ST Racing Concepts have introduced news optional parts for Axial SMT10, Yeti, RR10 Bomber and SCX10 II. First up are the aluminum lower suspension links for the Axial SMT10, Yeti and RR10 Bomber. CNC machined from high quality aluminum the lower suspension link reinforcement bolt right on through the existing holes of the nylon lower links and greatly increase the durability and rigidity of the lower links. The plates greatly reduce flex in the lower suspension links, allowing the suspension to soak up the bumps and jumps properly. These works with the new SMT10 Grave Digger, Yeti rear suspension lower links, RR10 Bomber rear suspension lower links. Each pack features 4 CNC aluminum plates that are in the same shape and profile as the plastic lower links with light weight cut-outs and all the necessary hardware to install them. The mounting holes for these side plates are also countersunk to give to the rear lower suspension links a much cleaner look and also less likely to snag on rocks and obstacles. Available in Blue, Black, Green, Gun Metal, and Silver anodisations.
Next up are the aluminum rear chassis braces for the Axial SCX10 II. Originally designed for the SCX10, they are also compatible with the new SCX10 II as well, and now available in anodized red. The aluminum rear chassis braces eliminates the rear bumper all together (which is desirable for certain body styles) and shortens the overall length of the SCX10 II chassis. They also eliminate the rear bumper and shortens the chassis on the SCX10 II and in addition allows for the installation of LED lights to the rear. Also already available in Black, Gun metal and Silver.
The final round of the BRCA Touring Car Nationals took place this weekend at the challenging West London circuit. It turned out to be an excellent meeting for the team under challenging track conditions. Saturday was wet, wet, and very wet, for practice and the first two rounds of qualifying, enough so that the meeting schedule had to be changed to incorporate extra rounds on Sunday and an earlier finish on Saturday as the tract was un-driveable.
At the end of qualifying Elliott Harper would take a dominant TQ with Paul Pinkney 2nd on the grid with their Mi6’s. This is how the finals remained with Elliott off and away to win all three legs comfortably and wrap up the meeting.
Paul held on to his 2nd holding off the new BRCA Champ Chris Grainger and Olly Jefferies to take his best result of the season. Schumacher’s development engineer Aaron Rose also made the main making it 3 Mi6’s lining up in the top 10.
In the stock class Schumacher’s James Hart took the fight once again to already crowned BRCA Champ Zak Finlay. James was much closer this time around but could not quite edge past Zak in the last main so it was second once again for James with Chris Gunter rounding off the podium. A total of 6 Mi6 cars made the A final in the stock class and awesome performance.
Overall after a slowish start to the year the team worked extremely hard to improve the set up of the new Mi6 platform. Elliott missed out on retaining his BRCA Championship by just 1 point over the 5 meeting series; as always, this series does not disappoint for close championship battles!
As someone who’s dabbled myself in smaller-scale R/C cars – remember XMODS?! – I’ve always had an affinity to Kyosho Mini-Zs, and Italian company Showgame have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming MXZ1, the first fully Mini-Z Made in Italy. The MXZ1 features an innovative vertical dampers geometry , multi-piece chassis , possibility to choose the drop angle of the rear shock absorbers , all made with a special resin which reaches a maximum weight of 170gr with all eletronica mounted. To make the MXZ1 faster and reliable, it is designed with high quality materials. Available in pre-order.
Team Associated have introduced new Factory Team dual turnbuckle wrench designed for both 1/10th (3.2mm) and 1/8th (5.5mm) scale vehicle turnbuckles. It’s made of hard anodized steel and has great length and reach, allowing rotation of the turnbuckle in tight areas and provides extra leverage.
Last weekend the concluding round of the Portuguese 1/10th National Off-Road Championship took place at the very slippery track of Vilela, and it was a grand slam for João Figueiredo who TQ-ed and won both the 2WD and 4WD classes outright. He didn’t have the 2WD finals all quite his own way, as Nuno Casal Ribeiro fought until the last lap of the last final for the win. But Figueiredo was able to clinch the win ahead of Ribeiro and Luis Enrique Godinho in third. In a much more sedate 4WD final Figueiredo and Ribeiro once again finished 1-2, with Marco Timoteo completing the podium this time. With both wins João was crowned 2WD & 4WD Portuguese Champion, a very impressive clean sweep!
Afterwards, Figueiredo was unstadandably emotional, and had this to say about his achievement:
‘…and the very best and big THANK YOU is for my dad, José Figueiredo has on that weekend it was his birthday both win and the title of National Champion is for you dad, for everything you have done for me to make everything possible, I love you for all the efforts you make so I can still do this amazing sport!’
Power HD have introduced the EP-XYT single bracket low-profile servo designed specifically for 1/10 EP Touring Car. The use of the single mounting lug requires a specific aluminum servo mount to fix the servo to the chassis. The specific servo mounts are available for the Xray T4, Yokomo BD7 and Tamiya TRF418X/TRF419X. Features Torque(6.0V): 9.0 […]
It’s turning out to be a big week for driver transfers, with Team Corally now announcing the signing of Belgian driver Nicolas Risser to their racing team. After one year of cooperation with Team Orion the Belgium & France Champion 1/10 and multiple finalist at European Championships starts an new challenge he has the following to say about the opportunity:
“After testing Corally products, I was impressed by the quality and professionalism of the brand. I will ride now for Team Corally and will be present on all rounds of the EOS, the Belgian and French Championship and of course the European Championship. I wanted to thank the engineer and team manager Robert Raphael and the boss Stefan Engelen for this opportunity and all the supports. See you at the track.”
Schumacher have announced that UK driver and multiple BRCA champ Phil Sleigh is joining up their team to race Schumacher 1/10th Buggies and also LC Racing Micro Buggies. Phil will bring a depth of experience to the team being multiple BRCA Micro Champion and BRCA 1/10th buggy National winner. Phil will be competing at all 1/10th UK Nationals, Mid West Regionals and all Micro Nationals.
Incredibly sad news today in the R/C world as one of the true greats of the scene, Serpent co-founder Ron Ton, passed away yesterday.
The revered and well-liked Dutchman, a two-time EFRA 1/8th IC Track European Champion (1976 & 1980), co-founded Serpent in 1980 alongside Pieter Bervoets (pictured above on the left, with Ton on the right and Rody Roem centre) whilst experimenting with building his own cars. Ton assumed the role of chief designer, a position he maintained on Serpent’s cars until 1996, during which time he also created what is commonly known as the Centax clutch. Ton sold his stake in Serpent to Bervoets in 1997, and his legacy continues on with innovations like the Centax still in use in the R/C racing world to this day.
We at RC Racing TV express our condolences to Ton, his family and the Serpent team and community. His impact in our hobby is one that will be felt for decades to come.