Available soon from HB is the D815 V2 1/8th nitro off-road buggy. The follow-up model of the IFMAR World Championship winning car includes a range of option parts such as an extended chassis plate that adds 4mm of length to the rear end to allow for a longer wheelbase while also shifting the weight distribution for improved stability especially in high-speed corners. Additionally also the standard chassis plate is included in the kit to make for a wider setup range from stock. Along with the +4mm chassis comes a +4mm centre driveshaft plus a range of other optional parts such as carbon fibre suspension inserts, additional carbon fibre camber plates for the rear hubs as well as the “high” rear wing mount and the #4 carbon fibre Ackermann plates that provide a different Ackermann angle for more all-round steering, especially on high-traction or very technical tracks.
Cox have introduced oil-filled aluminium shock absorbers for Kyosho’s Optima 2016 1/10th 4WD buggy. Machined from aluminium and coming with a high-precision finish the shocks offer an increased oil volume and travel compared to the standard “red” shocks. Design-wise the dampers are oriented at Kyosho’s iconic “gold” shock absorbers and thus they are making a cool period-correct option part. The shocks are available as separate front and rear sets including springs and also as combo package including both the short front and long rear shocks.
The third round of the French 1/8th Off-road Nationals was held in Longvic next to France’s mustard capital of Dijon. Sunday started out nice and sunny but after the semifinals heavy rain started to fall, leaving the organisers no choice but to cancel the A-main. This left Reno Savoya (TLR) with the win from Xray’s Yannick Aigoin with a lucky Jean-Pierric Sartel rounding out the podium. Reno now already scored two wins in the national championship this year while another frontrunner, Jerome Aigoin flamed out two times in his semi, meaning no top 12 finish at round three for the Kyosho driver.
The final day of the 2016 FEMCA 1/8th Buggy Championship, held at the Southern Alley Track in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, started with a delay due to heavy rain but thanks to the track’s efficient water drainage the organisers were able to start the lower finals soon after the weather cleared up. In the semifinal A, the grid leader, Wataru Takashiro took an easy win while in the semifinal B, Shin Adachi finished first after Atsushi Hara ran into receiver pack issues. At the end Atsushi Hara finished in eights and managed to secure a lucky 15 spot for the A-main final. In the main, Atsushi soon stormed to the front and in lap 9 he was able to take the lead. From that moment on the race started to heat up with Atsushi Hara and Wataru Takashiro racing bumper to bumper, exchanging the lead, until Wataru Takashiro had to pit, rectifying a steering link issue which left Atsushi Hara in the lead that he would hold on to until the checkered flag to take the title from Shin Adachi in second and Paphon Chanyasak in third.
The 2016 FEMCA 1/8th Buggy Championship is currently being held at the Southern Alley Track in Johor Bahru, Malaysia with 74 drivers from around Asia and Australia in attendance. After the completion of the seven qualifying rounds Japan’s Atsushi Hara (Kyosho) is sitting on top with fellow country man Wataru Takashiro (Kyosh) coming in second, following some tight battles during the qualifiers. At the end a flameout of Wataru in Q7 lead to another TQ for Atsushi to grab the overall top qualifier position. The all-Kyosho top 3 is rounded out by South Korea’s Dani Choi while Tekno driver Kyle Francis (Australia) completed the top 4 result before the finals that are being held on Saturday.
The recent second round of the Bolivian Off-road Nationals saw Xray driver Carlos Guerra walking away with the win in both the Nitro and Electric Buggy classes. Alejandro Alvarez (Tekno) came in second in both categories while Fabian Egüez (Mugen) in Nitro and Edwin Mendoza (Mugen) in E-Buggy rounded out the respective podiums.
The RCCAOI’s first national of the season took place at BADMCC in Northern Ireland and with a decent turn out of drivers. Before the weekend two days of rain made things uncertain for the race days but lucky enough Saturday that yellow dot in the sky came out. Nitro qualifying was a split between Alan Scroggie and Gary Baird both taking two rounds a piece with Alan having the slightest faster time taking the TQ. In E-Buggy Aaron Vance took the TQ followed by Barkley and Gary.
Tekno RC have updated their high downforce wing that features new smaller side dams which are now ROAR/IFMAR legal and hole guides for reducing downforce or tuning the wing in high wind conditions. The wing is available in the three colours of black, yellow and white.