After months of testing and development Werks Racing have announced that they are offering pre-mounted 1/8th buggy tires which will mean the giant step of going 100% pre-mount only on their 1/8th buggy tires! Werks Racing will no longer be selling un-mounted 1/8th Buggy tires and say the reason was simple, ‘which driver in their right mind wants to glue tires?’ To offer one of the best packages in the industry the US company has taken their complete range of 1/8th buggy tires and matched them with 2 of their other recently released products. The new “white” super consistent, medium compound molded insert and the new low weight, large diameter 1/8th buggy dish wheel. These have been combined with a proven “Italian” gluing system for an inseparable glue bond. All of the components will be manufactured, assembled and glued in Italy at an attractive and affordable price.
German company PSM Racing, who specialize in accessories for the 1/8 Scale off road racing, have released a new Toe & Droop Gauge for Buggy and Truggy use. Made from aluminium, the new gauge is finished in a grey coating engraved with the PSM Racing logo.
Darren Bloomfield headed an all Losi 8ight podium at a very wet Novarossi Grand Prix yesterday in the UK when the Top Qualifier led home fellow countryman Richard Taylor and Swedish Touring Car ace Vicktor Wilck in a shortened Main Final. Saturday qualifying saw the 100 plus competitors contend with cold and wind conditions but the weather was to deteriorate overnight and Sunday saw the heavens open forcing the race organisers to reduce the length of the finals as the astro turf track required regular clearing of the standing water using buckets. Unfortunately for the Truggy competitors, who were running simultaneously on the dirt track at Novarossi Raceway, the race organisers decided to cancel the finals in the grounds of marshaling safety and so the results were declared on qualifying giving Losi a clean sweep of the event with Ed Kerry declared the winner to also give Novarossi engines the double at their own event.
Last Sunday saw the final round of the 10 round East Midlands Nitro Offroad Racing Championship. The championship is competed in and around the East Midlands area visiting each track twice in the year with 6 out of 10 rounds to count. Recent Kyosho signing Steven Bond received his Kyosho STRR Truggy days before the opening meeting and started off the series in the second round on the new Derby track with a TQ and Win. Following this by TQ and wins in rounds 3,4,6,7,8 and missing 3 rounds due to racing in the Truggy Nationals the Championship was won with a maximum score. With a National A final and finishing 15th overall in the UK Nationals followed by a 2nd in the Hongnor Cup Steven stated “I am more than satisfied with the STRR”. The Kyosho reliability and superior handling also helped Tony Drabble and Dean Coupland to second and third to complete the Kyosho 1-2-3.
X Factory have announced that the X-60, an all-new mid-motor Conversion Kit for the AE T4 is almost ready for final testing. As you can see from the photos, the mold for the chassis is almost finished and their mold shop says the tool will be finished this weekend, and the first production prototypes will be made. All the X-Team drivers will begin testing molded chassis’ in the next 4-10 days depending on shipping times, with results forwarded to the home office in northwest Ohio by October 20. If all is well, full production of graphite chassis’ will begin immediately. The rear control arms are finished, and full production graphite arms will be shipped to X Factory around Oct. 10th. The Team will be using production prototype rear shock towers and battery straps about the end of next week, so those items should be able to go into production on the 20th also. Work has also begun on the body mold, and they hope to have the prototype bodies about Oct 20 for photos and track testing. If everything fits, looks good, and the downforce is correct, that part can go immediately into production too.
Pro-Line have released the V3 versions of both the Bow-Tie and the Revolver, both of which are 4.6mm wider then standard versions. The added width adapts 1 more row of center lug Bow-Tie’s to the tire and 2 more rows of tread to the tire on the Revolver. Not only do the additional knobs create more traction but they also make the tire last longer. With the Bow Tie V3 the bumps seem to vanish as the additional center lug assist in keeping the car straight as you throttle out of corners and over those acceleration bumps, while with the Revolver V3 blue-groove tracks become increasingly easier to go the distance in those long mains or during those long practice sessions. To cater for the new tires, these Velocity V3 wheels are nearly 5mm wider than the V2 wheels, and they allow your buggy to transfer around corners more consistently and in a straighter line over the roughest parts of the track. The width of the wheel has been extended towards the inner part of the wheel, or center of the buggy, so track width integrity has been maintained.
New from Answer RC is this complete set of 24 Bearings for the World Champion Hot Bodies D8 buggy. These are superb quality and spec’d to be longer lasting and able to cope with higher rpm. Excellent quality and superb value. These bearings use 1 x rubber seal and 1 x metal shield, which is to be installed with the rubber seal facing the dirt. The metal shield offers less resistance therefore reducing load on the bearing giving a higher max rpm.
New for the XB8 and XT8, Xray have released these CNC-machined graphite ventilated brake disks. When using this graphite brake disk, it is necessary to use hardened steel brake pads (not included) by themselves without Ferodo fibre-style brake pads glued to them. All Xray graphite parts are CNC-machined in-house using state-of-the-art fully automatic German CNC-milling machines, ensuring the tightest tolerances and highest manufacturing quality. Manufactured from high-grade, custom-manufactured carbon graphite that is specially produced based on Xray’s own recipe and specifications.