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ROAR RC RacingYou probably remember from back in February a lawsuit between Trinity/Epic (and their business pardners) against ROAR Racing. The lawsuit has now been settled and here is a press release from Fantom Racing (who get motors from Trinity) stating some of the details.

“Trincorp Reaches Settlement Agreement with Remotely Operated Auto Racers.

JUNE 24, 2013 – WASHINGTON, DC – Trincorp, LLC, along with three other companies (Fantom Racing, Team EAM Inc, and Putnam Propulsion), have reached a settlement with Remotely Operated Auto Racers (ROAR) to resolve all outstanding issues regarding the removal of the Trinity D3.5/17.5 motor from the ROAR approved list.

The parties were able to reach a settlement without either party admitting or conceding any liability for claims raised in the lawsuit after Mr. Ernest Provetti of Trincorp, LLC was able to personally meet with ROAR’s President, Mr. Steve Mruk. At that meeting, the parties agreed that the interests of the individual racers. who purchased the Trinity D3.5/17.5 motor after ROAR initially approved the motor, should take priority in structuring the settlement. Accordingly, the parties crafted the terms of the agreement in order to provide a meaningful opportunity for those racers who had purchased the Trinity D3.5/17.5 motors to actually race the motors in ROAR sanctioned races for a specified period of time.Trinity RC

Under the terms of the agreement, the TRINITY D3.5/17.5 Trinity motor will be reinstated on the ROAR approved list on July 1, 2013 and will remain on that list though the first quarter of 2014, upon the release of the new TRINITY D4/17.5, when it will be removed. Trincorp has guaranteed this will occur before March 30, 2014.

ROAR, a non-profit organization staffed by unpaid volunteers, is a sanctioning body, which operates for the benefit of the racers. The ROAR Executive Committee is committed to improving it operations through a set of measures which are intended to become effective within the next ninety days. The operational changes are as follows:

ROAR will reinstate an independent testing laboratory for product evaluation and testing by September 1, 2013.

In order that the ROAR members and the RC Community will be better informed regarding ROAR’s operations, ROAR will also put in place new rules and standardized procedures for the product approval process, including avenues for affiliate members’ direct participation with ROAR.

Trincorp, Fantom, Team EAM, and Putnam will continue to support and participate with ROAR in promoting and regulating radio controlled automobile racing.

ROAR appreciates the continuing participation and cooperation of Trincorp, Fantom, EAM, and Putnam as affiliate members of ROAR.”

So that’s the word folks, remember comments are open so feel free to let the world know what you think about this.

For more information on ROAR Racing check out THIS LINK, to see what’s new with Team Trinity just click HERE.

Trinity Sting Extreme VTA Lipo Race Pack
The Trinity crew has announced a new Sting Series Lipo battery that has VTA Racing in mind. It’s a 2S 50C 5000 mah that is ROAR approved and comes stock with a Dean’s connector. Retail price is $89 and they should be available later this month. For more information on all things Trinity hit up their Official Website.

Thank goodness it’s Friday, another long hard week in the books. How about a TGIF Mystery Link?

Trinity Sues ROARAfter a recent ROAR ruling banning the previously legal Trinity D3.5 17.5 turn brushless motor (also known as WireGate on the forums), Trinity have just announced they (along with Fantom Racing, EAM, and Putnam Propulsion) are bringing a class action lawsuit against the sanctioning body. Here is the press release from Trinity-

It is with great regret that I must inform the racing community that lawsuits have been filed against R.O.A.R. this morning the 26th day of February 2013 in the State of Florida. Case # CA-13-976-16W and ROAR and Plaintiffs to appear before Judge Dickey for resolution. A class-action suit pending involving Trincorp, EAM, Fantom Motors and Putnam Propulsion is now in place with the Court System and will have to be defended. We as a group have done everything in our power to negotiate with ROAR, asking for a time period for new specifications using this new protocol testing to allow time for manufacturer’s and consumers to adjust to their new protocol yet using the same vague rules but we were denied! Our goals are to protect our good names and our customer base from purchasing new motors for a season that has not ended due to the precocious and what we feel irresponsible behavior of ROAR to change the “testing protocol” which has been used for over 30 years, terminate both Independent Labs, keep a rule “with no maximum tolerance listed in the rule and be arrogant enough to still leave it “as is” have left us no alternative at all than to allow a “fair and equitable” court system to decide the “fate” of all involved with the D3.5/17.5 it’s customers both National and International and it’s race organizers and promoters.

We look forward to a reasonable and quick decision by the Court so we can all get back to enjoy racing the way it should be. We also hope that the Executive Committee of ROAR can see and understand the misfortunes of this case and the wrongful action by a select few of their own and rectify this situation as quickly as possible to restore the “independent and equitable atmosphere” ROAR should exhibit to all it’s members and affiliates will ultimately restore the confidence again to the ‘buying public”. It is obvious that ROAR holds a great responsibility not only in rule-making but also in confidence for consumers to purchase products on their approval which is why rescinding an approval after 10 months (when there was no change in the motor) for the personal gain of some of it’s directors and or manufacturer’s they are aligned makes the action of ROAR so profound and must be heard in a court of law!

Sincerely

Ernest N. Provetti
Managing Director
TRINCORP, LLC

We will be bringing you more information as we receive it, until then HERE is the link for Trinity, and click HERE for ROAR’s website.

trinity DT Motor
From the Team Trinity people, we recently got news about their new DT Modified Motors. They come in 6-10 turn, are brushless, 540 sized, sensorless, water resistant, and are a direct drop in for Traxxas Vehicles using the stock ESC. Cost is about $99.

Check out the Team Trinity web site for more info.

trinity lipo locker

Tired of the Lipo-Sack? Well check out the new Team Epic / Trinity Lipo-Locker. They have two sizes, and their new design has what they are calling the ‘Hail Mary Strap’ apparently if your Lipo’s do go up, you have a way of tossing it outside or off your pit table, or something. I have seen MANY Lipo’s go up, and while I’m not sure I want to grab something on fire, I guess it could help in a jam. The big one runs about $22 and the small one just under $20.

Check out the Team Trinity web site for more info.

Team Epic is renewing a name that has been long synonymous with the Trinity brand.  The new Monster Horsepower line of brushless motors are made for all kinds of classes and situations.  The Mini Monster line is meant for 1/16 and 1/18 scale racers like the Traxxas mini e-Revo or the Team Associated RC18 line.  They’re built for 1 – 2 cell LiPo use and are available in three Kv ratings: 8,500, 9,200, and 9,800.  The D3 line is a pro class motor built for a number of applications, including 1/12 & 1/10 scale onroad, oval, offroad, and even crawling.  They are meant to be run on 1 – 4 cell LiPos and come in too many Kv ratings to list here, some of which are ROAR approved for sanctioned competition.  The 4×4 Short Course Monster Horsepower line is built for all the popular short course trucks on the market, such as the Slash, Slash 4×4, Blitz, SC10, and XXX-SCT.  The motor features a longer motor design that provides more low-end torque to help get these heavier trucks moving along.  The short course motor is built for 1 – 4 cell LiPo and is available in 3,500, 3,750, and 5,200 Kv ratings.

All of these motors should be hitting store shelves towards the end of this month with MSRPs ranging from $84.99 up to $199.99.  Be sure to check out the Team Epic web site for more info.

Trinity Team Epic brushless

Team Epic has a new 550 Short Course Brushless Motor. It has a 5mm shaft, fits all 2wd and 4wd SC trucks, and is supposed to have more power for those heavier SC vehicles. Comes in 4.5, 5.5, and 6.5 turn.

Check out the Team Epic web site for more info.

Team Epic is offering a few new LiPos from Intellect for 1/8 scale vehicles.  These new monster packs are available in 11.1v and 14.8v at capacities ranging from 5600mAh up to 6800mAh and are said to be able to handle from 35C up to 50C discharge rates.  MSRPs are $249.99 for the 14.8V 5400mAh 35C pack, $259.99 for the 6800mAh 50C 11.1v pack, and $269.99 for the 5600mAh 50C 14.8v pack.  Street prices are likely to be a bit cheaper than that.

Check out the Team Epic web site for more info.

Trinity (Epic?) has a cool new wheelie bar for the Traxxas minis.  Made out of black anodized aluminum, this prostock style mono-wheel wheelie bar is said to help you keep straighter wheelies going.  It’s a quick bolt on accessory that will add to the cool factor of your 1/16 E-Revo and Mini Slash.

MSRP is $22.99 and it should be on shelves soon if not already.  Check out the Epic (Trinity?) web site for more info.

Team Epic

Did you know that Team Epic has a new trade-in program for you Duo, Duo2, and Nemesis brushless motor owners?  If your motor is old and tired you can trade it for a factory refurbished or new motor at a reduced price.  You can trade it straight across for the same wind, or you can choose a new wind for a little bit more.

Here’s the relevant price list:

  • DUO, 10.5-17.5, Trade For Factory Refurbished, Same Wind: $39.00
  • DUO, 10.5-17.5, Trade for Factory Refurbished, New Wind: $43.00
  • DUO, 10.5-17.5, Exchange for New DUO Any Wind: $54.00
  • DUO2, 10.5-21.5, Trade For Factory Refurbished, Same Wind: $42.00
  • DUO2, 10.5-21.5, Trade for Factory Refurbished, Any Wind: $46.00
  • DUO2, 10.5-21.5, Exchange for New DUO2 Any Wind: $56.00
  • NEMESIS, 7.5 -17.5, Trade For Factory Refurbished, Same Wind: $45.00
  • NEMESIS, 7.5 -17.5, Trade for Factory Refurbished, Any Wind: $49.00
  • NEMESIS, 7.5 -17.5, Exchange for New NEMESIS Any Wind: $60.00

If you want to take advantage of this check out Team Epic’s web site.