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Kyosho DBX-VE available in Spain as of Febrero 2011


The recent electrical version of the Kyosho DBX car will be available in its VE electrical form, assembled with a  brushless  motor and the new Syncro transmitter by 2.4Ghz.

CHARACTERISTS:
Fully assembled and adjusted Chassis.
Readyset model with RC 2.4GHz KT-200 set.
Brushless Team Orion Vortex 10 motor.
Team Orion Experience 2 Pro Speed Variator.
Equipped for use with NiMh o LiPo 7,4V batteries
High capacity suspension. 
Identical trapesiums, swing arms and suspension supports on the front and rear assemblies.
Air tight radio compartment.
Aluminium wheel nuts.
Options for intalling 1/8 tires. 4wd transmission system via paliers and three differentials.

Low center of gravity.

With NEW 200 SYNCRO 2.4GHz TRANSMITION KIT

REQUIRED:
NiMh 7,2-8,4V or LiPo 7,4V * 8 transmitter Batterias/AA batteries for the transmitter.

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Kyosho DBX 2.0 Available in Spain in readyset

Kyosho DBX 2.0: Soon available in Spain in Ready set

As of the end of February the new Kyosho DBX 2.0. is now on sale in Spain. It incorporates the new Syncro Transmitter (with the 2.4 Ghz system) that was featured at that Nurenburg Fair. 

CHARACTERISTICS of the KYOSHO DBX 2.0:
-Capatible with 1/8  rims and tires
-High capacity suspension.
-Special spring suspension.
-Digital servo for better control.
-Factory painted body with dazzling colours.
-Suspension design with multiple settings.
-Transmission ratio optimized for tires. 
KYOSHO DBX2.0 READY SET CONTENT :
Factory assembled.
Painted body.
 2.4GHz Syncro KT-200 transmitter
 
REQUIRED FOR OPERATING:
Transmitter batteries and receptor.
Spark plug clip.
Fuel feed.
Fuel
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Hiro: Mini-Z Subaru WRC Ken Block Edition

Hiro has really done a great job of modeling; taking Kyosho MiniZ Subaru and producing an authentic replica of the driver Ken Bloc´s car body.  
Here´s a video that really highlights the fact that these sorts of projects are carried out with incredidible precision and a passion for the hobby that is admirable. 

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TRPscale New spacers for aluminium differentials

A 4 piece kit is provided for mounting the wheel opposite the differential crown on our Mini-Z´s. This could be a very useful option if you use a differential of the Kyosho series which includes a plastic part that provides enough tolerance. By replacing this plastic part for an aluminium one the play of the wheel will disappear and the car will show greater stability. 

Along with the  spacers set, an M3 allen screw set will also be supplied to allow for the excellent mounting of the differencial axle.

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New front tire option for Foam RCP-Tracks

 

For some time now on the RCP Foam Tracks, the  kyosho 20 rear tire with tread pattern or the 6º PN Racing pattern. To date, the front tires available with the best results have been those by Atomic with 30º and 40º  hardness with groove patterns, and the PN Racing  RSF20 and RSF15. 

A tire that from now on we believe will give a lot to talk about is the front Kyosho 30º tire that  provides a  bit more spin than the 30º PN Racing  RSF15 and the Atomic 30º. Also, for certain types of track outline these can help us cut down our lap times.

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Video on how to use 2.4Ghz ASF modules in other transmitters

As you observe in this Youtube video, David Moret explains to us in detail how to assemble a KoPropo module; in this case a 2,4Ghz ASF for Mini-Z in a Sanwa or Futaba 3pk transmitter.

You can see the different forms and possibilities available for carrying out this modification.

We hope you enjoy this video and look forward to your suggestions on new topics and your opinions in our Facebook or Youtube channels

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Endurance Series 2010 – General Information

Technical and sporting regulations.

Terrassa Mini-Z Endurance 12hr Series 2010, de Terrassa.
 
Technical regulations
 
Welcome to the 4th edition of the Mini-Z Endurance Series, the 12 hour Mini-Z endurance race  held in Terrassa.
 
The regulations to be used this year are basically the same as those of the previous edition. A few changes to the section on allowed chasses and slight adjustments in the categories competing in this 2010 edition, are just some of the principal novelties this year.  
 
We invite you to take a close look at all the aspects of the technical and sporting regulations so that you can become familiar with the distinctive characteristics of the two categories. In this way you will able to prepare for your participation in the race with a maximum guarantee of success.
 
The following regulations listed below will inform you about the characteristics that the participating cars of each category must possess, in addition to the general and common items that all participating vehicles must abide by.
 
 
 GT Category
 
Chassis: All Mini-z Racers with MR01, MR02, MR015 and MR03 chasses with longitudes of 86mm, 90mm 94mm or 98mm between axles are eligible to participate in the GT category. Chassis modifications for weight reduction purposes are permitted. 
 
Car bodies:  Must be plastic 1/28 scale GT type car bodies that are replicas of models of real cars that have participated at some point in endurance races such as Le Mans, Petit Le Mans, or Le Mans Series. The car body manufacturers admitted are: TRP Scale, and Kyosho. 
 
Motor: Submitted by the race officials. Must be a motor that doesn´t require FET’s in the electronics. The motor provided will come already prepared for assembly on motor mounts with micro adjustments.
 
PCB: Electronics for the Kyosho Mini-Z (27AM, AdBand, 2.4Ghz) or RV Project (27AM). The use of FET’s is allowed for enhancing electronics. 
 
Batteries: 4 AAA rechargeable NiMh battery units.
 
Rims: Any Kyosho Mini-Z aluminium or plastic rims. Under no circumstances must the rim exceed the parameters of the car body.
 
Tires: Rubber Mini-Z tires (the use of foam tires, additives or cleaners are prohibited). 
 
Minimum weight: 170g curb weight.
 
 
 
Category of Prototypes
 
Chassis: open chassis, rear traction, with only a 102mm distance between axles. 
 
Car bodies: plastic ABS car bodies, 1/28 scale that are sport prototipo car bodies that are replicas of real models that at some point have participated in endurance races such as Le Mans, Petit Le Mans, or the Le Mans Series. Distnce between axles 102mm. Car bodies allowed: Only those manufactured by Kyosho. 
 
Motor: Free running motor. Each team must select and provide the motor with which they are to participate in the race. 
 
PCB: Only the Kyosho ASF 2.4Ghz electronics are allowed. The use of FET´s to enhance electronics is permitted. 
 
Batteries: 4 AAA rechargeable NiMh battery units.
 
Rims: Any Kyosho Mini-Z aluminium or plastic rims. Under no circumstances must the rim exceed the parameters of the car body.
 
Tires: Rubber Mini-Z tires (the use of foam tires, additives or cleaners are prohibited). 
 
Minimuim weight: 160g curb weight.
 
 
Aspects in common for both categories:
 
We have listed below those aspects of the regulations that affect both categories that will be competing in the 2010 Mini-Z Endurance series. 
 
 
– Each team is entitled to a maximum of 3 car bodies of the same car model and design. These will be inspected by the race officials prior to the beginning of the race and will remain in parc fermé. 
 
– Each team will be entitled to a maximum of 3 chasses that will be inspected prior to the beginning of the race. These chasses mustn´t have any assembled or pre-mounted parts and will remain under the custody of the race organisers in parc ferme. In the case of handcrafted chasses in the prototypes category, they can be submitted already assembled, provided they don´t house any elements that don´t form part of the chassis itself. The race organisers reserve the right to request the disassembly of parts of the chassis which, due to their structure, pose any unfair disadvantage for the use of other commercial chasses. 
 
– Each is entitled to a maxmum of 3 electronics. All electronics must be equal and , once they have been inspected, must remain in safe keeping in parc fermé. These replacement electronics mustn´t carry any preassembled component that forms part of the vehicle chassis. 
 
– Each one of the teams of the Prototypes category is allowed a maximum of three motors to be used in the race; one that is mounted already on the car used for competing and two that will remain in the hands of the race organisers.
 
– Should any participant need any of these spare parts, a team member must make his way to the race officials, hand in the used part and collect the replacement part. No other order of procedure will be accepted. 
 
– When the race officials see fit during the race, they will hand a light set to each team. This will take place minutes before the beginning of the night leg, in which it is mandatory for such lighting sets to be used on the bodies of all competing cars.
 
– The beginning and ending of the night leg will be decided based on a draw and only the race organisers will have this information.  
 
– The lights set should function perfectly throughout the night stage (2 white front lights and 2 red rear lights). Should there be any breakdowns, the team in question must repair the lighting system in their respective boxes. The lights must be perfectly visible, both in the front as well as the rear of the vehicle. 
 
– The lights set will be supplied without any type of connector and  thus cables will need to be soldered in order to carry out the necessary connections. 
 
– The car body won´t be able to incorporate any type of preinstalled electrical fixtures for the light system. Evidently, the car bodies that don´t come readily prepared for housing lights are allowed to have orofices for  housing the LEDs. For this 2010 edition, and taking into consideration previous editions, preinstalled light systems on the chassis (supports, cables with connectors etc.) are allowed.    
 
– Each team is free to use the brand and model of tires that they so desire (remember that foam tires, nor any additives or cleaners are allowed), except for the stages of the race in which the race organisers say the contrary.
 
– During the rain stage, the tires that are used by each team must be issued by the race officials minutes before the start of the race leg in question. The start and finish of this leg will be decided based on a draw prior to the beginning of the race. Only the race organisers will have knowledge of these results.   
 
These tires will be issued with a special identification mark by the race officials who will be responsible for verifying that they are being used by each team during the rain stage. Their use will be mandatory throughout the the rain stage. 
 
– The race organisers will supply the connector cable for the transponder as well as the transponder itself to every participating team. The lap counter system that will be used is the GiroZ. The proper functioning of the GiroZ transponder as with its assembly on the vehicle will be the responsibility of each individual team. 
Should there be  any malfunctions of the transponder, the race organisers will evidently replace the Giro transponder so that the team concerned may be able to continue racing.
  
 
SPORTING REGULATIONS
 
– Each team is entitled to a minimum of 3 drivers and a maximum of 4. 
– The participating drivers must identify themselves as such and each one must race a minimum turn of 30 minutes and a maxium of 60 minutes. 
 
– Every team member must wear a visible team shirt so as to make themselves easily distiguishable. All drivers must wear a visible uniform with its respective colours and logos. 
 
– The race organisers will supply all identifiers and certifications to all team members so as to differenciate beween the drivers of each category. 
 
– The teams participating in the Mini-Z Endurance Series can only be inscribed in the GT car category. 
 
– Each team will have to elect their own captain, who in turn will serve as the only valid spokesperson between the team and the race organisers. The team captain must also be registered as a driver.  
 
– The duration of the race will be 12 hours without interrutpion. 
 
– The transmitters of any drivers not racing at the time must remain in parc fermé under the custody of the race organisers. 
 
– The inspections must occur BEFORE and AFTER the race, in which all technical and reglatory requirements must be met. No exceptions will be made with reference to vehicle wieght. 
 
– Any battery changes or vehicle repairs must always be carried out in the box zone specially arranged for this type of operation. 
 
– At all times, one of the team members must carry out the role of race marshall. Each team will have a designated area especially for this task . Should this not be the case, any team that doesn´t provide this service will be penalized.  
 
– The event organisers reserve the right to take action in any situations, ocurrences that may affect the smooth flowing of the race. At the most opportune moment such situations will be brought to the attention of all particpants. 
 
– Any uncivic actions or acts of poor sportsmanship will lead to the expulsion of the entire race team. 
 
– While the safety car is present on the track it is absolutely prohibited to overtake other drivers or overtake the safety car itself. At this point all cars must drive at the same speed that is established by the safety car while respecting the most recent position of the vehicles on the track. Should a vehicle have to reincorporate istelf onto the track from the box area, while the safety car is on track the vehicle must circulate in last position; behind the safety car as well as the rest of the participants.
 
– Should any vehicle break down outside of the box area and in addition be unable to make its own way to the repair zone, the race marshalls will carry the disabled car to the box area. Once repaired, the cars must always re-enter the race from the box area. Any occurance or action involving the driver or car that impedes the vehicle from driving correctly around the circuit must be resolved while the car is still stationed in the box zone. The race organisers will place strict sanctions on those cars that deliberately stop while on track in order to resolve these types of problems. 
 
– Participants are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke nor talk on the phone while driving or while carrying out the task of race marshall. 
 
– The organisers reserve the right to oblige a team to repair their car if it happens to hinder the smooth flowing of the race. 
 
– In order for any team discrepancies to be formerly addressed, a 60€ deposit fee must first be submitted. If such a formal complaint goes through, the amount mentioned will be returned to the claimant and the accused team will be sanctioned accordingly by the race organisers. 
 
– It is mandatory that all driver exchanges only take place while the car is stationed in the box zone. The incoming and outgoing drivers must exchange their posts in the area designated by the race organisers. 
 
– When a driver enters the racers podium they must remain there driving for a minimum of 30 minutes. The organisers will randomly assess the compliance of this regulation. Should this regulation not be adhered to, sanctions by way of penalizations will be faced. 
 
– The organisers recommend that each team have in their possesion all the necessary means for controlling the minimum driving time of each driver. 
 
– If a stop and go penalty is recieved by the race organisers, the sanctioned vehicle will be allowed three laps in order to carry out a controlled stop in the box zone. 
 
 
PENALIZATIONS
 
– Car not repaired in the box zone: 10 laps.
 
– Lights set not repaired within a 3 lap margin during the night stage. 10 laps for each lap done in excess of the regulation. 
 
– Failure to take a minimum of 30 minutes per driving turn: 10 laps for each minute spared. 
 
– Taking turns of over 60 minutes: 10 laps for each minute of time exceeded. 
 
– Failure to utilise the rain tires supplied during the rain leg: 20 laps for each minute spared. 
 
– Failure to carry out race assistance tasks: 50 laps.
 
– Failure to use the required driver / category certification or identification: 10 laps.
 
– Failure to carry out a stop and go: 50 laps.
 
– Uncivic conduct or bad sportsmanship: Expulsion of the entire team. 
– In all other circumstances, the race organisers will decide on what type of sanction to apply. 
 
 
The race organisers. 

 

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7th Toulouse Trophy

Last weekend the 7th race of the Toulouse trophy in France took place. This race, in its 7th edition was once again a success with more than 35 drivers inscribed.

As is customary it was an excellent weekend of races in which the sponsors as well as the drivers had a great time.
This year there were 3 categories, Open, Modified and as a demo category, the Mini-Z Megane Trophy.
As you can observe in the photos, Trpscale has put out a very limited edition of these car bodies for all event attendees, together with the competition registration. 

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The trail runs begin for the Mini-Z Kyosho Masters

Escrito por Alex Rubio el 13 Marzo 2010  

All of our drivers are ready:
   

Alejandro Lopez (Stardard and Expert)
Carlos Lambás (Expert)
Noe Miralta (Group C and Expert)
David Moret (Group C and Expert)
Uri Valdé (Group C and Expert)  

Ismael Rojo (Standard and  Expert)
 

Last Saturday morning some drivers were able to train; something really necessary given that the RCP Tracks are set up on the smooth face and both the set up as well as the grip is completely different from what the drivers are used to.   

The first problem was the fact that the rear tire was the one that operated. We have tried various compounds, from the studded Kyosho MT10, the PN Racing RR06, Parada, CRR06 and the grip still hasn´t been achieved.
The tires that seem to perform the best, but nevertheless without excellent results, are the 20g MZW 38-20 by Kyosho.  

Alejandro Lopez decided to set up the Mini-Z 4×4 and it appears that the combination of 20g Kyosho rear tires y 20g RC Atomic ones, the car gives good results.

Now the pre-qualifiers are taking place and the timing system has been causing  a few problems. Due to the use of the Kyosho  ICTAG on the track the height of the chassis has had to be altered drastically. 

The placement of the plastic underlay in order for the Itag to be used has also led to the cars having to be raised so that the underside doesn´t touch the ground. We have observed that with this 30 lap counter system, whether it be due to the software or the hardware, 2 or 3 laps have to be added manually. 

We hope that these time keeping problems can be solved as soon as possible. On another note, the how things have been set up in the hall is really good.
Lots of tables, lots of space, many stalls selling different items; a bar, show case of modified 1:1 cars, as well as a few 1:5 scale car exhibitions.

At the moment, Ismael Rojo is the one who is runing the fastest speeds with an 18’2 time , which is incredible if you consider how long and large the track is that they have assembled.  

The Gallery of images from the article commence the qualifying rounds of the Mini-Z Kyosho Masters