Electric Touring Car newcomers IRIS has confirmed its official participation in the inaugural MIBO International Race in the Czech Republic next month. The German brand owned by Ruddog Distribution will be represented by Dionys Stadler in the Modified Touring with the ‘One’ chassis designer Andreas Myrberg also contesting the event in 13.5 Stock Touring Car as well as supporting Stadler efforts. Just 3-months after the release of its first chassis, IRIS joins Yokomo, Mugen and Xray in sending touring car team drivers to the March 3-5th event. Ruddog owner and keen 1:10 Offroad racer Sven Rudig will also race in Hrotovice in the offroad section of the event in which both Xray and Schumacher will have official team entries, one of whom is reigning 4WD World Champion Bruno Coelho.
Back to back 1:8 Offroad World Champion Davide Ongaro has signed with Matrix Racing Tires. Having raced for 5-years with AKA and won both his World titles with the American brand, the Italian joins fellow Italian Cristian Boni’s brand as the establish Onroad tyre producer ventures into the Offroad market. Making the announcement on social media, Matrix posted, ‘Who can explore the universe better than the best Driver in the world? Only the multiple times World Champion. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are pleasure to introduce you Mr. Davide Ongaro. Davide has signed with Matrix Offroad Tires and his work it will be important for us and all our customers… Just Stardust on Offroad Tracks!’ Adding to the news on his own social media the factory Team Associated driver said, “I want to say a big thanks to Boni Cristian and all Matrix crew for the help and support they will give to us, I’m super happy to joint this team and ready for a new adventure. Now head down and work.”
In the latest conversion kit from US Drag Racing specialists Exotek Racing has released their Vader conversion kit for Xray’s XB2 2WD Buggy. The Carbon fibre drag conversion set can convert Xray XB2’16-XB2’22 making it an economical and fun way to try ‘street eliminator’ drag racing for Xray XB2 owners! Multi drilled gear box plate accepts most variety of XB2 gearboxes and suspension hangers (’16-’22). The kit provides the legal 13″ wheelbase to fit under the hottest new no prep bodies that are on the market such as the Proline Corvette. Included in the conversion set is a heavy duty 2.5mm thick Carbon fibre made and machined in the USA chassis, and side rail plates. Carbon fibre adjustable wheelie bar with heavy duty titanium tie rod height adjuster as well as an extra stiff 4mm gearbox plate. The chassis accepts 47mm wide or narrower shorty type drag racing packs or regular shorty packs with velcro hold downs. 2 level chassis design allows you to lower or raise the gearbox if desired. A 3mm carbon fibre front shock tower allows you run a lower ride height as well as allowing the use of a street eliminator body mount kit. The carbon fibre rear body mount plate that bolts to the stock XB2 wing mounts.
O.S. Engines has released the latest version of its 1:8 Onroad World Championship winning engine, the R2105. The O.S. SPEED R21 series took the Mugen of Shoki Takahata to the World title in the US at the end of 2019 and in a year that he will try to defend that title in Japan at the Infinity International RC Speedway, the Japanese engine manufacturer has redesigned most of the parts that make up the R2105. To increase torque on high-grip track surfaces, a newly designed 9-port sleeve is adopted. O.S. SPEED’s traditional DLC coated crankshaft delivers linear power from low to top by changing the counter balance. The outer head has been mirror finish and by clear coat from the conventional colour to a silver head base has been adopted. By adopting a thrust plate made out of steel, wear due to interference between the connecting rod and the cover plate during rotation is reduced and engine life is improved.
Nosram has announced that top international offroad racer Lee Martin is to use their batteries in 2023. The news is the second significant driver announcement from the relaunched brand who announced the signing of onroad ace Alexander Hagberg at the start of the year. A World Championship runner up and multiple European Champion, Martin, who moved from Yokomo to Schumacher this season, will use Nosram to power is 1:10 offroad program as well as his 1:8 Electric Offroad campaign with Agama.
Following the release of their Moto EP1 1:5 RC bike in December, Japanese company Beat1Lab has announced details of an upcoming release of an actual leather race suit for their Proto Hang on rider. It is a genuine leather specification, and is aimed at those in pursuit of more realism towards replicating a real MOTOGP rider.
Creation Model has introduced two new Infinity bags for hauling all your racing gear around to tracks. The carrying black bag with bright red straps is offered in a standard 2 box and large 3 box option. The included boxes are made of plastic, which offer more durability and water-resistance than ordinary cardboard boxes and they fit 1:8 nitro onroad cars perfectly, together with tires and parts which can also be stored in an organised manner. The side opening has a double zipper for ease of use.
New from T-Works is this 3.5×8.5mm aluminium shim set. The black anodised shims are available in 4 sizes, 0.5mm, 0.75mm, 1mm and 2mm with set case containing 10 pieces of each. Individual sizes are also available separately to restock the set.