Chassis – Serpent 989 Engine – OS Speed R2104 Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servos – Sanwa M17/Sanwa Body – Xtreme Super Diablo
Remarks – Winning his Semi Final to book his spot in the main event here in California, Dominic is running Serpent’s new 989 with the car featuring just a few modifications for the high traction at Steel City RC Raceway. The car’s uprights have been modified to allow weights to be mounted to them, extra weight the order of the week. To stiffen up the car, a thicker 2.5mm radio tray has been fitted to the car. Another common feature throughout the pits, the car has a carbon brace across the front of the radio tray.
Chassis – Shepherd Velox V8.2 Engine – Novarossi Mephisto Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servos – Futaba T7PX/Futaba Body – Xtreme Super Diablo
Remarks – Running Shepherd’s Velox V8.2, Simon’s car is fitted with their brand new advanced weight system which allows fast balance (front-rear) changes in the pits. The car also has a new optional narrow front shock tower, eccentric inserts in front uprights, Shepherd low friction belts. It also features a prototype test version of additional front weights made by Simon’s dad who has also ‘hand tuned’ the front bumper.
Chassis– Infinity IF18 Engine– OS Speed R2104 Fuel (handout)– VP Pro Tires (handout)– Hotrace Radio/Servo– Sanwa M12S/Sanwa Body– Xtreme Diablo
Remarks – Describing his IF18 as ‘a standard’ car, Super Pole winner Naoto said the only differences to the car as to how he would normally run it are a front brace on the radio tray, weights in the car and on the front bumper and the use of a brass battery holder to help balance the car on the high traction conditions.
Chassis – Capricorn C804 Engine – Max Power RP9S Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servos – Sanwa Exzes ZZ/Sanwa Body – Protoform R19
Remarks – Qualifying for the 1/4 Finals here at Steel City RC Speedway, Mirko is driving Capricorn’s new C804. Over its predecessor the car features lower arms that are 2mm longer with the chassis narrower to suit. The upper arms are also fixed differently now being mounted to the new radio tray making the car more rigid. The front bulkheads are also 2mm lower. At the rear of the car the bulkheads are narrower making the centre of gravity better. The car has a new radio tray and the radio box reduced in size sitting now in the middle of the car. Mirko is also running the optional hubs both front and rear.
Chassis – Mugen MRX6 Prototype Engine – OS Speed R2014 Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servos – Sanwa M17/Sanwa Body – Xtreme Super Diablo
Remarks – Mugen’s star Japanese driver, Shoki is running a prototype MRX6. The same car as the one being raced by its designer Robert Pietsch and features different shocks, caster set-up and weight distribution. Other key differences with the car are the new front upper arms and uprights with eccentric aluminium inserts which give more solutions with steering angle as well as a different roll centre. At the back of the car they are running 0.8 pitch gearing and there is the option to use a standard rod or upper arm. Shoki’s car is also fitted with a topdeck carbon stiffener at the front from Yurugix.
Remarks – Driving for Italian manufacturer WRC, Thomas’ GTX.5 is mostly standard except for the harder off colour front and rear arms specially produced to deal with high traction conditions. Otherwise the only other key items on the car are the optional aluminium servo saver and the brass battery plate. To dial the car into the Steel City RC Speedway track, Thomas has mounted weights to the front bumper.