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The "Big One" race report

20/05/2019
by Chris Circus

This past weekend was held the annual race called "The Big One" at LCRC Raceway in Oakland Mills PA. Race report from Jason Schreffler:

Man, what a crazy weekend at LCRC Raceway. Like always, Kevin and Christa pull out all the stops and the track layout was soo darn awesome. Well, except for the whoops section! LOL. I'm not quite sure where to begin. The race was kind of a blur with running 3 classes. I rarely EVER run Truggy so that made it awfully busy prepping for 3 cars.

Friday practice, I focused soo much on my brand new D819. New cars always need some running in and it certainly proved it. Spending darn near a full hour of driving the car and breaking in an engine... I can't thank Spencerenough for the setup help. I ran my truggy all of 5 minutes and knew after 3 laps, it was darn good. I put it away for qualifying. Same went for my Ebuggy... literally 5 minutes on the Performa Racing Speedo and 1900kv motor, it was soo good, I just set the car aside.

Qualifying on Saturday was a super busy day. Ebuggy and Nitro Truggy, I was able to TQ. Nitro buggy, I qualified 3rd overall. I just couldn't get the darn whoops section with my nitro buggy, but had no issue with the Ebuggy and Truggy. Go figure. LOL

Mains day, man... today was nuts. The weather forecast says one thing, the sky says another. This is one of the first times that LCRC Raceway has had traction levels through the darn roof. Top that with 80+ deg temps and I was not armed with the right compound tires. Nitro buggy up first, I ran R2 Reflex and while the car felt great the first 15 minutes or so, I simply ran out of tread with about 10 minutes left leaving the car quite difficult to be quick. Needed Detoxes!! I had to slow down and be smooth, but even still, a great battle with Adam at the end meant he won out on 2nd place. Spencer made us all look funny. He cashed out.

Nitro Truggy, I was in the same boat. I only had blue Reflex and I knew that wasn't gonna last. I battled with Spence for the first 10 minutes and really drove hard, but I knew the tires wouldn't last. I was on slicks with 15 to go and had to settle for 2nd.

But onto Ebuggy, I knew I had something for the boys here. Blue Triple Dees were my choice and it was risky to go 10 minutes. But it was such the right choice. Spence and I battled for the first couple minutes, but after us both making a couple mistakes, I ended up with a good lead and finished with the W! The new Performa Speedo was soo smooth, it made the car too easy to drive! David Ronnefalk was NOT joking folks. It's not marketing PR, it's the real deal.

If I learned anything bout this weekend, it's bring ALL your darn tires cuz you NEVER know what you're going to need. Sigh... 3 TQs and 3 Wins for the HB Team. And congratulations to Spencer for showing us old guys how slow we are! LOL

I really can't say enough for the folks that helped me out today with pitting and tire suggestions. Mike Rehm, Brian Allen, Carlos Cruz, Paul Ciccarello Oh ya, hey Jay, you did scratch my cooling head!!! LMAO And of course, my sponsors, thank you for letting me play!

HB Racing Team

JConcepts Racing Team

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Nitro Buggy: TQ/Winner Spencer Heckert

Nitro Truggy: TQ/Winner Spencer Heckert

Ebuggy: TQ/Winner Jason Schreffler

Multiple Time World Champion Ryan Maifield Joins Performa Racing

01/05/2019
by Lorenz S

Performa Racing has announced that multiple time World Champion racer Ryan Maifield has signed to campaign their new line of R/C products.

Ryan says of the new sponsorship “I’m extremely impressed with the Performa line of products, the 1/8th electric speed control, motors and batteries are a game changer and have been a huge step forward for my race program, I’m excited to see what comes next from Performa. I will use everything at the silver state for the first time. "

After recent testing Ryan added: "I am very impressed with the brakes of the 1/8 power combo. They are way more powerful - and with a super smooth feeling. What I was impressed the most with was the runtime. WAY more runtime than before!"

- Click on the image to see more products used by Ryan Maifield -

HB Race Days report

10/04/2019
by Chris Circus


Race report from Håkan Berg:

This past weekend Hampus went to France for the first HB Race Days, held at the amazing racetrack ARCF42. Hampus prepared both cars, the D819 was just a "normal" race prep since he already have the car in good shape from the worlds in Australia.

For the E817 V2 Hampus only built the chassis at home, the brand new Performa P1 HMX 1900 combo was waiting for him at the track Friday morning. Hampus was super excited to test it for the first time, David had told him how smooth and precise it was compared to anything else he has tested, "Game Changer" to quote the Champ.

Hampus packed down his small computer so he was prepared to setup his new HMX combo. When the car was finished we asked for advice to set up the parameters, don't worry just calibrate the throttle and run it default was the message from the team. Yah right was the 1st thoughts.

At the 1st practice run the driving was just there, Hampus just amazed how easy the power was to handle compared to everything he ever used before. Normally the power comes more like on/off in the powerful 1:8 scale combos and tricky to set the jump section precise.

Measured the temp on the ESC and motor in the free practice, after about 15 min run the esc was around 55 deg & the motor about 65 deg. Coming from a winter indoor season with 1:10 scale racing on carpet we were amazed about the low temperatures. Hampus did not change anything on the ESC setting during the whole weekend. To have an ESC combo with this performance and ease to use is for sure a game changer in 1:8 scale Electric racing as someone told us.

We stayed another day to test some more. Hampus words in the headphones during the last laps: "Shit dad, this is so fun and amazing to drive, can't wait to run more at home".

David Ronnefalk wins 2019 Pro E-Buggy using Performa Motor and ESC

11/03/2019
by Lorenz S


Congratulations on your victory at the 2019 Dirt Nitro Challenge using a brand new Performa P1 1/8 Radical 1900KV brushless motor and a prototype ESC! Can we ask you a few questions about your win with the new equipment?

Performa - This was your first race using Performa Racing electronics. How was it?

David Ronnefalk - I can only say it was just AMAZING. The Performa package with the new 1900KV motor and prototype ESC made my race a lot easier as it delivered such a smooth power band and brake feeling. This was really needed on a track like this as it was so incredibly rough and you had to be perfect on the line to navigate around the bumps. This new Performa ESC is definitely next level and by far the best I have ever had in a 1/8 ebuggy. It rivals the feeling you have with a 1/10 ESC, and until now nothing for 1/8 cars has been close to that feeling.

Performa - What was the key advantage the new Performa brushless motor and ESC gave you?

David Ronnefalk - Definitely the smooth throttle control, it was the key to be able to put the car where you wanted out there. Also being able to clear some of the huge jumps required you to have big power and precise control.

Performa - Can you explain the advantage of the magnet sensor port of this new motor?

David Ronnefalk - The magnet sensor port gives much better feeling on throttle and brake, a feeling that you haven’t been able to get with a sensor-less ESC. You also have a good range of setup so you can adjust it to your liking together with the new ESC.

Performa - Tell us about the prototype 1/8 brushless ESC. How was the feeling and punch?

David Ronnefalk - I have used it at a few different tracks during testing and it seems like when you find a good feeling that suits your driving style, you can pretty much leave it. Then it is just a matter of power or maybe adjusting brake force. For the power you can play around with pinions or you can go bigger or smaller on the motor. However the feeling of the ESC itself is next level, and you basically have the same fine adjustments as you have in a 1/10 ESC, which is really cool. I can’t wait for the ESC to be released as I’m sure all the customers will absolutely love it.

Performa - Any general comments about the new Performa Racing brand?

David Ronnefalk - It's very exciting for me to be a part of a new brand like Performa. I will be working very close to the developing group to make sure we bring the best possible product to the market. There are many ideas and plans with this brand so hopefully you will join us on the ride!

Check out David's winning motor!

Performa P1 Radical Sensor System 690 Modified Motors

01/03/2019
by Lorenz S

Performa Radical 1/8 motors feature the brand new Radical Sensor System for superior drivability and extreme power. The Radical Sensor System is composed of a separate magnetic ring featuring 4 magnets for sending precise and accurate rotor location to the controller. It also protects the sensor system from being disturbed by inappropriate signals. Performa Radical motors deliver reliable on-track operation and provide a new dimension in 1/8 Racing. Compatible with all controllers. Suitable for 1/8 buggies, SCT and on-road cars.

Features:

  • Performa Radical Sensor System to reduce sensor interference and improve feeling
  • World Championship winning motor technology
  • Performa Radical Housing - Machined aluminum can with maximum cooling for lowest running temperatures
  • 100% sensored mode with advanced technology
  • Optimized Hall Sensor System with fail-safe protection to reduce cogging
  • Double insulated high temperature winding wires
  • High quality Japanese competition bearings
  • High-intensity adhesive for optimal winding wire binding to reduce vibration and lower operational temperatures
  • 4 pole NdFeB magnets, EH temp resistant up to 210C, with fiberglass vibration protection
  • Dual sensor wire port with housing dust covers
  • Alloy double anodized multi-color lightweight case with optimized airflow
  • Low resistance - Heavy copper soldering tabs for higher power
  • Japan high quality silicon steel stator
  • Precision dynamically balanced rotor
  • Meets all IFMAR/EFRA/ROAR specs for “690” style motors
  • Compatible with all ESCs on the market
  • Fully rebuildable
  • Optional magnets and tuning parts available

Motors:
PA9342 Performa P1 1/8 Radical 1900 KV EAN: 7630015793425
PA9343 Performa P1 1/8 Radical 2100 KV EAN: 7630015793432
PA9344 Performa P1 1/8 Radical 2500 KV EAN: 7630015793449

New Radical Nitro Engines with ABI World Champion Tuning

25/02/2019
by Lorenz S

PA9364 Performa P1 Nitro 3 Engine
Performa P1 Engines are developed by engine guru Adrien Bertin, who has 4 IFMAR World Championship titles, 2 as a driver and 2 as the CRF Engineer. Choosing CRF technology as a base, Adrien went back to the drawing board to make it even better! The P1 3 Port Engine combines excellent fuel efficiency and run time with the traditional aggressive bottom end and strong mid through top end of a 3 port design! It is a true, race worthy, 3 port engine design for Buggy and Truggy racers searching for a racing engine that makes them competitive every weekend! Adrien Bertin applies his special touch by personally tuning, preparing, and running-in each Performa P1 nitro engine.

ABI hand-made tuning and run-in available on the website! Note that everything is done by Adrien Bertin one by one, so delivery might take few days due to the time required to prepare the ABI tuned engines.


PA9365 Performa P1 Radical 3 Off-Road Engine
PA9366 Performa P1 Radical 7 Off-Road Engine

Performa P1 Radical Engines are developed by engine guru Adrien Bertin, who has 4 IFMAR World Championship titles, 2 as a driver and 2 as the CRF Engineer. Choosing CRF technology as a base, Adrien went back to the drawing board to make it even better! The Radical P1 3 Port Engine provides a smooth, linear power band with strong bottom through top end. Excellent run time makes them ideal for Buggy racers that like a smooth engine with power on tap at all times!

The Radical P1 7 Port Engine provides tremendous torque with exceptional top end. A linear power band makes them drivable despite the insane power of the 7 port design. They’re ideal for Buggy or Truggy racers that race on large track. Adrien Bertin applies his special touch by personally tuning, preparing, and running-in each Performa P1 nitro engine.

ABI hand-made tuning and run-in available on the website!
Note that everything is done by Adrien Bertin one by one, so delivery might take few days due to the time required to prepare the ABI tuned engines.


All availbale engines:
PA9364 Performa P1 Nitro 3 Engine EAN: 7630015793647
PA9365 Performa P1 Radical 3 Off-Road Engine EAN: 7630015793654
PA9366 Performa P1 Radical 7 Off-Road Engine EAN: 7630015793661

Performa Racing Radical Stock Motors

15/02/2019
by Lorenz S

Performa Racing's Radical Brushless Stock motors have set new benchmarks in electric motor performance and have quickly become the motor to beat for high-level Spec racing competition!

Spec class drivers can now take advantage of technology from the World Championship-winning development team. The all-new Performa Radical Stock motors deliver improved throttle response, higher efficiency, and more speed.

These new motors are a clear improvement in the Stock racing classes. Go with Performa Racing...more power andperformance for your racing vehicles.

Features:

  • Performa Radical Housing - Machined aluminum can with maximum cooling for lowest running temperatures
  • Factory balanced 12.50mm sintered rotor
  • Radical Sensor System - Fully adjustable and replaceable
  • Proprietary Radical Stack - Packed stack for higher power and efficiency
  • Light weight and strong design
  • Oversized precision Ball Bearings for maximum durability and higher RPM
  • Low resistance - Heavy copper soldering tabs for higher power
  • Developed in USA for Stock Racing
  • Motors available for each Spec Class

Motors:
PA9329 Performa P1 Radical 540 Stock Motor 10.5 T EAN: 7630015793296
PA9330 Performa P1 Radical 540 Stock Motor 13.5 T EAN: 7630015793302
PA9331 Performa P1 Radical 540 Stock Motor 17.5 T EAN: 7630015793319
PA9332 Performa P1 Radical 540 Stock Motor 21.5 T EAN: 7630015793326

Performa Racing High-Performance Graphene LiPo Batteries

12/02/2019
by Lorenz S

Performa Racing is pleased to present our new Graphene LiPo competition batteries. They’re manufactured using the latest development in battery technology to deliver radical power for 1/10 and 1/8 racing cars. Performa Graphene Lipo’s feature low internal resistance for less heat build-up under load for maximum performance over the complete duration of a race. The new Shorty packs for 1/10 cars improve performance by lowering the center of gravity and reducing overall car weight. For 1/8 cars the Shorty packs allow adjustment of front/rear balance and reduced weight for the ultimate in performance, handling, and jumping.

Available in Standard or High Voltage, and in a variety of sizes and capacities so you can choose he best fit for your racing needs.



Performa Racing Graphene Lipo Shorty 5000 14.8V 120C PA9300

Developed for 1/8 Buggy racing, the Performa Graphene Lipo Shorty is the ultimate choice for small tracks or low grip tracks, where running time is not an issue, but light weight and balance of the car is an advantage.
The Performa Graphene series of LiPo batteries push the limits of battery technology by utilizing carbon in the structure of the cells. With the addition of graphene, the battery has improved attributes such as higher energy density, lower internal resistance, higher discharge rates, and a longer life cycle.

Length : 106 mm
Width : 47 mm
Heigth : 49 mm
Weight : 410 g.
Voltage : 14.8 V
Capacity : 5000 mAh
Connectors : 5 mm


Performa Racing Graphene HV Lipo Shorty 5500 15.2V 120C PA9301

Developed for 1/8 Buggy racing, the Performa Graphene HV Lipo Shorty is the ultimate choice for small tracks or low grip tracks, where running time is not an issue, but light weight and balance of the car is an advantage.
The High Voltage technology provides more top speed and a flatter discharge rate. It can be charged with an HV compatible charger but also with a traditional charger and still gives high power and high capacity performance.
The Performa Graphene HV series of LiPo batteries push the limits of battery technology by utilizing carbon in the structure of the cells. With the addition of graphene, the battery has improved attributes such as higher energy density, lower internal resistance, higher discharge rates, and a longer life cycle.

Length : 106 mm
Width : 47 mm
Heigth : 49 mm
Weight : 410 g.
Voltage : 15.2 V
Capacity : 5500 mAh
Connector : 5 mm


Performa Racing Graphene Lipo 6600 14.8V 120C PA9302

Developed for 1/8 Buggy racing, the Performa Graphene Lipo is the ultimate choice for large tracks or high grip tracks, where running time is the key.
The Performa Graphene series of LiPo batteries push the limits of battery technology by utilizing carbon in the structure of the cells. With the addition of graphene, the battery has improved attributes such as higher energy density, lower internal resistance, higher discharge rates, and a longer life cycle.

Length : 138.5 mm
Width : 47 mm
Heigth : 48 mm
Weight : 560 g.
Voltage : 14.8 V
Capacity : 6600 mAh
Connector : 5 mm



Performa Racing Graphene HV Lipo 7700 15.2V 120C PA9303

Developed for 1/8 Buggy racing, the Performa Graphene Lipo is the ultimate choice for large tracks or high grip tracks, where running time is the key.
The High Voltage technology provides more top speed and a flatter discharge rate. It can be charged with an HV compatible charger but also with a traditional charger and still gives high power and high capacity performance.
The Performa Graphene HV series of LiPo batteries push the limits of battery technology by utilizing carbon in the structure of the cells. With the addition of graphene, the battery has improved attributes such as higher energy density, lower internal resistance, higher discharge rates, and a longer life cycle.



Length : 138.5 mm
Width : 47 mm
Heigth : 48 mm
Weight : 570 g.
Voltage : 15.2 V
Capacity : 7700 mAh
Connector : 5 mm


Performa Racing Graphene Lipo Shorty 3600 ULCG 7.4V 120C PA9304

Developed for 1/10 Buggy racing, the Performa Graphene Lipo Shorty ULCG is the ultimate choice for small tracks or low grip tracks, where running time is not an issue, but light weight and balance of the car is an advantage.
The Ultra Low Center of Gravity Lipo Shorty will change the way your Buggy drives, and the very light weight will make your car perform like a missile.
The Performa Graphene series of LiPo batteries push the limits of battery technology by utilizing carbon in the structure of the cells. With the addition of graphene, the battery has improved attributes such as higher energy density, lower internal resistance, higher discharge rates, and a longer life cycle.

Length : 96 mm
Width : 47 mm
Heigth : 16.5 mm
Weight : 125 g.
Voltage : 7.4 V
Capacity : 3600 mAh
Connector : 4 mm


Performa Racing Graphene HV Lipo Shorty 4000 ULCG 7.6V 120C PA9305

Developed for 1/10 Buggy racing, the Performa Graphene HV Lipo Shorty ULCG is the ultimate choice for small tracks or low grip tracks, where running time is not an issue, but light weight and balance of the car is an advantage.
The Ultra Low Center of Gravity Lipo Shorty will change the way your Buggy is drives, and the very light weight make your car perform like a missile.
The High Voltage technology is provides more top speed, a flatter discharge rate. It can be charged with an HV compatible charger but also with a traditional charger and still gives high power and high capacity performance.
The Performa Graphene HV series of LiPo batteries push the limits of battery technology by utilizing carbon in the structure of the cells. With the addition of graphene, the battery has improved attributes such as higher energy density, lower internal resistance, higher discharge rates, and a longer life cycle.


Length : 96 mm
Width : 47 mm
Heigth : 16.5 mm
Weight : 125 g.
Voltage : 7.6 V
Capacity : 4000 mAh
Connector : 4 mm


Performa Racing Graphene Lipo Shorty 5800 7.4V 120C PA9306

Developed for 1/10 Buggy racing, the Performa Graphene Lipo Shorty is the ultimate choice for large tracks or high grip tracks, where running time is the key.The high power of the Performa Graphene batteries will be your number one advantage in Buggy racing.
The Performa Graphene series of LiPo batteries push the limits of battery technology by utilizing carbon in the structure of the cells. With the addition of graphene, the battery has improved attributes such as higher energy density, lower internal resistance, higher discharge rates, and a longer life cycle.

Length : 96 mm
Width : 46 mm
Heigth : 25 mm
Weight : 220 g.
Voltage : 7.4 V
Capacity : 5800 mAh
Connector : 5 mm


Performa Racing Graphene HV Lipo Shorty 6000 7.6V 120C PA9307

Developed for 1/10 Buggy racing, the Performa Graphene HV Lipo Shorty ULCG is the ultimate choice for small tracks or low grip tracks, where running time is not an issue, but light weight and balance of the car is an advantage.
The high power of the Performa Graphene batteries will be your number one advantage in Buggy racing.
The High Voltage technology is providing more top speed, a flatter discharge rate. It can be charged with an HV compatible charger but also with a traditional charger and still gives high power and high capacity performance.
The Performa Graphene HV series of LiPo batteries push the limits of battery technology by utilizing carbon in the structure of the cells. With the addition of graphene, the battery has improved attributes such as higher energy density, lower internal resistance, higher discharge rates, and a longer life cycle.

Length : 96 mm
Width : 46 mm
Heigth : 25 mm
Weight : 220 g
Voltage : 7.6 V
Capacity : 6000 mAh
Connector : 5 mm


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David Ronnefalk Joins Performa Racing

08/02/2019
by Lorenz S


Performa Racing has announced that World Champion racer David Ronnefalk has signed to campaign their new line of R/C products. David will race, test and help develop Performa electric and nitro power units and accessories for off-road and on-road racing. From elite world class racers like Ronnefalk to club racers around the world, Performa Racing is committed to deliver industry leading products developed by the most experienced designers and tested by the top racers in the R/C industry. Innovative products, radical performance, designed without compromise, and in tune with the latest trends is the Performa Racing philosophy.

Look for the complete line of price friendly Performa products to roll out in early 2019, including nitro engines, electric motors, speed controllers, batteries for on-road, off-road, crawlers and much more. Available Worldwide from the Performa Racing Partners or directly on the Performa Racing Website.