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Intech Racing ER-12M 2.0 buggy Lite- Unboxing Review

Intech Racing, I had never heard of them either until recently, but they are a Taiwanese manufacturer making a fresh push into the Australian market with some unique and innovative ideas. Intech Racing is a relative newcomer to Australia but they have been building cars for over ten years with a focus on continuous improvement. Intech Racing manufactures a range of off-road buggies and trucks in both 10th and 8th scale, with either electric or nitro power trains.

Intech Racing has kindly provided Aussie RC News with an ER-12M 2.0 Lite 2wd buggy to build and review. Prior to sending a test vehicle, Intech Racing contacted me to discuss which vehicle we would like to test first. After looking at their range of smart looking vehicles the ER-12M 2.0 Lite 2wd buggy stood out to me as a vehicle which would be well suited to racing and being 2wd we could put it to the test in the 2wd stock class, racing against the established brands.

The ER-12 2.0M is a rear wheel drive buggy, with a mid-mounted motor design and a narrow aluminium chassis. This type of design is now the most common in Australia, with rear mounted motor platforms now a rarity. Continue reading Intech Racing ER-12M 2.0 buggy Lite- Unboxing Review

The worlds according to Crash

Walking out as Team Australia! what a feeling… Photo Credit: Jconcepts inc. on Facebook

Since I was just 8 years old I’ve been racing Karts, Formula Ford & RC cars, I’ve spent the majority of my life being a total fanatic about racing in all shapes and sizes.

When I started RC racing around my 20th birthday I quickly got hooked on the competition that bigger events had to offer, and when I made a start in EP Off Road, it didn’t take me long to set my sights on competing at an IFMAR World Championships. Continue reading The worlds according to Crash

Australian EP On-Road National Championship Report

Held over the weekend at the West Coast Model RC (WCMRC) track in Perth Western Australia, the 2017 Essential RC Australian Ep On Road Nationals will go down as one of the closest Nationals in recent memory. The WCMRC track located in the industrial suburb of Bayswater in Perth is a very impressive facility. Originally built for 235mm 2WD IC cars in the 1980’s, the track provides a challenging mix of flowing, high speed corners with a high grip undulating surface and an exciting banked corner at the end of the main straight.

1/12 modified results:

  1. Ed Clark – XRAY X12
  2. Mark Wallin – XRAY X12
  3. Paul Sims – Teamsaxo
  4. Warren Buttriss – Teamsaxo
  5. Chris Schmidt – Serpent
  6. Graham Hayward – Teamsaxo
  7. Luca Polizzi – VBC
  8. Gerard Elias – CRC

Ed Clark set a fast pace during the early rounds of qualifying but suffered some reliability issues later in the day which allowed Mark Wallin to relegate him to 2nd on the grid for the finals. Paul Simms had to work hard to hold off Warren Buttriss for the 3rd place grid spot for the finals. Simms took advantage of errors made by both Wallin and Clark to take an early lead in leg one final. However he was not able to hold off Wallin or a recovering Clark who went on to take a victory in leg one. Clark followed up his win in leg one by taking the 2nd final after a race long dual with Wallin which gave Clark the title. Wallin secured 2nd and Simms finished 3rd.

F1 results:

  1. Michael Clark – XRAY X1
  2. Graham Hayward – Roche
  3. Brian Stewart – VBC/Roche Hybrid

Graham Hayward took top qualifier (TQ) by one point from Michael Clark who qualified 2nd from Brian Stewart in 3rd. Hayward wasn’t able to convert his TQ in the finals as Clark found some pace and won the 1st two legs and took the title. Hayward was able to hold on for 2nd overall by winning the last leg from Stewart.

Source: https://www.teamxray.com/

Intech in Australia

Taiwanese company Intech has been pushing into Australia recently with RC Store now carrying a range of their vehicles as well as providing spares, manuals, race setups and more. So lets have a look at the vehicles that Intech are selling.  

in 1:10 there are four vehicles in the line;

  • ERCS-10 a 4wd short course truck Kit
  • ER-14M 4wd buggy Kit
  • ER-12M 2.0 Lite 2wd buggy Kit
  • ER-12M 2.0 2wd buggy Kit.

In the 1:8 line you have the choice of;

  • BR-6E Sport  Electric buggy Kit
  • BR-6 E Electric buggy Kit
  • BR-6 2.0 Sport Nitro buggy Kit
  • BR-6 2.0 Nitro buggy Kit
  • BR-5 Nitro Buggy Ready To Run

So Intech have most genres and vehicles covered in their range at an excellent price point.  So check them out on their own website at http://www.intechracing.com/ or at RS Store https://rcstore.com.au/

 

IFMAR World Off Road Champs – 2WD Results

The 2wd word champion has been crowned for 2017 in Xiamen China, and it was Ryan Maifield from Team Yokomo that has claimed toe top spot from Ryan Cavalieri and Lee Martin.

However I know you want to know how the Australians fared because unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that we have a strong contingent of drivers in China this year. Continue reading IFMAR World Off Road Champs – 2WD Results

2017 Victorian Off Road Titles Racer Report

2017 Victorian State Titles

The 2017 1/10 Offroad Victorian State Titles were held at the red clay track of the bordertown Wodonga RC Club.  Big winners were TLR/Motiv Leigh Cheeseman (2wd 17.5, 4wd 17,5 and Truck 17.5), AE/JC/Reedy Ray Munday (2wd Mod), AE/Reedy Cameron Zammit (4wd Mod) and ORCA Simon Healy (Truck mod). 
The original date in August was washed out so the re-run was held in combination with the Coleman Cup, an event that has been running for over 20 years in memory of a young racer who tragically died at a young age.  This event celebrates sportsmanship and competition, and the prestigious ‘Coleman Cup’ for services to the sport was awarded to Bazz Densely who not only prepared buggies for his 2 kids to race but also helped with track prep and even cooking the bbq through the weekend.  It’s because of racers like him that the sport of RC is so much fun!
Racers were treated to a fantastic blue groove surface on the bumpy but flowing classic outdoor track, with sunny weather for practice and 4wd day but rain on 2wd day which kept everyone on their toes chasing the perfect setup.  The event ran with the Holeshot V2 as the control tyre for all classes.  The small but enthusiastic club members had worked tirelessly in the leadup of the event and during the weekend to give all racers something to remember.

17.5:

TLR / Motiv racer Leigh Cheeseman was on a mission all weekend, taking TQ in each of the 17,5 classes and converting in the finals to win all 3.  It wasn’t as easy as it looked though, as he was pushed extremely hard by Ben Howard (2nd 2wd 17,5 ) and Jason Milbourne (2nd 4wd 17,5 and2nd Truck 17,5T) with Simon ‘sticks’ McHugh rounding out the podium in both of the buggy classes and Hope Densley taking a popular 3rd in Truck 17.5 with her T5M!

4wd Mod:

Munday took TQ from Zammit and Andrew Selvaggi, but in the finals ‘CamZam’ proved too strong taking out A1 and A3 to defend his title from 2016.  Cam was pushed hard by AE racer Selvaggi, the result only decided in the last couple of laps of A3, with Simon Healy and Lachlan Munday 3rd and 4th.

2wd Mod:

Munday also took TQ in 2wd with his B6D from Healy (Kyosho) and Selvaggi 3rd.  In A1 it started raining making conditions slippery but Munday took the win from a hard charging Healy with Andrew holding his podium place.  Unfortunately the rain came down harder after A1 so the event was called based on the results of this single final.

Truck Mod:

Cam Zammit took TQ in this class but had some poor luck in the finals.  Simon Healy made the most of this to take the win, Matt Kellett (AE) in 2nd and Andrew ‘Ace’ Adamic (Xray) in 3rd.

Junior 17.5 (Under 16 2wd):

This is a very popular class in Victoria, with a full field of racers looking to make their mark on the sport.  Brian Lawrence took TQ from Nathan Facciol and Shane Lawrence.  In the finals Brian took the win from brother Shane, Nathan 3rd.  Look out for these names in the future!

21.5T 2wd

Paul Slifka took TQ in this class but couldn’t convert in the finals, Nathan Krone taking his B6 to the front of the pack for the win.

21.5T 4wd:

This was another battle between Paul Slifka and Nathan Krone with many entertaining races.  The result was a reversal of 2wd, Slifka taking the win with his Schumacher from Krones Yokomo.
Thanks to the club for putting on the event!

Continue reading 2017 Victorian Off Road Titles Racer Report

FEMCA Day 2 Wrap Up: Stringer and Pain Strike first

Well a big day is finished here at MORBC for the second day of the 2017 FEMCA 1/8 IC Off Road Championships! The day started with the opening ceremony, 3D Helicopter demonstrations and concourse judging.  The WA Model Aircraft Sports Centre (WAMASC) were happy to put on 2 3D Helicopter demonstrations over the track, and an RC jet flyover to add to the opening ceremony, showcasing another world of RC excitement and skill from their club, as the 2 clubs operate side by side in the Whiteman Park area.

Myself (Chris Mitchell) Opening the event this morning with Trevor Reid (FEMCA President) and Andrew Silva (MORBC President)
one of the Heli ace pilots from WAMASC demonstrating his abilities over the track

Continue reading FEMCA Day 2 Wrap Up: Stringer and Pain Strike first

FEMCA 2017 is here!

Tomorrow morning marks the start of the 2017 Kart World FEMCA 1/8 I.C. Off Road Buggy Championships here in Perth! As Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) in Whiteman Park, Western Australia plays host to the event for the second time in the last two year…all in the buildup to hosting the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 I.C. Off Road World Championships next year!

The club have been tirelessly working over recent weeks and months despite the very wet winter that Perth has experienced. Last week the track build was completed by the master himself; Craig Laughton. Ropes have been laid and the track painted…were getting ready to hit the track Wednesday morning!

Continue reading FEMCA 2017 is here!

AARCMCC Rule Updates – Batteries & Mugen MTC-1

AARCMCC have released through their 1:10 On Road Facebook page  a rule clarification and an update to the battery list.

Lets start with the touring car, AARCMCC have clarified the legality of the Mugen MTC-1 and it’s front bumper  As you can read below the ruling is that the bumper and the car are legal for use.

We have had some questions raised about the legality of the recently released Mugen MTC-1 touring car. The item in particular is the advertised ‘Aerodynamic front bumper’, which may contravene regulation 9.5.1.6 “Under body/chassis aerodynamic aids of any nature are not allowed.”

Following discussion of the committee, we have concluded that whilst the car in question is advertised with bumper as an “aero-shaped” component, the primary function is as a bumper/foam bumper support, not an aerodynamic device.
The intent of the regulations is to avoid home made bolt-on skirts and diffusers, not to restrict mass produced cars from competition.

As such the MTC-1 is legal for use in all Sanctioned AARCMCC events.

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In the land of batteries, there has been an update to the battery list to include Team Zombie batteries on the approved batteries list.  Now most of these are High Voltage packs, which personally I think should not be allowed on the list.  It gives easy scope for people to cheat and use higher voltages, and more work for officials who have to test the battery voltages.  That said, it is just my opinion but as my club is looking at running a state title for the first time in 2018, all I see is more work….
For those interested here is the link to the information about which packs are now on the approved list from Team Zombie  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8ABYMx7IGiCSlJiSEVqR2dtWjA/view and below the statement that accompanied it.

Zombie Batteries – Local Approval

We have recently had some discussions about the use of Zombie Batteries at AARCMCC sanctioned events. Having been in contact with both racers and the distributor, it’s been drawn to light that battery approval lags well behind motors. For example, the BRCA only update their lists twice a year, and ROAR haven’t updated for a while.
Having discussed this among representatives from both Electric sections (On and Off-road), we have the solution to provide a local approval.
The stipulations were;
1) Batteries must have been submitted to ROAR and/or BRCA for approval on their lists (this has been provided, to both ROAR and BRCA)
2) The batteries are commercially available for sale (they are, and have been for some time)
3) Samples sent need to be sent to AARCMCC for measurement and reference (complied with)

With this, we are happy to announce that Zombie Batteries detailed in the attached pdf are as of now legal for use at AARCMCC sanctioned events.

We are always keen to work with local distributors to aid in making sure equipment is able to be used, and if any other supplier wishes to enquire as such, please get in contact with us.

Changes to Alycat Software Licence Model

On the 16th of September Alycat made the following statement on their facebook page.

As discussed here previously, and supported unanimously by all who replied, the latest version of Alycat (2017) is being offered on a licence model. The initial purchase price has been reduced to $299US, The annual licence fee is $52US. Initial purchase includes one year licence, so in effect purchase is now $247US. Upgrade prices have been reduced (to $89US from 9.5), with a special offer if combined with a licence (upgrade before 31st December this year and buy a one year licence for only $30US). Payment of the annual licence fee entitles users to ALL upgrades released during the licence period (one year) at NO COST, together with support, access to the Alycat Online Entry System and the new Licensed Alycat Users group on Facebook.

It certainly is a move away from the old model of a flat fee or upgrade fee for each version.  Ironically it is somewhat similar to what Microsoft themselves now do with Office 365 where you pay an annual fee and get any upgrades, updates etc to the software along the way.  How it works out price wise comparatively for clubs I have yet to look at myself.

Details can also be found on the Alycat website here http://www.alycat.com/AlycatRC/WebSite/Purchase.html