November 7, 2018

Chassis Focus – Dakotah Phend

Chassis – TLR 8ight X
Engine – Picco V1
Fuel – RunnerTime
Tires – AKA Catapult
Radio/Servo – Spektrum DX6R/Spektrum
Body – TLR

Remarks – The main feature of Dakotah’s 8ight X is a new preproduction carbon centre diff brace.  Set for release shortly, it offers a 10g weight saving and also helps the throttle servo to run cooler.  Elsewhere on the car it, he is using an optional front top plate, carbon inserts in the front and rear arms and the 3.5mm shock shaft conversion.

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November 7, 2018

Chassis Focus – Ty Tessmann

Chassis – Xray XB8 2018
Engine – OS Speed B21 02 Ty2
Fuel – VP Pro Tessmann 25
Tires – Pro-Line Buckshot
Radio/Servo – Airtronics/MKS
Body – Xray Highspeed

Remarks – Posting a TQ run in the second round of qualifying, the main feature on Ty’s Xray are a new hub design that allows the use of a bigger bearing to ‘improve long term durability’.  The car also features harder plastics which the former World Champion says makes the car ‘feel more precise and predictable’.

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November 7, 2018

Chassis Focus – David Ronnefalk

Chassis – HB Racing D817 V2
Engine – Orion 7 Port WS
Fuel – RunnerTime Top 25
Tires – JConcepts Detox
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Highest
Body – JConcepts S15 Prototype

Remarks – The HB Racing D817 with which David is aiming to defend his World title with here in Perth features ‘a few small upgrades’.  Using them to good effect in the opening qualifier which he TQ’d, he said he ‘can’t be specific’ about the new parts they have brought to the event but did add they are in the ‘rear end’.  Other details on the car are an ‘improved efficient drive train’ which is using 0.8 module gears.  The JConcepts supported driver is also running a prototype body from the Florida company which is set for release as the ‘S15’.

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October 27, 2018

Chassis Focus – Shoki Takahata

Chassis – Mugen Prototype
Engine – OS Speed T12 03
Fuel (handout) – Maxima
Tires (handout) – Matrix
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Sanwa
Body – Xtreme Avenge

Remarks – Like team-mate and Super Pole winner Robert Pietsch, Shoki is running a prototype of Mugen’s upcoming 1:10 200mm kit release.  The as yet unnamed car features the same front end as the MTX6R but has completely new rear end with both ends connected by a newly design chassis plate. Shoki said they are both using the same car, though the set-up of each the car is quite different.

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October 27, 2018

Chassis Focus – Leo Arnold

Chassis – Xray NT 2018
Engine – Max XP3
Fuel (handout) – Maxima
Tires (handout) – Matrix
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Sanwa
Body – Xtreme Hammer

Remarks – Xray’s top driver in qualifying Leo is running an ‘out of the box’ version of their 2018 kit, adding it is ‘super standard’.  The only upgrades are an aluminium chassis screw set and a light weight 2-speed shaft.  The French driver said the car has had Top 10 pace all week but he just had trouble getting in clean runs during qualifying hence his P17 in the final qualification ranking.

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October 25, 2018

Chassis Focus – Dario Balestri

Chassis – Infinity IF15
Engine – Max XL3 World Edition
Fuel (handout) – Maxima
Tires (handout) – Matrix
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Savox
Body – Xtreme Hammer

Remarks – The Top Qualifier here in Miami, Dario says he is running a standard IF15.  Unlike team-mate Andy Moore who is running a soon to be released less flex chassis plate, he has stuck with the standard version also pointing out that he is also using the standard shock springs, again Moore using springs from a new range Infinity will release.

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