We are delighted to announce that Motor Trend On Demand will be the new home of the RC Racing TV show in the USA staring in March with the Premiere of Season 11 of our Flagship TV Show (Motors TV will continue to be our home in Europe)
Furthermore Motor Trend on Demand will also carry our key EFRA European Championship Livestreams in their Live-Events section bringing RC Racing to a whole new audience of Motoring enthusiasts throughout North America. (Motor Trend will be an additional outlet and the livestreams will continue to be available free on You Tube worldwide)
Our new tie up with Motor Trend will continue the path that we started over 10 years ago to bring RC Racing to the masses as well as the enthusiast.
Series 11 of RC TV will begin in March and once again showcase the best in EFRA European Championship racing as well as the NEO 17 and other selected premier events.
To find out more about Motor Trend TV please go to www.motortrendondemand.com
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!’