Losi have introduced the Desert Buggy XL-E 1/5th scale 4WD electric RTR buggy. The all-wheel drive ready-to-run buggy builds on its nitro sibling but features a revised shock package with new O-ring and shock guides to provide improved feel, enhanced performance and upgraded tunability. The 4WD chassis is equipped with an aluminium centre differential for added strength and durability while new chassis brace plates add rigidity and stability. The Dynamite 800kv brushless power system with 8S Fuze brushless controller is good for speeds of up to 80km/h when on 8S power and the built-in Active Vehicle Control system and Spektrum DX2E transmitter keep things in control no matter how intense the action gets. The package is rounded out by MAXXIS Creepy Crawler tyres, a bright LED light bar and your choice of grey or black bodyshell designs.
HRC Distribution have introduced a machined spur gear for the Team Magic E5 series of trucks. Of a heavy duty design the part is especially useful when running high power brushless motors. The 46T gear is usable with the all E5-series trucks including the new E5 HX.
Exotek have introduced a range of new option parts for the Team Associated B6 and B64 buggies. First up is an aluminium motor plate with POM spur gear cover for the B6. The vented 7075 motor plate for the 3-gear laydown gearbox is of a lightweight design for a lower centre of gravity with venting openings adding airflow and cooling. Included with the motor plate comes a machined POM spur gear cover that keeps the body from running and tearing up both the spur and body paint.
TVRC track in Nampa, Idaho recently held a round of their Saturday Carpet Series and in the 2WD Buggy class it was Ben John that took the overall TQ to start the A-main from pole position. With the narrow track offering only one fast line Ben was sure to get the thing done if he wouldn’t make any mistakes. Right from the start he was getting pressure from the second place driver but he wasn’t able to find a way past. After holding off his initial charges the runner-up made a mistake at the three minute mark which allowed Ben to cruise to the win with Gary Ovitt coming in second and Kevin Klein rounding out the podium.
The South American All-Terrain Championship was held at the La Candelaria RC in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. In the 45-minute Nitro Buggy main final Xray’s Nicolas Bregante came out fastest from Mugen driver Eduardo Rossi and Stefan Koblitz in third.
The second round of the EZ Racing indoor series was held last weekend in Wilrijk. The event was held using the Belgian national championship rules and it saw the running of three Touring and a Formula class. In the Touring Modified class, run with Volante 28 tyres, former Belgian champion Steve Lambrechts put his Xray on pole in front of the Tamiya of Gerrit Van Swijgenhoven and the Xray of Marc Knops. Steve also dominated the finals and easily all three of them with Gerrit taking a nice 2nd overall while Géry Ledocq (Kyosho) took a nice 3rd overall, beating Pascal Delferiere (VBC) and Marc Knops.
The first MSR outdoor race was held at the Ayrton Senna track in Zagreb, Croatia. Patrik Pozgaj took the TQ in round two and three after having trouble with a sliding rear end in the opening qualifier. The first A-main then also held some problems for the young man but with wins in A2 and A3 Patrik secured himself the overall victory in front of Zeljko Selman and Borna Pliskovac.
Rishpon RC race track recently held a round of the Israeli League and in the 2WD Buggy class it was Lior Maimon who took the TQ and also the day’s win after coming out fastest in all A-mains. Alon Shuali would grab the runner-up spot from third placed Amit Bublil. In the 4WD class Yossi Arbel brought home the hardware from second placed Amit Bubil and third placed Avitan Ofir.