7075 Special Parts from Italy have introduced a range of new option parts for the new Kyosho Inferno MP10 buggy. First up is a hard-anodised aluminium chassis whose updated design allows to attach both the original and 7075.it’s optional balance weights. Also new are front and rear shock towers, as well as FF, FR, RF and RR suspension holders with all of the above parts being machined from high-quality Swiss 7075 aluminium and they come finished off with a 50 micron thick hard anodising for wear and looks. Engraved 7075.it logos make the parts stand out.
Bruno Coelho is the top seed for 2WD qualifying at the fourth round of the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia. The Xray driver set the fastest 3-consecutive laps on a tighter than usual Hudy Arena track layout in the 2nd of the two controlled practices run to top the seeding from Michal Orlowski and Martin Bayer, with championship leader Lee Martin sixth fastest. It was a somewhat controversial start to the weekend when it was discovered a high number of laps were completed on the track yesterday. On EOS race weekends the track is not open until the first free practice on Friday morning kick starts the weekend for all drivers in order to create a level playing field. On investigation of the laps and transponder numbers, it was discovered the car completing the greatest number of laps was that of Daniel Kobbevik. Race Director Scotty Ernst raised the issue with Xray team manager Martin Bayer who explained that Kobbevik’s car was being used to finalise the layout of the jumps and was driven by a number drivers including Xray boss Juraj Hudy but none of the team’s championship contenders. The other cars were driven by non EOS competitors. With Bayer confirming Kobbevik still drove approximately 30-laps in total, albeit not on the final race layout and many in the opposite direction, the decision was taken that the Norwegian would be forced to sit out CP2 – the matter still having been under investigation during CP1.
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Redworks from France have introduced new carbon fibre optionals for the Xray XB2 and XB4 off-road buggies. First up is the L4 rear shock tower for the XB2, a low-profile variant for the use with pre-2018 rear shocks of the XB2 or XB4. The updated geometry offers less droop and a lower centre of gravity which can be beneficial in certain track conditions. Next up and also made for the XB2 is a flex battery hold down that allows for a softer chassis flex setting while doing away with the need to use battery foam spacers thanks to multiple battery stop positions. Another flex battery strap come for the XB4 4WD buggy – the updated design results in a softer chassis flex setting for improved drivability in a variety of conditions. Last but not least comes a small carbon fibre electronics mounting plate that ensures quick and easy mounting and removing of the buggy’s electronics. All parts are machined from high-quality carbon fibre and they are available now.
The 2019 Batam Challenge was held at the Banana RC Track in Batam City, Indonesia last weekend. A total of 35 drivers from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta, Medan, Banjarmasin, Padang, Pontianak as well as local drivers attended the event that saw five rounds of 10-minutes qualifying with the three best to count. In the end it was Jason Nugroho (Xray/Novarossi) ho took the TQ honours and he also secured the win in the 60-minute main final, some five laps in front of Adrian Wicaksono (Mugen/O.S.) on the runner-up spot and John Agus (Kyosho/O.S.) in 3rd. Andre Supriyatna (Mugen/O.S.) and Rama Danindro (HB Racing/Novarossi) would round out the top 5 results.
Coming from T-Works are two sets of DLC-coated lower arm shafts for the Kyosho Inferno MP10 buggy. The exclusive coating with ensure smooth suspension action due to less friction between the shaft and the arm all while making for improved wear resistance. Available are 4.5x65mm front and 4.5x69mm rear pin sets.
Last weekend the Swedish Cup series kicked off its new season. The event was hosted by the Karlskrona MRK club and held at their indoor facility in Kallinge. In 4WD Buggy qualifying it was evident that several drivers were really quick, but in the end it was Elias Johansson who came out on top with David Ronnefalk lining up 2nd and Alexander Landen 3rd. In the opening A-main Alexander stayed with the front pack for the first two laps, but then went just a bit tight on a track marker and got slightly stuck, and had to let Wilhelm Skjöldebrand by. They had a really good battle together for a few laps before a small mistake where Wilhelm left the door slightly open after the straight, gave Alexander the possibility to re-take 3rd position.
Axial Racing have introduced their new Wraith 1.9” ready-to-run scale rock crawler. It builds on a refined chassis with increased ground clearance, new skid plate and lower rails. A front battery mounting location and a chassis-mounted steering servo as well as single-piece AR44 axles, adjustable oil-filled shock absorbers as well as licensed S30 compound Nitto Grappler tyres are also part of the package as are a detailed polycarbonate body shell with plastic scale details such as the grill and radiator. Two large LED headlights make for visual impact as does the replica V8 engine receiver box under the hood.
Kyosho Europe have introduced the new Picco EFRA 2099 Performance off-road exhaust. Designed for the use with the new Blast engines, the exhaust system utilises an updated and reshaped long-type manifold with the whole setup ensuring a more linear power curve over the whole RPM band. While being designed for the Picco Blast engine, the exhaust also fits Novarossi and O.S. based power plants.