Hot Bodies have announced the new Lightning Stadium Sport, the latest addition to their truggy lineup. This particular ready to run truggy, that is based on the popular Lightning Stadium Pro-R, looks pretty nice and is also pretty highly spec’d with c-hub suspension, .26 pullstart motor and aluminium shock absorbers.
The new Lightning Stadium Sport is the ultimate starter stadium truck! Not just a watered-down version of our top-selling Lightning Stadium Pro-R, we’ve taken everything that we’ve learned during years of top-level truggy racing and boiled it down to the essentials, so you get everything you need to get on the track!
Xray have released their new line of Premium silicone oils and if the release is to be believed the new bottle that they come in should give you the advantage you need over your competitor, at least off the track. Never before have i seen a simple bottle and label sport so many features and advantages:
The square shape of the bottle makes it super easy to squeeze and prevents it from rolling off your workbench, and the slim nozzle makes filling easy and prevents excessive oil from being squeezed out. The cap tightens snuggly and its positive seal prevents leakage. The back of the bottle has a small viewport that allows you to see the oil level inside the bottle.
Is it just me or does this sound like pretty much every other bottle on the market? Of course the cap tightens snuggly to prevent leakage otherwise there would be no point in having one. We will give Xray credit for the clearly marked and rather attractive labels, but at the end of the day its a bottle of silicone oil, if you want them they come in 22 different thicknesses.
The much talked about and much hyped M1B buggy from Team Magic will finally make its race debut this weekend at the Neo Invitational race. The car above is from CML who received a pre-production version for the race and has already shook down the car with an undisclosed top UK racer David Crompton. His thoughts from the shakedown:
He pronounced himself really impressed with the car’s performance and is looking forward to racing the car at the this weekend’s NeoBuggy International at the Harper Adams track in Shropshire.
According to the entry list from the event, Finnish racer Jari Eklund will also race a Team Magic at the event, so there should be at least 2 pre-production cars at the event. We will see how they get on and lets hope it lives up to all the hype.
Much More just keep coming with sweet looking products, the latest of which is this ‘Li-pocket charger’. So what is it and what does it do, besides looking good on your workbench:
A handy charger system for rechargeable Lithium batteries for R/C use. With the latest technology developed by our team of R&D, Muchmore introduces the next generation of Li-Po charger for all R/C drivers. The LC can fully charge Lithium batteries up to 4 cells at 0.3~3amps using constant current and voltage. Three step switch and an Enter button enable to operate the LC quick and easy.
Top US off roader, Adam Drake, has dominated the 2006 Fall Brawl held at the Badlands III track in South Carolina. Adam, driving for Team Losi, TQ’d all 3 rounds of qualifying in both the Truck and Buggy class and then went on to easily win both classes.
You can view the full results from the race here and some pictures here.
ZAC Project, the Japanese RC Manufacturer, has released a very limited edition run of 30 hand tuned motors. Based on the Novarossi N12LL3 high end competition motor, ZAC have added a new taller engine head for better cooling, tear dropped and worked the Liner as well as polished and balanced the crankshaft. This is a pretty serious motor and if you dont live in Japan or havent pre ordered one you probably wont be likely to get one.
You can see some more pictures of the work done here.
Apparently the 1/8th scale GT class is still popular in Japan and development continues to find better bodyshells to make a rather badly handling class handle better. The fruits of that development, and the results of a lot of testing, is this rather nice looking Mercedes CLK GT body that is set for release before the end of the year. So if you are into a more authentic form of racing but don’t want to put up with ill handling then this body may be of interest to you.
EFRA (european governing body) have released a notice regarding the introduction date for their rule change that allows sintered magnets, something we briefly mentioned back in the start of November. The guts of the statement are as follows:
The sintered magnets and delta wind will be allowed on EFRA races as from 02.04.07. This means, that the following proposal accepted by the section meeting at the AGM 2006 takes effect on 2nd of April 2007: 2.2b: b) Brushless Motor
d) Winding: Delta and Y wounded stators are permitted. Only circular
(round)pure copper is permitted. There is no turn limit.
Rotor: Output shaft diameter must be 0,125″ (3.175mm). Only one piece, two poles Neodymium or Ferrite magnetic rotors are permitted.