Japanese option parts wizards Motogo Seiki have released images of their TLR 22 based M22-S.A.C. mid motor buggy. The company that introduced a mid motor conversion kit for the Kyosho RB5 buggy some years ago developed a completely new transmission for the buggy with the main gear and slipper shaft being placed extremely low within the gearbox. The idler gear is made of a RB6 differential gear, from what we understand, and it drives the standard 22 ball differential meaning the unit is of a 3-gear design over the standard 4-gear mid motor gearbox. The whole transmission case is machined from aluminium with the rear shock tower sitting almost in “rear motor” position allowing to place the rear wing above the rear A-arms for a more compact appearance of the buggy.
The 2014 season of the oOoos kicked off at Stotfold last weekend. Being in its second year the series is meant to address the average driver and will compromise of a total of four events in 2014. New for ’14 is also a vintage RC10 “Gold Tub” class run with handout 21.5T brushless motors. 2WD Buggy was pretty much dominated by Kev Lee who swept the A-final leaving Stuart Wood and Gregg Williams behind. Kev then also went on to triple-win the 4WD mains with Ben Jemison and Stuart Wood completing the podium. In the Gold Tub class James McFadyean also took undefeated wins to take the overall victory. Jim Dixon and Nick Gurnell joined him on the podium. To read the full report swing over to our friends of oOple by clicking here.
The first round of the Greek 1/8th off-road nationals was held on the island of Crete. In qualifying Tasos Paparegas took TQ from Papanikolaou while Agrafiotis ended in 3rd position. In the final Tasos was able to pretty much cruise to the win with his brother John, coming from 5th on the grid, ending the race two laps down in 2nd position just 2 seconds in front of local hot shot Anapoliotakis.
Serpent have released first images of their forthcoming S411 Eryx 3.0 touring car kit, courtesy of Marc Fischer. The pictures mainly show the new aluminium lower chassis plate that can be seen in prototype stages in the images – the production version will come hard-anodised and engraved. Shipping of the kits will start after the 6th of May with the 3.0 should be hitting the stores shortly after. Click here to view more photos
The first round of the Dutch electric on-road nationals was held last weekend at the RC-Hotwheels track in Deventer. Practice on Saturday took place under the best possible weather conditions but overnight rain washed away the grip and coming the first qualifying round the track was still damp. Soon after the first round was completed, the heaven opened its gates again causing the racing action to come to a halt. In the Touring Car Modified class the TQ then went to Rob Jansen (Tamiya) followed by Jetse Reitsma (Spec-R) and Ronald Arts (Tamiya). The Stock class had Jitse Miedema taking TQ in front of his Xray fellows Bram Lagerwey and Steven Koiter.
The recent New South Wales IC State Titles not only saw the running of an 1/8th GT support class but also 1/8th and 1/10th nitro racing. In 1/8th on-road Mugen racer Jeff Hamon took the win from Leigh Dytor and Michael Turner. The 1/10th class had Peter Jovanovic taking the win from Jeff Hamon and Aaron Lee.
Moorebank Raceway hosted the 2014 New South Wales State IC Titles and for the first time ever 1/8 GT was offered as a demonstration class and is anticipated to be an approved class in the near future. The field comprised of a variety of brands which was dominated by Serpent Cobra GT drivers. Qualifying commenced on Friday with two qualifiers completed. Rick Seymosberger made an early statement in his Cobra GT which he improved upon during the second qualifier.
At the final round of the Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series, which hosted over 1500 registrations across 8 events this season, Xray’s Wayne Mah took the Team Novak RC Sponsored 1/12th Scale Modified season championship. This is the first year for 1/12 Modified in WCICS, and is the fastest class in the series. Only very skilled drivers need apply, and Wayne takes home the well-deserved top spot in the inaugural year. Second in the championship was an amazing three way tie. British Columbia’s CRC sponsored Blake Bell, followed by Team Associated’s Peter Toszer in 3rd, and Steve Soon were all tied, but after going to race wins, TQ’s, and dropped races that’s how it shook out. Full results and podium pics can be found here.