Coming from Vision Racing Products are new XV2 series 1/10th scale shock pistons in the form of the 3-hole and 2-hole +1.0 offerings. These are VRP’s 3-hole and 2-hole XV2 piston with an additional hole drilled out to 1.0mm. This allows for a plusher feel, absorbing bumps and imperfections in the track much better while increasing grip and consistency. VRP will be offering 3-hole 1.4, 1.5 variants and also 2-hole 1.6, 1.7 pistons with the added 1.0mm hole.
UK Sanwa distributors Schumacher have introduced the new programmable PGS-XB and XR servos. The standard size bruhsless servos complement the recently introduced PGS-LH servo with the PGS-XB (0.11s/21.1kg-cm) being the high-torque variant while the PGS-XR (0.09s/17.3kg-cm) is the high-speed offering. Both feature full aluminium heatsink cases, strengthened full-metal gears, SSR and SHR Mode compatibility as well as telemetry functions. Using the optional PGS Setting Gear program card further parameters are accessible such as Boost, Dead Band, Torque and Feeling adjustments.
Round 4 of the Portuguese Touring Nationals was recently held at the Travessas track. The finals, ran on Sunday, saw Serpent driver Paulo Jacinto, coming from the 5 spot on the grid, taking two straight wins in the hot and high-grip conditions, giving him and also Serpent a maiden victory in the national championship. Behind him Frédéric Santos (Xray) came in 2nd while Jorge Simões (VBC Racing) rounded out the podium result in 3rd.
Coming from JConcepts are the new Octagons 1/10th buggy tyres for high-bite slick tyre racing. At the appropriate time, and when less tread is an advantage, vehicles can be tough to drive and this is where the Octagons kick in as JConcepts has removed a little surface area in the geometry based pattern. The carcass is new, slightly more round than JConcepts’ slick tyres of the past and it incorporates heavy X-pattern style inner ribbing for increased support. The continuous thickness carcass is light-weight and utilises the industry standard 2.2″ mounting bead. Like the name suggests, the embossed tread which is Octagon shaped is repeated and overlapped to form a subculture of grippy surface edges for dry or abrasive surfaces. The Octagons are available as 2WD front, 4WD front and general rear tyre in green, black and indoor clay, gold compounds to match just about any racing surface. Each package includes the Dirt-Tech inserts.
Round 4 of the Dutch Electric On-road Nationals was recently held in Groningen in the north of the country. The usually bumpy track underwent a bit of a revision by the club, resulting in less bumps but a lower grip but at the end of the day it was the same for all competitors. Sunday, race day and the drivers were greeted by overnight rain. In the Touring class local racer Sybrand de Boer set the TQ in Q1 and Q2 with Rob Janssen being hot on his heels especially in Q2. In the opening main final and with a different tyre preparation Rob was able to hold contact with Sybrand until it started to rain again and the carnage began. With unusual racing lines Rob was able to get an advantage and he was able to pull away from the field until the others found out. A2 was completely rain soaked and only five drivers dared to attend the final that was ultimately won by Rob who was the fastest on rain tyres and pulling his unusual lines. Also attending in A3 despite having scored the overall win, as every result counts towards the overall championship, it was again Rob who excelled, taking his third win of the day and further improving his lead in the season standings.
Muchmore Racing have announced the addition of Portuguese frontrunner, Fabio Ramos to their international team. Fabio will use Muchmore electronics to power his rides in 2017 and beyond and he has the following to say about the deal:
After test the Muchmore electronics, my choice was clear! Products with top quality! Since child when I started on RC cars, I saw drivers winning the major races around the world with their products, and today after more than 10 years I am part of the team! I am very proud and thankful for this opportunity! Thank you to sir Ji-Hyun Jang and sir Yusuke Kobayashi!
Following a first teaser Tamiya have released more images of their forthcoming TB Evo.7 1/10th electric touring car. The company’s top-of-the-foodchain shaft-driven tourer will feature a versatile chassis construction with the alloy main chassis being able to accommodate a total of three different motor and battery layouts. First up is a “forward” motor position with standard-size battery compartment, the second is a “mid” motor layout, shown here for the use with shorty-type batteries and last but not least comes a rear motor variant with the servo and motor sitting on the opposite size compared to usual shaft driven cars. The kit will also feature a “reverse-type” steering system with the steering bellcranks facing backwards. Part of the package are also TRF418 suspension arms, TRF419-type rear uprights, TRF super short shock absorbers and a 6mm thick centre stiffener for increased pitch damping but flexible torsional characteristics.
Coming from Exotek is the P-Zero GT 190mm USGT class body shell. Exotek’s first ever body for the highly competitive USGT/GT classes features an aggressive splitter, flared fenders, low slung hood, downforce inducing side skirts, compact cockpit and extra rear spoiler elements for the most aggressive aero package with minimal drag. The body has two trim lines marked on the bottom; one for low profile shock towers and the 2nd mark for extra low body mounting on cars such as the Awesomatix A700 and A800. The wing has also has two trim lines; one is the 10mm USGT legal trim line and the second is a 20mm trim line similar to sedan wings for extra downforce. Details such as the extra rear spoiler elements increases rear downforce to compensate for the small 10mm USGT wing regulation. Designed with ample tyre clearance in the wheel wells to mount the body low without rubbing the tyres and a specially shaped splitter provides steering while being durable thanks to the modified angles. The body set includes the 0.5mm clear unpainted polycarbonate body and wing, steel wing hardware, window masks, logo stickers and an instruction sheet.