Serpent have released 2 seperate shock spring supports for their RCC, and older, shock absorbers. The first versions (above) are made from aluminium and have been lightened through the use of holes and are a direct replacement of the original versions only stronger. The second version, which you can see below, are made from the original composite material, but are 2mm thicker, which means the spring sits 2mm higher on the shock body, allowing for a wider range of spring tension adjustment.
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Serpent have released this new optional chassis plate for the 720 which has been heavily milled on the topside to enable the whole car to sit lower allowing for a lower centre of gravity while, through the addition of extra holes, the chassis plate is now extremely light. This chassis will be perfect for those racers looking for that extra cornering advantage in higher grip conditions and to allow your chassis to be made stiffer, the front of the chassis has space to mount the optional carbon stiffener plate, which will be sold separately.
O.S. Speed of Japan have announced their engines line up for Summer / Autumn this year and among other non car related engines was the Spec II version of the 12TZ motor. A very popular engine for 200mm class racing in Japan the new version of the O.S. Speed 12TZ looks like a very nice engine, with teardrop work on the liner, a lightened, balanced and coated crankshaft and other new features but i cant give you specifics as the site is made in flash and so i cant translate it.
Xray have released some new optionals for their new NT1 200mm gas powererd touring car. The new optionals all focus on the bumper of the car with the release of a wide composite GTP style bumper and seperately a composite front transponder holder that mounts above the bumper, similar to that on the Serpent 720. The other new pieces include this carbon fibre top bumper plate (above) which replaces the original composite version and a new harder foam bumber.
CML Distribution in the UK have announced the release of the new metered glow starter from Team Magic . A nice looking tool, this version sports a meter on the top end to show if your plug is working or not and sports a knurled edge for easy grip. The shiney black coating looks really cool, and the orange spring is a nice touch, so for looks alone this would be a great glow starter.
Brain Speed Graphix are now selling a pre painted replica of the same body shell and paint scheme of the current World and European Touring Car Champion, Andy Moore. This particular version is an exact copy of the scheme Andy used on his way to winning the TITC back in February which featured blue tinted windows. Available now in limited numbers.
According to a release on RC Car Actions website, Shawn Palmer has taken over the top spot at Schumacher USA from Adrian Martinez who had led the office for over 6 years. Adrian will be assisting in the transition before pursuing an opportunity in creative machining and design starting in June.
Shawn brings a broad spectrum of extensive industry experience in marketing and product development to Schumacher USA. His involvement with very high power systems in cars is well known, and meshes perfectly with Schumacher’s philosophy of providing our customers quality vehicles that are very fast and very fun. Shawn will also be managing and expanding the distribution of Schumacher USA’s exclusive product lines including Schumacher cars and accessories, Take Off tires and accessories, RW Racing Gears, Keyence speed controls and more.
Active Hobby of Japan have announced that they will be selling this new cooling for both O.S. TZ12 and .12 Novarossi based engines. Its super lightweight, keeping the cars center of gravity low, and is deisgned in such a way as to improve the air flow and cooling around the engine head, while the colour coating is very efficient at dispersing heat. Available in matt red, matt blue (above) and gun metal grey.