Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tekin wins the Great Snake Shootout!

The Great Snake Shootout in Lewiston Idaho which was the 5th round of the Northwest Championship Tour was held over the weekend of August 23rd. With 139 entries the racing was going to be epic all weekend.

 In mod stadium truck Shane Preugschat was able to get out to a little lead in the 1st qual and hold on to the win over AE driver Mike Hudson. In Q2 Preugschat was within a few seconds of Mike but couldn't manage to make up enough time finishing 2nd. In Q3 Preugschat was again within a few seconds of him until he made a small bobble and was able to take over the lead until the last lap. Preugschat cut a corner a little to close and clipped a pipe giving Mike back the lead and the overall TQ. In the mains it was a vary close battle but Preugschat was able to win the first 2 mains for the overall win. Shane chose the Tekin RS Pro and Redline Gen2 to power his TLR 22T.

Having previously locked up Pro 4 SC class Jayson Tjepkema would go onto dominate this class again in Rd5 taking Tq runs in the first two qualifiers. Jayson would then go on to win A1 and A2 to take the overall win. Tjepkema was the only driver to get twelve laps in this class and would run twelve laps every time hisbcar was on the track. Jayson chose the Tekin RX8 Gen2 esc and Tekin Pro4 HD motor to dominate this class every round of the NCT Series.

In the 1/8 E-Buggy class Tekin pilot Nick Buechler would take TQ by only .059 of a second in front of Jayson Tjepkema in Q1. Tekin's own Jeremy "Pg" Potter took TQ in Q2 9.829 seconds in front of Nick Buechler who took second. Then in Q3 Jayson Tjepkema took the TQ with the only fifteen lap run made by anyone in any class for the event during qualifying. This gave Jayson Tjepkema the overall TQ in 1/8 e-Buggy. In A1 Jeremy Potter would take the win with Tjepkema just 2.404 seconds behind him. In A2 Nick Buechler would take the win with Tjepkema again taking second place just 2.295 seconds behind Nick and Potter just 6.535 behind in third. In A3 Tjepkema took the win with Travis Kendall taking second place just .260 of a second behind and potter in third just 3.029 of a second behind Travis. This gave Tjepkema the overall win, Potter second and Travis third for 1/8 E-Buggy.

All 3 drivers were using the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 in either 1900 or 2050kv.

1/10 4wd buggy would be a battle between Tekin powered  Nick Buechler and AE's Jesse Munn, a battle that would continue this weekend. Buechler was able to take the Tq on Saturday with Munn 2nd. Munn would win A1 with Buechler 2nd. Buechler would win A2 with Munn following up in 2nd. It would come down to A3, Buechler got off to a great start with a commanding lead after Munn broke out. Unfortunately Buechler also broke with a few minutes remaing giving the A3 win to AE's Mike Hudson and the overall to Jesse by just .5 seconds on the tie breaker over Buechler in 2nd overall.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Chris Miller takes Tekin to the top spot at the 2013 Proline Indoor Champs!

The 2013 Proline Indoor Championships was held at he Warehouse 3 in Peoria, Az. This race had a total of 327 entries! Racers from all around showed up for some great racing and good times.

Tekin powered Chris Miller was able to secure the 2wd SC Pro Lite division with his Tekin RS Gen2 and Redline Gen2 17.5 motor over 37 other entries.

Chris continued to have a good event taking 1st in the 4wd Mod Buggy class with his Tekin RS Pro Redline Gen2 powered Durango buggy over nearly 30 other entries.

Tekin powered Kev Lee reports from Stotfold!

Stotfold is a full astroturf track and very high grip when dry. It has a various features which allow for a wide range of track layouts. Saturday’s layout for the 2wd National was something new from the Stotfold team and seemed to be something that was popular with the racers. The track and pitting area were well prepared and it was easy to see the efforts made by the club.

2wd practice started a little damp from the overnight dew, but the forecast was dry for the day so it was just a matter of getting some track time in with the Tekin RS Pro Redline Gen2 Powered RB6 in the first practice. In the second practice it had dried completely and I wasn’t happy with the feel of my car as it was very edgy on the high grip choppy surface. I was running Ballistic Buggy white rear and Schumacher low profile staggers up front. My car felt very fast but it didn’t feel like I would be able to hang on to it for the duration of a run, so I needed to calm it down. I opted to  increase the weight under the shorty Lipo to 80g and also changed front tyres to some scrubbed staggers rather than the new ones used previously.

pic courtesy of Racer Mag
My car felt loads better in the first qualifier and was able to get a pretty clean run, taking second place just behind Danny Mcgee, and in front of Lloyd Storey. Lloyd, Danny and myself were actually only split by 0.16 seconds and it was close all the way through the field. In the second leg I managed to take tq, so in the third I decided to try yellow Mini-spikes on the rear as I had two good runs in the bag. Mini spikes felt more balanced through the turns but they did not seem to absorb the bumps and landings as well, so in the 4th I returned to BB whites.

Qualifying done and tq achieved it was all about finals now… Unfortunately in the first leg I didn’t get a clean start - popping a wheelie and leaving Neil to take up the lead into the first corner. After this I made a couple of errors which dropped me down to 9th. I managed to recover to some degree and finish in 3rd, but it wasn’t the first leg I was hoping for. In the second leg (and a better start) Neil and I pulled away slightly from the field for the first few laps,  everything felt comfortable until I grip rolled at the start of the straight (something I’d not done there all day) and Neil and Danny went through. This is how it finished after a good battle for the last few laps with Danny. Neil had done what he needed now and took the meeting with a win in the first 2 legs so it was all about 2nd place! I drove this as I should have driven the first two, I finished just ahead of Neil and took the fastest time of the finals which made for a nice consolation.

pic courtesy of Racer Mag
Very happy with the result and am extremely grateful to my sponsors for all the support.
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Tekin powers Tjepkema to win at the Pacific Northwest Short Course Shootout!

The Pacific Northwest Short Course Shootout was held in Burlington Wa. August  17th  2013 with 62 entries.

Jayson Tjepkema ran Pro4 4wd Short Course which was by far the biggest class of the weekend. Tjepkema was able to take TQ in both the first qualifier and again in the second qualifier locking up over all TQ. Tjepkema was the only one to run fifteen laps at the event and did so in both qualifiers.

Jayson took the win in A1 and I was just .06 of a second from lapping second place! Jayson would go onto dominate A2 and again was just .211 of a second from lapping second place again.That locked up the win for Jayson for the weekend.

 "My Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and Tekin Pro4 HD 4300 motor. Gave me the power and reliability needed to take the win. While others had high temp issues and failures my Tekin products ran flawless all weekend."

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Brett Kingsbury and the T8i win the JConcepts Supercup!

The JConcepts Supercup is well known in Florida to attract the best racers in the state and even in the B-mains you see racers with full sponsors. In qualifying Brett Kingsbury was able TQ 1/8 buggy with his Tekin Rx8 Gen 2 esc and T8i 1950 motor, 4th in mod 4wd buggy, and 6th in mod 2wd buggy. For the mains Kingsbury was confident in all his vehicles.  After everything was over Kingsbury won 1/8 ebuggy placed 4th in mod 4wd and after a tough 2wd race came home in 10th.

The "Chaos on the Coast" points series consisted of a 6 race series with 1 drop at Space Coast RC in Cocoa, FL from February 16, 2013 to July 20. Leading into this series Brett Kingsbury had high expectations to place high in 2wd mod buggy and 4wd mod buggy.

During the first race Kingsbury was able to TQ and win over world champion Billy Easton in 2wd mod buggy. Throughout the series Brett had zero problems with his Tekin RS with 7.5 gen 2 motor. At the end of the series Kingsbury was able to take the 2nd position under Billy after a hard fought series.

In 4wd modified, like 2wd, my Tekin powered B44.2 worked flawlessly each of the races Kingsbury attended TQ and winning every race for the overall win. The RS Pro and 6.5 gen 2 motor combo was used.

Tekin pilot Lucas Sanford reviews the new Rx8 Gen2 and T8i Indoor 1/8 E-System!

Last weekend, Sanford and Son RC headed out to OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA to test the new Tekin T8i (Indoor) 1950KV motor and RX8 Gen 2 ESC. Our test vehicle was the new MP9e TKI from Kyosho.

The T8i motor was engineered specifically for indoor tracks and 1/8 E buggies that are at or near minimum weight. The motor is smaller and lighter than the other motors in the Tekin line (63 grams lighter than the T8, in fact). The motor was designed to be paired with the new RX8 Gen 2 ESC, so I bolted both into the Kyosho and wired them up. Assembly was very easy, and I was amazed at the (small) footprint of this new motor. The new RX8 Gen 2 ESC comes with a white case and white motor wires, and looks super clean. I downloaded the newest version of the HotWire software and installed it on a laptop PC. Next, I connected the ESC to my laptop via the supplied HotWire, started up the HotWire software, and proceeded to configure the ESC with the easy-to-use software. A neat feature of the software is that it allows you to load existing driver profiles into the ESC, so I downloaded an existing profile from the Team Tekin website and loaded it into the ESC. Then, using the software, I tweaked the brake, throttle and current limiter settings. A new feature of the ESC is the ability to set the BEC (battery elimination circuit) to either 6 volts or 7.4 volts. I elected the 6 volt setting initially. Software installation and configuring of the motor and ESC settings took less than 10 minutes.

Once at the track, I bolted on a new set of AKA Super Soft Handlebar tires on DE Racing Speedline wheels, and threw the car on the track. The layout at OCRC would be a good test for this motor/ESC combo, as it provides a number of tight turns, a long straightaway, a triple jump and a double-double jump (or quad jump if you are adventurous).

Right away I noticed the smoothness of this new motor, both in braking and acceleration. The car was very fast and smooth through the turns, but also had plenty of punch going onto the straightaway. At the end of the straightaway was a 90 degree right hand turn into an immediate triple jump. The car cleared the triple easily without having to swing wide for the takeoff. Next was a low-speed S turn into an immediate quad jump. I was able to jab the throttle and clear the quad jump consistently all day long.

After my first 6 minute run, the ESC was very cool (105 degrees), but the motor was too hot, so I hooked the ESC back up to the laptop via the HotWire, and noticed that the timing was set too high for my liking in the profile I had downloaded. I lowered the timing, and decided to change the BEC voltage setting from 6 volts to 7.4 volts. I put a fresh battery in the car, punched a few cooling holes in the body (should have done that to begin with), and took another run. After three 8 to 8 and 1/2 minute runs, the motor temperature was consistently in the 180-190 range.

Next, I geared down from a 15 tooth pinion to a 14 tooth, just to see how the new motor and ESC combo would handle the same layout with a smaller pinion. I was pleasantly surprised that acceleration and punch didn’t suffer at all, and I was still able to clear the triple and quad jumps easily. The car felt even better in the turns with the smaller pinion (I suspect that the 7.4 BEC setting contributed to the cars better performance through the turns, as my steering servo felt more responsive). After another 8 and 1/2 minute run, the motor temp came in at an acceptable 190 degrees. I wanted to make some 10 minute runs, but both my batteries are new, so I decided against it for now.

I have been running 1/8 eBuggy for about three years, and I can honestly say that my car has never felt better on an indoor track. The smoothness and power of the new T8i motor in conjunction with the RX8 Gen 2 ESC was unbelievable!

After my track testing, I hooked the ESC back up to the laptop and fired up the HotWire software one more time, because I wanted to check out the ESC’s new Data Logging feature. A number of motor and ESC performance data is logged in your ESC, such as Throttle values, ESC voltage, ESC and Motor temps, and motor RPM. This amazing new feature will allow you to see the real world results of any changes you might make to your motor and ESC settings in the HotWire software. This allows an unprecedented level of tuning. Amazing!

I highly recommend the new Tekin T8i motor and RX8 Gen 2 ESC combo to my fellow 1/8 scale eBuggy racers.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Tekin Team Manager Randy Pike for allowing me to test these amazing new products. To find out more information about these and other great Tekin products, visit Team Tekin on the web at www.teamtekin.com. If you see me at the track, please come by and say hello, and feel free to ask me any questions you might have about any of the Tekin products.

Stay tuned to www.SanfordAndSonRC.com for more upcoming product reviews, and I hope to see you at the track!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Tekin's Ryan Lutz wins 2013 ROAR Off-road Nats!

The 2013 ROAR 1/8 Electric Off-road Nats was hosted at LCRC Raceway located in Oakland Mills, PA. Factory drivers from all the major chassis teams were in attendance. Lutz, Phend, Blair, Hartson, Potter, and many more were all looking to put their cars into the top positions. Tekin's very own Jeremy "PG" Potter would be in attendance to support the team and anyone using Tekin products.

1/8 E Truggy was a tight class all week. Ryan Lutz would put his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 T8 Gen2 powered Dex408T into the Tq position after some tight qualifying. In A1 Lutz would get some early pressure from his Tekin teammate Austin Blair. Lutz would gain a small gap when Blair would come under fire from Phend early on. Lutz would go onto take A1 followed by Blair and Phend. A2 would be a battle from tone to tone. Lutz would have Phend as a shadow for most of the race. Staying cool and keeping out of trouble Lutz would go onto take A2 securing the overall National Championship! Phend would take 2nd and Blair 3r. A3 would have Lutz participating only as a spectator. Phend would take A3 with Blair 2nd. This would put Lutz 1st, Phend 2nd and Blair 3rd overall. Lutz and Blair both chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen 2 2000kv motors. Again Tekin would power over half of the field with team drivers Lutz, Blair, JM McGinty, Bornhorst, and Pettit all taking a position in the Amain field. Great work guys!

In the 1/8 E Buggy class qualifying was tight all weekend long. Tekin powered Lutz and Blair would battle it out all weekend with TLR's Dakota Phend. Phend would take the overall Tq but not by much. Tekin powered Austin Blair would take A1 in exciting fashion, Phend taking 2nd and Lutz 3rd. Phend would take A2 followed by Lutz in 2nd and Blair in 3rd. It would come down to A3 for the overall title. Phend would bobble allowing Lutz to take the lead. Phend and Blair would battle it out allowing Lutz to get a small gap. Phend would finally get past Blair and chase down Lutz. With only a few minutes on the clock Lutz would case the front straight triple requiring marshalling allowing Phend to get by. Lutz would chase him down near the end but would run out of time taking 2nd overall. Tekin would power Lutz to a 2nd overall and Blair to a 3rd overall on the podium Tekin would power over half of the A main field. Austin Blair and Ryan Lutz both chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 1900kv motors.

Pro 4wd SC would have everyone who was watching on the edge of their seats. The top 3 were extremely close in qualifying which would provide yet another exciting set of triple A mains to watch. A1 would see the top 3 battle it out around the 3 minute mark. For the next 2 minutes the top 3 would gain ground on the field while swapping positions to end the A with Phend 1st, Lutz 2nd and Blair 3rd. A2 Would have Lutz taking an early pass just a few laps into the main. Lutz would retain the lead but would case the double around the 3 minute mark allowing Phend to take the lead. Lutz would pressure Phend for the remainder of the race but again run out of time. The finishing order would be Phend, Lutz 2nd, Blair 3rd. Phend would sit out A3 which would be somewhat uneventful with Lutz leading from tone to tone. Blair would end up 3rd in A3. Lutz would take a hard earned 2nd place overall with Tekin teammate 3rd overall. Both Lutz and Blair chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and Pro 4 4600kv motors.