The recent VRC World Championship saw 2016 IFMAR 1/8th Gas Buggy World Champion, David Ronnefalk, walking away with the win in the 15-minute long 1/8th E-Buggy final. The race was held at RC Tracks of Las Vegas, the very same track the Swede took his real life Worlds title about three month ago. 2014 VRC World Champion, Marcin Maliński from Poland, took second some 9 seconds back on Ronnefalk, while pole-sitter Warren Jones from the US snatched the final podium spot from Swede Robert Hillman in the last corner of the final lap.
Virtual RC have announced the addition of this year’s IFMAR 1/8th Gas Buggy World Championship track to VRC-Pro. With 2016 IFMAR World Champion David Ronnefalk on the VRC Worlds drivers list, this is your chance to re-live the 2016 IFMAR event in Las Vegas, trying to beat David on his own turf. 3D track designer and artist Tony West was pushed to the limit by the beta test team to make the track as close to the Worlds track as possible, including the many holes and bumps that occurred after all the hard racing during the event. Having to master such a beaten up track will present a new challenge and experience to VRC racers. The 2016 VRC Worlds kick off with 1/10th Short Course trucks on December 6th, then 1/8th E-Buggies will follow on the 13th, and 1/8th Nitro Buggies with David Ronnefalk on the 20th of December.
VRC have introduced a new and exciting racing class in VRC Pro, called Rally X (Rally Cross). Based on the popular WRX style rally racing, VRC Pro delivers a completely new r/c racing experience, a true mix of on and offroad racing on special Rally X tracks. Rally X events will also visit existing on-road tracks like Heemstede and Messina in the future with these tracks converted to RallyX style tracks for these events. The 2016 VRC Worlds kick off with Rally X on the X1 track located in a harbor container terminal area. The X1 and MACH-X tracks will be the first tracks available for Rally X. Rally X is a new class of r/c racing that is unique to VRC Pro. Rally car racing does not exist in real life r/c racing, but as it combines on and off-road racing many r/c racers are expected to embrace this spectacular class. Rally X will be released on November 29 when the 2016 VRC Worlds kick off on X1.
Traditionally December is VRC Worlds month. Not only the annual (RC) holiday season, but surely the most anticipated month in virtual RC racing. Thousands of racers from all over the world are now preparing for the VRC Worlds. This year VRC will introduce a new class – Rally X – and VRC will kick of the VRC Worlds with the very first World Championship for Rally X on November 29th. This class is based on the 1/8 electric buggies with lowered suspension, special wheels and tires and of course special Rally X tracks.
Virtual RC have released the 2015 Neo-X track for the VRC Pro RC car simulator software. An accurate reproduction of last year’s track that saw Ryan Cavalieri coming out successful in the Nitro Buggy class and Ty Tessmann winning the E-Buggy race, the track’s release coincides with the start of the 2016 edition which kicks off on Friday the 25th. Only a happy 250 will make it to the real Neo 11 event and for the thousands who can’t join, VRC Pro has events for 1/8th nitro and electric buggies as well as for the 1/10 electric short course trucks to offer on last year’s track that is free to use until March 31st.
The long-awaited 1/8th scale E-Buggy class will be available for VRC Pro from October 30th on. The release package includes a Spec and a Modified version of the chassis with the Spec buggy having very limited adjustability and it utilises a modest 1450kV motor while the Modified buggy is fully adjustable including suspension and steering geometry, weight distribution, shocks, anti-roll bars, and diffs. The new EX8-R chassis is powered by a choice of Tekin T8 motors ranging from 1900kV to an extreme 2650kV, in combination with the Tekin RX8 speed controller. 4S 14.8V LiPo battery packs allow for runtimes of 10 to 15 minutes. VRC Pro all-inclusive members will enjoy a 2-week exclusive access period before the regular Free2Play members will be able to buy the electric 1/8th buggy expansion pack from the VRC Pro e-shop. The Spec version will be available to all members immediately. The new class will be part of the 2015 VRC Worlds which start November 28th.
Virtual RC have released another video comparing their latest virtual track, the 2015 Silver Dollar Raceway, and the real Silver Dollar Raceway, home of the 2015 ROAR Fuel Offroad Nationals. The comparison video shows Ryan Lutz driving his Tekno NB48.3 buggy “against” 2014 VRC Short Course Truck World Champion Chris Sturdy from Australia, driving the Intercept NX8-R buggy.
VRC Pro have announced the release of the 2015 ROAR 1/8th Fuel Off-road Nationals track for the 17th of June. As sanctioned by ROAR, neither the real nationals track in Chico, CA nor the virtual track should be available for practice prior to the start of the event and so the release comes in time with the start of the event’s practice rounds. VRC Pro will run the Virtual ROAR Nationals from June 18th until June 21st, simultaneously with the real ROAR event. On June 17th the new track will automatically become available for VRC Pro members who have an all-inclusive license, and it is also available from the VRC Pro e-shop.