The German 1/8th Nitro On-road National Championships were held this past weekend at the AMC Hamm track. The qualification of the faster Class 1 was won by Mugen’s Robert Pietsch from John Ermen (ARC) and Michael Salven (Serpent) with Patrick Schäfer (Shepherd) and Steven Cuypers (Mugen) completing the top 5 result. The 45-minute main final then was a pretty close affair with the top 3 drivers being separated by only about 3 seconds on the finish line. Michael Salven would give Serpent’s new 977 Evo-2 a maiden national win with Steven Cuypers coming in second. In third ARC’s Lars Hoppe completed the top 3 podium result while TQ Robert Pietsch had to settle for 8th.
Round four of this year’s BL-Cup was held at the Euregio off-road track in Hengelo, The Netherlands. Despite the nice and sunny weather only 29 drivers signed in for the event that was TQed by Bart Mullink from Sander van Genegten and Michael van Dijk. At the start of the main final Bart made an unusual error and dropped down the order but some four laps later he had already recovered to a podium position and he continued to gain places and on lap seven he was able to take over the lead from Sander and from that moment on he never looked back. Sander would bring home the runner-up spot from Michael who also had a bad start but he fought back, coming from as low as the ninth place, to grab the final podium spot from a chasing pack.
Italian company Hot Race Tyres have released a first image of their forthcoming Etere 1/8th buggy rim. A special design makes for a greatly reduced weight with the rim being about 6g lighter than the standard Hot Race rims for reduced rotational and unsprung masses. On top of this make optimised flex characteristics for improved overall traction.
Yokomo’s World Championship winning BD8 1/10th 4WD electric touring car will be released by end of October, according to the Japanese manufacturer. Successful at this year’s IFMAR Worlds in China in the hands of Germany’s Ronald Völker the car utilises a range of improvements over the previous BD7 platform with a new centre aligned front belt improving the car’s balance and smoothness during acceleration. The drivetrain features a 1-piece 20T centre pulley that takes both the front and rear belt while a new motor mount and flex system moves the motor more inboard, again to achieve an optimised weight balance. The motor mount is also smaller for reduced weight and a new lower mounting pattern improves chassis flex for increased grip and corner speed.
Carisma have released first images and information on their all-new V70R sensored micro brushless speed controller and motor. Purpose-designed for 1/14th to 1/16th scale mini and micro buggies the speed controller is of very compact dimensions with the sensored design allowing for exceptional low-speed throttle smoothness and thus car control without sacrificing performance when it is needed. The software supports blinky and turbo timing options, meaning the speedo is usable in stock and open class racing and the throttle and brake settings can be fine-tuned to the driver’s liking. Depending on the gearing the controller can be used with up to 3S LiPo battery packs and it fully support Carima’s new Racing Mini sensored brushless motors that are available in a milder 4600kv variant and also as high-power 5350kv motor. The motors measure 24×43.6mm and they utilise a 3mm shaft. In addition a programming box is available separately for easy adjustment of the controller. The new motors already prove their performance by taking the top 3 spots at the recent MicroX race with the controller obtaining P2 and P3 overall in the hand of Craig Harris and Keith Robertson.
Pro-Line have introduced the Brawler solid axle monster truck wheels for vehicles such as the Tamiya Clod Buster. A perfect match for Pro-Line’s 2.6″ Destroyer tyres the Brawler is a 12mm hex glue up style wheel with a black hub cap that completely covers up the non-scale looking wheel nut, giving any truck the ultimate scale look. Available in two variants, the stock offset version has the same wheel offset as the stock Clod Buster wheels, while the wider offset version is 17.5mm wider per side making the truck 35mm wider overall than stock. The wheels come as pairs, including hardware and in white or grey colour.
Coming from Pro-Line are the new Hyrax 1.9″ G8 Rock Terrain truck tyre as well as two rock crawler foam inserts. Starting with the tyre, designed from the ground up for maximum grip on the toughest terrain, the Hyrax features an aggressive and open tread pattern with each tread block containing multiple spies for optimized tread flex. The highly detailed connected tread on the sidewall of the tyre extends out for exceptional side-hilling performance. Made from G8 material the tyre also features futuristic stepped tread blocks that create even more forward gripping edges that dig into slick rocks. The tyre fits most 1.9″ wheels and it comes including open cell inserts.
Round three of the Spanish Nitro Buggy National Championship was held this past weekend at the San Jose track in Sevilla, Spain. A small and technical track with laptimes in the 30 seconds range and very little space to overtake made things interesting in the semis and the main final. The weekend started off with a dominating Robert Batlle that brought to everybody’s attention why he is a 10-times national champion. He absolutely smashed the qualifiers and took the overall TQ with one round to go, posting the exact same time in Q1 an Q2 to show his World-class skills and precision. Juan Carlos Canas, winner of the second round of the Nationals and reigning 1/8th Buggy Euro B champion, was the only driver that could almost-match Robert’s rhythm and consistency, although finishing 3 to 5 seconds off Batlle’s pace.