French Kyosho racer Jerome Aigoin has taken the top qualifying spot for tomorrows main race at this weekends French EFRA GP in Auxerre. Aigoin led home a French domination of the top qualifying spots with the exception of Mugen racer Borja Hernandez of Spain who came home in 2nd position. Jeromes brother, current European Champion, Yannick Aigoin brought his Xray home in 3rd with the first of the French made Piktor buggys in 4th, driven by Sebasian Leonard.
Sirio might have been dropped by Kyosho in favour of CRF for team and kit supply but Sirio are still going strong and are still producing very competitive engines. We got hold of images of Sirios 2007 engine lineup from our sponsors, and official Sirio agents, The Border, and we have put them online to show you. A lot of the motors carry forward from last year with the exception of the CL7R STI (above) which is the latest and greatest version of their 3.5cc circuit motor, and the CL7B STI which is the latest top of the line 3.5cc buggy engine. The Border will have most of this line-up of motors in stock from next week onwards, so if you like what you see you can check them out there next week.
This weekend sees the French EFRA GP for 1/8th scale buggies take place at this years European Championship track in Auxerre and so the event is seen as a warmup for this event and so has attracted the top drivers from around Europe. Controlled practice was done today and leading the timesheets from the start is current European Champion, Yannick Aigoin driving for Xray with Crono driver, and current Italian Champion, Davide Tortorici in 2nd position while team mate Jerome Sartel of France is in 3rd. Qualifying will be run tomorrow and we hope to bring you an end of day report, but in the meantime check out some videos from todays action below.
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Schumacher sent out their May newsletter to us and in it, amongst all the other products, we saw this rather powerful Lipo pack. Pumping out 7.4 volts, at 5000MAh, this Core-RC Lipo pack comes in a hard protective casing, pre wired with plugs, and with that rating should give some great run times.
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.