The 2017 Southern Nationals was a highly anticipated race for many. Living up to the hype from previous years, this special race drew in some of the top pro racers from around the nation making it the most competitive Southern Nationals to date. With drivers like Tekno’s Ryan Lutz and Joe Bornhorst, Agama’s Darren Bloomfield, HB Racing’s Cody King, Mugen’s Cole Ogden and Ryan Maifield, the Southern Nationals was set for fireworks during the A-finals.
The Norwegian Nitro Series concluded recently concluded and it was Anders Mikkelsen with the overall win. The series kicked off in late May at the Oslo Modellbilklubb, the largest track of the season, making for some high speed driving. In the end, Anders Mikkelsen took the TQ and win in front of André Roine and Brede Isaksen.
Round 7 of the Czech Open Masters series was held in Kolin last weekend. In the Nitro Buggy class Xray’s Max Gotzl seemed to be in control of things as the took the overall TQ in front of Frantisek Kalenda (Serpent) and Jiri Benes (Xray). Max would also set the pace on the A-main, however technical issues would cost him the win and the race was on between Kyosho’s Tomas Kapicka and local hero Jiri Benes. Unfortunately for Jiri his buggy’s engine stalled during a pit stop and he would drop to 4th which allowed Tomas to bring home the win from Vladimir Pour (Xray) in 2nd and Martin Zicha (Mugen) 3rd.
The 2017 German 1/10th Electric 2WD Nationals were held at the MAC Hütschenhausen track recently. The first ever nationals on this full astro turf track held some difficulties for the drivers as the large and fast layout with multiple high speed single double and quad jumps made it hard to manage error-free runs. In addition the weather was very changing and with short showers especially on Saturday for the fastest heat, it made qualifying very difficult. In the 2WD Modified class it was veteran Schumacher racer Ralf Missel with the overall TQ from young Marcel Schneider who put his R Stonem converted Team C TM2V2 on the 2 spot from free agent, Jörn Neumann in 3rd.
Following month of development and the release of several teaser images, Xpress have now officially announced the release of the Execute XQ1 1/10th 4WD electric touring car kit. The car is based on a carbon fibre double deck chassis assembly and features new design 1-piece lower front and rear bulkheads as well as 1-piece bulkhead covers to do away with tweak issues associated with multi-piece designs. Machined slots in the chassis and shock towers ensure perfect alignment and the 2-tone colour finish of the parts let the car stand out. Other features include bearing-supported anti-roll bars for smooth operation, low-profile shock absorbers and shock towers for a low centre of gravity and marked spring pre-load nuts ensure swift and easy ride height adjustment. The kit is rounded out by aluminium suspension mounts with composite inserts for convenient suspension geometry changes.
PR Racing have introduced a new carbon fibre rear shock tower for the S1 V3 FM and MM 2WD buggies. The shock towers were developed as a result of testing and preparation for the upcoming IFMAR Offroad Worlds to be held later this year. The shock stays feature new shock mounting positions that are lower and spaced further apart to provide new tuning options for improved track handling and they are available for the FM and MM versions of the S1 V3.
Reedy have introduced their new 550-SL4 sensorless brushless motor for 1/10th scale 4WD RTR vehicles. Due to its sensorless 4-pole configuration, the motor operates powerfully, efficiently, and reliably in a variety of vehicles and applications. The 3500kV rating provides plenty of speed with 2S LiPo batteries but installing a 3S LiPo battery for even greater speeds is also possible. A high-strength rotor provides plenty of torque and resists overheating better than 2-pole alternatives. The motor comes pre-wired with flexible silicone wires and 3.5mm bullet connectors to reduce power-robbing resistance and heat. Triple insulated windings, a hardened 5mm steel shaft, and oversized ball bearings that enhance reliability round out the package.
Xray have announced the XRS UK Off-road series for the coming Fall and Winter season. Held at Midlands Raceway the series will kick off on October 1st with the finale being held on March 4th. The series will be held in 2WD Open, 2WD 13.5T Stock, 4WD Open and Truck Open classes and full event information and sign-up is available here.