Kyosho were in touch to let us know that their team driver Kelby Roberts, along with teammates Chris Systma, Mark Christman, and Max Flurer, have won the 2nd Annual Burndown Enduro at Wolcott Hobbies in Wolcott, CT. Driving an Inferno 777 WC Edition buggy and the new Inferno ST-RR truck, the team took top honors in both the buggy and truck classes without a single mechanical issue during the combined five hours of driving.
We are a little late with this news, as we were busy in Argentina, but Associated was in contact to let us know that Jason Ashton has joined their team. The 2004 ROAR 1/8th National Champion and IFMAR World Championship A-main finalist will campaign the Factory Team RC8 on the U.S. National and International racing circuit. Ashton brings a balance of experience and desire to the already lethal force that is the Associated 1/8th Racing Team. When asked why Ashton found racing for Team Associated so appealing he had this to say
When I analyzed all the teams, vehicles and companies, Team Associated continued to rise to the top. I’m racing for what I feel is the complete package. I am excited to have their support and to be a part of their Team.
Look for Ashton to debut his RC8 at the upcoming IFMAR World Championships Warm-Up at The Farm2 in late October and then on to the Nitro Pit for the Nitrocross Invitational.
We received this report from the first round of the Florida Off Road State Series that saw Florida’s best gather in Bartow, FL. With just under 190 entries, Mugen/OS/JConcepts dominates the race with a TQ and win in both 1/8 Scale Buggy and 1/8 Scale Truck.
Following on from the release of their Compak clutch system, Ultimate Racing have released a number of new high performance vented and non-vented clutch bells for 1/8 nitro off road cars. They have been manufactured from high quality steel with a temperature treatment surface that not only looks cool but substantially increases the durability. The vented clutch bells have been designed lighter than the non-vented with three irregular holes, which keeps your clutch cooler for better performance and increased life.
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Hot Bodies has introduced the RTR Lightning 10 Sport a 4WD nitro-powered buggy that is perfect for anyone looking for hours of fun and excitement. With nearly all of the details of the top-level Lightning kits, the RTR Lightning 10 Sport is a great stepping stone to the all-out 1/8 rallycross buggy class, making it ideal for young racers and beginners. It comes pre-assembled and only requires just a few minutes of preparation out of the box, the Lightning 10 Sport features a powerful 2.5cm3 (.15in3) size engine with pullstarter and tuned pipe, strong dual disc brake system, laydown steering servo, sealed receiver box, long-stroke oil-filled coilover shocks, front and rear chassis braces, turnbuckles for adjusting camber and front toe, and plastic chassis side guards.
Team Associated and CML Distribution have announced that European Junior Champion, and winner of this years Kyosho Masters, Elliott Boots has signed to race the RC8 in 2008. Elliott has a long standing association with CML and this is an extension of that relationship. When Elliott arrived at CML today to sign his contract he had this to say.
I cant wait to get racing the RC8, I have seen Neil Cragg take the title this year and new I had to get my hands on one!
More new products from Team Losi with the release of this RC Diaper/Carrier for the racer who likes to keep things clean. The “Diaper” features a rubberized leak proof pouch with an elastic edge that secures itself high around your 1/8 buggy, 1/10 scale truck or sedan, while the natural bag structure that encompasses the model collects and retains any debris or mess that falls off keeping it from messing your car, carpet, or house. Best of all there are sturdy carrying straps attached with a Velcro closure that allows you to carry your model effortlessly while keeping it level, allowing you to carry additional items at the same times without the risk of making a mess accidentally.
Ultimate Racing first introduced its off road clutch system 4 years ago, and it was used by Miguel Matias to win his 1/8 off-road European Championship. Now with the introduction of the Compak, the standard clutch has been improved with a smaller diameter of the flywheel of 34 mm and this allows it to be fitted into nearly all current buggy models, Hong Nor, Mugen, Kyosho, HoBao, Crono and Xray.