Trinity have announced that the ReVtech 24K line will have a new addition: the REV1804 25.5 VTA motor. This motor will be built to the new ROAR VTA specifications announced on the ROAR website last month. It is ROAR’s first attempt to recognize the VTA CLASS (25.5) so all racers will have a spec motor for equalisation purposes and levelling the playing field. ReVtech used the motor at the most recent Snowbird Nationals held the end of January with 2 of Trinity’s team drivers Hayato Ishioka and Kosuke Suzuki using the new motors to finish 1-2 in the class. The powerplant will be submitted to R.O.A.R. this month, and Trinity look to have inventory sometime in early March 2016.
After RPM put out a recent poll on their social media channels about what fans and customers would like to see next from the company, the overwhelming response was for new wing mount parts – and in a great example of democracy in action, RPM have duly obliged!
RPM wing mounts solve the key breakage issues reported to RPM in previous models – primarily, the front cross brace holes were cracking. The simple solution was to eliminate this hole in favor of a flat plane of solid RPM engineering grade nylons. Following that up, they swept the entire mount on a curve to help add some impact flexibility when it needs it most – during a crash. When running normally, the massive amount of material used keeps the wing locked in place, providing excellent, stable down force on the rear of the vehicle.
New over on ARRMA RC is a very useful new Tricks Lab video, featuring shock building tips from Bashing Pro and ARRMA expert, Thomas Pettersson. He’s put together an awesome guide to servicing the ARRMA R/C range of aluminum body shocks, used on their 1/8th scale range of vehicles, and also supplied on the 1/10 Super-Duty SENTON 6S Short Course truck.
These basic principles can be used when working on all ARRMA shocks, 1/8 or 1/10 scale configurations. If you love extreme multi-terrain bashing, then you will understand the importance of a super-plush shock set-up. ARRMA cars are factory built with mega-slick shock configurations, helping each bashing machine soak up a wide variety of terrains, keeping your action smooth and controlled. As part of your regular maintenance regime, servicing your shocks is an essential part of this regular upkeep. Knowing exactly how to get the best from your oil-filled shock absorbers can be a complicated business – hence this video to make things slightly less head-scratching!
More news from Serpent as longtime RC racer David Ehrbar has joined the design division, specifically focusing on onroad electric cars in a role which will see him work in conjunction with Michael Salven, as well as taking up position as Team Manager.
David has been actively racing Serpent cars for over 3 years now and conducted part-time design and testing work throughout 2015. In the words of Serpent, the electric onroad market as well as the F1 class is ‘becoming an important share of the Serpent productline and needs a dedicated designer to follow the market and racing scene, visit and attend all the main races and do the testwork as needed’. Enter Ehrbar!
Speculation is running rife that the potential successor to the legendary Kyosho TK13/MP9 could be coming sooner than we thought. After four years since an update or new release to the world-famous platform, some interesting photos have surfaced from the Sin City Nitro Encounter last weekend in Vegas – a race which saw Kyosho chief Yuichi Kanai make the trip over from Japan.
X-RAY have officially unveiled their 2016 on-road factory team, a star-studded roster of 44 drivers packed with a great mix of experience, success and rising talent. Of the 44 drivers, four are former and current World Champions and six are European Champions past and present. Almost the entirety of the squad have national-level success, including the likes of British rising star Olly Jefferies, and top-level European and World Championship experience prevail throughout the squad, spearheaded by multiple-times European and World Champions Alexander Hagberg and Bruno Coelho alongside American superstars Ralph Burch and Mike Swauger.
It’s a stacked deck alright – rivals of X-RAY, what’ve you got?
Belgian driver Kristof de Witte has come onboard with the Team Magic Europe squad. Kristof started to test the Team Magic E4RS III+ at the end of December, and at the conclusion of that testing program decided to join the team. He will represent the Magic brand at the Belgium national championship in the Modified category, and his experience and technical knowledge will help Team Magic to develop the brand in Benelux.
A new Infinity 1/8th Nitro On-Road racer has been teased for the last week or so across the internet, and this morning Creation Models published the first images of their top-secret project. The chassis itself is already on the market in Asia and should be coming to Europe very soon – and features are being kept tight-lipped for now. The anticipation continues to build…
Serpent Team Sweden has announced the signing of rising star Fabian Vernersson. The 16-year-old has built a strong relationship in his first three years of R/C racing with Serpent and their products, and his signing to their factory team makes sense.
‘I have always seen this as a hobby and I try to have as much fun as possible’ said Vernersson. ‘For these three years I have only been driving Serpent as my chassis brand, because I like the Serpent cars and I also like the Swedish distributor. They have always helped me and they have very good service with spareparts and other products.’
First showcased as the Tokyo Hobby Show last September, a new body for the M-05 chassis came from Tamiya in the shape of the current-generation Mazda MX-5 Roadster. It’s a seriously popular sports car in full scale, and the model version looks and goes just as well! It comes as a kit build, so to complete it you’ll need the battery, servo, receiver and radio remote control.