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.
Remarks – Making a return to World Championship action and putting in an impressive first seeding run with the third fastest time Steven is running Capricorn’s upcoming chassis release, the 804. While being called at ‘prototype’, Steven says the car is ‘good to go’ to customers and expected to be available shortly. Explaining the differences to the car over the 803, at the front the lower arms are 2mm longer with the chassis narrower to suit. He said through the chicane this keeps the car a lot flatter and so a lot smoother to drive. The upper arms are also mounted differently now being mounted to the new radio tray making the car more rigid. The front bulkheads are 2mm lower which is better for steering. At the rear of the car the bulkheads are narrower making the centre of gravity better. The arms are stiffer with less cut outs and are also longer but the rear roll centre remains the same. Steven is running Capricorn’s optional hubs both front and rear which he says makes the car roll a lot freer. As part of the new radio tray the radio box has been made smaller and is now in the middle of the car.
Two new items from JConcepts here at the World Championships in Perth, Australia with the first being the new prototype Silencer 1.5 body shell. Still a prototype and only in use by the brand’s Mugen & HB team drivers, the new design incorporates the cab section from the popular Finnisher body merged with the rear end from the Silencer. The addition of a more forward mounted mid car aero scoop completes the package providing additional downforce.
Also making its debut here in Australia is the Blocker. Taking its design cues from the company’s successful Stalker tires, JConcepts have managed to add an additional 8 rows of 13 pins for improved wear. Impossible to distinguish between the two tires without placing them side by side, feedback from Ryan Maifield and David Ronnefalk has been positive with both reporting very smooth steering feel and awesome wear.