The third round of the Spanish Nitro Buggy National Championship was held at the Valladolid track this past weekend. Mugen’s Robert Batlle was in control of things on the slippery track with the Kyosho duo of Brian Baldo and Joao Figueiredo coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively after the qualifiers. Mugen’s Juan Carlos Canas, who had a troublefull qualifier, would start the A-main from the pole position and he would also bring home the win in the 45-minute A-main from Robert Batlle on the 2 spot, a lap down. Robert felt less comfortable in the main compared to the previous days and he opted to just bring home the runner-up spot and thus valuable points for the championship. Another lap down it was Oscar Baldo who would round out the podium result for Kyosho, also suffering minor issues.
Speedzone have released two new hardcase silicon graphene LiPo competition battery packs. The standard 2S pack is a 6500mAh 120C variant with dimensions of 138.5x47x25mm and it weighs in at 296g. The shorty batterie is a 5000mAh 120C pack that measures 96x47x24.8mm and weighs 208g. Both packs have 5mm bullet connectors and come with the battery leads and standard JST-XH balance plug.
Pro-Line have introduced their new Invader tyre for 1/8th off-road buggies. The next step forward in extreme wear while still providing the fast lap performance, the unique interlocking cross-shaped Invader pins down the centre of the tyre deliver exceptional tread life, while the small, flexible pins on the side provide optimised grip on a variety of surfaces. The tyre is meant to feel super smooth and accelerate and brake incredibly straight, giving an advantage in close racing conditions. The tyre comes as pair including blue closed cell inserts and it is available in soft M3, super soft M4, medium S2 and soft S3 compounds.
Coming from Pro-Line and made for 12.3” wheelbase scale crawlers is the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck body shell. This body will completely transform any 313mm wheelbase truck into an Ultra Scale aggressive Raptor rig perfect for rock crawling. The details from the full-size 2017 Raptor have been faithfully recreated and will give scale rigs truck a unique look compared to the sea of old-school classic trucks that have been dominating the crawling scene. The single piece body is very light for a lower centre of gravity and improved crawling performance. Window masks, paint-then-peel overspray film and fully licensed detailed stickers are included to finish off the look.
The Gargenville astro turf track recently played host to round 5 of the French 1/10th Electric Off-road Championship. Xray’s Armand Lantheaume would double TQ the 2WD Buggy and 4WD Buggy classes and he also went on to take the day’s win in both categories. In the 2WD class A2 winner, young Clement Boda (Team Associated), took the overall runner-up spot from Francois Guerbois (Xray) on the 3 spot. In 4WD Armand was accompanied on the podium by HB Racing’s Thomas Anger in 2nd and Team Associated’s Clement Boda 3rd.
Spektrum have introduced their new top-of-the-foodchain low-profile servo for 1/10th scale applications. It offers a quick 0.07s of transit time and a torque of 17.4kg-cm at 8.4V input and finely tuned electronics and software integrate with powerful brushless motor technology to offer ultra performance. Heavy-duty servo lead-wire includes the convenience of a quick-release cable connection. The all-aluminium case provides durability and heat dissipation while precision metal gears ensure hassle-free control. Over-current and over-temperature protection round out the package.
Team Associated have introduced the new aluminium differential height inserts for the B6.1 series of off-road kits. They are a direct replacement for the standard composite items and are a lot more durable while offering exceptional precision. Orientation numbers are etched onto the inserts, making them easy to read. The 4-piece set is compatible with RC10B6.1, RC10B6.1D, RC10B6.1 FL, RC10T6.1, and RC10SC6.1 kits.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the new ECX Micro Roost 1/28th scale 2WD ready-to-run buggy. The factory-assembled, palm-sized vehicle comes fully ready to run out of the box with nothing to add prior to turning every office space, living room or other small-sized places into full-breed racing tracks. Grippy all-terrain rubber tyres ensure exceptional handling characteristics as does the locked drivetrain that makes for better low speed off-road use. A full range transmitter is included in the package as is a removable 200mAh 1S LiPo battery pack. The Micro Roost is available in two liveries from November.