Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gee, Isaacs and Fenimore win at 2016 ROAR Asphalt Nationals

This past weekend RC racers from around the USA and Canada converged at Valkaria RC to race against the best at the 2016 Roar Asphalt Nationals sponsored by Team Powers. In attendance for Team Awesomatix USA was Mike Gee, Mike Hanulec, Monti Panzica, Sam Isaacs, Danny Jenkins, Chris Kemper, Billy Spence, Sal Amato, Tim Haskins, Jason Burks, and Johnee Fenimore. Having never won a ROAR National Title on Asphalt, the Awesomatix team had high hopes to make the 2016 Paved Nationals their best and most productive yet. 

Practice began on Wednesday morning as drivers quickly became aware of the ever-changing track conditions and intricacies of the beautiful Valkaria RC layout. As practice continued through Thursday night, it was Mike Gee looking strong in 13.5 as well as Mod TC. Sam led the way as “practice TQ” in 17.5 TC with the rest of the team finding strong pace as well. Johnee Fenimore appeared to have the 21.5 TC class locked down.


Qualifying began Friday night, with qualifying points being used to determine main starting positions. 21.5 TC was led by Johnee Fenimore who TQ’d 3 of 4 rounds to start on pole. Tim Haskins also made the final to start 3 cars in the 21.5 main event. Johnee won A1 and A2 to become the 21.5 TC National Champion!


In 17.5 touring, the largest class, Sam was able to TQ 3 of 4 rounds and start on pole for Sunday’s main event. Chris Kemper, Danny Jenkins, Billy Spence, and Sal Amato all made the A final for a total of 5 Awesomatix cars. Sam won A1 in convincing fashion over 2 seconds clear of the field. A charging Ray Darroch, Austin Wolfe, and Craig Xavier who started 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively made Sam’s work harder in A2. An early rough start for Sam put Craig and Austin to the top early. 3 minutes in, Austin flipped on a dot and Sam got around, slowly catching Craig for the race lead. With two laps to go, Sam made a clean pass on the inside of Xavier in front of the driver stand just before the chicane, and came around for his final lap to take the overall win and title in the 17.5 division!


13.5 touring was the Mike Gee show, as he TQ’d all 4 rounds of qualifying in strong and convincing fashion, with teammate Sam Isaacs finishing with three 2nd’s to ultimately lineup second on the grid. Team Associated’s Keven Hebert would line up third with Xray’s Craig Xavier in the 4th spot in what would surely be a fun and competitive set of A main finals. Danny Jenkins, Chris Kemper, and Mike Hanulec also made A-main appearances for a total of 5 cars in the A. Mike Gee led tone-to-tone in A1 and A2 to claim his 5th National Title, with Sam Isaacs winning A3 to secure second place over Associated’ Keven Hebert and Craig Xavier in 4th.


As expected, Modified TC proved the most entertaining and talent-packed class of the event, with several ROAR national and IFMAR world champions present. Among those entered were Ryan Cavalieri, Rick Hohwart, Keven Hebert, Randy Caster, and Paul Lemieux, making this the most stacked Nationals in recent memory. Awesomatix USA was well represented in Modified TC as Mike Gee, Mike Hanulec, and Monti Panzica all looked to do damage. Mike Gee highlighted qualifying as he lead for 3 minutes over 4 time IFMAR world champion Ryan Cavalieri in round 2, suffering an unfortunately roll over from which he recovered to take his best single round finish of 5th. After 4 rounds, Gee would start 6th with Panzica making the A final starting 10th after an excellent third and fourth round. As the mains began, Rick Hohwart started on pole with Cavalieri, Caster and Lemieux in tow in what was an epic three-leg set. Hohwart displayed perfect driving in A1 but fell victim to “Associated on Associated” crime when Cavalieri hit him from behind and went on to take the A1 win. Hohwart’s driving clinic in A2 led him to a win but a mistake in A3 gave the overall title to Cavalieri. Mike Gee placed best for Awesomatix, finishing 7th overall as Monti Panzica would round out the A-main in 10th. 


Awesomatix USA finishes with its best asphalt results to date, taking three National titles to sweep the spec classes at the 2016 Roar Asphalt Nationals!  The team showed great pace, support and teamwork all week to help the team reach the top! Come catch up with the team next month in Las Vegas at the International Indoor Championships!

A-main results:

21.5 TC:

  1. Johnee Fenimore (TQ—Awesomatix)
  2. Robbie Michaels
  3. Michael Bruce
  4. Ken Campbell
  5. Seth Moore
  6. Kevin Abbott
  7. Joseph Depinto
  8. John Kwascigroh
  9. John Toth
  10. Tim Haskins (Awesomatix)

17.5 TC:

  1. Sam Isaacs (TQ—Awesomatix)
  2. Craig Xavier
  3. Austin Wolfe
  4. Ray Darroch
  5. Chris Kemper (Awesomatix)
  6. Billy Spence (Awesomatix)
  7. Sal Amato (Awesomatix)
  8. David Franklin
  9. Robert Cooper
  10. Danny Jenkins (Awesomatix)

13.5 TC:

  1. Mike Gee (TQ—Awesomatix)
  2. Sam Isaacs (Awesomatix)
  3. Keven Hebert
  4. Craig Xavier
  5. Ray Darroch
  6. Dave Vera
  7. Michael Hanulec (Awesomatix)
  8. Stephen Boice
  9. Danny Jenkins (Awesomatix)
  10. Chris Kemper (Awesomatix)

Modified TC:

  1. Ryan Cavalieri
  2. Rick Hohwart
  3. Keven Hebert
  4. Randy Caster
  5. Paul Lemieux
  6. Dave Vera
  7. Mike Gee (Awesomatix)
  8. Lex Tyler
  9. Brandon McNally
  10. Monti Panzica (Awesomatix)





Friday, September 2, 2016

Know your hubs!

First hub

The silver AM06 was the very first hub on offer for the A700 line of cars.  This part was available through the first generation of A700 kits.

As of 2016 this part is no longer being manufacture, but is available in limited quantities.

2013 - Low Profile Hub (USA Spec)

With the introduction of the second generation of cars, a lower height hub, AM06S, was now on offer.  The switch from AM06 to AM06S needs 2.5mm correction ( reducing) of the inner upper shims for equal roll centers.  Soon into the Awesomatix USA product line offering we made the AM06S a standard part within our 'USA Spec' car kits.
By April 2014, AM06S became the standard for all Awesomatix cars.  As of 2016, this hub is no longer being manufactured.



2014 - Narrow Low Profile Hub

The third hub, AM06M, started life off as a modified AM06 hub with the lower section cut to offer the same axle height/roll center as the AM06S, but with a narrower track width (1.5mm narrower on car width).

This hub became very popular on the rear of our A700 Evo and Evo2 cars when racing on asphalt.

As of 2016 this part is no longer being manufacture, but is available in limited quantities.



2015 - Adjustable Flex

In July 2015 the AM06S-M were introduced.  This part had the the geometry of AM06S with additional flex and possibility of bearings fit adjustment via additional M2 screws.

AM06S-M became the standard hub with the A800 chassis.  These hubs seemed to work best within the new vehicle dynamics of the A800 with a 1mm shim at the bottom of the hub.  

AM06S-M is no longer being manufactured. 

2016 - Going Back Wide

In response to the 1mm shimming of AM06S-M, the AM06W have been introduced.  

Both of these hubs look very similar.  To tell them apart, look at the height of the 'tubes' on the top of the hub where it mates w/ the AM14 part.  On the AM06W you'll find a recessed tube.

AM06W is available now.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What else should I buy for my new A800?

Multiple times a week we are receiving the question -- "What hop-up parts and spares do you recommend".  We've queried all of our team drivers and brought back the best answers for your help. 

Which kit version?

If you were to just have one car kit, the A800A, featuring the khaki colored A800-C01B-AL chassis, is the most versatile for the various surfaces we face.  Because of this, the A800A is the predominate version of the A800 series we've been recommending, selling, and racing ourselves.  

What hop-ups make sense?

  1. Soft springs --- A700-SPR01S or A800-SPR01S-98 (1 pack/car)
  2. Medium ball studs for inner upper links --- A700-ST24M (2 packs/car)
  3. Long ball studs for steering and toe links --- A700-ST24L (1 pack/car)
  4. Titanium turnbuckles - 9x 1-1/8"; 4x 1-1/2" --- lundsford has had stocking issues, we are looking to replace them with an option from Roche/Radtec hopefully by September 2016
  5. Steering brace --- A800-C25 --- Some like the direct feel it provides. I run it in mod, but not in stock.
  6. 2.25mm carbon chassis --- A800-C01B-2.25 --- This chassis has improved flex characteristics for asphalt racing
  7. BSR hard dumper --- F50043L --- A must have for carpet racing. Newly redesigned for the 2016 indoor carpet racing season to be custom mounted/trimmed to prevent any front body flex.
For older generations of the A800 (pre-April/D2.2) we'd highly recommend investing in the strong Shock Guide Rod (A800-SPR02H). With the introduction of the D2.2 dampers the A800-SPR02H3 parts are already included within the kits.

One final point, you'll see many setups from Europe featuring carbon arms.  We've seen carbon arms degrade during heat and overall not withstand crash damage as well.  When comparing setups between alloy and carbon setups, we'd recommend lowering the damper oil weight by 5wt when using alloy arms as they flex less than carbon.  

What spares are recommended?

For spares -- don't get crazy here.  There are only a few that could prevent you from making it thru a day and we've marked them with a "*" after the part number.  
  • P01
  • P02
  • P03 *
  • P04 
  • P05 *
  • P07 
  • P12
  • P16
  • ST13 *
  • ST05L *
  • P14
  • P13-4
  • C27
  • C04AL
  • ST10 *
  • ST11 *
As usual maintenance items (i.e. not crash damage), especially when running alloy arms, the primary wear items are P04, ST10, ST11.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

New parts and old favorites

Awesomatix USA just received some hot new option parts, and a ton of spares.  Please get your orders in ASAP as we are going on holiday after a long week of racing and catching up on a huge order back log.

Also, in case you missed it, A800 and A800A kits are in stock!

Monday, November 16, 2015

A800 Presentation Part #1

After nearly a 1-1/2 months the A800 features are explained in both pictures and words for everyone to behold.

A800 Presentation Part #1

Delivery on initial pre-orders have been underway for the past week.  Racers throughout the globe are starting to see the kit in action for themselves.  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kyle Klingforth wins 17.5 and 13.5 Touring Car at 2015 Halloween Classic

This past weekend NORCAR R/C Racing at The Gate hosted their 21st edition of the Halloween Classic sponsored by AwesomatixUSA.  This year proved to be the largest Halloween Classic ever with IIC not happening this year.  The race event sold out in just 90 minutes!  AwesomatixUSA has won 17.5 Touring for the past two years (Hoffmeister, Hanulec) and 13.5 Touring last year (Hanulec) so there was clearly a lot of pressure to keep the title in the family.  Thankfully after three action packed days, Kyle Klingforth, who was robbed of the 17.5 Touring win in 2014 came back to survive the infamous failnados, and #eastcoastgrip to take two titles for the team.


In the largest class, 17.5 Touring, Awesomatix USA would put six drivers in the main but wasn't able to secure TQ.  Team XRay's Sam Issacs take TQ in round 1 and re-set TQ in round 3.  The super tight competition, combined with bad luck would cost Awesomatix drivers Kyle Klingforth, Brad Johnson and Larry Fairtrace all TQ runs.  At the start of the main, a mini failnado would cost Brad, Larry and Bill Sydor any hope of a win.  Out of the carnage, Sam lead Kyle for the first few laps with Team XRay's Eric Anderson in 3rd.  Early on Kyle and Eric would swap places once, and then give them back the lap later.  On the 25th lap Sam would tap out allowing the hard charging Kyle to take over the lead.  The rest of the podium would be decided with just four laps to go when Eric fell victim of "XRay on XRay crime" after a body tuck from team mate Dan Hamann allowed last year's winner, Michael Hanulec to promote himself into 3rd after starting 9th.  


17.5 TC Finishing Order:
1. Kyle Klingforth [Awesomatix]
2. Sam Issacs
3. Michael Hanulec [Awesomatix]
4. Manny Flores [Awesomatix]
5. Dan Hamann
6. Brad Johnson [Awesomatix]
7. Eric Anderson
8. Mike Wise
9. Larry Fairtrace [Awesomatix]
10. Bill Sydor [Awesomatix]
In 13.5 Touring, Kyle Klingforth would take the TQ in the 4th round over Sam Issacs and Brad Johnson.  The TOP 3 were separated by less than 0.8s so we knew the battle for the win would be exciting.  All in all, Awesomatix's four team drivers who entered 13.5 TC would made the main.  During the A-main traffic would rob Brad Johnson of a chance at the win while lapping the mixed speed field.  The battle for the lead would continue with Sam applying extreme pressure on Kyle throughout the run.  Their battle would be nearly ruined by lap traffic during the mid way point, but Sam graciously let Kyle back into the lead so they could continue their battle.  After 6 long minutes Kyle won with Sam less than 2 seconds behind.


13.5 TC Finishing Order: 
1. Kyle Klingforth [Awesomatix]
2. Sam Issacs
3. Drew Ellis
4. Bill Sydor [Awesomatix]
5. Dan Hamann
6. Patrick Clark
7. Tim Mclntyre
8. Brent Klingforth [Awesomatix]
9. Warren Weaver
10. Brad Johnson [Awesomatix]

Finally in Modified Touring, both Josh Cyrul and Kyle Klingforth would qualify for the A-main.  Modified Touring proved to be the second most popular class over 13.5 TC this year.  In the main, Kyle's luck would end on lap 1 but Josh would charge from 10th on the grid up to 4th until an altercation with lap traffic cause him to need to get marshaled and fall down the order.  Hopefully next year we'll see a lot more Awesomatix in the modified class fielding our new A800 Touring Car.


Win or lose - the team showed great pace, and tremendous support of their team mates and customers.  This year was the first for AwesomatixUSA to sponsor the Halloween Classic -- but it certainly be the last!

Kyle's 17.5 TC - Awesomatix A700L w/ C01AL Alloy Chassis

Kyle's 13.5 TC - Awesomatix A700L2 w/ C01AL-S Alloy Chassis


Friday, September 25, 2015

3rd Carpet Season Approaches

With one more week to go before the start of the 2015/2016 North American Fall/Winter Indoor Carpet Racing Season I thought it made sense to revisit the fantastic race results from the past two years...

Major highlights include-
  • 4x ROAR National Champion
  • 3x Snowbirds Champion
  • 2x Reedy On-Road Race of Champion
  • 1x International Indoor Champ Champion
Awesomatix USA is proud to present the 2015 Halloween Classic... it sold out in less than 2 hours!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WTF National Championship and Re-stock

Two weeks ago Team Associated's off-road super star Ryan Cavalieri TQ + Won the 2015 ROAR OnRoad Asphalt Nationals in Modified Touring.  Cav used the WTF "Blow Them All" ESC/Motor Fan Mount and 30mm WTF fans for both ESC and Motor cooling.

A large Wild Turbo Fan re-stock just arrived today.  Our popular 30mm motor fan is now back in stock along with inventory refreshes of nearly every other product.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Halloween Classic Re-stock

In 1.5 weeks the R/C carpet racing world is getting ready to converge on the Halloween Classic in lovely Brunswich, Ohio.  This year's even is proudly sponsored by Awesomatix USA.  Looking forward to meeting some new faces at the race, and seeing a lot of old friends.

Just in time for the race a new parts order has arrived containing all of the favorite spare parts, and a few option parts like the RFG.