Here’s the REAL “Behind the Scenes” on the NOT Fake Qualcomm RC vs. Formula-E Video

Here’s the REAL “Behind the Scenes” on the NOT Fake Qualcomm RC vs. Formula-E Video

When we last shared Qualcomm’s RC vs. full-size Formula-E video, we had some fun pointing out what appeared to be fakery that went into it based on the “Behind the Scenes” clip that accompanied the video. Turns out there’s a lot more to it than that clip, which definitely didn’t do the production team any favors when it came to revealing their hard work and showing the actual technology in use. Reed from the YouTube channel “UrbanRcLA” is the man behind the RC work and turned us onto the clips below that show they did in fact have Qualcomm-built…

BRCA 2015/16 National LMP Champs – Announcement

BRCA 2015/16 National LMP Champs – Announcement

The BRCA have announced its calendar of events for the 2015/16 National championship for 1/12th scale electric LMP cars. The championships will be contested over five indoor rounds on carpet, with each driver’s best 3 scores counting towards their final placing in the series. During the season the Championship will visit several of the established venues, but also a couple of new ones. The venues have been chosen based on their geographic spread, the level of their track and facilities, their previous track record of hosting similar events and of course the feedback we have received from our competitors from last year. Calendar dates October…

JConcepts Futaba 4PX radio bag

JConcepts Futaba 4PX radio bag

JConcept’s radio bag is now also available in a variant tailor-made for the Futaba 4PX transmitter. Designed with travel, cushion, ease of use and protection in mind the lightweight design consists of a rugged outer bag which has a convenient and easy access zipper closure and inside it has a Velcro closure pouch for additional easy access items. Inside, pull and pluck foam pieces are arranged throughout the entire inner liner allowing racers to chose the size and shape of the item needing protection or organisation while a lower stage foam insert cushions the bottom. The bag is travel friendly and sized…

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VRC Pro virtual vs. real comparison – Video

Virtual RC have released another video comparing their latest virtual track, the 2015 Silver Dollar Raceway, and the real Silver Dollar Raceway, home of the 2015 ROAR Fuel Offroad Nationals. The comparison video shows Ryan Lutz driving his Tekno NB48.3 buggy “against” 2014 VRC Short Course Truck World Champion Chris Sturdy from Australia, driving the Intercept NX8-R buggy. Click here to view the embedded video. Source: VRC Pro [vrcworld.com]

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Micha Widmaier wins at South German regionals Rd4

Last weekend round four of the South German 1/8th Off-road regionals, a qualifying round for the German Nationals, was held at the MRC Senden track. In the final of the E-Buggy class Micha Widmaier came out successful in front of Hannes Käufler in 2nd and Luca Rau in 3rd place. Jonas Bauer and Stefan Byesse rounded out the top 5 result. Source: Serpent [serpent.com]

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Team Associated Factory Team T-handle ratchet driver

Available now from Team Associated is the Factory Team T-handle ratchet driver that makes installation and removal of screws and bolts easier than ever with its comfortable handle, long reach, and ratchet action. Designed for the use with separately available 1/4″ hex head or screwdriver bits an easy to reach switch allows for for clockwise or counter-clockwise action. Several metric and imperial, hex, nut and ball driver bits are available as are Philips and flat screw driver inserts and also a 5-piece set with the most common sizes. Source: Team Associated [teamassociated.com]

WRC STX 015 1/10th electric touring car

WRC STX 015 1/10th electric touring car

Italian company WRC have announced the forthcoming release of the STX 015 1/10th electric touring car kit. The vehicle will feature several improvements such as a new servo mount, reinforced suspension holders, a DSR called rail-type steering system, a redesigned aluminium front spool, a lightweight, reinforced rear gear differential and ball-raced anti-roll bars. The chassis is designed to offer several flex characteristic settings and all carbon fibre parts are made of a new graphite material. More information and images should become available in time for the release. Click here to view the embedded video. Source: WRC [wrc-racing.com]

Tamiya DB01RRR 1/10th 4WD buggy kit

Tamiya DB01RRR 1/10th 4WD buggy kit

Tamiya have introduced the latest incarnation of the DB01 1/10th scale 4WD buggy in the form of the DB01RRR. The bolstered-up version of the RR is a limited edition item with the belt-driven buggy featuring a new 12 degree aluminium front caster block, 3 degree rear aluminium suspension mounts and an aluminium heatsink for the motor that also helps with dust and dirt protection. All included aluminium parts come in anodised black colour and the kit is rounded out by fluorescent yellow 12mm hex wheels. The kit will become available in August. Source: Tamiya [tamiya.com]

Patrick Hofer wins Swiss 1/8th Buggy Nationals Rd3

Patrick Hofer wins Swiss 1/8th Buggy Nationals Rd3

The third round of the Swiss 1/8th Buggy Nationals were held in Gland in the French-language part of Switzerland. In the main final Patrick Hofer came out successful after having a difficult qualification with engine troubles. Going through the quarter finals and coming out 2nd fastest in his semi final Patrick eventually took the win from Jeremy Pittet and Jean-Marc Betticher. Source: Team Associated [teamassociated.com]

Mikael Fransson wins Swedish Cup Rd3

Mikael Fransson wins Swedish Cup Rd3

Round 3 of the Swedish Nitro On-road Cup was held in Trolhättan on a beautiful track with a nice flow and with 22 drivers from Sweden and Norway in attendance. After four rounds of qualifying it was Mikael Fransson (Serpent) who took the TQ honours some 3.5 seconds in front of Marcus Lindner (Shepherd). Lars Haugen (Mugen) and Bengt Andersson (Shepherd) would round out the top 4 result so far. The main final still held some questions about the strategy as making 5 minutes was a bit of a problem for some drivers and with the high tyre wear it was not clear if one pitstop …

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Mikael Franson wins Swedish Cup Rd3

Round 3 of the Swedish Nitro On-road Cup was held in Trolhättan on a beautiful track with a nice flow and with 22 drivers from Sweden and Norway in attendance. After four rounds of qualifying it was Mikael Fransson (Serpent) who took the TQ honours some 3.5 seconds in front of Marcus Lindner (Shepherd). Lars Haugen (Mugen) and Bengt Andersson (Shepherd) would round out the top 4 result so far. The main final still held some questions about the strategy as making 5 minutes was a bit of a problem for some drivers and with the high tyre wear it was not clear if one…

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VBC Racing FireboltRM 2WD rear motor buggy

VBC Racing have released first images and information on the forthcoming FireboltRM 2WD rear motor off-road buggy. Based off of the mid motor FireboltDM buggy the rear motor variant sports several performance enhancing improvements that also help with easier maintenance. Building on a lightweight 7075 aluminium chassis the buggy features 12mm big bore shock absorbers, a flex adjustment graphite upper deck, full carbon fibre front and rear shock towers as well as improved V2 composite parts. The transmission is a 3-gear affair, also made up from V2 composite parts and gears. The buggy accepts a range of battery configurations including stick, inline …

JConcepts Diamond Bar 1/8th buggy tyre

JConcepts Diamond Bar 1/8th buggy tyre

New from JConcepts comes the the Diamond Bar, named after the shape and longer horizontal bar. The design offers exceptional wear characteristics on hard surfaces and blends consistency with speed and durability thanks to a dual stage, tapered design which allows for exponentially less wear over time. Loads of forward bite combined with a neutral steering characteristic make the tyre also easy to drive and highly capable. Like all new JConcepts tyres the Diamond Bar include Dirt-Tech inserts and the tyre is available in a range of compounds and also as pre-mounts. Source: JConcepts [jconcepts.net]

Tobias Kerler joins Savöx

Tobias Kerler joins Savöx

Savöx have announced the signing of Germany’s Tobias Kerler to their talented team of drivers. The Serpent racer, who made the 1/8th scale final at last month’s second round of the ENS in Austria, will use Savöx servos in all of his rides from now on. Source: Savöx [savoxtech.com.tw]

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JConcepts Chasers black compound 1/8th buggy tyres

JConcept’s Chasers 1/8th scale buggy tyres are now available in the popular black compound. The Chasers rely on hefty, medium lugs which are angular in multiple directions. The horizontal type tread has a striking similarity to the trusty Crossbow tyre but the Chasers have a lower, closer lug arrangement which gives improved responsiveness and bite in medium, high and low grip conditions. The wet and dry condition tyre has small recessed cuts in the top of the tread for extra edges and increased formability over terrain. The centre overlapping bar treatment increases durability in the highest wear region of the tire. Included …

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Losi LST XXL-2 1/8th brushless monster truck

Horizon Hobby have introduced the LST XXL-2 1/8th scale electric brushless monster truck. Sitting on a highly durable 2.5mm aluminium chassis the truck packs ferocious features into a sturdy build that can hold up to abuse and unforgiving driving conditions. Equipped with a 6S compatible Dynamite speed controller and AVC technology the vehicle targets experienced drivers and beginners alike. A 2200kv brushless motor makes for speeds of over 90km/h while the sturdy 4WD drivetrain with sealed gear differentials can take lots of abuse. Included with the factory-built vehicle comes a genuine Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system and a…

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JConcepts B5M 3-gear honeycomb motor plate

JConcepts has rolled out a replacement motor plate for the popular 3-gear transmission available for the B5M, T5M and SC5M vehicles. The special design of the plate with a honeycomb milling affect over the standard “heatsink” ribs makes for improved rigidity in multiple directions. The honeycomb features add a 3D look especially as they remain natural aluminium while the rest is available black or blue in colour while slight chamfering on the 3mm thickness material allows the rather beefy plate to look quite skinny. Source: JConcepts [jconcepts.net]

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Yokomo 1/12th pan car prototype spotted

Yokomo are currently working on the follow-up model of the R12 C3.1 1/12th pan car, according to some images released by Kimihiko Yano. The yet unnamed car is made up from rapid prototype parts and features a heavily revised front end that does not seems to share a single part with the C3.1. Especially the upper arms are of a totally new design with a dual pivot ball inner mount while the damping duties are taken care off by two spring-equipped damper elements that connect to the lower wishbones. Both the chassis and single bellcrank steering look to be a …

LRP HiTemp pure silicone oil viscosity updates

LRP HiTemp pure silicone oil viscosity updates

LRP have expanded their range of HiTemp pure silicone shock absorber fluids to offer finer in-between steps. To the range of 15wt to 90wt fluids add 17.5, 22.5, 27.5, 32.5, 37.5, 42.5 and 47.5 oils which come in handy for off-road and on-road applications alike. The special formula of the fluids makes them very consistent even in temperature changes which also results in a more consistent damper action through the run. Source: LRP [lrp.cc]

Stefan Lutka wins Intertrack Challenge

Stefan Lutka wins Intertrack Challenge

The Intertrack Challenge was held recently held in Svaty Jur, Slovakia. The win in the 1/8th E-Buggy class after the triple 10 minute A-mains went to Stefan Lutka who suffered from an electronic failure in the opening leg and only came in 2nd in A2 but a flawless run, despite pressure Rolo Feketevizi, allowed Stefan to grab the day’s win. Feketevizi ended the race on the runner-up spot while Juriga rounded out the top 3 result. A-final result: 1. Lutka 2. Feketevizi 3. Juriga 4. Siska 5. Baumerth 6. Rysavy 7. Holocsi 8. Baumerth 9. Jahoda 10.Almasy Source: Xray [teamxray.com]