Round 7 of the Jimmy Babcock Racing League Electric Off-road Series was held at Controlled Chaos Raceway in Palmdale, California last Saturday. 2WD Open Buggy had Cody Turner (Team Associated) taking the day’s win from Kyosho’s Caetano McNeill on the runner-up spot and Team Associated’s Nick Miller, who would round out the top 3 results.
The sixth and final round of the Northwest Championship Tour was held in Yakima, Washington. In the 4WD Open Buggy class Yokomo’s Jackson Andres was trying to go 6 for 6 for the NCT. He was able to TQ and take A1 and A2 for the win, taking the 4WD Championship for the series. Tekno’s Jesse Munn ended round 6 on the 2 spot from Derek Rasheed (Tekno) on the 3 spot.
Team Associated have introduced their new Reflex 14T and 14B ready-to-run off-road vehicles. Both come out of the box already assembled, with a Reedy Power brushless speed control, brushless motor, high-torque digital steering servo, and 2.4GHz radio system. The adjustability offered by the turnbuckles, caster blocks, and rear hubs allow to adapt the suspension setup to various surface conditions. Additional features include three sealed differentials, aluminium steering rack, and lightweight aluminium centre driveshaft. The 14T comes with a pre-decorated truggy body shell while the 14B features a sleek buggy body. Both will hit stores in October.
RC Cars Cavalieri from Germany have introduced their new low profile carbon fibre shock towers for the Schumacher CAT L1 1/10th scale 4WD buggy. Shorter than the standard items the shock stays will lower the overall centre of gravity for improved corner speeds and greater overall grip. The towers are cut from 4mm high-quality carbon fibre and they have been successfully tested by 2017 German Junior Champion, Elias Ehrmann.
The RC Land 23 track in Matsuzaka, Japan played host to the 2018 1/8th Off-road Japan Nationals this past weekend. Defending champion, Yusuke Sugiura (Kyosho/O.S. Engines) took the overall TQ and he also went on to win the A-main final to take a back-to-back title. Yusuke dominated the 60-minute final such that he already had a 1-lap lead some ten minutes into the race and he was able to stretch the lead to two laps with ten minutes to go. Mugen/Ninja’s Kenji Tsuruta would snatch the runner-up spot as Kyosho/O.S. Engines’ Juliya Kajiwara came in 3rd to round out the podium.
The last UK regional race of the Summer season was held in the form of the the final round of the SWORDS series at the brand new Plymouth track. The days winners were Josh Graham 1st, Matt Roberts 2nd and Sam Cobley 3rd. This mean that the series was then won by Sam Cobley and his HB Racing buggy, Matt Roberts (Agama) was 2nd and young Maxim Cook (Agama) was 3rd.
Following a first teaser SWorkz have officially introduced their new S14-3 1/10th scale 4WD off-road buggy kit. The kit takes the S14-2 as a base and features a load of redesigned and improved areas such as the suspension that did away with the front pivot ball design in favour of a standard C-hub and steering knuckle assembly which will greatly improve performance especially when racing on high-bite carpet tracks. All suspension components, including the new front and rear A-arms are moulded from a strong nylon composite material. Also new to the S14-3 is an improved shock absorber system as is the redesigned 7075 aluminium chassis that, in combination with the new carbon fibre upper decks, will improve rear traction. Another area of improvement are the new and unique 5mm axle universal cross driveshafts that are made using the same high-grade steel material SWorkz uses for their 1/8th off-road vehicles. The buggy already prove its competitiveness in the hands of factory driver Micha Widmaier and it will hit stores around mid-October.
Coming from T-Works and made for the Team Associated T6.1 racing truck are several new option parts such as titanium turnbuckles, titanium ball ends and a screw kit. The turnbuckle kit includes six 64 grade links that are direct replacements for the standard items. Their lightweight yet durable construction will ensure low unsprung masses and high corrosion resistance while adding visual impact. Also new are a 14-piece 64 grade titanium ball end set and a 94-piece 64 grade titanium UFO head screw kit all of which will greatly reduce overall weight compared to the standard steel items while improving the bling factor of your ride.