Novarossi have introduced a line up of .28 truggy motors in 3 different configurations in 3, 5 and 7 ports. These engines have been placed under the Plus line and will be available immediately. Most of the top end engines have received an upgrade for the 2008 season with new carburettors for the circuit 21 motors while other little tweaks found by the team during last year have been added to the range. The 353 Race 12 engine has also been slightly upgraded, receiving a new shape crankcase to allow it to fit better into all makes of car.
The bright orange GRP stand was hard to miss and in it we were shown the new line of GRP engines, exhausts and accessories as well as the Italian manufacturers main stay of on and off road tires. What can you say new about the GRP engines that is not already known, similar to the previous Ninja, Falcon and Boss branded motors, the new motors are very different internally with different materials and configuration. As with the previous branded motors all GRP motors are sold in a very nice presentation box and both the sport and tined line are available in a promo pack that comes with a hat, pipe, keyring and the exhaust system.
On the Associated stand this year is the new 1/12th scale, the RC12R which was first spotted at the races a few weeks ago. It will be sold only as a link car and for the traditionalists who want a T-bar setup, this option will also be available. Hot from the manufacturers and only just seen by the boys at Associated themselves is the new hard cased LiPo packs that we mentioned previously. A solid structure, they are lightweight, have good capacity and the pack sports the Reedy logo on the top and bottom, with the bottom featuring additional indents to place it into the battery slots.
On the Hudy stand there were a number of new items on display including a new tool bag, which will be available seperately or containing a tool set, new car stands for on road and off road, the latter sporting shock holes for normal and big bore shocks. Hudy also have their own branded personal racing display that contains time, temperature and humidity and finally there are big droop blocks and gauge for off road cars.
Always with an impressively presented stand, Slovakian manufacturer Xray had their new 1/8th scale buggy on display. The 808 is a completely new platform, hence the completely new name and Xray have gone with a simpler car that is easier to use straight out of the box. The car has a better base setup, new geometry and its over 100grams lighter than the previous version thanks to the use of carbon fibre in place of steel. The big new change on the car is its use of a new steering system that goes away from the C-Hub system in favour of a zero king pin version.
Mugen Seiki were showing off their new Ninja range of O.S. made motors on their stand this year. Branding of the engines stays the same as when they were GRP made and the engines retain the same grey finish but of course the motors themselves are completely different. Currently they only have the JX21 B01 buggy engine as the other motors are not ready yet. Also for the engine was one of the new range of Ninja JX series exhaust systems and manifolds.
Hot Bodies have the company’s new Cyclone D2 2wd electic buggy on display. This long awaited and much hyped car is here apparently only still in its prototype form but it looks pretty good. Shown only under a glass cover, the car comprises of a tub chassis, similar to other cars in its class as well as having the electric motor mounted behind the rear axle. The version we saw also had carbon shock towers, but without having talked to a Hot Bodies rep I cant tell you any more about it.
UPDATE: The car also has a metal chassis, which I hadnt noticed before.
Tokyo hobbies Optional Parts (T.O.P.) have announced that they have signed top US racer Josh Cyrul who will be representing T.O.P. as a driver and engineer. Masato and Vincent Yip of T.O.P. Racing had the following to say:
We are extremely happy that Josh has decided to race for us. Not only is he a world class driver, but also a respected inventor and innovator. We are dedicated to making an impact in the R/C industry and we feel Josh is the right person to lead us.