The 2nd round of the Mexican Off-raod Nationals was held in Chihuahua, on one of the most aggressive tracks in Mexico with around 90 drivers attending. Luis Fernando Ramirez put his buggy on pole position for the 45 minute final that the young man lead for nearly all of the time. At the end he was able to cross the finish line in first place followed by Jorge Acosta and Juan Gonzalez who completed the Nitro Buggy podium.
During this week’s Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan KO Propo introduce the follow-up model of the popular Esprit Universe III stick radio. Purpose designed to use 2.4GHz technology the “IV” is meant to also feature a larger display, a new button and jog dial layout, as well as other refinements to make KO Propo’s top-of-the-foodchain stick radio 2014 ready. We bring you more information on the transmitter as soon as we get them.
German company Hacker introduce the new straight-type TopFuel 2000 Eco-rX LiPo receiver battery pack for nitro vehicles. Using standard 2/3A straight pack dimensions the battery is build from 2000mAh cells and it comes prewired with red BEC plug and a compact EHR balancer port. The pack is usable for all applications that require a straight-type receiver pack and ideal to power the latest breed of high-voltage compatible servos.
Last weekend the Dutch 1/8th on-road nationals had their 2nd round run at the REAL80 track in Groningen. Despite the wet weather all weekend 39 drivers attended. After 3 rain soaked qualification rounds it was John Lenaers and John Ermen who took the pole of the NK class semi finals. After the semi finals there was an interesting drivers list for the main final, as both John’s were not able to reach the final. The main itself then did look more like a battlefield. Heavy showers made for huge puddles on the track which were almost impossible to drive through but the battle for the podium went on despite many stalling engines. Finally it was Jeroen van Iperen who took the win followed by Tjibbe Keller and Ad Vissenberg.
Vaterra steps into the rallycross game with the recreation of the 1/10th scale Rockstar Ford Fiesta. Based on a 4WD nylon composite tub chassis with metal gear VTV (Viscous Torque Vectoring) differentials the car comes factory assembled with a 4-pole 3300kv Dynamite brushless motor, waterproof 70A 3S-compatible speed controller and a Spektrum SRS4200kv receiver with AVC (Active Vehicle Control) technology for improved driving stability even in rough terrain. Other features include a tough front foam bumper, large volume oil-filled shock absorbers, and rally tread tyres. All that is topped off by a pre-decorated Ford Fiesta bodyshell. Also included in the package is a Spektrum DX2E transmitter with batteries.
Schelle Racing Innovations introduce a set of aluminium shock standoffs and bushings designed for the use with the Team Associated B5 and B5M buggy. The standoffs replace the stock units and add more stability with a wide base and support for the mounting screw, as well as a tighter shock cap fit which now rides on machined delrin bushings. Although designed for the B5 the parts will also fit the Kyosho RB6 when used with a longer M3x22mm shock mount screw. Each set contains four standoffs and four bushings and they are available now.
The next buggy to receive JConcepts’ Silencer body treatment is Yokomo’s B-Max4 III 4WD buggy. The body features a forward-biased cabin design, a stabilising roof top shark fin, clipped side pods with extended runners and it comes including two 6.5″ Hi-Clearance rear wings. The Silencer is a drop fit on the B-Max4 III and comes including window masks and a decal sheet.
The Hungarian nitro on-road national series kicked off last weekend at the Hungaroring. The weather was a little bit tricky and the qualification heats where run under rainy condition, but fortunately the 30 minute final would be run under dry conditions. The TQ went to Zsolt Bajusz (Capricorn/Max), but he soon lost the first place due to a small mistake. This allowed Laszlo Kiss-Orban (Capricorn/Reds) to pass Zsolt and from that moment on he never looked back to take the win from Zsolt Bajusz and Matyas Mohl (Serpent/Picco).