T-Works have announced the release of new optionals for the Serpent Viper 989 1/8th scale on-road kit in the form of titanium turnbuckles and two screw kits. Starting with the turnbuckle set, the 5-piece kit includes steering, servo and camber link turnbuckles all made of 64 grade titanium for a low weight, exceptional rigidity and corrosion resistance. Using the set over the standard steel turnbuckles will reduce unsprung masses while also adding visual impact. Included in the set comes a 4mm turnbuckle wrench for easy setup changes. Also available are a 183-piece UFO head titanium screw kit as well as a gold-colour 199-piece steel screw set. The lightweight 64 grade titanium screws will lower the car’s overall weight while the coated steel fasteners add visual impact and corrosion resistance.
A new brand is emerging from the land of the rising sun with former Yokomo sales manager Minoru Aso and engineering manager Tomonari Nakamura having announced the formation of the Rêve D brand. Based in Chiba, Japan, the founding team will also include former IFMAR 2WD World Champion Hayato Matsuzaki as well as Drift World Cup Champion Takahiro Kawakami as head designers. Rêve D will care about drift car conversion and full chassis kits as well electronics and accessories with the first products set to hit stores World-wide in 2020. Minoru has the following to say:
The RC car is a wonderful product that ignites dreams in people’s hearts and connects people to each other. The members of Rêve D, are working together to develop such wonderful products that are designed with these ethics in mind, ready to deliver to customers all over the world. We are not just about developing high-performance radio controlled cars that we run ourselves, we promise to stand behind our customers with excellent communication and pit support around the world, helping to push our amazing hobby forward! Our advanced business strategy and our mission is to be a Company that composes our customers dreams.
Mugen Seiki Racing have announced the release of the FP aluminium rear lower arm shock mounts for the MRX6R 1/8th on-road kit. The braces mount to the long specification rear lower arms and will increase durability and offer more consistent handling over the stock graphite mounts. The parts are made in the U.S.A. and are black anodised for increased durability.
The 2019 Coupe de France was held in Meyrargues in four different 1/10th Electric Off-road classes last weekend. In 2WD Modified Buggy, attracting 45 entries, it was Armand Lantheaume (Xray) with the overall win from Team Associated’s Clement Boda in 2nd and TLR’s Renaud Savoya in 3rd.
The 2019 Mon-Tech NYGP was held at 360v2 RC in New Rochelle, New York last weekend. The event saw Ronald Völker (Yokomo) walking away with the win in Touring Modified while Awesomatix’s Max Mächler TQed and won the TC Stock CanAm A-main, leaving behind Awesomatix’s Bill Sydor in 2nd and Yokomo’s Phil Matthews in 3rd.
Round 1 of the DieHard RC Indoor Off-Road Series was held in Snohomish, Washington last weekend, attracting nearly 160 entries that made for some competitive racing. In 2WD Mod Buggy it was Jeff Jenkins Jr. with the overall TQ after the double qualifiers, however in the single 6-minute A-main event it was Mikey Brown, coming from P5 on the grid, who would hold the upper hand to bring home the silverware some 2.9 seconds in front of Jeff. Tyler Wilbur would come in 3rd to round out the podium result in front of Travis Harker in 4th.
The 15th annual Novarossi Trophy was held at the Automodellistico 5 Colli track in Gubbio, Italy last weekend. The event saw the running of 1/8th IC Track and 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring classes and in the 1/8th scale class it was Jonathan Gandin with the overall TQ, some 2.2 seconds in front of Dante Piersante. The 30-minute A-main final then had Robert De Cesare (Mugen) holding the upper hand as he took the win some four laps in front of Shepherd’s Mattia Collavo as Xray’s Alessandro Bracci came in 3rd to round out the podium result.
After a successful and well backed series in 2018/19, the EssexCarpetClash returned last weekend for their second season located in the south of England. The opening meeting was fully booked with both 4 and 2 wheel-drive classes, 2 wheel-drive being the more popular. Having completed all rounds of qualifying, top dog in 4WD was Stephen Brown who had a perfect qualifier taking all four rounds, showing that he was going to be difficult to beat come the finals. John Painter lined up 2nd on the grid, with Mark Lewis, a top runner from last year in 3rd.