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Novarossi BK15 & BK12 nitro bike engines

Novarossi introduce two new nitro engines specifically made for the use in 1/5th scale bikes. Designed in cooperation with Fabio Giovannini and Michele Repetati the rear exhaust engines cater for the needs of bike racers with the BK15 being a 2.49cc engine with 5-ports, 6.5mm slide carburettor and 11.5mm turbo crankshaft. The short stroke engine uses standard steel front and rear bearings and a turbo-type glow plug. BK15 specifications: – Displacement: 2.49 cc – RPM (max power): 43,500 RPM – Practical range: 6,000-43,600 RPM – Bore x stroke: 14.90×14.25 mm – Sleeve: 5 ports – Rear ball bearings: steel – Front ball bearings: steel – Crankshaft: 11.5 mm –…

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Xray T4’15 2.0mm aluminium main chassis plate

Available now for the Xray T4’15 is a 2.0mm aluminium main chassis plate. Machined from 7075-T6 material the chassis is narrower than the stock carbon fibre chassis and it is designed to increases steering, traction and overall stability. The black anodised part is usable on low to high bite surfaces and only fits the T4’15. Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

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French Winter Series Rd1 – Report

The 1st round of the French Winter Nationals was held last weekend at the Argenteuil Racing Club near Paris. The track was laid out with the famous “black” high-grip carpet used at most indoor races with the layout being very difficult to tackle the 5 minutes races without making any mistakes. In the Touring Car Modified class the fight was on between Cyril N’Diaye, Mathieu Briere and Manuel Wagner. The opening A-final was undecided until the very last minute of the race with several crashes, especially in the last lap, which handed Cyril the win in front of Manuel Wagner. A2 and…

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Capricorn TE02 V2 motor mount system

Capricorn release first information on the V2 motor mount system for the TE02 touring car kit. Making use of a CNC-machined mono block for the motor and layshaft mount the construction gives the rear part of the chassis a different flex characteristic. By the looks of things the layshaft mount allows for several top deck flex settings as the upper deck can be coupled or decoupled from the mounts while a centre post in front of the motor further enhances the flex setting possibilities. The motor mount is fixed to the new 89mm wide chassis using four screws and the new upper…

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ARC R10 2015 ATS kit

ARC introduce the latest version of their popular R10 4WD touring car in the form of the R10 2015 ATS kit. The vehicle features the newly developed ATS Active Toe System, a design seen on many current touring cars these days. The ATS allows to adjust the toe angle change of the rear wheels during cornering in a range of up to 1.5 degree to provide more on-power steering and better rotation through the corner in order to minimise understeer. Part of the kit is a special ATS base plate that not only holds the drag links but it also acts…

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ROAR announce first 2015 calendar dates & tracks

ROAR have announced first dates and tracks for their National Championships for 2015. Horsham RC will play host for the Carpet On-Road Nationals from the 26th to the 29th of March. The 1/8th Fuel Off-Road Nationals will be run from the 18th to the 21st of June by A-Main Hobbies, while the 1/8th Electric Off-Road Nationals will be run at LCRC from July 9th through to the 12th. Last but not least the 1/10th Electric Off-Road Nationals will be held at SRS Speedway from August 6th to 9th. Still open are the dates and tracks for …

Tuning Haus TC6.1/6.2 aluminium option parts

Tuning Haus TC6.1/6.2 aluminium option parts

New from Tuning Haus comes a range of aluminium and carbon fibre option parts for the Team Associated TC6.1 and TC6.2. First up are front aluminium C-hubs as a direct replacement for the TC6.2 plastic parts. They offer increased durability and reliability over the plastic hubs and the lower hinge pin is anchored by a 2.5mm set screw to reduce unwanted play and improve handling, while caster is fixed at four degrees, eliminating the need for plastic inserts. Also new are aluminium rear hubs that provide additional durability and suspension alignment. The lower hinge pin is secured by a 2.5…

Watch NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski Wheel a Tamiya Freightliner

Watch NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski Wheel a Tamiya Freightliner

Check out this video of NASCAR racer Brad Keselowski and his race-hauler driver “Bama” as they go toe to toe with a couple of Tamiya Freightliner Cascadia Evolution tractor trucks. The racing action is obviously staged for the “Hauler Challenge” promo that the clip is supporting, but it’s still pretty cool to see the Tamiya rigs getting a workout. Must be nice to be a NASCAR driver! RC Car Action –

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Bittydesign Monza-L8 1/8th on-road bodyshell

Italian company Bittydesign introduce their first ever 1/8th nitro on-road bodyshell, the Monza-L8. The body is meant to provide a good steering response combined with a very balanced overall feeling and consistent traction. The EFRA and ROAR approved body becomes available by the end of October in a standard 1.0mm and lightweight 0.75mm variant, both are made of high-quality polycarbonate and they come including a decal sheet and window masks. Source: Bittydesign [bittydesign.net]

Haatanen & Salmela win at Winter Series Rd1

Haatanen & Salmela win at Winter Series Rd1

The first round of the Winter Off-Road Series in Finland saw Joona Haatanen being on fire in the 2WD Buggy class. He dominated the proceedings taking every round of qualifying and the mains. Meanwhile in 4WD Buggy it was team mate and good friend Karri Salmela who broke up the Haatanen party by taking a fantastic win.   2WD top 10 result: 1. Joona Haatanen 2. Jarno Siltanen 3. Tuomo Otsavaara 4. Tomi Westen 5. Lari Jäppinen 6. Joseph Quagraine 7. Jörg Tiit 8. Sami Salmela 9. Jarmo Halme 10.Touko Silpola 4WD top 10 result: 1. Karri Salmela 2. Ari Heinonen 3. Samppa Orhanen 4. Joel Valander 5. Joona Haatanen 6. Lauri Ruotsalainen 7. Juho Rajaniemi 8. Max Mört…

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Turner & McDuffie win at JBRL Electric Series Rd9

The 9th and final round of this year’s Jimmy Babcock Racing League series was run at Hot Rod Hobbies in Saugus, CA this past weekend. Once again the race attracted a good turnout of racers including local talent and nationally experienced drivers. The 2WD Modified Buggy class had Kyosho’s Cody Turner walking away with the win from Kevin Motter (Team Associated) and Zachary Rogers (Kyosho). In 4WD Modified Buggy Brian McDuffie (TLR) took the win from the Team Associated duo of Jimmy Barnett and Chris Blais. Pro2 Short Course saw Kevin Motter (Team Associated) taking the win from Cody Turner (Kyosho)…

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T.O.P. Sabre S4 aluminium main chassis plate

New from T.O.P. Racing comes an aluminium main chassis plate for the Sabre S4 touring car. Designed specifically for very high traction track surfaces, such as carpet, the additional stiffness compared to the standard carbon fibre chassis gives the car more stability and steering response. The chassis come anodised in gun metal colour and it is a direct replacement for the kit part. Source: T.O.P. [top-racing.jp]

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2014 International Indoor Championships – Report

The 10th annual International Indoor Championships was held at the Riviera Hotel & Casino located on the Las Vegas strip this past weekend. More than 400 entries, the biggest entry count in a while, split in many different electric on-road classes. The temporary carpet track laid out was a bit bigger than the previous years with grip levels rising quickly and getting very high. Many drivers made their way over directly from the IFMAR World Championships, making for busy travelling schedules. Qualifying in the premier class of Touring Car Modified therefore was an extremely close affair as Ronald Völker took TQ just 3 tenths …

Kim Kiheung wins at 1/10 GP Touring Korea Cup

Kim Kiheung wins at 1/10 GP Touring Korea Cup

The South Korean 1/10 GP Touring Cup was held in the city of Milyang with Serpent driver Choi Naksung taking the TQ after the qualifiers. A crash in the main final denied him the win and made way for Kim Kiheung (Serpent) who came out successful in front of Hong Kiyoung (Mugen) and Kim Wonkyung (Xray). Source: Serpent [serpent.com]

Michal Blahovsky wins at RC1 Cup

Michal Blahovsky wins at RC1 Cup

Last weekend the RC1 Cup was held in the Czech Republic. Run in various electric on-road and off-road classes the event saw Michal Blahovsky taking the TQ and win in the 2WD Modified Buggy class from Serpent team mate Jan Kanina. Source: Serpent [serpent.com]

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Xray XB8 lightweight ventilated brake discs

Xray introduce new optional brake discs for the XB8 1/8th scale buggy. Being of a ventilated design the precision-ground and heat-treated discs are light of weight and they offer vibration-free operation. At the same time they minimise brake pad wear and disc glazing for consistent braking performance even on high speed tracks and during long mains. Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

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Exotek DEX210v2 carbon fibre main chassis

Exotek Racing introduce a carbon fibre main chassis plate for the Team Durango DEX210v2 2WD buggy. Made from 2.5mm USA-made material the chassis scrubs 35g of weight, it is of a heavy duty design and usable with both mid and rear motor converted vehicles. The lighter weight makes for a more nimble response and with slightly more flex than the alloy chassis it also increases overall grip, making it ideal for spec class racing. Included is also a 7075 alloy nose plate for longer wear and extra strength at the chassis bend while machined pockets at the rear of the chassis …

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Hiro Seiko BD7-2015 lightweight screw kits

Hiro Seiko introduce two new lightweight screw kits for the Yokomo BD7-2015 touring car. Coming as all-titanium or mixed aluminium and titanium set, both are made to significantly reduce the weight of the car with the titan set scrubbing around 13g of weight while the mixed set saves around 18g. Source: Hiro Seiko [hiro-seiko.com]

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Radtec aluminium wing washer sets

New from Radtec come aluminium wing washer sets for 1/10th touring cars and buggies. The sets include a pair of lightweight washers, 3x8mm flathead titanium screws and M3 locknuts to securely mount the wings to TC bodies or the wing stays of a range of buggies. The large diameter washers prevent the wings from excessive bending under high loads to make for improved aerodynamic efficiency. The machined washers are available in five different colours including red, orange, blue, light blue and black. Source: Radtec RC [radtec-rc.com]

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Daniel Kobbevik sweeps JC Challenge Norway Rd1

The first round of the JConcepts Challenge Norway saw Team Associated’s Daniel Kobbevik dominating the weekend by winning four out of five classes. The young man not only grabbed the maiden win in Norway for the new B44.3 buggy in the 4WD class but he also succeed in the 2WD, 2WD Racing Truck and 1/8th E-Buggy category – the latter being a new class in Norway run with 2S batteries and short course motors. In E-Buggy Daniel was hugely challenged by Oyvind Fast Olsen but a better tie-breaker handed Daniel his 4th win of the weekend. Last but not least in…