Chassis – ARC R8.1 Engine – OS Speed R2102 Gold Edition Tyres – Matrix (Handout) Fuel – Runner Time Radio/Servos – Sanwa/Savox Body – Xtreme Aerodynamics R18 Remarks – Highest ranked within the ARC team after qualifying here in Monteux, Swiss driver Silvio Hachler is using a pretty standard version of the R8.1 from the Taiwanese factory using only an optional set of Team Titan titanium screws.
Chassis – Mugen MRX-6 Engine – OS Speed R2103 Tyres – Matrix (Handout) Fuel – Runner Time Radio/Servos – Sanwa Body – Xtreme Aerodynamics R18 Strong Remarks – Japanese Mugen driver Shoki Takahata is running a few new parts on his MRX-6. The new chassis features a carbon weights slide and has a different shape to bring the rear bulkheads closer to each other enabling the use of longer suspension arms. The clutch bell is also new, with an updated shape that allows for the use of 4 ball bearings instead of the usual two.
New from Gimar is the latest version of their RACE engine tuned by Max Fantini. The unit features a DLC treated crankshaft and updated timing on both the shaft and the cylinder, in addition to a long life conrod and a rear ceramic bearing. The front ceramic bearing is available upon request. The engine will be available in the 25 and 16% Nitro configuration and also in a pre-run version.
We sat with former World Champion Rody Roem from VS engines, who talked us through the latest version of his on-road engine called the R02. Although based off an OS unit, the engine features a unique combustion chamber specifically designed by Roem himself. With the main focus of the brand remaining providing the highest possible level of quality, the other distinctive item is the crankshaft, where the flow of fuel and the timing have been optimised for a better response.
Chassis – Serpent 988 Viper Engine – OS Speed R2103 Tyres – Matrix (Handout) Fuel – Runner Time Radio/Servos – Sanwa Body – Xtreme Aerodynamics R18 Strong Remarks – Having received his car shortly before the start of the race, Japanese Serpent driver Yuya Sahashi is running the latest Viper 988 in a pretty standard version, only equipped with a set of titanium upper screws.