Inspired by team drivers, this great new kit installs a second, larger idler pulley on your X-Factory X-5 Squared to reduce belt skip while maintaining complete driveline freedom. Your Squared idler bar is pre-drilled and tapped with holes for the Upgrade system, so installation is easy. The larger pulley mounts closer to the drive gear, increasing belt wrap and that reduces skip both on acceleration and braking. The normal idler is moved further back and slightly down on the idler bar, and the bar installs in the X-5 Squared just as it always did. This pulley arrangement allows the belt angles to be less than with just one, so driveline freedom is maintained.
As seen on the team cars at the World Championships in Japan, Tamiya have released the 2nd version of the TRF501X body shell. Featuring more space around the electronics and motor, to aid cooling and allow more possible electronics layout options, this body was spotted on the Tamiya stand at the recent Tokyo Hobby show in Japan.
The 2007 FEMCA Championship for 1/8th off road buggy and truggy classes were run last weekend in Pattaya, Thailand and it saw a win for Surikarn C. in buggy and Paphon C. in truggy. The buggy class was TQ’d by Kyosho racer Panit ahead of Hwang Sun Young with another Kyosho while Hot Bodies racer Surikarn was 3rd, but after the semi finals it was Xray driver Meen V. that was on pole position with Surikarn in 2nd. And the race was battled out between the 2 racers with Surikarn eventually taking the win by 1 lap at the end of the 1 hour final with Meen V. in 2nd and HongNor racer Yeh Hsia Ching a further lap back in 3rd. In the truggy class it was TQ for CEN driver Paphon C. with Mugen driver Chai Kok Chin in 2nd and Alan Looi in 3rd, also for Mugen and it didn’t change much after the semi finals apart from Chai Kok Chin dropping down to 5th in the starting order. The 45 minute long final saw the win go to pole man Paphon C. by 2 laps in front of Alan Looi in 2nd and John Ho in 3rd, 1 lap further back.
After almost a week of muddy and super tricky conditions brought on by mid week rain, the Pre Worlds finals for 1/8th scale buggies were eventually run on a muddy track at the Farm 2 track in Charlotte, North Carolina. An extremely tricky qualifying saw Jammin racer Taylor James take the TQ spot from Kyosho pairing of Kelbey Roberts and Lance Norick with Billy Easton rounding out the top 4 with the Serpent protoype. After the Semi finals, in which the tricky conditions once more took their toll, it was Taylor James who would start from Pole position ahead of Mugen racer Daniel Vega from Spain and Mike Truhe racing for Losi in 3rd. The 1 hour final saw a good pace for Truhe, but 2 flameouts cancelled out any performance advantage he had and left him trailing Savoya who was leading. The Losi driver was able to catch the leader by the end, who was suffering from receiver battery problems, but it was not to be as Truhe had to stop just before the 1 hour was up due to mechanical problems although he still came home 2nd with Raul Peris for Kyosho in 3rd.
JConcepts have released the Illuzion B44 “Hi-flow” body which has been designed specifically for the Team Associated B44 4wd buggy. Hi-Flow styling presents a flowing design while incorporating many radical scoop outlets for additional air flow for speed control and motor cooling. Race inspired aggressive styling, Illuzionized cab and upper scoop combined with the durable flowing design of the side pod scoops are just some of the features that make the new Illuzion “Hi-flow” body stand apart from the rest. Made from heavy-duty thickness polycarbonate with protective film, the body is supplied with two 6” rear V-wings as well as window masks and detailed Illuzion decal sheet.
CML Distribution have released detailed information about the newly released brushless powered FTX Fury 1/16th RTR buggy. Said to hit 40 mph+ straight out of the box, this is one quick little car and will surely be seen tearing up the indoor tracks this winter. The Fury comes pre-assembled with 2-channel radio, Castle Creations™ Mamba Brushless ESC, HiMax motor and Lipo battery, basically everything you need to get going.
HPI Racing have released their first electric 2WD truck, the E-Firestorm, which is the product of years of research and the collected knowledge. Ready to go right out of the box, the E-Firestorm is factory pre-assembled and pre-painted, built from tough nitro truck parts and designed using the latest computer software and engineering know-how.
The design of the E-Firestorm is unheard of at the price level it will be offered at – previously, there were only two choices when it came to electric 2WD RTR trucks: very expensive yet fragile watered-down race trucks, or durable low-cost trucks with limited performance. The E-Firestorm is the first truck in this segment to offer tough race-level quality at TRUE Ready-to-Run prices! You get the handling and performance of the top racing trucks as well as the durability and value of other RTR trucks!
We received an e-mail from the organisers of the Offroad WinterChamps, held in the first weekend of the new year in Hohenems in Austria. The unofficial European Indoor Championship as it has been referred to as, the event attracts top drivers like European Champion Hupo Hoenigl, Joern Neumann and Peter Pinisch every year, who come to take up the challenge on the demanding multi surface indoor track. The race will be held on the 5th – 6th of January and entry opens on the 8th of November at 20:00 CET. In 2007 the race was fully booked out in less than 48 hours so don’t miss out on your chance to sign up to be one of the 160 participants taking part in 2008.
You can find more information about this event here.