Kyosho Optima 4WD buggy re-release

Kyosho Optima 4WD buggy re-release

Following a first teaser Kyosho have now officially introduced the Kyosho Optima 4WD buggy re-release. Redesigned by the original designer, the Optima has been carefully redeveloped from ground up to bring back the best of the buggies in the good old days and to offer a true fun to drive feel. The “2016” Optima is designed based on the original version released in the 1980’s, it features several updated areas without compromising parts compatibility with the original chassis. The upgrades and updates include 6061-T6 aluminium chassis material, the drivetrain can be build with the original chain or and optional belt drive, the diff gears are ball-raced, all gears are modern 48 pitch gears, and a slipper clutch allows the use of more powerful motors. The tyres offer a slightly modified tread and they are made using softer rubber and included in the kit is also all-hex hardware as well as two different front bumpers.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Avid aluminium parts trays

Avid aluminium parts trays

New from Avid come aluminium parts tray in three different sizes. The most unique being the 350x40mm which was designed to be placed at the top or sides of a pit area as a more permanent solution. Also available are a 200x100mm and a 150x75mm tray with the 350x40mm and 200x100mm also include two round cavities that hold the included Doodad containers. The black anodised trays sport laser-etched Avid logos and machined silver edges for improved visual impact.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Bowie Ginting doubles at Nissan Cup

Bowie Ginting doubles at Nissan Cup

The first annual Nissan Cup was held at the Bandung Progresif track with a total of 116 entries for the 2-day event. In the premier Open Brushless class Bowie Ginting took the TQ from Muhammad Izzah who finished his best round within 1 second of Bowie’s time. Suwardi Suliandy rounded out the top 3 result. The Touring 13.5T non boost class again had Bowie coming out fastest after the qualifiers with Phoa Pinghong on the 2 spot and Muhammad Izzah in 3rd.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Protoform WCICS Rd5 – Report

Protoform WCICS Rd5 – Report

The Protoform Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series held round 5, considered by most to be the Crown Jewel of the series, at Victoria’s Speed Weekend on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The reputation of the series and this event continues to grow; and this year drivers from across Western Canada, and from Quebec, Texas, Colorado, California and Washington came to race. The result: the highest registrations so far in WCICS’s 25th season, and setting an all-time record Touring Car, WGT and 1/12th Modified turnouts. The WCICS Live site also continued to amaze with new developments such as a Live Texting feature sending every racer their individual heats directly to their phone, Live Streaming, and Live Scoring, streaming the RD’s screen directly to the racer’s mobile.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ryan Lutz trifecta at Southern Indoor Champs

Ryan Lutz trifecta at Southern Indoor Champs

The recent Southern Indoor Championships saw Ryan Lutz (Tekno) walking away with a triple win. In the 30 minute Nitro Buggy A-main Lutz and teammate Joe Bornhorst (Tekno) would battle over the top spot and they were within a few seconds the whole race. It came down to the last few laps for the deciding pass and the win from Ryan Lutz. Joe Bornhorst came in second, Evan Vail (Mugen) rounded out the top 3 result.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mugen MRX-6 1/8th scale onroad car

MugenMRX6-1

Used by designer Robert Pietsch at the final round of last season’s ENS final in Italy, Mugen have today released information and images on their new MRX-6. Featuring a large number of changes over its predecessor, the MRX-6 features a new narrow chassis that allows you to easily adjust the weight of the car by using (up to five) H2412 weights in the centre line of the chassis. You’re also able to adjust the weight balance of the car by moving the weights forward or back on the chassis. The new narrow chassis is also stiffer and makes the vehicle more precise and predictable.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rheinard get 1st win as Martin retains EOS title

Rheinard get 1st win as Martin retains EOS title

Team Yokomo enjoyed the perfect day at Round 3 of the Euro Offroad Series in Germany where Marc Rheinard claimed his first win ahead of team-mate Lee Martin, 2nd enough for Martin to successfully retain his 2WD Championship title with one round of the 2015/16 season still to run.  With Rheinard & Martin going head to head in A3 for the overall win in Muelheim-Kaerlich, the Top Qualifier’s impending win would be assisted by Martin when, 5-laps in, the British driver made a mistake coming onto the straight.  With this handing the Tamiya Touring Car ace a comfortable lead he could, despite some bobbles and a late charge from Martin, cruise to claim his first offroad win since joining Yokomo’s Offroad team last May.  With Martin’s charge resulting in a second mistake on the last lap Orlowski would go by for 2nd, a result that would maintain the Schumacher driver’s run of podium finishes this season.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Yokomo strong in practice as Martin tops seeding

Yokomo strong in practice as Martin tops seeding

Team Yokomo put in a very strong showing in practice at the Euro Offroad Series with Lee Martin topping the 2WD seeding at Round 3 in Germany. Improving his best 3-consecutive laps by 7/10th of a second in the final controlled practice, Martin again set the pace from team-mate Marc Rheinard with five Yokomo drivers making up the Top 10 times.  Heading the challenge to Yokomo, despite not improving on his opening time, Team Associated Neil Cragg would open his EOS debut with the third fastest time  albeit over 1-second off the pace of the reigning champion.  One of the big improvers of the final practice would be Yokomo touring car star Yannic Prumper who knocked 1.3 seconds off his opening time to end the seeding 4th fastest.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

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