March 24, 2024

Onyx Racing LiPo packs

Better known for their records in track speed and drag runs, British company Onyx Racing has introduced its latest iteration of  1:10 Touring Car LiPo packs.   This hits the sweet spot in having a low centre of gravity, but having right amount punch to continuously power you through your run with minimal drop off, whilst still giving a balanced car.  This new range of LiPos are BRCA and EFRA approved and feature an updated sealed casing.  Having undergone two years of testing and feedback from drivers they feature a high discharge rate with the lowest internal resistance to date.  Each pack has cell discharge curve designed for voltage recovery and peak rpm and v2 lithium separators to improve performance and reduce temperatures.  The Onyx Racing range consists of 14 packs.

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March 23, 2024

Coelho & Hamon Top Qualifiers at SIGP

Xray’s Bruno Coelho and Serpent’s Jeff Hamon are the Top Qualifiers at the SIGP in China but the second day of qualifying saw very different fortunes for the two drivers.  Having topped the opening qualifier yesterday, defending SIGP Electric Touring Car Champion Coelho continued that form going fastest in the remaining three rounds for a clean sweep In Xiamen.  In Q2, it was Chinese National Champion Ma Haoran also driving an Xray who was his closest challenger.  Driving a prototype of Yokomo’s upcoming MS1.0, Nicolas Lee repeated his Q1 performance with another P2 in Q3.  Having missed Q1 yesterday due to a fever, while still under the weather it was a much better day for JJ Wang with him wrapping up qualifying with the second fastest time in Q4.  Overall that puts him P3 on the grid for the A-Main behind Lee and ahead of Haoran.  With qualifying in 1:8 Nitro Onroad based on each driver’s single fastest time from the four rounds, Hamon’s Q1 pace was to prove important for the World Championship Finalist.  After a morning rain shower, Hamon would top Q2 but in a slower time and then in Q3 & 4 he suffered one-way bearing failures that resulted in two DNFs.  Hong Kong’s Ray Poon would top Q3 from Italy’s Cristiano Sartor with Wang third and he was again fastest in Q4, this time from Matrix Tires’ Cristian Boni.  Overall the Q1 times of Boni and Sartor gave them 2nd and 3rd overall with Poon set to line-up P4 on tomorrow Main final grid.

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March 23, 2024

Mexico & Argentina join race to host World C/Ship

It seems IFMAR is going to a have choice of countries to choose from for the hosting of the 1:8 Offroad World Championships with Mexico and Argentina putting themselves forward as replacements for Brazil.  Joining Bolivia’s bid yesterday, from Mexico, FEMARAC and the PicNic Royal Club in Guadalajara, have put together a presentation stating, ‘Following the announcement earlier today of the cancellation of Brazil’s planned hosting of the September event, Mexico has come out to present its formal proposal to participate and host this great event in Guadalajara Mexico, one of the most important cities in the country, with every amenities available even to the most demanding of all, as well as a city full of Music (Mariachi), traditional folk dance, typical food of the country and many other nationalities. A headquarters that, due to its international airport and connectivity, allows arrivals from any part of the world at very affordable prices.’  Having previously hosted the World Championships in 2012 where Robert Batlle won his title, Argentina has submitted a proposal to host the 19th edition of the Worlds at the same venue.

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March 22, 2024

Bolivia emerges as potential new World C/Ship host

Bolivia has emerged as a potential host of the IFMAR 1:8 Offroad World Championship following the announcement earlier today of the cancellation of Brazil’s planned hosting of the September event.  The Bolivian RC Federation ‘Febolarc’ (Federación Boliviana de Autos a Radio Control) together with the Candelaria RC Pro club has submitted a proposal to the FAMAR Bloc offering to host the event at their track in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.  Neighbouring Brazil on its West side, Bolivia’s quick reaction to Brazil’s cancellation improves the chance of keeping the 2024 World Championship in South America.  IFMAR stipulate that a new acceptable host must be received within one month of notice of the originally selected venue no longer being in a position to host the race.

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March 22, 2024

1:8 Offroad World Championship in Brazil Cancelled

IFMAR has just announced that it has been informed by FAMAR that the 1:8 Offroad World Championship scheduled for September has been cancelled.  The Brazilian Federation FEBARC together with CASA Raceway in São Paulo had been awarded the 19th running of the World Championships.  In breaking the news IFMAR posted, ‘We were just informed by FAMAR that the IFMAR 1/8th IC off-road event in Brazil, scheduled for 8-15th of September will be cancelled, due to permits and permissions they still have not received from the City Government.  Your IFMAR committee is now discussing and looking for an alternative organizer, who can hold the event on the same dates.’  CASA (Clube de Automodelismo de Santana) has since published further details as to the reasons for the cancellation.

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March 22, 2024

Coelho & Hamon top Q1 at SIGP

Having established itself as one of China’s biggest annual international races prior to Covid, the SIGP International RC Car Grand Prix makes it return this weekend with Xray’s Bruno Coelho and Serpent’s Jeff Hamon topping the opening rounds of qualifying in Xiamen.  Hosted at the huge double track facility next to the Sunpadow battery factory, in electric Touring Car qualifying it was World Champion Coelho who set the pace ahead of the Yokomo of Nicolas Lee and Hamon.  Bringing together both electric and nitro racing at the 2017 1:10 Offroad World Championship venue, in 1:8 Onroad Nitro it was Hamon who was fastest.  Behind the Australian,  Matrix Tires owner Cristian Boni was second fastest with fellow Italian & Hasi Tuned engines co-owner Cristiano Sartor completing the Top 3 on the first day of action at the SIGP.  Qualifying continues tomorrow Saturday with three more rounds.

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March 22, 2024

Xray 1:10 Offroad -4mm Shock Spring Retaining Collar

Xray has released a new -4mm Alu Shock Spring Retaining Collar for use on his range of 1:10 Offroad racing platforms.  The lower aluminium shock collars -4mm allows you to decrease the ride height to achieve a lower centre of gravity.  The lightweight collars are CNC-machined from premium Swiss 7075 T6 aluminium for increased reliability and are strategically lightened.  Fitting the XB2, SCX, XT2, XB4, & XT4 they come as a set of four pieces.

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March 22, 2024

Mick Cragg – RIP

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Mick Cragg.  The father of 2005 2WD Offroad World Champion Neil, Mick was a hugely popular figure in offroad racing around the World with his friendly manner meaning he was always ready & willing to share his vast knowledge of racing with others.  Supporting Neil in achieving the greatest prize in the sport, Mick could be regularly seen supporting and encouraging the next generation of drivers as they chased their own dreams.  Having always found it a great pleasure to deal with Neil during our coverage of races this was a reflection of the man Mick was and the great job done in raising Neil.  We would like to extend our condolences to his family, to the Team Associated team whom Mick passionately represented, and all the friends he made around the world being a great ambassador of our hobby and how a father & son can enjoy this hobby so well together.  Rest in Peace.