The 2016 Italian AMSCI 1/10th Off-road Championships were held last weekend and it was Beppe Fermi who walked away with the win in both the 2WD and 4WD classes. Francesco Fasetta and Nathan Senesi would complete the top 3 result in the 2WD class while Marco Baruffolo and Mattea Speranza rounded out the podium in 4WD.
The final round of the German Sachsen Cup series was held in Munzig near Dresden in the eastern part of the country. The race attracted nearly 60 racers to compete in several classes with Burak Kilic taking the win in the 30-minute Nitro Buggy main final. Ronny Schiffner ended the A-main on the runner-up spot from Berkan Kilic, who suffered from a flame out but he was still able to take the final podium spot for an all-Agama top 3.
The final round of this year’s BL-Cup was held on the unique indoor astro turf track of the city of Grou. Pre-event favourite, Bart Mullink swept the qualifiers, scoring the only 16-laps run of the weekend. Albert Croesen and Anne Strom came in second and third, being tie on points. The semifinal then did not went to plan for the TQ holder as a mistake when charging one of his car’s LiPo batteries meant Bart wasn’t able to finish the final. Anne Strom took profit of the situation to win the race while the other semi was won by Albert. Thankfully for Bart the BL-Cup has a last change final that allows the two fastest drivers to bump up into the main final and ultimately Bart and also Wesley Wiertz were able to snatch the last minute tickets for the main.
Coming from Pro-Line is the Toyota Tundra TRD true scale bodyshell for 1/10th short course trucks. It replicates the real truck and completely transforms the look of any SCT. As usual the body comes made from clear high-quality polycarbonate and it includes window masks and a comprehensive decal sheet. For a proper fit the body requires Pro-Line’s extended body mount kit.
Made for 1/10th crawlers and scale rigs are Pro-Line’s new Ultra reservoir shocks. They feature a fully functioning reservoir with a realistic divider piston and set screw for adjusting the shock rebound. The aluminium shock cap, shock body, reservoir, bottom caps, spring perch, shock end and steel shock shaft have all been CNC machined to exacting tolerances to achieve the highest quality shock imaginable and have been designed with scale realism in mind. X-Ring seals are used for both the main shaft seal and the divider piston for the smoothest and lowest friction seal possible for these 9mm bore shocks. From the top mounting hole to the bottom mounting hole the Ultra reservoir shocks measure out to be 105mm at full extended length and collapse down to 75mm for a full 30mm of shock travel. Just like Pro-Line’s popular PowerStroke shocks, the Ultra reservoir shocks feature dual rate Springs but these shocks come with an extra collar to adjust exactly where the dual rate springs transitions to single rate, similar to full scale shocks. Smaller hole pistons are also included for added tuning options. The Ultra reservoir shocks come mostly pre-built and do require oil to be installed by the user.
Pro-Line’s popular Trifecta 1/8th polycarbonate rear wing is soon also available in a Lite variant. The second generation wing was on show at the recent IFMAR 1/8th Gas Buggy Worlds and it is both lighter and stronger thanks to an innovative bent wicker that eliminates the need for heavy add on pieces and hardware. The three cut lines on the back of the wing are actually bend lines that have been designed to allow for easy bending of the Lexan to create a solid 1-piece wicker. This makes the back of the wing super strong while still allowing for wing flex in the event of a crash, which prevents the wing from shattering. Just like the original Trifecta, the Lite features three dimples that hang down on each side of the wing creating the golf ball aerodynamic effect that reduces drag at high speeds without affecting down force. The wing also includes the centre fin that adds more side stability to the car and increases the strength of the wing around the mounting holes. The Trifecta Lite comes pre-cut, so there is just the wicker height to be decided before mounting it to the car.
Pro-Line have introduced the new ElectroShot 1/8th buggy and Positron 1/10th 2.2″ buggy rear tyres. Starting with the 1/8th scale offering, the ElectroShot made a first public appearance at this year’s IFMAR 1/8th Gas Buggy World Championships in Las Vegas. Coming from the mind of Ty Tessmann and designed to perform just like a HoleShot 2.0 while lasting significantly longer, the ElectroShot is combination of Pro-Line’s Electron and HoleShot tread designs with connected bars in the center where the heaviest tyre wear occurs. Connected bar-type tyres like Pro-Line’s new Positron have become the new standard for 1/10th buggy race tyres but pins are still the king of the 1:8 Off-Road. The ElectroShot begins to bridge that gap and test the waters with a hybrid Bar and Pin tyre. The ElectroShot will become available in a range of compounds including X2, X3, M3 and M4 and it includes blue closed cell inserts.
Coming from Team Losi Racing is the aluminium split centre diff mount for the 8ight-E series of off-road vehicles. Designed to allow for swift and easy centre differential access the set includes the lower and upper bulkhead parts that also incorporate the sliding motor mount. Part of the package are also a composite wire guide and all needed mounting hardware. The set is usable with the 3.0 and 4.0 versions of the 8ight-E buggy and also the 8ight-T E 3.0 E-truggy.