Although the Neo Invitational event was nearly a month ago, Hot Bodies have a report on their site giving us the lowdown on their experiences at the event. Of course they were present with Marc Rheinard and Andy Moore, both touring car racers, but despite that they managed to both make the semi finals, not a bad result considering. But what was more interesting is that both their team drivers where running prototype parts including new shock towers front and rear, a new main chassis, improved radio plate and several other parts in an effort to test them in time to include them in their upcoming Lightning 2 Pro EVO, that is due out sometime this year.
The Team Associated TC5 prototype electric car has been around for a while now and has been performing quite well, and is still being developed, but it seems that the car is a step closer to being released with the latest images of the car showing the use of some production ready parts. RC Zone has some images taken at last weekends Novak US Touring car championships that show Rick Hohwarts car in detail as well as some more info on the car itself.
The major parts that carry over from previous cars are the shock bodies, VCS2, Springs, Ballcups, Tierods, Diff Hardware, Ballstuds, Body Posts. Another detail is that the new car will feature screws with 2mm metric threads. The bearings will also be all metric spec. The aluminium parts will also be anodised blue like on other Associated Factory Team cars.
I am delighted to welcome on board, our very first advertiser – ‘The Border, Online R/C Supermarket‘. As some of you are aware, ‘The Border’ is one of the largest online R/C shops on the internet and carries a huge range of stock, mostly focussing on competition products for both off road and on road racers as well as slot cars. We are a relatively new site and i find it a great compliment, and shows that we must be doing something right, to have such an established company like ‘The Border’ put so much faith in us. You can see their advertising banner on the right side of the site and this will be updated every few weeks with different special offers and promotions so keep watching.
The Border are currently running a really great Special Offer. Up until January 31st, if you purchase a Serpent Kit from them you will receive FREE SHIPPING. Contact them at email@example.com and ask for your personal code that you can enter during checkout to avail of this offer.
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Team Wave have released an updated version of their Lightning discharging rig, the V2. Improvements over the original version include this simple click in battery holder, voltage displayed for individual cells, a warning if a battery is put in incorrectly and the ability to use 4 or 6 cell easily. You can also set the voltage that the cells should drop to when discharging and of course it looks cool with the blue display.
The Italian engine manufacturer Novarossi have released this large pit bag in their very distinctive blue colour. Featuring the Novarossi R logo in red on the front side the bag is padded and contains compartments that can be moved about or removed. The bag is 60cm x 35cm x 16cm, so it should be large enough to fit a 1/8th scale chassis or 1/10th scale touring car or just lots of racing stuff.
Panther have released a new off road tire suitable for Stadium Trucks. Called the Switch 2.0, this tire is dialed-in for indoor clay and blue groove tracks, so mostly US tracks then.
Fits 2.2â€ truck wheels. The Switch 2.0 center bars will give you the forward bite you need and the square lugs on the sides will give you the steering you need. Like the other Switch 2.0 designs this tire will be the hot ticket on the indoor clay and the blue grove tracks.
Panther also released a new hat too that features a flame design with the Panther logo embroidered on the front. You can check that out here.
Xray have a report on their site on round 2 of the Western Canadian Indoor Championships held in Edmonton. The race was very well attended and Xray dominated the event in both numbers and in outright performance, winning all classes and taking up most of the runner up spots too. In modified class it was Wayne Mah that led home a top 4 finish for Xray whilst in Stock and 19T it was Rod Littau and Dwayne Flodell respectively that took home the class wins.
The new T2-007 debut its agility and quickness in its first test in the hands of the Canadian top guns earned the TQ position immediately, only to be challenged by other 007 drivers throughout the weekend.
Last weekend saw the running of the 2007 off-road Winter Champs race held in Vorarlberg in Austria. The race took place on a wicked carpet off road track with lots of corners, jumps and even a wall ride. The race also attracted some major racers with European Champion Peter Pinisch doing the double by winning the 2wd and 4wd classes, with the Stadium truck class won by Kim Sitensky.
View pictures from the event here and check out the final results here (PDF).