The first out of two rounds for this year’s German 1/8th nitro buggy championship was held at the LA Speedway in Landshut in the South of Germany. Nearly 130 drivers battled for the win on a bumpy, challenging track. The cold weather made things unpleasant and at the end of the 40 minute final Xray/LRP’s Martin Bayer took the win one lap ahead of Carsten Keller (Kyosho/Bullitt) and Jörn Neumann (Team Durango/FX). The second and decisive round of the championship will take place this coming weekend on a track close to the Munich airport.
WRC Racing introduce new low-profile shock membranes and special O-rings for the use with the company’s shock absorbers. The membranes allow for easier rebound value adjustment while the X-shaped O-rings are meant to reduce the damper’s friction to a minimum. The membranes are sold in packs of four while the O-rings come in 10-piece packages.
Yeah Racing have the version 2 aluminium steering set for HPI’s entry-level E10 chassis available. The set contains purple anodised aluminium steering bellcranks, ball bearings, bushings, steering links and hardware to upgrade the E10’s standard steering to a more durable and precise assembly. The kit is a direct replacement and improves the steering response by offering a lot less flex compared to the standard plastic parts.
Tamiya Blog have a first rendering of Tamiya’s forthcoming FF-04 Evo front wheel drive chassis available. The latest generation FF chassis builds on the carbon fibre double deck chassis concept of the FF-03 Evo and features a range of upgraded and newly designed parts. The chassis itself is made from 2.5mm carbon fibre with a 2mm upper deck. The suspension arms are taken over from the TRF418 while the power is transferred by a XV-01 design gearbox. The limited edition kit will also come with a 3mm aluminium motor plate and other alloy parts such as the front brace, servo mount, turnbuckles and bulkhead. The package is rounded out by a gear diff unit, fluorine-sealed ball bearings, TRF shock absorbers and dual joint universal driveshafts. The FF-04 Evo is set for a release later this year.
The KYPAK club in Kouvola hosted the 4th round of the Finnish nitro on-road championships. Unlike in the previous races the weather was cold and drivers were expecting rain showers, but at the end only a few minutes of light rain during the day caused slippery conditions in 2nd round of qualifying, with the remainder of the day being dry. In the 3 rounds of qualifying Panu, Matias and Teemu were fighting of the TQ, but it was Matias who managed to take the overall TQ spot in 3 round in front of Teemu, Panu and Alexander.
The 6th round this year’s BNK 1/10th off-road championship took place in Kampenhout, Belgium with some 80 drivers in attendance. Following a rainy practice on Saturday the drivers were greeted by sunny weather on Sunday. In the 2WD class young Brent Ausloos (Schumacher) took the TQ spot from Nicolas Risser (Team C) while TLR driver Wesley Van Helmond completed the top 3 after the qualifiers.
During last weekend’s Big Apple Nitro Challenge Xray’s Renaud Savoya brought home the win in the supporting 1/8th E-buggy class. Following some electronic issues in qualifying Renaud took home the win in the dual A-mains for his first E-buggy win on foreign soil. Team Associated driver Gunnar Rieck finished 2nd while TLR’s Anthony Mazzara came in 3rd.
Shepherd introduce a new lightweight 2-speed shaft for all Velox V10 vehicles. The shaft is hollowed to reduce weight and rotating mass by about 30 percent, resulting in improved acceleration. Machined from premium steel the part is heat-treated and ground for maximum precision and a smooth ball-bearing fit without sacrificing durability.