Buggy-Sport.info have the bad news this morning about the Protech facility in Belgium being destroyed by fire last night.
Last night, a raging fire really burned to the ground the brand new factory situated in Olen near Antwerp of Promodels, better known as Protech, the belgian distributor and manufacturer of hobbyproducts, like the Enigma serie of buggys.
Coches RC, the leading Spanish RC car site, have on their forums what can only be described as the holy grail of off road video’s online, with over 80 to choose from, the clips show various races, laps, tracks and interviews all containing 1/8th buggies and all in one place. Definitely worth checking out.
HPI Europe have given us the heads up on the all new TV show called ‘RC Racing’ that will be shown on top European motorsport channel Motors TV. The show will feature “kit reviews, action from top-level races and interviews with the most famous drivers in the world.”
The first show features the 2006 IFMAR ISTC World Championships, interviews with Andy Moore and an in-depth look at the tremendous HPI Baja 5B.
Head on over to the HPI Europe site to check out the show times, starting tonight (UK). You can also view the programs website here.
We feel we must give these ‘Pro Grips’ a special mention for being one of the uglier accessories to pimp your transmitter with this season. Made by Blue Groove RC Concepts out of North Carolina they are available in 4 colours and turn your normally slick, in this case M11, steering wheel into something more resembling Bob the Builders tractor wheel. Regardless of how they look i’m sure they work, and will allow even the sweatiest of racer the control they need to move over and go another lap down.
BGC have also released 5 rather nice solid billet steering wheels for your transmitter, perfect for those racers who feel the need to customize everything they bring to the track.
Peter V over at Radio Control Zone posted a few exploded shots of the Fastom 735 Engine that showed up on the internet today but had little or no other information about it. So i checked a few things and found that this engine is made by BP Racing in Italy and was in fact introduced earlier this year at the toy fair in NÃ¼rnberg along with the Motonica and early reports are that it isn’t as hot as it looks.
From the BP Racing site
New generation engine entirely drawn in series by the full with special alloys and high precision machineries Crankshaft diameter 15 bearings with increased diameters. Crankcase-sleeve group decomposed to facilitate the maintenance and the preparation. Crankcase entirely obtained by bars of wire material to reach a very higt mechanical resistance, totally eliminating all the porousness coming by fusion. Sleeve-linear assembled with tight tolerances to avoid vibration and consequent breakings.
Young racer Zack Barry has dominated proceedings at last weekends East Coast Championships held at Pottbellys RC speedway in New Jersey. The report on the Xray site tells how he TQ’d the entire event, even ahead of the 1/18th sedans, with a truck.
Zack took the driver’s stand, and went on to complete an amazing 24 lap run. This run not only was TQ for trucks, but also beat the sedan’s best qualifier by a full lap. Zack went on to win the a-main by 2 full laps, followed by Tom Lorranger in 2nd also driving an Xray M18T.
Japanese company Tech Racing are close to releasing their MY07 Medusa EX, the follow up the MY05 that finished 9th (Sport) in this year ultra competitive Japanese EP Touring car nationals. The car will be available with pink or light blue aluminium parts and is limited in numbers. The car is set for release on the 17th of November and the first batch will contain titanium parts so if you want one, you better pre-order.
Now normally I wouldn’t write about such cars as I find them a bit toyish, but these ones are cute and are made by the grandaddy of RC competition, Team Associated, so they are deserving of mention. The RC18R is a little 1/18th scale electric rally car that is based on Associated’s popular and already available ready-to-run 1/18th scale buggies and truggies but then are adapted to suit the narrower width.
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