Ronald Völker has secured the overall TQ position at this year’s EWS International, after setting the fastest times in all three rounds of qualifying held today. Featuring the strongest line up in the event’s eight year history, the Yokomo pilot said he was “surprised” to have topped all three rounds, noting how close the top five were each time out. Making a number of changes throughout the day to his development Yokomo chassis, which features a number of parts in preparation for the BD10 release later this month, Völker said he was still chasing traction and will use tomorrow’s final qualifier to test some final ideas. Fellow German, Marc Rheinard, sits second after Saturday’s racing, the Infinity pilot taking a second and two third places today. Chasing his first win at the event, the Infinity pilot is also using a prototype car as the company looks to prepare it’s next generation of IF14 chassis. Defending race winner, Yannic Prümper sits third overall, with Lucas Urbain and Christopher Krapp rounding out the top five.
Mon-Tech Racing have released a first preview image of their forthcoming new FWD touring car body shell. Styled using design cues of a popular European-made hatchback the body will feature a classic FWD touring car design with huge fenders, a large front splitter and a scale-looking silhouette. Full details will become available by next Wednesday, the 11th of December, when Mon-Tech will officially unveil the new lid.
Avid have announced the release of their new carbon fibre shock towers for the Tekno RC NB48 2.0 buggy. The 5mm carbon shock stays are made from 100 percent carbon fibre, they feature a matte finish and cutouts for a nice look. In addition they are slightly chamfered on the front side to help avoid splitting or chipping on hard wrecks. They mimic the standard suspension geometry and remove about 33 of weight compared to the standard aluminium towers. The front and rear towers are sold separately or as a set.
LapMonitor have introduced a new transponder for its popular lap counting system. The new variant is fully compatible with the LapMonitor decoder and it can be used with up to 96 cars on the same track. The transponder is now water resistant and weights only 5g for the Molex connector version and 7g for the variant with a universal receiver plug.
Following a couple of teaser images on social media, WRC Racing from Italy have finally lifted the curtain and officially unveiled their all-new SBX.1 1/8th nitro off-road buggy. Known for their popular on-road kits, the SBX.1 buggy is a first for the company and it builds on a 7075-T6 aluminium chassis that is designed to adapt the vehicle to a wide range of track conditions. The drivetrain is equipped with CVD driveshafts throughout, it features an industry standard 3-differential drivetrain with hardened lightweight outdrives and included in the kit is also a 7075-T6 aluminium clutch with captured clutch bell. The designers adopted a pivot ball front steering knuckle setup for the suspension that allows a wide range of adjustments including caster, camber, upper roll centre, bump steering as well as track width. Front and rear arms are side to side interchangeable, and it is possible to choose three different hardness materials for each one, hard, medium or soft. The rear hubs are designed in order to allow a variety of upper camber link positions and to allow the adjustment of the upper and lower roll centre, camber gain and more. Other features of the buggy include front and rear 7075-T6 aluminium shock towers to which mount big bore shock absorber. The buggy is decked out by a cab forward body shell and it will become available very soon.
Xray have introduced their black colour aluminium ball bearings hubs for the front and rear bulkheads of the T4 touring car. Formerly only available in orange colour, the new variants feature a black surface coating and white laser-etched markings for easy identification and a cool new look. Using the aluminium hubs over the standard kit composite items will reduce natural drivetrain drag as the bearings are less pinched, resulting in a more free spinning drivetrain which is essential especially for stock racing classes. The hubs come in sets of two and they are usable on all T4 series cars.
Coming soon from Kyosho is their new MR-03Evo SP chassis set. It builds on the proven MR-03Evo that utilises separate receiver units to allow the use of Kyosho, KO Propo or Futaba transmitters for better car control and faster reactions while the included Speed House Speed 85 8500kV motor propels the car to enormous speeds. The SP version also comes with nickel-plates hex screws for cooler looks and more convenient maintenance, the MZW432 fluid-filled centre shock as well as a ball differential as standard. The kit is rounded out by a new front arm set that enables the driver to use 1, 2 or 3 degrees caster angle settings.
Shepherd have announced the release of a conversion kit that allows to update the Velox V8 WC to latest Velox V8.2 specification. The set includes all necessary parts such as the aerospace 7075-T6 aluminium main chassis plate, aluminium bulkheads and arm mounts, hard-coated aluminium wheel axles, the flex carbon radio plate, lower arms, uprights, the smaller servo saver, aluminium anti-roll bar bushings and more. The set is available in blue and black anodising colour from now on.