Gerd Strenge, the designer of the Durango was in touch to show all the Red RC readers his latest Durango 4wd buggy that will be raced by their team drivers at the upcoming European Championships in Finland. A lot of people may never have seen the Durango before, and some may be more familiar with it, but to both parties it may be difficult to spot the differences between this latest version and the previous incarnations of this former European Championship winning buggy. The changes to the car allow it to now corner faster and to jump better than the previous version with alterations made to the steering system, the shock towers and to the weight distribution, while changes to the shock absorbers allow to drive better over the bumps and absorb landings easier. Power delivery has also been improved with changes made to the slipper clutch.
Durango will have 3 of these cars in action at the Euros and driving them is front running Austrian driver Gerd Pfeiffer, German racer Ebi Beck and former European Champion, Pro Line Challenge winner and Belgian GP runner up, Joern Neumann.
The 10th installment in the Xray column from Xray owner and chief designer Juraj Hudy is now online. In this months column, Juraj takes about the future development of the companys electric touring car and the process that the company has in place to analyze, design, produce a sample, test, and analyze again.
Electric touring cars are so highly developed today and the performance level has been raised so dramatically within the few last years that every single small detail matters and will help to shave tenths or hundreds of a second per lap… which at the end of one qualifying session may mean placing in a final or not. I can see it pretty obviously that it is these small details that are separating the very few top drivers from the rest of the crowd and that translates into the winners who deserve the trophies.
Our partners Neo Buggy are reporting that multiple National Champion and Worlds TQ Ryan Maifield has signed a deal with Liquid Eyewear of Yuma, AZ. Liquid Eyewear is a premier eyewear manufacturer with a full line of sunglasses, clothing, and other accessories and the deal will see Ryan use and promote the companies products.
Team Orion have introduced it’s new line of Rocket Packs which have been tested to handle over 150 amps, providing previous unheard of performance from a stick pack. Available in 2700, 3300 and 4500MAh sizes in a 6 cell 7.2V stick pack configuration, with both Tamiya and TRX style connectors, these packs deliver the best plug and play performance for any vehicle from your RTR Stampede to high end touring cars like the Kyosho Stallion.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Team Orion driver Andrew Gray 2007 Sedan Challenge – Link [teamorion.com]
> Kyosho release fully ball raced Mini-Z AWD MA-010 – Link [kyosho.com]
> Announcing the 2007 GRP Irish Challenge at the BADMCC track – Link [mirageracing.com]
> Beautiful Jordan F1 paint job on the Serpent F180 – Link [serpent.com]
> Interview with Adam Drake 2007 ROAR National Champion – Link [rc-area.co.uk]
> Team Magic G4+ build review – Link [rubeduderc.com]
Xray are reporting on the 3rd round of the Czech National Championship for 1/8th scale buggies that was held 2 weekends ago at the very end of June. Qualfiying saw Xray driver Martin Bayer take the pole position for the main final and was joined by the winners from both semi finals for the start of the 30 minute main. As the final go underway it was Martin that took the lead and gradually started to create a gap from the chasing pack that included his brother Ales as well as L. Zeman. Martin lead until 3 minutes from the end, when a stone jumped into his car some obstruction which cost him 20 seconds in the pits and allowed his brother Ales driving the Losi 8ight to take over the lead which he held to the end, to take the win ahead of his brother Martin in 2nd and P. Klatovsky in 3rd.
A few weeks ago we showed you the Glory Kaiser 23T Super Stock motor from Team Luna, one of many new 23T motors to hit the market recently, and today comes the release of a similiar motor from Team Luna, but using Yokomo parts, including the special Yokomo endbell. This motor gives good overal power and features a balanced rotor, the brushes are held more accurately in place thanks to the new end bell, and along with some other small changes this JMRCA approved motor is 20% more efficient than the original version. Also new from Team Luna is the release of a new brush setter, with cutter, for this motor as well as a new black twin Schottky diode with cooling fins, a new colour addition to those released previously from Team Luna.
Xray have released the latest in their extensive line of options for their NT1 200mm car, the CVD rear drive shaft set. This efficient and performance enhancing rear CVD set replaces the standard rear drive shaft and drive axle and is rebuildable with separately-available spare parts.
When used with the world’s lightest and most exclusive 1/10 nitro touring drivetrain on the NT1, this rear CVD set guarantees ultra-low rotating weight, super-smooth operation, and increased performance. All major CVD components are strategically lightened without compromising strength, and are manufactured from world-renowned HUDY Spring Steel™ to handle the drivetrain stresses and dramatically reduce wear.