The 2017 Castle Creations Off-Road Jam was held this past weekend at Fastlane Raceway in Kansas City, MO and was organized by T5 Race Announcing. The race was a great success, we enjoyed seeing old and new friends, had an opportunity to showcase our new 1:10 scale ESC and sensored motors and even cheer on our very own Taylor James who took 2nd in the 4WD Mod Buggy class!
There is no doubt the 2017 race season is officially kicked off. Make sure to subscribe to the Castle Creations YouTube channel for more in depth footage of this event and more!
Olathe KS, November 1, 2016 – Castle Creations Inc., the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) and BLDC motors for radio controlled (R/C) car, air, and multi-rotor hobby markets, as well as commercial UAV and drone markets, has been providing award winning brushless sensorless motors to R/C enthusiasts worldwide for more than a decade. In response to overwhelming requests, they have brought technological advancements together to deliver unprecedented performance in a new BRUSHLESS SENSORED motor line.
Efficiency and reliability were the key elements driving the development of a sensored motor design that could be pushed harder, run longer, stay cooler, and withstand harsh elements. To achieve all of these performance demands and more, Castle engineers integrated rotor position sensor technology with an improved high power and high efficiency motor design. Users will experience PRECISE THROTTLE CONTROL and BUTTERY SMOOTH starts plus the RAW POWER and LONGER RUN TIMES that Castle’s highly efficient brushless sensorless motors are known to produce. The higher the efficiency of a motor the more power it can produce without overheating; the less power it takes to produce the same output power; and the less energy it turns into heat. Efficiency equals performance, these motors are ready to be pushed harder, run longer and stay cooler.
Without a robust and reliable design, efficiency will only go so far. Oversized NMB bearings and a vibration dampening system were used to guarantee the longest bearing life possible. High-strength, high-temperature grade neodymium sintered magnets combined with a high-strength Kevlar wrap ensures the integrity of the rotor is not compromised during harsh running conditions. A proprietary winding technique is also used to produce a stator assembly that is the lowest possible resistance, resulting in a cooler running, and longer lasting, motor.
Key features of the new SENSORED MOTORS include:
Designed and supported in Olathe, KS USA
IMPROVED 4-POLE 12-SLOT design boasts exceptional EFFICIENCY and produces LESS HEAT.
QUIETSENSE™ technology shields the sensors from magnetic field noise through the use of a FLUX SHIELD™ in conjunction with secondary Sense Magnets delivering even HIGHER PRECISION and MORE EFFICIENT
Fully optimized design eliminates the need for mechanical timing adjustments. Castle’s sensor alignment method delivers uniform timing and torque in both directions, automatically.
REBUILDABLE design allows users to replace front end bell/bearing assembly or rotor/shaft assembly.
ROAR standard sensor port and labeled connections.
Updated modern and sleek design; looks as cool as it performs.
When paired with a Castle Creations SMARTSENSE ™ sensor supported ESC, like the MAMBA MICRO X, MAMBA MAX PRO or MAMBA MONSTER X, you can unlock advanced tuning capabilities that Castle Link provides specifically for sensored motors.
SMARTSENSE™ uses the motors sensors to start the motor to provide smooth starts, excellent torque, and low-speed drivability. Once the motor is turning, it seamlessly transitions to Castle’s ULTRA- EFFICIENT sensorless mode. Electronic timing in SMARTSENSE™ will advance timing automatically for peak performance during all driving conditions. This allows users to combine the best of both worlds in an unrivaled HYBRID between smooth sensored startups and high-efficiency sensorless drive.
“R/C is constantly evolving. Drivers in all applications demand clean starts when coming off the line. Crawler fans require high-precision low speed control and torque for climbing, racers need precision and predictability, and dragsters don’t have a millisecond to spare. Our goal was to design a motor that addressed all of the performance and reliability needs of the R/C surface market”, says Jonathan Feldkamp, Director of Engineering. “Users will reap the benefits of longer run times on one battery and a cooler running motor that can be pushed harder.”
Castle Creations’ initial release of eleven sensored motors, suited for 1:10 and 1:8 scale R/C Surface enthusiasts, will begin shipping in November from Olathe, Kansas.
Olathe KS, September 14, 2016 – Castle Creations Inc., the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) for radio controlled (R/C) car, air, and multi-rotor hobby markets, as well as commercial UAV and drone markets, is excited to announce the release of the brand new, high performance, DMR 30/40 ESC for use in high performance and demanding applications such as FPV racing drones, battle drones, large camera carrying multi-rotors, and heavy lift multi-rotors.
Loaded with features, the DMR 30/40 boasts an impressive power to weight ratio and is ready to fly right out of the package. The DMR 30/40 is controlled by Castle’s innovative Multi-Rotor V5 firmware released in July of 2016. The Multi-Rotor V5 firmware includes Castle’s proprietary Adaptive Timing SystemTM (ATSTM) which maximizes efficiency and power output across the entire throttle range and results in increased flight times and noticeably more torque.
Key features of the new DMR 30/40 include:
Adaptive Timing System™ (ATSTM) technology
Ultra-low internal resistance design
Ready to fly out of the package with exclusive Castle “Turbo Sound”
High power to weight ratio: Over 1kW from a 5.2g ESC1
Advanced rotorSENSE2 allows elegant simplicity in throttle calibration and setting motor direction
Auto-Detecting Input Signal selects between Servo PWM, OneShot, and OneShot125
Dynamic motor PWM frequency
High maximum electrical RPM to support some of the fastest motors available
Improved Active Braking algorithm
Wide input voltage range for a variety of applications and flight times
Programmable via Castle Link USB Adapter or Castle Field Link
Designed, manufactured, and supported from Olathe, KS USA
Released in July 2016, Multi-Rotor V5 firmware is a free upgrade to existing multi-rotor products and available for download through Castle Creations’ website, www.castlecreations.com.
“We are very excited about the release of our new DMR 30/40 ESCs to the growing FPV drone and multi-rotor markets”, says Brian O’Donnell, Director of Marketing and Sales. “The market has been asking Castle to provide a robust design that is easy to use, has outstanding performance and support. Bringing this new innovation to our FPV drone and multi-rotor customers is only the beginning. It is an exciting time to be in RC and at Castle Creations.”
Olathe KS, July 15, 2016 – Castle Creations, the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) for unmanned aircraft systems, is excited to announce the release of a brand new, state-of-the-art and feature rich firmware, Multi-Rotor V5, for FPV racing and multi-rotor drones (UAV’s).
Castle Creations’ ESC’s are designed for use in high performance and FPV racing and multi-rotor drones and have a unique Adaptive Timing System to maximize efficiency and power output across the entire throttle range, increasing flight times and maximizing power. Multi-Rotor V5 features an extremely fast throttle response and allows for very high throttle input frequencies, resulting in increased vehicle stability.
When FPV racers upgrade to Castle Creations’ new, industry-leading Multi-Rotor V5 firmware, they will experience thrust, precision and agility like never before. Multi-Rotor V5 is a free upgrade to existing CastleLink software users and available for download through Castle Creations’ website, www.castlecreations.com.
Additional key features include:
Wide input voltage range (6-25.2V)
High Maximum electrical RPM (300,000 eRPM) – a must have for FPV racers!
Adaptive Timing System for Increased Power and Efficiency
Low Internal Resistance for Maximum Efficiency
Low Latency Throttle Response – provides better stability and control!
Auto Detecting Servo PWM (500HZ) and OneShot 125 (4Khz) input options
Very Linear Throttle Response – improves “feel” in flight!
Active Braking – quicker throttle response when decelerating!
Programmable via Castle Link USB Adapter – the Castle Link software suite offers industry-leading software functions and programming capability as well as access to all firmware updates and new features at no cost!
Throttle Calibration and Motor Direction can be easily set in the field
Two versions – one with a low noise 5.6V 5A switching Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC) and one with no BEC to reduce weight
Best Suited For:
FPV Racing Drones
Large Camera Carrying Multi-Rotors
Large Payload Carrying Multi-Rotors
“We are very excited about all the performance improvements this new, innovative technology presents to the ever-changing FPV drone and multirotor markets”, says Castle Creations’ President Jonathan Feldkamp. “The new Multi-Rotor V5 firmware is optimized for multi-rotor applications – incorporating the latest technologies and advanced motor control algorithms. Consumer demand continues to increase as the market becomes more innovative. We are dedicated to providing market leading ESC products to our customers.”
Olathe KS, June 23, 2016 – Castle Creations, the leader in electronic drive solutions for unmanned aircraft systems, welcomes the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation announced this week. The new rules will make it easier for American businesses, farmers, nonprofits and government agencies to use drones in their work.
Tuesday, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration finalized the first operation rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating drones into the nation’s airspace.
“These new regulations open up a world of exciting possibilities for not only Castle Creations, but our commercial customers as well. We are quite pleased that the FAA is forming a more accepting policy in the industry,” said Castle Creation’s President Jonathan Feldkamp.
The new rule (outlined here) will become effective in 60 days, replacing the current FAA scheme that requires commercial drone operators to spend months waiting for an FAA exemption and to employ a pilot with a manned aircraft license from the FAA. It offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.
The tough regulations have been a thorn in the side of business owners for years and have made it difficult for them to take a deeper dive into the benefits of utilizing drones in the industry.
“The innovative work we will be able to provide for our customers is endless,” said Brian O’Donnell, Director of Sales and Marketing for Castle Creations. “Our customers in the agriculture, energy and rescue industries are very excited about these new rules and what it is going to do for their bottom line. Castle Creations is excited about this growing opportunity and pleased to be a part of it.”
According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.
For Castle Creations’ customers, it couldn’t be better timing. This week Castle Creations has released a firmware update that gives our commercial customers some much needed features such as reverse thrust and improved failure recovery technology. This will be followed by a release for FPV racers and a new platform shortly thereafter. Castle Creations continues to invest in R&D that will lead the industry for years to come.
About Castle Creations
Castle Creations, Inc. is a global manufacturer that has challenged the limits of technology since 1997. Based in Olathe, KS USA, Castle continues to pioneer high-performance electronic speed controls (ESC) and motors for the radio controlled (R/C) air, multi-rotor and car enthusiast markets as well as commercial UAV and drone markets. Our custom products continue to deliver high-performance electric drive solutions that are commonly used in motion control applications.
Throughout their history, Castle Creations has never had an “all inclusive” sale – until now!
From October 22 through November 22, 2015, surface and air R/C enthusiast can purchase authentic Castle Creations products at significant savings off of Castle’s suggested retail prices. “As we wrap up the 2015 year, we want to make sure that our loyal customers have an opportunity to help us celebrate another year of leadership in the R/C electronics and power systems industry,” says Jeff Lacina, marketing manager at Castle Creations. “This sale is on every Castle Creations product that our distributors and resellers carry, as well as for all the regular inventory items listed on the Castle Creations website.”
“It’s been a very busy year-and-a-half for everyone at Castle that has seen the introduction of the Talon and Mamba X Series ESCs,” notes Lacina. “We have incredibly loyal customers so we wanted to come up with a program that would reward everyone: air and surface R/C enthusiasts.”
The 30 Day Power By Castle Savings Event is being made available to all customers via Castle’s distribution and reseller organization. “If your favorite reseller or hobby shop isn’t participating in the 30 Day Power By Castle Savings Event, please ask them to contact their distributor for information about the special promotion,” explains Lacina. “Or, products can be purchased via CastleCreations.com if you don’t have a local retailer selling Castle products.”
Lacina notes that Castle-branded apparel and NeuMotors products are not included in this special, limited-time promotion.
UPDATE: April 29, 2015
With all the brushed vehicles being repowered with industry-leading Castle systems, we’ve now expanded the Castle RePower Program to cover selected vehicles that already came with brushless systems from the factory. We’ve now added 81 brushless vehicles to the list of vehicles eligible for the special pricing available through the Castle RePower Program.
We’ve also added a listing of the Castle ESC and motor combinations based upon the vehicles they can RePower and a list of specially priced Castle Accessories to help you complete the RePower of your vehicle.
It’s time to RePower with a Castle Brushless Power System
For a limited time, we are offering a unique opportunity to upgrade selected R/C vehicles through the Castle RePower Program.
The Castle RePower Program is simple. Our product specialists have developed a list of more than 70 “upgradeable” vehicles(Arrma, Traxxas, HPI, Kyosho, ECX, Vattera, etc). Simply locate your current vehicle from this list, decide which Castle “RePower Option” you want to go with, then give us a call to place your order at special RePower Program prices. We will be adding more vehicles to this list – so if your current vehicle isn’t there, check back in a couple of weeks for an updated listing.
During your call to our sales team, you will receive the special RePower Program price and instructions on trading-in your existing brushed power system. Once we receive your functioning, but “old and slow” stuff, we’ll ship your industry-leading Castle ESC and motor combination out to you.
Please note: the brushed system you “trade-in” must be functioning. Trust us, we know the smell of burned up stuff!
Not sure which Castle RePower Option is right for you?
Fear not Skippy, just give our Tech Support team a call at 913-390-6939 #1 and they’ll help you decide which Castle system is best for you and your specific vehicle.
Isn’t it time you make the upgrade to an industry-leading, high-performance Castle brushless power system for your vehicle? Don’t delay – this is a limited time program.
How the Castle RePower Program works
Step 1: Review the list of Castle RePower Program eligible vehicles* to see if your vehicle is on the list.
Step 2: Review the Castle RePower Options available for your vehicle and decide which one is right for you.
Step 3: Contact Castle Sales by calling 913-390-6939 #3 to get your special RePower Program pricing or email email@example.com
Step 4: Once you’ve made your purchase, Castle will send you a unique trade-in code for your brushed power system. Remove it from your vehicle and send it back to us with your trade-in code.
Step 5: Once you’ve received it, install and set up your new Castle brushless motor and ESC in your vehicle. You can even tune it using our proven Castle Link Programming software.
Step 6: Enjoy your Castle RePowered vehicle responsibly. (Castle is not responsible for shredded or split tires, damaged grass, flying rocks and dirt or that ear-to-ear grin on your face from all that incredible Castle POWER!) * Vehicle list will be periodically updated.
The Castle Brushless Advantage When compared to brushed power systems (brushed motor and controller), Castle’s industry-leading brushless power systems provide a number of tire-shredding advantages.
Improved reliability and durability – no motor maintenance
Improved system efficiency = longer run times
Insane off-the-line torque
Programmable Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) – tune the performance of your vehicle
Greater power-to-weight ratio for your vehicle = more fun
When it comes to high-performance brushless power systems, Castle has been overpowering RC since 1997.
When it comes to high-performance brushless power systems, Castle has been overpowering RC since 1997 – there’s never been a better time to RePower with Castle!
Counterfeit Warning! RE: Counterfeit Castle Creations 08xx, 14xx, 15xx, 17xx and 20xx Series Motors
Castle Creations is issuing a customer alert to purchasers of our motors, particularly via Internet sales. We have confirmed that counterfeit Castle motors are being illegally imported from the People’s Republic of China.
Castle has not authorized nor approved these sales channels and they are a fraudulent use of our branding. These products bear many of the marks and trade dress of current Castle motors making them very hard to distinguish externally from authentic Castle products.
If you are purchasing ‘NEW’ products online, please check the source. Castle does not currently have any active distribution in China.
Counterfeit motors are not eligible for warranty service at Castle, please be sure to purchase authentic Castle motors from an authorized Castle reseller.
Like old saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” If you come across a deal that you think may be a counterfeit, we can confirm authorized resellers. Email the link to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you with an appropriate answer.
Congratulations to Team Castle Racer, Nic Case, who has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the designer, owner and driver of the fastest, battery-powered remote-controlled car in the world!
Case made the run back in late October, documenting his efforts in accordance with Guinness World Record guidelines. He then had to submit his documentation and await Guinness’ validation of his data and his accomplishment. (not that any of us doubted him, but this is what it takes to make it “official”.)
Here is a link to Nic’s record that is now on the Guinness World Records website.
All of us at Castle Creations are proud to have been a part of Nic and his entire team and their relentless pursuit to become the first R/C car to surpass 200 MPH and the effort it took to be recognized as a world record holder. Thank you Nic for believing in and trusting Castle products to help get you there.
And, just because it’s so darn cool, here is the world-record setting video of the spectacular 202.02 MPH run in his custom-built R/C Bullet!
Castle is seeking knowledgeable and experienced R/C enthusiasts to serve as “beta testers” for a wide range of “possible future products” that are being developed for both surface and air vehicles.
Beta testing is an important part of the new product engineering and manufacturing processes because it involves “real-world testing” by “real-world R/C enthusiasts”.
Do YOU have what it takes?
Beta testing isn’t for everyone. Depending on the product, beta testing can take a great deal of time and commitment on your behalf. It also requires above-average communication skills and the ability to provide accurate test data and findings back to the product development team.
What’s in it for me?
If you are selected as one of our beta testers and meet all of the requirements of the program, you will be the first group of consumers to receive a production version of the component FREE of charge, along with our unadulterated appreciation and the personal satisfaction of knowing YOU helped bring another cool, industry-leading Castle product to market!
Ready to take the next step?
If you are interested in becoming a Castle Beta Tester, please review Castle Beta Testing Agreement. If you agree to these conditions, are willing and able to meet them, you’ll find a link to the online Beta Tester Application form at the bottom of the agreement.
The information you include in your Beta Tester Application will serve as a database for possible Beta Testers. Once we have a product approaching beta testing that aligns well with the vehicles and power supplies you listed, someone from the Beta Test Program will contact you to finalize your selection to the Beta Test Team.
**Please note: Filling out the Beta Tester Application doesn’t mean that you’re automatically “in” or that you’re going to be selected for a Beta Test. We certainly won’t know about your willingness to be “part of the team” unless you do tell us about your R/C experience and available vehicles!