Novarossi have introduced the new CT and CTO line of turbo-style glow plugs. Based on the experience gained with the B and T-Line plugs the CT series will combine the characteristics of both, making choosing the correct glow plug easier. Available are CT5 to CT8 plugs for 1/10th and 1/8th on-road applications as well as the off-road specific CTO5 to CTO7 glow plugs.
The recent 2017 Tasmanian State Championships saw Drew Butcher taking the TQ in the 1/8th E-Buggy class. The opening two qualifiers were won by Steven Madziara and Daniel Lokos respectively but Drew found his rhythm for the next four qualifiers in a row, giving him TQ and pole position for the finals. In the first A-main Drew managed a first place with Steven having a little crash on the last corner of the last lap. A2 saw Daniel coming out fastest from Drew so the final main would bring the decision. Drew was lucky enough to get off to a very clean start building a 7 second gap on the first lap, and then just kept it safe for the remainder of the race knowing that everyone else would be pushing that bit harder to try and catch up. Drew managed an overall consistency of 0.53 seconds a lap in that last final, which topped the weekend off just nicely. Behind him, Daniel Lokos and Steven Madziara completed the top 3 podium result.
HRC Distribution have introduced the new HRC Racing Dual Star dual output AC/DC multi-chemistry charger. Offering two independent 100W outputs the device packs a bunch of features including up to 10A charge current per channel, a multiple security system for save and easy cell monitoring, it comes with two back-lit LCD screens and dual 4-button menu operation. The charger is usable with up to 6S LiXX batteries per channel, it offers a dedicated LiHV mode and utilises a black heatsink-design case. The features are rounded out by an USB port to power mobile devices or pit lamps and it comes including multi-language manuals.
Made for Muchmore’s line of Fleta ZX modified motors is the V2 12.0x5x23.0mm optional rotor. Named Modified Maximum Mild, Muchmore’s smallest diameter and shortest modified rotor yet is best used in 5.5T to 8.5T low-grip off-road or 3.5T to 5.5T touring carpet applications while also excelling on big on-road tracks and in 3.5T 1S on-road racing. The small diameter and short length make for smooth acceleration and braking with exceptional high-speed performance. The rotor comes marked for easy identification and it fits all Muchmore Fleta ZX modified motors.
Yeah Racing have a new high-performance fan unit available, the Typhoon Signal 10 Master Competition. Named after the strongest hurricane level in the Saffir Simpson Scale the 40mm unit is high-voltage compatible, allowing to use it with up to 8.4V input, it is dual ball-raced, comes with highly heat-resistant black silicone wires and a Futaba-style connector.
Spektrum have introduced the new DX5R 5-channel DSMR radio system. The transmitter’s ergonomics are inspired by the DX6R and it allows to adjust the trigger and steering tension, trigger position, wheel drop down setting and also grip sizes. With the help of optional parts also the steering wheel angle and steering wheel diameter are customisable to suit the driver’s needs. The DX5R makes use of Spektrum’s intuitive SimpleScroll programming interface for quick and easy adjustments, it offers up to five drive modes per mode, programming for AVC compatible receivers, programmable mixes, ABS and 4-wheel steering as well as dual rate and expo settings. Built-in telemetry makes monitoring the car’s vital signs easy while the 5.5 millisecond fame rate ensures fast and consistent car control. The radio comes including the SR6000T telemetry receiver and it will hit stores soon.
T-Works have introduced a 4-piece set of titanium A-arm pivot balls for Serpent’s all-new Spyder SDX4 buggy. The ball ends are machined from high-quality 64-grade titanium and they are made to replace the standard steel parts with more lightweight items that are also highly corrosion resistant.
Maclan Racing have announced the signing of two new factory team drivers in Hong Kong. Keith Chui and Ivan Lo are both front runners in the Hong Kong on-road community. Both drivers participated in a lot of developmental testing of Maclan’s MMax Pro ESC and the two will be running Maclan Racing ESCs and motors in the 2017 season.