Last weekend saw round 7 of the FORGASS championship held at the Charlotte RC Raceway under sunny skies. In the 1/10th scale it was Winternats finalist, and winner of FORGASS round 6, Danny Horta driving a Serpent 720 that once again took the win, this time backed up by team mate Gianni Giorgio who came home in 2nd with Mugen racer Andrew Duperrouzel finishing in 3rd. In the 1/8th scale it was Paolo Morganti all the way, the Serpent 960 driver claiming TQ by 4 seconds and then going on to win the race, setting the fastest lap on the way. Phillip Abed came home in 2nd position, 2 laps back on Morganti and 4 laps up on Joe Sumasky who finished 3rd.
The people at Luxembourgs MCCK track have begun work on altering their World famous cork screw corner that provided so many drivers at the 2004 European Championships, as well as VRC users, with so many challenges. As you can see from the picture, the corner will turn right at the bottom of the original corkscrew instead of left and go back up hill and into a double left and then dropping in another corkscrew corner before rejoining the original track. The alterations should be ready in time for the new season.
Teddy Syach has proven himself to be the class of the field at last weekend BSD Invitational held at the BSD Super Traxxx circuit in Indonesia. In 1/10th scale, Serpent driver Syach managed to claim the TQ spot and could convert it into a 3 lap win in the main final finishing ahead of 2nd place Tons with Awie in 3rd. In the 1/8th scale class it was a repeat performance with Teddy winning the race by 1 lap ahead of Ricardo in 2nd and young Arya Rido in 3rd with Teddy claiming the fastest lap of the race as he did also in 1/10th.
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.