While the new Shepherd Velox has been tearing up the tracks in Europe, this is the first time we have come face to face with it and we talked to Patrick Schaefer from Team Shepherd about the new car. Essentially the same as the prototype that was first shown earlier this year in Nuernberg, the latest version features new aluminium parts anodised in blue on all the cars that are present here and some of the plastics are now final such as front wishbones and the lower rear wishbones.
The main feature of this car that sets it apart from others in its class is the braking system, using a cable system it pulls levers on either side of the rear pulley which applies pressure to the mounted brake disk stopping the car, this system allows for more stable and later braking into a corner. Also on the rear end of the car, like on all the new generation 1/8th scales, the rear bodymout A-arms are mounted directly to the rear upright ensuring that the downforce from the body is transferred directly to the wheels.
On the front end of the car, the servo saver features a rather innovative Ackermann adjustment, which is done through the use of one screw, which when loosened allows you to slide the steering rod mount 3 steps forward or back, when selected simply tighten it again. Also new on the servo saver is its mounting which uses a slot on both the chassis and the radio plate instead of a hole which allows you to move the position of the servo saver forward or backward to compensate when you adjust the cars wheelbase.
The new shock absorbers consist of an open ended shock body with an assembly mounted to the bottom that contains the o-rings and holds the shock shaft. This composite part, along with having a built in bleed sytem, has also got a few milimeters of material on the base of where the shaft exits the shock which helps keep the shaft straight. Inside the shock, there is no membrane and instead it uses a floating piston with a spring that takes up any expansion. The photo above does not show the final shock absorber as the blue parts will be silver and the upper shock mounting point will have an open ball joint, similar to the lower one.
Expect to see the car hit the market in December.
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Italian racer Massimo Fantini, who was TQ after round 1 has gone a second quicker to claim the overnight pole position at the IFMAR 1/8th scale World Championships here in Cordoba. The Serpent 960 driver had to overcome an initial challenge from Lamberto Collari who was the early pace setter, but Max dug in his heels in the partly cloudy run to pull out out the quickest run of the day, a 33 lapper in 10:09.45. Overnight 2nd place is team mate Fabio Domanin who managed a great run in heat 11 to get a 33 Laps in 10:10.15 to give Serpent a provisional 1-2 on the grid. Next up is Italian Mugen racer Andrea Pirani who also managed a 33 lapper in 10:10.59, demoting current World Champion Lamberto Collari, to 4th, who managed to improve but not enough.
Lamberto was not too disheartened however “it was a positive day for me and the team (Novarossi) as we have the 3rd and the 4th position and ok the track is good but changes very fast and could create some problem with the car”, “the biggest trouble in the heat is when you have cold, hot, warm and windy and different weather conditions all in a few minutes of the race”.
In heat 12, some commotion in the pit lane caused a problem for Adrien Bertin and Francesco Tironi who hit a misplaced Keisuke Fukuda coming out of the pitlane. The Japanese driver had a flame out and his enthusiastic pit man placed the Mugen in the path of the exiting Kyosho pairing, causing a delay for Tironi and a large delay and eventual breakage for Bertin. Fukuda was given a stop and go. Bertin stated that “it’s just a very bad day, the first run we had a broken 2 speed and in the 2nd one while i was making my pit stop, in which i would have made not a bad time, Fukuda came out of the pits and crashed my car”, “I just hope tomorrow is not raining becaue it will be a different story, but thats racing”.
Dropping out of the top 4 and into 8th was Jilles Groskamp, the Dutch driver had his engine get too lean while in a fast 2nd run “the day goes well, because i wanted to start with a decent run in the first one, so in the 2nd one we tried some other things on the car, the car was very good, actually very good, and then the engine was too lean so we had to stop after 4 minutes.”
Not managing to improve, and having to eventually give best on the circuit to Takaaki Shimo, Michael Salven, the German Serpent racer, was getting caught out by the high winds that picked up in final round “I have a high trim strip, but on the big sweeper when you turn in you have understeer and then you have the point where the wind comes on the side and you get more steering and then the wind comes from the back and it pushes up the rear and you have no rear traction”, “somehow i have more problems with this than other drivers and Massimo said he is running the same and on his car it is only a little noticeable”.
Official Standings after 2 ronds:
1. MASSIMO FANTINI – 33 Laps in 10:09.45
2. FABIO DOMANIN – 33 Laps in 10:10.15
3. Andrea Pirani – 33 Laps in 10:10.59
4. LAMBERTO COLLARI – 33 Laps in 10:11.81
5. TAKAAKI SHIMO – 33 Laps in 10:13.71
6. Pietsch Robert – 33 Laps in 10:14.51
7. SEBASTIAN RECIO – 33 Laps in 10:14.62
8. Groskamp Jilles – 33 Laps in 10:15.76
9. ANDREA CRISTIANI – 33 Laps in 10:16.42
10. YUYA SAHASHI – 33 Laps in 10:16.42
11. KEN FURUKAWA – 33 Laps in 10:17.68
12. FRANCESCO TIRONI – 33 Laps in 10:17.76
13. Salven Michael – 32 Laps in 09:57.32
14. WALTER SALEMI – 32 Laps in 10:00.32
15. STEFANO SOLAROLI – 32 Laps in 10:00.80
Qualifying will be run in a similar way tomorrow, (updated) however the drivers in heats 1-6 will be doing their 2 rounds in the afternoon, with the faster heats 7-12 run in the morning and all will be done in sequential order. Be sure to check out our image gallery for plenty of pictures from todays action.
Heat 12 kicked off the 1st round of qualifying for the second group which has just taken place under very warm and sunny conditions. Making 5 minutes is proving to be a problem and in this, the quickest heat, a number of quick drivers came to a stop before 5 minutes like Ielasi and Swauger, while in a lot of cases just to be safe the racer took on a 2 stop strategy. This the quickest heat has seen Serpent racer Massimo Fantini go quickest after the round with a controlled 33 lap pace that saw him finish 2 seconds ahead of Kyosho ace Lamberto Collari in 2nd, while a further 2 seconds back was Shepherd Velox racer Robert Pietsch. The top 3 came from Heat 12 while the next 2 places came from racers in the 10th heat that saw 1/8th scale newcomer Jilles Groskamp put his Sirio powered Kyosho in 4th less than a second ahead Serpent racer and current Japanese National Champion Yuya Sahashi, who is now sitting in 5th.
Qualifying has begun in Cordoba, the sun has come out there is plenty of action on the track. The organisers are running 2 rounds for every driver with the drivers in the heats 1-6 getting both their rounds in the morning and the faster heats 7-12 (in reverse) getting their runs in the morning, with this seperated format being carried forward to tomorrows 2nd day of qualifying.
The 2 rounds of qualifying have been completed for heats 1-6 and it was German (French but using German license) Serpent 960 driver Alain Levy that took the fastest time in the morning session completing 31 laps in 10:11.243 with his closest rival being Marcio Michele Salvagno, on a 30 laps in 10:05.578 with the 3rd fastest time now in the hands of Gabriel Lacanna 4 seconds behind 2nd.
Heats 1-6 – Results after 2 rounds (not overall after 2 rounds):
1. LEVY ALAIN – 31 Laps in 10:11.24
2. MARCIO MICHELE SALVAGNO – 30 Laps in 10:05.58
3. GABRIEL LACANNA – 30 Laps in 10:09.12
4. OMAR FORMISANO – 30 Laps in 10:14.45
5. THEO CHRISTOFI – 30 Laps in 10:14.66
6. MARCOS FERNANDO CORBANI – 30 Laps in 10:15.38
7. RENATO PAIVA – 30 Laps in 10:16.38
8. ANDY LEDGARD – 30 Laps in 10:17.69
9. GREG ESSER – 30 Laps in 10:18.10
10. PEDRO CASTRO – 29 Laps in 09:37.14
11. TOOMS ROELOF – 29 Laps in 09:41.66
12. FRANCO DAMICO – 29 Laps in 09:51.05
13 ALEJANDRO CALENS – 29 Laps in 09:58.11
14. HERMAN LEBENBAUM – 29 Laps in 10:00.43
15. ANDRES CALENS – 29 Laps in 10:06.26
Round 1 and 2 for heats 7-12 will begin at 15:00 local time. Our gallery has lots of new pictures so be sure to check that out here.
Todays final, and only, practice round has been completed under dry but cool conditions with Italy’s Stefano Solaroli coming out out on top with the fastest laptime of 17.725 seconds. With not all of the drivers pushing hard and still using the session to test, fastest laptimes are a better indicator for showing pace than the practice heat results, yet also take into account that some racers are going to have to make 2 stops and so their pace would need to be quicker. The 2nd fastest today is the Motonica racer and pre Worlds runner up Dario Balestri with a 17.750 second lap with Michele Romagnoli ending up with the 3rd fastest time.
Mondays fastest practice laps
1. Stefano Solaroli – 17.725
2. Dario Balestri – 17.750
3. Michele Romagnoli – 17.790
4. Francesco Tironi – 17.829
5. Lamberto Collari – 17.858
6. Robert Pietsch – 17.880
7. Adrien Bertin – 17.884
8. Takaaki Shimo – 17.887
9. Andrea Cristiani – 17.906
10. Yuya Sahashi – 17.912
11. Michael Salven – 17.950
12. Andrea Pirani – 17.963
13. Massimo Fantini – 17.977
14. Hideo Kitazawa – 18.050
15. Steven Cuypers – 18.073
Qualifying begins tomorrow with all drivers getting 2 rounds of 10 minutes to set their best times and after each qualifying round the event organisers have confirmed that they will update the results on their page on MyLaps (see the new link on the right side of the page). We have also received the updated heat listing (see the new link on the right side of the page) which has been re ordered after todays practice sessions and will be the format that qualifying will start with tomorrow.
A quick update to let everyone know that its 15.15 local time and practice has just resumed. Currently the track is still slightly damp (see above), but the conditions are good enough for heat 5 to take to the track. Currently there are 12 heats and we will get you a list of those after the re-seeding takes place and the end of the day. We also hope to bring you the timing results after each round.
UPDATE: 16:19 – It has been announced that the drivers will only get one round of practice heats today. Currently they are about to begin heat 9.