Ahead of our coverage of the 2017 Philippine Masters, which begins tomorrow, we take a look at the track that will host the event, CV Offroad Track. The Philippines is not a country that springs to mind when one thinks of 1:8 Offroad racing but this weekend it will welcome some of the sport’s biggest names as they travel to Manila to complete in the Philippine Masters. Now in its seventh year, the event has slowly grown each year but 2017 is certainly a year that should put it on the international calendar with the entry boasting 3 World Champions including the reigning champion David Ronnefalk. First organised in 2011 by Dogbone RC, the country’s Mugen & Serpent distributor, the race moved to the current CV Offroad Track in 2014 where it started to enjoy an increasing profile. With the Quezon City RC Car Club bringing in Scotty Ernst as an announcer for their first year of hosting the race, aiming to get international attention from such a move, things have just grown ever since. With 2015 marking the first year of US star Adam Drake and Aussie Kyle McBride competing, this year they are joined by Ronnefalk, Ty Tessmann, Atsushi Hara, Richard Saxton with even HB Racing designer Torrance Deguzman coming out of international retirement to race. Such a strong entry marks out the Philippine Masters as Asia’s main annual buggy event, a fact QCRCCC, which this year celebrates its 20th year since founding are proud of and keen to develop further.
Team Powers are busy adding new high-performance LiPo batteries to their line-up with the 7.6V 2S 8300mAh Graphene LiHV pack being the latest offering. Built from 110C cells the high-voltage and high-capacity Lithium-Polymer battery is designed for power-hungry classes such as Touring Modified, Touring Stock and also 1/8th scale racing. The standard-size pack is 24.8mm tall, it weighs in at 330g and utilises 5mm connector tubes.
Coming from T-Works and made for the Serpent SDX4 1/10th 4WD buggy are two rear stiffener bushing sets. Available as lightweight 5-piece aluminium and heavy 3.5g 2-piece brass sets, the bushings replace the standard parts for cooler looking or heavier items, helping to add visual impact and weight when needed.
Xpress have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming all-new 1/10th 4WD electric touring car kit. An iconic brand back in the 1990’s and 2000’s, Xpress have recently made the step back into the market with a range of M-sized cars and are now on the verge of presenting their first competition kit in years. The teaser gives a first taste of what to expect with the company seemingly having taken a somewhat different design approach on details such as the bulkheads, anti-roll bar and suspension mounts. As all parts look pretty much production ready so we expect the kit to hit the market shortly.
Schelle Racing Innovations’ 2mm carbon fibre gearbox shim set helps to raise the gearbox of the Team Associated B6 when racing on high-grip carpet or astro turf. Doing so will reduce driveshaft angles, making them more level, which results in an easier to drive car on high-grip surfaces. The set includes four 2mm shims that raise the laydown gearbox and Schelle recommend to use their laydown motor plate to lower the motor back down to the chassis while also using long shock ends for 2mm of added shock droop.
Coming from Pro Star R/C and made for the TLR 8ight 4.0 is a titanium hinge pin kit. Usable on the 4.0 buggies and truggy, these hinge pins are machined from precision ground 6AL/4V titanium stock and polished to a fine finish. The pins are about 45 percent lighter than the standard steel parts while also being highly corrosion-resistant meaning they will not rust when being exposed to the elements. Included in the set are two 4×66.5mm inner rear and two 4×66.5mm inner front pins.
Losi have introduced their new entry-level 8ight-E RTR 1/8th scale E-buggy. Based off of the successful 8ight-E platform the vehicle uses a 4mm 6061 aluminium chassis, a tough 4WD drivetrain with three fluid-filled metal gear differentials, its durable suspension components are equipped with fixed suspension links and the buggy is powered by a 4S LiPo-compatible 130A Dynamite power system and a 2500kv brushless motor. Also part of the package are a Spektrum DX2E transmitter, a waterproof 9kg-cm steering servo and it comes with a pre-painted and pre-decorated 4.0 cab forward body shell. From stock the buggy is also equipped with front and rear swaybars and it is upgradable using select TLR option parts. The RTR kit will hit stores in late May.
The 2017 WA Electric Off-road State titles were held at MORBC last weekend. In the 4WD Modified Buggy class it was Team Associated driver, Josh Pain who took the win from Yokomo’s Kyle Francis on the runner-up spot. With a win in A3 Riley Papalia (Xray) secured himself the final podium spot in 3rd.