Following up on the release of the Conespike, a tire developed by GRP together with UK importers Mirage, comes this new Super Soft compound for the already popular GRP Jolly and Atomic 1:8th Off Road tread patterns. The surface of the tire has a new subtly textured finish which improves traction if the tire folds under hard acceleration or cornering, which has made a huge difference in performance of the tire. They have also been busy developing a new softer yellow insert to maximise the performance from the new softer compound tyres. The inserts improve handling on bumpy/rutted tracks as well as when landing from large jumps.
Team Magic have released the, pretty extensive, run down of improvements on their M1B Turbo buggy, the follow up to their troubled entry into the 1/8th scale buggy market, the M1B. Most of the changes are for improving durability with the inclusion of some previously released K-Factory parts, while some changes are to aid performance such as given the car a longer wheelbase, lower C of G and a stiffer chassis through the use of better bracing.
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The weekend just gone saw the 5th round of the Ceara State Championships held in Braczil on the countries best track, and host of the 10th running of the Brazilian off road Nationals later in the year, the Asa Branca Speedway. In qualifying for the buggy class it was a TQ for CEN racer Rafael Felicio who also TQ’d the truggy class and he went on the win both classes, beating out Jesus Fernandes and Francisco Alcantara in the buggy class and Cleyton Viana and Joao Bruno in the truggy class. With this win Rafael Felicio becomes the 2007 Ceara State truggy Champion with 4 TQ’s and wins from 5 rounds while in the buggy class he is the leader in the series but has yet to clinch the title, battling with CEN team mate Francisco Junior who currently lies in 2nd place with 2 rounds still left.
The first round of the West German 1/8th scale off road qualification races for the 2008 Nationals took place last weekend at the MAC Essen track. The event was open to both buggy and truggy classes and in the buggy class it was a win for Kyosho racer Daniel Reckward ahead of team mate Denis Macek in 2nd and Mugen driver Frank Derksen completing the podium in 3rd. Daniel managed to do the double for Kyosho, taking the win in the truggy class also in front of 2nd placed Mugen driver Alexander Munsch and Team Losi racer Thomas Wüller in 3rd.
MID, the German based European Mugen distributors, have released this new general Mugen Seiki decal sheet. Featuring a number of Mugen Seiki and MID logos in varying sizes, the sheet also sports some curiously worded ‘Stop the Copy’ sign type logos. Available now.
Inspired by the overwhelming popularity and success of Team Associated’s original MGT, the Mini MGT 3.0 packs all the same dirt-kicking performance into a compact 1:10 scale package. The Mini MGT 3.0 brings with it all of the features: a 2-speed automatic transmission with reverse, eight coil-over oil-filled shocks, full precision ball bearings, and specially designed Team Associated all-terrain tires and more. The Mini MGT comes factory assembled with a painted body, ready for you to fire up and rip up the road.
Continuing with our Slovakian theme, Hudy have released this exceptionally flat and warp-resistant set-up board for chassis set-up of 1/8th scale off-road buggies and truggies. This practical and essential board makes the work on any buggy or truggy a pleasure as it is wide enough to ensure that the setup system pieces will fit properly on the board.
The board is made from a core of specially pressed wooden material, the manufacturing of which ensures constant thickness and warp resistance. The exterior of the flat setup board is a special plastic coating that is bonded to the core by very high pressure, ensuring an extremely flat, tough, and durable exterior. Outer edges are covered with a special plastic material to prevent corner and edge damage from regular or extreme use.
In all our excitement of writing about the new GRP Conespike for 1/10th scale, we completely overlooked the fact that GRP had also produced the same tire style for 1/8th scale as well. These tires have also been made in conjunction with Mirage Racing and UK GRP racers and have been specifically developed for the grass / astro turf conditions found in the UK.
The surface of the tyre has a textured finish instead of a smooth finish as this improves traction once the spike has folded under acceleration. This made a huge difference in performance of the tyre and was another feature that we are very happy with. We also have been very busy developing a new softer insert which is now yellow in colour and improves handling on bumpy tracks as well as landing jumps.