A lot of people have been worried that the upcoming RC8 buggy from Team Associated, that was officially announced last week, would be basically a copy of new owner Thunder Tigers current offering. Well according to a statement from Torrance Deguzman, who works with Associateds R&D team, the car will bear no resemblance to the TT buggy but will use its differentials in order to save costs as well as some minor linkage parts but that the rest of the buggy is completely new.
We mentioned yesterday that EFRA was considering moving the date of this years 1/8th scale Buggy European A Championships following a clash with the Tour de France. Well that has now been confirmed with EFRA publishing an important announcement on their site stating that this race has been moved to a date 1 week later to the 17th – 21st of July.
According to a report by Philip over at Neo Buggy, the European A Championships for 1/8th scale off road, that is being held in France this summer, is to be rescheduled due to a clash with the Tour de France. The problem is “A clash with the Tour de France in the proximity of the hosting city Auxerre would create massive problems with hotels etc.”. This seems to me to be just bad planning on behalf of the organisers to have just overlooked something like this. We will learn more soon and keep you informed.
Through Mirage Racing, RS Falcon have announced the release of this .28 truggy motor. It just shows the growing competitiveness of the truggy class when competition engine manufacturers are making motors specifically for it. This seems like a very nice motor, from the same stable as Ninja and Boss, and features some very cutting edge internals as you would expect from a motor with big names like GRP and Mario Rossi behind its design.
You can view more detailed pics and information here.
Our partners Buggy Sport are reporting that 2 times German Vice Champion Timo Engelstatter has switched over to the Team Losi for the 2007 season. Staying with the Graupner team, that recently signed Sonke Matz to also race Losi, Timo last year raced with the HoBao Hyper8 which is also imported by the same company.
Just before christmas RB ran a competition on their site to guess the identity of their new World Champion driver. Well in what has turned out to be a great anti-climax for us news hounds it appears that that drivers identity is 10 time World Champion mountain biker Nicolas Vouilloz. I wont even pretend to have heard of him before but apart from his skills on a mountain bike it turns out that he is pretty nifty in a rally car too.
You can find out more about Nicolas Vouilloz here.
According to our site partners Buggy-Sport, Former Euro B Champion Sonke Matz has agreed to race for Team Losi in 2007 having left Kyosho at the end of last year. Driving for the German Graupner team he will stay with CMB engines, Red Alert Fuel and Eck-Tec parts.
In an announcement from Team Associated today, the US company owned by Thunder Tiger, have confirmed, what was a badly kept secret, that they will enter into the 1/8th scale buggy market with their ‘Factory Team RC8’. The statement also confirmed the identity of their team who will race and further develop the car.
Set to lead the Worldwide racing campaign for the RC8 are current ROAR 1/8th Scale National Champion, Ryan Maifield, two-time IFMAR World Champion Ryan Cavalieri and multi-time U.S. National Champion, Richard Saxton. In addition, ROAR â€œAâ€ main finalist JR Mitch and Kyle Skidmore will focus on regional events and select National contests in the United States.