Horizon Hobby introduce the Vaterra Glamis Fear 1/8th 2WD 4-Seater Buggy. Named after the World-famous Glamis site, the El Dorado for all buggy speed junkies, the Glamis Fear resembles a 4-seat tuber-style sand rail buggy. It builds on a tough long wheelbase 2WD chassis and features race inspired suspension components with long-travel shock absorbers, a gear drivetrain with viscous ring differential that avoids tyre spin in corners and an enclosed RC compartment for all-weather drivability. The buggy is powered by a Dynamite 3300kv 4-pole brushless motor and a heavy duty 3S compatible speed controller. Included is a 2S LiPo battery pack with 3S packs being available separately to further up the top speed. The buggy comes factory assembled, including a scale body shell with cockpit and driver figure and a genuine Spektrum DX2L 2.4GHz DSM transmitter.
Protoform today released a teaser image of an upcoming sports car body for the Vintage TransAm class. By the looks of things the body resembles a second generation Pontiac Firebird but we have no official confirmation yet. More details to follow soon.
Mugen Seiki Europe today released first images of the upcoming MBX7 Eco M-Spec 1/8th electric off-road buggy. The follow-up model of the successful MBX6 will become available in September and makes use of the design cues introduced with the World Championship winning MBX7 nitro buggy. Included in the pre-mounted M-Spec kit is a purpose designed aluminium chassis plate, a revised heavy-duty sliding motor mount, a redesigned battery tray, receiver and servo mount as well as a new cab forward body shell.
A Main Hobbies announce the 1/8th off-road Labor Day Shootout at the Silver Dollar Raceway on the weekend of the 1st of September. Although the track has been run specifically for 1/10-scale the past few weeks for the ROAR Nationals, A Main Hobbies’ director of race events, Kevin Jelich, plans to put in an 1/8-scale layout with huge rhythm sections and flow nitro racers have come to expect. The massive Silver Dollar track will be completely utilised giving racers plenty of space to “stretch out” their racecars and sky over large jumps. The race will be run in nitro buggy and truggy as well as E-buggy and E-truggy classes along a supporting 4WD SCT class. You can sign up for the race here.
The 2013 East of England BRCA championship climaxed with an epic battle in 4WD last weekend. Both champion and vice champion spots were up for grabs, and John Myall was defending one and vying for the other. A tight qualifying saw a joint TQ from Ben Hubbard and John Myall with both achieving two 1st in rounds. John, a new addition to the X-Factory team, had a choice of 4WD chassis and opted for the Durango DEX410. Going to count back, it was the faster time John set that gave him pole and secured a minimum of vice champion spot. Now it was just between John and Rob York for top spot on the day and subsequently the championship. After three legs of hard fought battles between an evenly matched A-Final group, it was John who took the win and the championship. With over 83 drivers competing in the East of England series, it is now recognised as a championship worth contending.
Last weekend the Swedish 1/10th electric off-road championships took place in Falun. At first it looked like the race had to be cancelled due to the weather but the rain soon stopped and the club did a very good job to dry and prepare the track for racing. Due to the delay there was no time for practice anymore and qualifying started right away. In the 4WD class Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk scored the only 16 lap run handing him the TQ in this round using Kyosho’s new 4WD prototype buggy. Some three or four heats into the second round the rain started again and brought racing to a halt but it soon cleared up and the race resumed with round number three and four with the latter being again won by David who suffered time keeping problems in round three so TQ’ing the final qualifier was vital for a good starting position.
The 2013 ROAR 1/10 Electric Off-Road Nationals visited Silver Dollar Raceway in Chico, California to determine the top drivers in North America. Seven classes were scheduled to compete on the hard-packed Silver Dollar surface with a newly installed track configuration designed specifically for this event. Track guru Kevin Jelich designed the layout, which incorporated challenging obstacles and jumps, including several elevation changes, off-camber turns, and varying track widths. It became clear early on that driving skill, setup, tire choice, motor/battery choice, and ESC setup would all play important roles in the final outcome.
The 3rd round of the popular Victorian Drivers Series was held at the Keilor Club in Melbourne on the 11th August. The Keilor track crew worked hard to get the track ready after a week of heavy rain and come race day, the track was perfect with a groove forming. Over 150 entries were received for this 1 day event making for a long day with full fields in all classes. The modified fields in particular were stacked with 30 entries in both 2WD and 4WD open. With no less than six previous national champions in the field, just making an A-main was going to be tough. JConcepts were well represented headed by Factory driver Ray Munday (JC/AE/Novak/Reedy), Glen Bonetti (JC/AE) Ash Peeler (JC/Kyosho), Glen Bonetti (JC/AE), Leigh Cheeseman (JC/Schumacher), John Watkins (JC/Xray) and Scott Giles (JC/Schumacher) ready to take it to the rest of the field. This included multi-time national champ Matt Griffin (Yokomo), Ben Sterling (Kyosho), touring car ace Ryan Maker (Kyosho), Welsh star Jody Denner (Yokomo), Mark ‘Paris’ Rodgers (AE), Tasmanian Sam Wells and Scott ‘The Hot One’ Rawlings (Yokomo).