very same with all the TC top qualifiers taking their pace into the final and winning it, giving Xray top honours across the board, while in 1/12th 19T, it was Sean Maybell that took the win.
The final round of the Madrid 1/8th scale off road Championship, held on a very bumpy and technical track in Villanueva de la Torre, has been won by the current Spanish 2wd & 4wd National Electric buggy Champion Alberto García driving a Losi 8ight. García dominated the event by first taking the TQ, achieved the fastest lap time and then went on to win the race by a large margin of 6 laps in front of 2nd place Mugen driver Roberto G. Rodero, with another Mugen, that of Antonio Montes, 1 lap further back in 3rd.
The Norwegian Federation has taken the rather drastic measure of calling a halt to all races and training for electric powered classes following 3 charging related ‘explosions’ at a 1/10th scale National last weekend. According to the source on oOple.com, a lot of the failures have occured in the past with the IB4200 cell, however the most recent failures that prompted this ban on racing were LRP VTecs and Team Orion 4200, both IB made cells. All racing will stay suspended until January 2008, although I’m not sure what will be different from then until now, perhaps a list of approved cells?
UPDATE: We have received an official press release from the NMF which you can download here (PDF).
WinZax RC have announced the release of this solid front axle for the Mugen MTX-4 1/10th scale 200mm touring car. Made from high quality stainless steel, the axle is very hard and durable, yet light weight and claims to provide much more responsive acceleration, more stability coming out of corners or during heavy braking and it enables higher overall speed around twisty tracks.