For some time now we’ve been hearing whisperings of some innovative behind-the-scenes type development, but never really managed to spot anything or interrogate a driver well enough to get him to spill the beans, well RB’s news today has ended a good few months of speculation with the relase of A.D.S or ‘Automatic Damping System’. We hear that RB’s new system has been tested in competition since the Worlds in Argentina last year in the hands of many a top driver who would rather not be mentioned.
RB’s A.D.S. has been in furious development in partnership with Italian masters of their craft, Fioroni – the innovation turns a simple shock absorber into a progressive shock – a goal not realised by any company until now.
How it works:
The special V design sleeve combined to a CNC piston without holes, allow the oil goes up and down with an ultra progressive oil flow.
Compression : The piston is at the bottom position; at the beginning, the V shape is big and the damping is soft; when the piston goes up into the shock body, the V shape becomes smaller and the damping becomes harder so. The damping is ideal during the piston travel.
Extension : The piston is at the upper position (small V size area) and the damping is hard; when the piston goes down, the V shape becomes larger and the oil flow is increased which let the piston went back quicker in its bottom position which let the wheels go back fastest in contact with the ground.
Available for: MBX7, RB one R, Kyosho MP9, Losi 8ight, XRAY XB9, XB4, Sworkz, Agama and Serpent.
After signing up British star Elliott Boots at the end of March, VP turn their attention in this case to a name that you’ll all recognise – Pavidis… Having signed up the cruise-missile that is Boots, VP turn their attention back across the pond, opting for age, experience and a streamlined-looking Mark Pavidis.
“VP PowerMaster would like to welcome our new addition to the team, 2006 IFMAR Nitro Off-Road World Champion, Mark Pavidas. Mark is one of the most widely-known and accredited off-road racers in the R/C racing world. Mark’s name is also synonymous with AKA Products, the championship winning tires and accessory company he co-founded with two other R/C legends, Joel Johnson and Gil Losi Jr. Mark knows a thing or two about R/C and what it takes to win at the highest levels of R/C nitro racing.
He chose VP PowerMaster to give him solid performance and incredible fuel economy. We couldn’t be happier to have Mark on the team. In Mark’s first race out on VP PowerMaster he brought home the TQ and win in the 1/8 Buggy Masters class at this year’s 2013 Nitro Challenge race in Arizona and then did it all again at the 2013 Silver State Off-road Challenge in Vegas.”
The past weekend the Euro warm up was held in Reims, France – on Saturday night the weather took a turn for the worse and it rained all of Sunday, having seen some of the photos watch a short video of the first semi final by RC Mag – illustrating the amount of standing water on track begging the question why even go out, perhaps cancelling the finals would have saved some money for drivers and companies ? Have a watch below, we counted 8 flame outs in the first two minutes… One wonders why the finals even went ahead.
JConcepts has announced the release of two new pre mounted tyres for 1/8th trucks, Black Jackets and Stackers… The Black Jackets, constructed from very small square pins, provide additional grip on loose conditions with a light amount of dust and debris across the surface. The tread spacing near the outside rows are slightly open allowing maximum flexibility to adhere to smooth and slick surfaces providing a reasonable flex contact patch. The crisp centre bar construction provides a wall-like pattern of tread which provides additional forward bite and also resists some high-expansion wear associated with typical small pin tyres.
Our friends at the Midwest Nitro Series have shared with us a teaser video of an upcoming documentary called, “R/C Racers”. The documentary is being filmed and produced by racer Logan Hall, and shows the world what R/C racing is really all about. Majority of the footage is based off of the Midwest Nitro Series events and racers.
Each Tuesday, LiveRC publish a ‘talk-it-out Tuesday’ Q&A-type article with a figure within RC, this week it’s non other than yours truly… founder and in charge of NeoBuggy – Philip Mortstedt!
LiveRC: Welcome Phil to the LiveRC “Talk-It-Out Tuesday”! You are known around the world for your involvement in R/C racing. How did you get started in R/C? Phil: I got sucked in by an ad on the back of a cartoon comic actually, bought my first car – a Kyosho Wild Dodge Ram in the local hobby shop and it wasn’t long before I graduated to something a little faster and wilder – a Kyosho MP7.5! I raced a little for a couple of years but the nature of living in London, UK but only racing during the summer when I was in Sweden (Swedish parents) meant that I didn’t improve year upon year so pretty quickly I found myself interested in the very new world of RC media!
LiveRC: Without a doubt, your site (NeoBuggy.net) is a huge sensation in the R/C industry. Tell us a little about how the concept and idea for NeoBuggy came about. Phil: Back in late 2002 I was in charge of a gossip page that didn’t last very long and NeoBuggy went online in January 2003, I started the site mainly as a bit of fun and a hobby and it grew quickly.
The Oswestry round of the 2WD Mid-West BRCA regional series took place this past Sunday on their permanent outdoor grass / asto track. With around 80 drivers in attendance it was Tom Yardy who claimed overall victory with Mat Dodd in second and Tony Bishop completing the podium. Photos from the event can be found here.
Round 4 of the Grass Roots Racing Series was held on the 4th and 5th of May at Palm Desert R/C Raceway which attracted around 100 entries for both Saturday/Electric day and Sunday/Nitro day. On the Saturday Chris Marrale raced E-buggy, and qualified 2nd, in between Radiopost team manager Brian Sullivan and Greg Mcglothlin. During the final Chris was 3rd until the halfway point when he took over the lead and never looked back.
This past weekend saw the first round of the TLT series take place at the LAMBC racetrack in Carinthia, Austria. A total of 90 drivers attended the race which was divided into electric, sport and top class. Alpha team driver Dominic Bauer attended the event along with Christian Schuster and Gerhard Rupp. The weather on the Saturday was nice all day allowing practice to be run in dry conditions. Dominic started the race with his Alpha Ryan edition engine however later changed to the Alpha A830 Dragon which better suited the smaller track. The three rounds of qualifying took place on Sunday in which Dominic managed to TQ the 3rd round.
This past weekend the second round of the RC Pro Series North Division took place at Fastlane Raceway in Blue Springs Missouri. The weather was very pleasant all weekend with sunny skies and highs in the upper 70′s. Saturday’s qualifying was very competitive with new TQ runs every round in both pro classes. Taylor Timmerman started with Soft Gridiron II’s in Pro Buggy and Soft Evo Gridirons for Pro Truggy for the majority of qualifying. With the large amounts of rain the track received the week before the race, some of the corners began to flake apart and rut up.