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May 30, 2016

HB D815 V2 1/8th nitro off-road buggy

HB D815 V2 1/8th nitro off-road buggy

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.

View the included option parts here


May 30, 2016

Cox Optima 2016 aluminium shock absorbers

Cox Optima 2016 aluminium shock absorbers

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.

View the rear shock set here


May 29, 2016

Reno Savoya wins rain-affected French Buggy Nats Rd3

Reno Savoya wins rain-affected French Buggy Nats Rd3

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.

Source: Automodelisme [automodelisme.com]


May 29, 2016

Atsushi Hara clinches 2016 FEMCA Buggy title

Atsushi Hara clinches 2016 FEMCA Buggy title

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.

View the final result here


May 28, 2016

Atsushi Hara takes overall TQ at FEMCA championship

Atsushi Hara takes overall TQ at FEMCA championship

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.

View the qualifying results here


May 28, 2016

Irish 1/8th Off-road Nationals Rd1 – Report

Irish 1/8th Off-road Nationals Rd1 – Report

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.

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