Chassis – ARC Prototype Engine – Novarossi Mephisto Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servos – Sanwa Exzes/Savox Body – Xtreme Super Diablo
Remarks – Running a prototype from ARC, this young Italian is showing great speed with it. The car Jonathan is using features a number of changes with biggest of which is the short wheelbase with the front end 6mm further back and the rear reduced by 2mm. The car also has a narrower chassis, a low mounting radio plate, new rear drive shafts, new smaller pitch gearing and a modified rear hinge pin bracket.
Chassis – Serpent 989 Engine – Max RP9.5 WC Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servos – Sanwa M17/Sanwa Body – Protoform X15
Remarks – Jeff is running Serpent’s new 989 which he describes as ‘pretty standard’ but like all drivers he is doing what he can to stiffen up the car for Steel City RC Speedway’s ultra high traction. With the grip something he has ‘never experienced before’ and having ‘never flipped an 8th scale before’ due to having too much grip, to the adapt the car for the conditions he is running optional carbon inserts in the rear arms and the optional front top deck brace. While the 989 comes with an aero front bumper, he has reverts to an ‘old school’ version saying it helps to make the car less aggressive.
Chassis – Xray RX8 Engine – Max Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servos – Sanwa/Sanwa Body – Xtreme Super Diablo
Remarks – Xray’s lead onroad nitro driver, Alessio is running the Slovakian manufacturer’s RX8 platform on which they are testing some new parts for the 2020 edition of the car. Asked what was new on the car, the likeable Italian replied, ‘We are testing something new for next year. I don’t want to point out the new parts.’ Jokingly adding ‘those with a sharp eye will spot some of them in the photos’. That sounds to us like a challenge for our site visitors!
Chassis – Infinity IF18 Engine – Max Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servo – Sanwa Exzes ZZ/Sanwa Body – Xtreme Diablo
Remarks – Lamberto is running ‘a completely standard’ IF18 but his car does feature stiffeners and extra weights he would not normally use in an attempt to try and adapt it for Steel City RC Speedway’s super high traction levels. A drivers who has experienced more World Championships than most, the 22nd 1:8 Onroad World Championship’s ‘very unique’ grips levels has seen the 9-time Champion get creative and cut up an old radio plate to make stiffeners for the car.
Chassis – Mugen MRX6 Prototype Engine – OS Speed R2104 Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servo – Sanwa Body – Xtreme Super Diablo
Remarks – Robert is racing a prototype Mugen MRX-6X here at the World Championships. The car features different shocks, caster set-up and weight distribution. Key items on the car are the new front upper arms and uprights with eccentric aluminium inserts. With these new front parts the driver will have more solutions of steering angle as well as a different roll centre. At the rear there is a 0.8 gear and a solution to use a standard rod or upper arm. The car is also fitted with an optional topdeck carbon front brace.
Chassis – Shepherd Velox V8.2 Engine – Gimar Blue Demon Fuel(handout) – VP Racing Tires (handout) – Hotrace Radio/Servo – KO Propo Eurus/Futaba Body – Xtreme Super Diablo (not pictured)
Remarks – Shepherd’s owner and designer, Patrick is running the Velox V8.2 with the brand new advanced weight system which will be released to customers shortly. The new system allows fast balance (front-rear) changes in the pits – perfect for changing track conditions during race day just like drivers are having to deal with here at Steel City RC Speedway. Posting a Top 10 run in the final round of seeding practice, Patrick’s car also features eccentric inserts in front uprights, low friction pulleys, Shepherd low friction belts, Brilliant RC aluminium pivot balls and Brilliant RC ball bearings.