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December 19, 2006

Chris Doughty reports on his 1/8th buggy debut

Chris Doughty Neo Invitational

Former 1/10th scale 4wd electric buggy European Champion Chris Doughty made his 1/8th scale gas buggy race debut last weekend at the Neo Invitational Indoor event. Driving his LRP powered HoBao he put on a solid show to claim 17th overall and even managed to bump up from his 1/4 final into the semi despite struggling with longer than 5 minute run times and only loosing his fuel stop virginity during his first final.

He has written a long and detailed report on his race weekend so check it out here.

Source: Doughty UK [doughtyuk.net]


December 19, 2006

David Crompton gives us the lowdown on the M1B debut

David Crompton with Team Magic M1B

Last weekend the much hyped Team Magic M1B 1/8th scale buggy made its race debut at the Neo Invitational event in the hands of British Champion David Crompton. Whilst testing was limited with the car before the event David adapted well and got the car into a semi final position only to suffer bad luck with electrical problems.

David tested the car in the Semi final warm up (10mins) and found that the changes he had done made the car feel easier to drive when driven hard, but at the start of the semi final David had electrical problems which sent the car flat out into the wall and broke the car. It was impossible to fix in the 5 mins the race director gave him so David was offered to drive a friends car, which is not in the rules but after asking all the drivers in his final no one objected so David was able to race while his pit crew fixed his M1-B ready for the Main final. David finished 4th in his semi which put him 11th on the grid. They managed to get the M1-B to the start line, but little did they know that due to the heavy impact with the wall it had damaged the steering servo and cracked the fuel tank so David retired after 6 mins.

Read the full report from David here.

Source: Nitro-Models [nitro-models.co.uk] Image: oOple [oople.com]


December 19, 2006

Robitronic release the Avid 190mm touring car

Robitronic Avid

Robitronic, the German RC manufacturer, has just released its new 190mm electric powered touring car. Called the Avid, we first saw this car at the GP Carpet World Cup and it looked pretty promising from the pictures and the production version is looking pretty nice too with lots of red anodized aluminum throughout but of course looks aren’t everything.

So the Avid is designed for maximum performance, easy handling and a lot of new features in the touring car sector. The high-efficiency drive train with extra large belt pulleys, super strong and smooth aluminium differentials and a improved suspension/steering-geometry for maximum corner speed makes this car ready for competition.

You can read more details and view more images of the Avid here.

Source: Robitronic [robitronic.eu]


December 18, 2006

oOple pictures from the 2006 Neo Invitational race

Oople Neo Invitational

Top RC action photographer oOple (Jimmy Storey) has uploaded his amazing photo set from the 2006 Neo Invitational event. They really capture the athmosphere and excitement of the event and i know i keep going on about, but he takes some of the best action shots you’re likely to see. oOple also did a report from the event which contains interviews and insight so if you haven’t seen that yet be sure to check it out.

View the oOple race report here. View the photo gallery here, here and here.


December 18, 2006

Brunet wins Rd2 of French 1/12th Nationals

French 1/12th Nationals round 2

Our partner site RC Infos are reporting that Pierre-François Brunet has won the 2nd round of the French 1/12th National Championships held last weekend in Le Harve. Driving an Associated RC12L4, round 1 winner Brunet claimed TQ spot in qualifying by just over a second and then went on the win the event ahead of 2nd placed racer Jérémy Delalondre who was driving a Corally SP12X. The final step on the podium went to another Corally SP12X racer Walter Poller-Villard.

Source: RC Infos [rcinfos.com]


December 18, 2006

Novak 4 cell transponder voltage booster

Novak 4 cell transponder voltage booster

This is a neat little thing from Novak, its a 4 cell transponder voltage booster which basically ensures that your 4 cell powered vehicle always has enough power for the transponder because after all theres no point in having power to continue your race if your laps aren’t being counted. Available in January 2007.

The module connects between the vehicle’s transponder and the receiver, and boosts voltage to the transponder for consistent lap counting—even when the battery pack is dumped.

Source: RCCA [radiocontrolzone.com]


December 18, 2006

Petit RC Indoor off road Race 2007

Petit RC Indoor off road Race

Our French partner site Petit RC has asked us to put up an announcement concerning upcoming indoor off road event that they are organising. Taking place next year in the Palais des Sports in Maions Alfort in France on February 10th – 11th, the event is open to everybody but places are limited so get your entry in soon. There will be a lot of international racers at this event and if the track is anything like last year it should prove to be very challenging.

You can read more info about the event here.


December 18, 2006

Xray release aluminium out drives for M18

Xray aluminium outdrives

What was many peoples pet hate with the M18’s including with the M18 Pro was that the cars only came with composite out drives which while sufficient for the job they could be better. Well now they are with Xray’s release of these CNC machined aluminium versions which also feature the new wheel mounting that was released with the M18 Pro kit.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]