about 44 hours ago by Phil
Las Vegas’ newest RC facility hosted the first Kyosho Masters on US soil with the likes of Elliott Boots, Jerome Aigoin, Yuichi Kanai & Wataru Takashiro making the trip to join the US team drivers Jared Tebo & Cody King. Jared Tebo would go onto win the nitro buggy class whilst Elliott Boots staked his claim as Kyosho’s #1 driver in Europe by winning the EL buggy class.
However, racing aside, the team stayed on an extra day on Monday, testing with designer Kanai who was famously quoted in an interview disregarding much of team drivers’ feedback: “I typically try to make the decisions on my own instead of listening to the team drivers.”
That said, Jared Tebo posted the above teaser photo, very rarely seen to utilise the ‘towel technique’ in the pits, according to sources Jared used the test day to try out the engines he is widely expected to be running in 2015; Maxima branded OS, new to most offroad circles and an extension of his sponsor relationship with fuel sponsor Maxima. Expect a formal announcement at the start of next year as to his plans.
Update: We were tipped off about a new photo from Facebook taken during the team’s test day which conclusively shows a light blue headed engine in what looks to be Tebo’s MP9 TKI3 (presuming it’s his car on his car stand) which is consistent with the Onroad colouration of the Maxima branded OS engines.
15 December 2014 17:58 by Mike
The ‘Astrogate’ story continues today as an official announcement from IFMAR has been made regarding the surface rules for the 2015 IFMAR 1/10 World Championships at Yatabe Arena. The controversy as to whether or not the event can be held on an all astro covered track has been decided by majority vote.
The existing IFMAR rule states:
Pack able rock free dirt – preferably sifted top soil/clay compound with minimum amounts of sand. Surface should be able to be easily broken and repaired to ensure a consistent and wide racing line. Such conditions have shown to yield excellent racing due to width and consistency of the racing line. Additionally qualifying is fairer as the ability to maintain a consistent surface gives all competitors an equal track that can be enjoyed by those in heats before as well as after his own.”
(Photo by Fuminori Saito)
IFMAR then issued a ‘revised’ ruling for the surface of the track which states:
The track surface can be dirt, or else partially or entirely covered with artificial turf. (Commonly referred to as Astro turf) Other materials can be used in sections of the track such as table tops and jumps to assure the durability of those sections for the entire event. Such other materials must be limited to less than 20% of the total track length. Dirt sections should be of screened top soil / clay free from rocks and debris with only a minimum amount of sand and hard packed to provide a durable consistent racing surface for the duration of the event.”
(Photo by Masami Hirosaka)
The revised ruling was sent to the various sanctioning blocs to be voted on whether or not it should replace the existing surface rule. No surprise (as there are very few astro tracks in North America) ROAR voted against the rule change, however, EFRA, FAMAR, and FEMCA all voted ‘YES’ to changing the rules. IFMAR decided by majority vote that the rule will in fact be changed, and allows for what could become the first all astro offroad Worlds in 2015 at Yatabe Arena.
15 December 2014 17:50 by Mike
ProTek R/C’s has released their all-new 160T Low Profile Digital “High Torque” Servo. This bad boy is ready to meet the demands of the serious 1/10 and 1/12-scale racer. Featuring a robust 274 oz-in of torque at a lighting quick .06 transit speed at 7.4V, the 160T’s small profile belies its power within. The metal drivetrain of the 160T glides on a full set of ball bearings and the entire unit is protected by an all-aluminum case. The gray-anodized case not only looks sharp and speaks to the servo’s quality but it also effectively dissipates heat. With over 17 pounds of torque it was essential to ship the 160T with a blue-anodized aluminum servo horn, and aluminum servo ear guides. The new servo is available now!
15 December 2014 17:18 by Mike
The Jatibening Offroad Year End race was held at Jatibening RC Track, Bekasi, Indonesia. With a total of 40 entries from all around Indonesian regions, the drivers
used this event to be their warm up race for upcoming racing season. The race was the first of the ‘silly season’ for some Indonesia top drivers who switched their
equipment for the upcoming new year.
15 December 2014 16:34 by Mike
Alpha Plus has released the first clear images showing off the new Dragon II engine today. The engine features a lightened cooling head, freshened look, and the Alpha ‘Dynamic Equilibrium Crankshaft’. Designed for increased power, fuel mileage, and reliability, the new Dragon II is in transit to distributors worldwide.
Source: Alpha Plus
12 December 2014 17:49 by Mike
Schumacher has just released the new 1/8 Stagger tyre, aimed at AstroTurf and multi-surface high grip tracks. The unique design allows the tyre to generate enough steering without causing grip roll. Also having plenty of forward drive due to the central row of horizontal bars. Very good on the front of the car but can also be used on the rear.Available in two compounds, Yellow for dry astro and softer Silver for damp/wet conditions. Available as a pait of tyres only or Pre-glued on a Schumacher Revlite rim with medium foam insert.
12 December 2014 17:42 by Mike
HUDY has just released their new safety bag for charging and storage of LiPo batteries – a must have for any LiPo battery user. Made from fireproof-certified material conforming to European Union standard EN531, the bag is made from the same fire-resistant material as used in firefighter suits. Super-stylish bag emblazoned with official full-color HUDY graphics. This bad boy can store up to 3 standard size LiPos at once!