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Coelho masters difficult conditions in 1st control practice

Bruno Coelho mastered difficult track conditions on Day 2 of the Electric Touring Car World Championships in Beijing this morning to top the first round of controlled practice.  Having topped yesterday’s six rounds of free practice, the Xray driver again was fastest but with wind effecting track conditions it was not a repeat of the 1-2 the Slovakian manufacturer witnessed on the opening Day.  With Hagberg managing only P10, pulling up with a minute to go as he clearly struggled with his car, there was a marked improvement from reigning manufacturer champions Yokomo.  Only p5 in free practice, Ronald Volker would set the second fastest time, …

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JConcepts Ford F-250 Super-Duty SuperCab MT body

Made for 1/10th scale monster trucks such as the Traxxas Stampede and HPI Wheely King is JConcepts’ new Ford F-250 Super-Duty SuperCab bodyshell. Resembling the 2011 variant of Ford’s popular pick-up truck, the body features the SuperCab design with recessed and sliding rear window treatment mated with spot-on wheel well size for a mini monster and fender flares that blend to form the unmistakable Super Duty look. The bed area is flat and resembles that smooth bed cover look of the full-scale monster vehicles. The structure of the bed features ridged detail, tailgate and rear roll-pan look with scale touches, finish…

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Simon Kurzbuch takes Swiss 1/8th Nitro On-road title

Last weekend the fifth round of the Swiss 1/8th On-road Championship took place at the Minidrom Sitterdorf. The weather was not the best meaning only one dry round of qualifying could be run. Simon Kurzbuch was the fastest and secured himself the TQ in front of Silvio Hächler. On Sunday the weather improved so was it possible to race all the finals under dry conditions. The main final was dominated once again by Simon who crossed the finishing line in first position some three laps in front of Mattia Pesenti with Remy Hasler completing the podium another two laps down…

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Day 1 complete in Beijing, Xray in control

Day 1 of the Electric Touring Car World Championships is complete in Beijing with Xray having controlled proceedings.  Opening the day at the Fengtai R/C Model Area asphalt track at the top of the time sheets, after 6 rounds of free practice it was still an Xray 1,2 with Bruno Coelho fastest from Alexander Hagberg.  While the pair would fail to improve on their 3-fastest lap time from FP4, Coelho would still top the times sheets for the final practice ahead of Tamiya’s Chrishopher Krapp. Krapp’s FP6 time would see him the best of the rest as he turned around his performance over …

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Dylan McBurney doubles at Irish Championship

Round four of the Irish 1/10th Off-road Championship took place in Dublin. In 2WD Dylan McBurney took the TQ and the win to finish the championship with a perfect score from Alan Thompson in second. In 4WD Dylan had to work for his victory as the race for the win and the championship went to the last leg of the A-final but ultimately Dylan would be able to take his second overall title of the weekend. Source: Schumacher [racing-cars.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

SkyRC Toro X8T V2 1/8th truggy brushless motor

SkyRC Toro X8T V2 1/8th truggy brushless motor

SkyRC have introduced their new Toro X8T V2 brushless motor for 1/8th scale E-truggies. The 6-pole 1950kv motor is of a 18-slot stator design for improved torque while high-purity copper windings and ultra-thin 0.2mm stator laminations make for high efficiency, resulting in reduced heat built-up and longer run times. The sensorless motor utilises a machined T6 billet aluminium can with heatsink ribbing and it measures 42.2x74mm including said heatsink. Source: SkyRC [skyrc.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

Coelho continues to top practice at WC

Coelho continues to top practice at WC

Bruno Coelho continues to set the pace at the Electric Touring Car World Championship in Beijing, the Xray driver continuing to the top the time sheets with four of the opening day’s six free practice runs complete.  Taking things up a notch in FP4, he continues to be quickest from team Alexander Hagberg but with a bigger advantage, his best lap over 1/10th of a second faster and his fastest 3-consecutive laps almost 4/10th better.  Behind the Xray’s, after a ‘horrible’ start to practice, Marc Rheinard has started to find some speed with the Tamiya driver completing the Top 3 ahead of Andy Moore…

WTF BTA ESC fan mount version 2

WTF BTA ESC fan mount version 2

Coming from Wild Turbo Fan is the version 2 BTA speed controller fan mount. Offering a revised fan angle and new carbon fibre guides the mount now channels the cooling air better towards the controller’s heat sink and the motor. The mount fits both 25mm and 30mm ESC mounting patterns and the whole assembly weighs in at only 2.7g without fan. Source: Wild Turbo Fan [wildturbofan.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

Schelle Lockout Buggy Set & Pro Built B6 diffs

Schelle Lockout Buggy Set & Pro Built B6 diffs

Schelle Racing Innovations have introduced the Lockout Buggy Set for Team Associated and TLR buggies as well as Pro Built B6 differentials. Starting with the Lockout set, the conversion was designed for all-out buggy 17.5 and 13.5 racing. The set removes the heavy slipper assemblies and sheds weight down to a bare minimum while allowing the use of Schelle’s Nova spur gears. A 69 tooth and 72 tooth Nova spur gear are included for all the tuning options a racer could need for tight or wide-open layouts. The kit is a direct fit to the B6, B6D, B5, and B5M and also fits…

Pro-Line Ambush 4×4 1/25 mini scale crawler

Pro-Line Ambush 4×4 1/25 mini scale crawler

Pro-Line have introduced their new Ambush 1/25 mini scale crawler. The palm-sized vehicle features full-time four wheel drive with solid axles and true leaf spring suspension, allowing it to tackle even the toughest climb. A 3mm steel ladder frame forms the solid base for the transmission and suspension and the black oxide coating makes for long lasting protection against the elements. Sleek chassis-mounted bumpers cap off each end for added protection. Each corner of the truck has a 3-leaf pack with working shackles and attaches to plastic friction shocks that limit down travel. The truck comes factory assembled with a …

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Track Focus – Fengtai R/C Model Area

Track Name – Fengtai R/C Model Area Host  –  Car Modelling Association of China Country – China Location – Beijing Fengtai Direction – Anti-clockwise Surface – Asphalt Having successfully hosted the 1:12 World Championship indoors in the Fengtai Science, Technology and Sports building, the Touring Car Worlds moves outdoors to another part of the Fengtai Sports Center which centres around the 2008 Beijing Olympics Softball stadium.  They say first impressions last on arriving at the track one cannot but be impressed.  Obviously putting some of their Olympic experience to good us on entering the facility you immediately get the feeling this is something a …

JConcepts B6-series Aero short chord rear wing

JConcepts B6-series Aero short chord rear wing

JConcepts have introduced the new B6-series Aero short chord rear wing. The new Aero wing has intriguing details, a leading edge that drops below the mounting point that acts in a scooping manner. What separates the new wing from the standard is the shorter deck length, otherwise known as the “chord length”. The shorter chord has less rear overhang allowing for quicker rotation in the 180 degree turns and will have less impact in gusty wind conditions or long aerial manoeuvres. The centre channel is just narrow enough for the B6 wing mount assembly but drops the wing at just the correct height and…

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Martin Wollanka signs with Hot Race Tyres

Hot Race Tyres have announced the signing of Austrian racer Martin Wollanka to their team. The factory Xray left former long-termn tyre sponsors Pro-Line right before this year’s European Championships and he will be using Hot Race Tyres’ range of competition tyres from now on. Martin has the following to say about the deal: It was time to chance some things after around 10 years with Pro-Line tires, so I looked for another option. I start to test Hot Race Tyres some months ago and Iwas really impressive how they working fine on my Xray car. I drove very good …

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Henri Fredriksson takes Finnish 1/8th IC Track title

The fourth round of the Finnish 1/8th On-road national series was recently held at the Kuovola track. Good weather allowed a very nice and fair weekend of racing and after the qualifiers it was Teemu Saarinen who started from the top spot into the main final followed by Henri Frederiksson, Tomi Mairue and Tony Raikas. In the first minutes of the main final Teemu pulled away from the field until he hit a slower car. After this incident there was a great battle for the lead between Tomi and Henri. At the end Tomi won the race with Henri Fredriksson in …

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Team Magic B8ER HRC Version 1/8th E-Buggy

HRC Distribution have introduced the Team Magic B8ER HRC Version 1/8th electric buggy. Based off of the standard kit the HRC Version features a new waterproof 16kg-cm high-torque steering servo, an upgraded 2500kv brushless motor as well as HRC Racing BullDog tyres. The buggy will become available in a yellow/black and red/black bodyshell variant from September on. Source: HRC Distribution [hrcdistribution.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

Cole Ogden wins Pro Nitro Buggy at Wicked Weekend

Cole Ogden wins Pro Nitro Buggy at Wicked Weekend

Racers from all over the US gathered at the Chicopee Wood Agricultural Center in Gainesville, Georgia, for one of the fastest growing events, The Wicked Weekend. With an unexpected entry count of 643 total entries this race would definitely live up to its name and be a wicked long race . Because of the large entry count the race organizers decided to change up the race format from three 5 minute qualifiers to two 7 minute qualifiers to save on time. With many racers unsure about the sudden change it would prove to be a very wise decision in the end. In Pro Nitro Buggy, …

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Scorpion Vanguard S3-80 Turbo Stock speed controller

Scorpion have introduced their new Vanguard S3-80 Turbo Stock brushless speed controller. Building on the S3-140 Modify and S3-80 Super Stock ESCs the new Turbo Stock was especially developed for demanding Stock class racing with 8.5T to 25.5T motors and it offers a wide range of timing and turbo adjustments to make it usable for competitive boosted class racing. The controller is built using military-spec components, it utilises an aluminium heatsink case and features a 6V/3A BEC system, multiple protection features and it is usable with both sensored and sensorless motors. The V-Link cable for easy setup using a …

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Trinity introduce Motolyser DC 1S booster

Trinity have introduced the Motolyser DC 1S booster for all 1S LiPo battery classes. Super small and of a low weight the voltage booster allows to run 1S LiPo-powered 1/12th and 1/10th scale cars without the need for an additional, and heavy, receiver battery pack. The booster features an on/off switch that is mounted right on the PCB for improved durability and reliability and it was used by TQ Marc Rheinard and new IFMAR World Champion, Naoto Matsukura, among others, during this week’s Electric On-road World Championships. Source: Trinity [teamtrinity.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

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Takashiro wins Chunchoen Worldleisure Champs

The recent Chunchoen Worldleisure 1/8th Offroad Championships were held in Korea with high temperatures making for a tough day for both men and machine. Kyosho driver Wattaru Takashiro would make the best out of the conditions by taking the win in the 1/8th Nitro Buggy main from Agama pilot Si Minsu and Jang Wonseok (Serpent). Dani Choi (Kyosho) and Jeon Hanyoung (Serpent) completed the top 5 result. Source: Serpent [serpent.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

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Ben Smith takes BRCA U13 Junior 4WD Buggy title

The damp and bumpy astroturf track at Bury Metro in the north of England saw Ben Smith taking the BRCA 4WD Buggy Junior under 13’s title. Ben drove a very mature race to win the first two legs of the A-final to take the title and elsewhere in the 2WD class he would finish 2nd to round out a great weekend. Source: Schumacher [racing-carc.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It