Prototypes of MIP’s Pro8 buggy have been around for some time and now the company released a first official image of the kit. The set is designed to convert a Losi SCTE 1.0 or TLR SCTE 2.0 into a super lightweight 1/8th buggy that will make use of the chassis, drivetrain and most of the suspension parts of TLR’s 1/10th 4WD short course truck. The lightweight drivetrain parts and somewhat lighter shocks combined with the possibility to run lighter motors and battery packs makes for an overall lighter buggy, perfect for tight indoor and outdoor tracks. There is no official release date yet but we guess it the kit should hit the stores soon.
1:8 Onroad is set to crown a new World Champion this week with the news that reigning World Champion Robert Pietsch has not made the trip to Japan for the 18th running of IFMAR’s longest running World Championships. The German has been forced to miss the chance to defend his title due to being struck down with pneumonia. Having attended the Warm-up Race at the Keitune Racing Speedway back in May, the Mugen driver struggled while fellow Mugen driver & World title favourite Takaaki Shimo using O.S. dominated with many rumours circulating since then that Novarossi were struggling to get their engines to suit the specialised track. Having received an e-mail along with a medical cert from Pietsch, his fuel sponsor Jarb Ratanarat of Maxima said its a real shame the strong advocate of onroad nitro racing can’t attend as he feels despite his showing at the Warm-up race he believes he would have had a real chance at a second title.
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Xray introduce this ultra low-profile body shell for the XB9e 1/8th off-road buggy. The high performance body is of a low centre of gravity and very aerodynamic design to not only stand out from the crowd but also increase the performance of the buggy. The sides of the body were specially designed to perfectly match the shape of the side guards, preventing dirt from entering. The rear body mount hole is oval-shaped to ensure the necessary body movement when landing jumps, while the mild cab forward design in combination with the low profile design ensures perfect aerodynamics. The body comes clear, including window masks and overspray film.
The ORRCA Queensland On-Road EP titles were held at the Bayside track in Brisbane with some fierce competition, and some impressive results. The annual event is always held at the last weekend of September to coincide with the school holidays, to encourage young drivers into the sport. The Modified class saw the Australian champion, Kyosho driver Simon Nicholson taking the TQ and race win with Corey Broadstock (Yokomo) 2nd and Jason Dorn (Hot Bodies) in 3rd.
Xray announce the seven round Xray Challenge Moravia and Slovakia Cup. The cup will be held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin, Slovakia on seven weekends starting at the 19th of October with the last round being held at the 29th of March 2014. The race schedule sees open practice on the Friday afternoons with three qualifiers and finals being run on Saturday. Classes run at the events are 2WD and 4WD Buggy, Formula, Formula Classic, Pan Car 1/10, Touring Car 21.5T Blinky, Touring Car 17.5T Blinky and Touring Car Modified. More information and all dates can be found here.
During my return journey from the 1:10 Electric Buggy World Championships in Chico, California, I was trying to gather together my thoughts for my latest column and I have to admit it was a struggle. One would think that having just attended a World Championships the difficulty would be deciding what to leave out rather than what could I include that might make for somewhat interesting reading. While the event was like the Frankfurt International Motor Show in terms of new buggy releases and appearances of prototypes, photos of which got quickly dissected by racers as they circled the globe via the interweb, there was actually very little else of interest coming out of the pits. Perhaps it was the fact that the daily schedule left little time for chatting between runs, highlighted perfectly by Lee Martin eating a hamburger as though he was doing a challenge for the TV show ‘Man Versus Food’. Maybe it had something to do with many of the drivers appearing to have spent the week prior in Vegas perfecting their Poker Faces. While the event ended with 5-minutes of racing that even Hollywood’s best script writers might have struggled to come up with in terms of drama and the final outcome, overall for me the event was missing that World Championship factor and it wasn’t for the lack of effort.
ZZRacing have new optional screw sets available for the Xray T4 2014. Coming in titanium or stainless steel variants, each set includes all the screws needed to replace the stock black steel fasteners. Both sets are made from high quality material with the titanium screws scrubbing some weight and adding rigidity compared to the stainless steel fasteners.
Just a few short weeks ahead of the opening race of the new season in Poznan Poland (October 18th-20th), the organisers of the Euro Offroad Series are excited to announce that for the 2013-14 season Pro-Line will be the Official Tire Supplier, as well as a Primary Sponsor, of the popular indoor electric offroad series. Having recently released a full range of Competition Tires for Indoor Carpet Off-Road, the US company has chosen the EOS to showcase their new line of tires made specifically for this increasingly popular form of racing. The series will be run using Pro-Line’s Pin Point and Wedge tires coupled with their all-new Z3 Compound which will provide excellent traction on the variety of racing surfaces found throughout the course of the series.