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The 2017 Castle Creations Off-Road Jam

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!

 

For the official recap of the race, check out Red RC Networks Report here: http://www.redrc.net/2017/01/2017-castle-creations-off-road-jam-report/#more-126240

 

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CC BEC 2.0 – The Next Generation of Voltage Regulators (BEC) from Castle Creations!

From the trusted manufacturer of BECs comes the next generation of voltage regulators.  Designed and assembled in the USA1, Castle Creations’ CC BEC 2.0 gives users higher voltage ranges in two unique packages.   For pilots there is a smaller, lightweight (0.7 oz.) design capable of 14 amps peak, perfect for sport flying, helicopters, and UAVsRacers, crawlers, and other splashers can now integrate a 15 amp peak power regulator in a waterproof (WP), CNC machined, aluminum case.  Both versions handle up to an impressive 14S without brake enabled or 12S with brake.

The CC BEC 2.0 complements our established line of BECs hobbyists have relied on for years.  With hundreds of thousands in the field, users can count on this new design to power today’s high-power, digital servos and accessories safely.  The CC BEC 2.0 features heavy duty, dual output wires that will provide clean power to sensitive radio equipment. Castle Link2 can be used to set the output from 4.75 to 12 volts and power today’s power hungry servos, cameras, and other accessories.   Do it right the first time, invest in the CC BEC 2.0 to protect expensive electronics for the long haul.

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Click here to compare Castle Creations Voltage Regulators!

Footnotes:

  1. Assembled in the USA with foreign and domestic components.
  2. Adjustable Output Voltage may be set with Castle Link (sold separately).
  3. Ratings are determined with a 5mph airflow at 25° C (77° F). Ratings for CC BEC 2.0 are dependent on both input and output voltage as follows in chart below:
  4. Weight with full length wires, power wires may be shortened to save weight depending on application.
CC BEC 2.0 and 2.0 WP peak current rating detail.
CC BEC 2.0 and 2.0 WP peak current rating detail.

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NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT- SENSORED MOTORS

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 quietsenseFLUX 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[1] 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 smartsenseSMARTSENSE™ 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.

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Media Information: http://www.castlecreations.com/media-kits

[1] Castle Link software requires a Castle Link USB Adapter and a computer that is running Windows. Castle Link is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

 

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT – DMR 30/40 DEDICATED MULTI-ROTOR ESC

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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.”

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Media Information:

Product page: http://www.castlecreations.com/en/dmr-3040-4pack-010-0156-00

Footnotes:

  1. Board weight only. Wire weight not included. Power estimated at 25.2V, 40A, full throttle, and 40mph airflow
  2. Advanced rotorSENSE is inspired by ImmersionRC rotorSENSE

 

Announcing the 30 Day Powered By Castle Sales Event

Throughout their history, Castle Creations has never had an “all inclusive” sale – until now!

Powered-By-Castle-Sale_logoFrom 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.”

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“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.

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Castle ESC cages available from RPM R/C Products

Looking to update your Traaxas Slash, Stampede 4×4 or Rally car with one of our legendary Castle Sidewinder ESCs? Our friends at RPM R/C Products have just released a couple of ESC “cages” that make it easier than ever to “Power Up” with Castle.

rpm-castle-sidewinder-cage_BLACKThe RPM ESC Cage for both the Castle Sidewinder 3 and the Sidewinder SCT ESCs fit in the stock location on the Traxxas Slash 2WD, Slash 2WD LCG, Slash 4×4, Slash 4×4 LCG, Stampede 4×4 & Rally, while also working on other Traxxas 1/10th scale vehicles.

rpm-castle-Sidewinder_ESC_cage-installedThe RPM Cage simplifies ESC installation and maintenance by providing two screw locations that hold the entire assembly in the vehicle, eliminating the use of double-sided tape or hook/loop fasteners to secure your Castle Sidewinder or SCT Sidewinder.

To fan or not to fan, those are your choices
RPM lets you decide if you want to run a fan or not. Because the cage only encases the ESC body, there is plenty of room to install a Castle ESC cooling fan. This clever design leaves the sides of the ESC open, allowing air to reach them.

rpm-castle-sidewinder-cage-3The folks at RPM also include a separate, encased on / off switch mount that bolts directly to the cage in one of four locations for even more installation versatility. And because the switch mount attaches directly to the cage, no extra time is needed to remove it. Or if you choose, you can mount the switch anywhere you’d like simply by drilling and tapping two 2mm holes.

These cool ESC cages retail for $9.95 and are available directly from PRM R/C Products.RPM_logo

 

 

It’s official: Nic Case built the fastest r/c car in the world!

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!

Nic Case GWR 202mphCase 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 Racer Surpasses 200 MPH with RC Bullet Car

Long-time Castle-sponsored racer, Nic Case, has broken his own world record by becoming the first RC driver to build and drive a battery-powered radio-controlled car to 200 miles per hour! In fact, Case’s blast of 202 mph blew right through the 200 barrier and is in the process of being verified by officials at Guinness World Records.

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Case is already officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Record‘s with a 171.96 mph pass recorded in December of 2012.

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We will have more information about Case’s incredible accomplishment in the future. In the mean time, enjoy the video of his record-smashing speed runs. All of us at Castle Creations are proud to have been a part of this long and extensive effort to be the FIRST battery-powered RC car to run 200 mph! Congratulations to Nic and his team of supporters and friends.