April 17, 2024

Xray XB2 2.0mm Mid | Short 1-Piece Alu Chassis

More new parts for the XB2, with Xray releasing a mid and a short 2.0mm thick aluminium chassis option for the 1:10 2WD Buggy. The Mid size is for tracks where more traction is required and the the Slovakian manufacturer suggesting it for low to medium traction tracks. Both CNC-machined from high-quality Swiss 2.0mm 7075 T6 aluminium, the Short chassis option is suitable for tracks where more stability is required with it suggested for medium to high traction conditions. The 1-piece chassis design with more flex characteristic generates more overall traction and improves steering. Both chassis features 4 extra holes to mount extra stiffener to reduce side to side chassis flex which helps to increase rotation and precision on high speed.

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April 17, 2024

2024 Philippine Masters – Preview

Having established itself as Asia’s biggest annual 1:8 Offroad race, the Philippine Masters takes place this weekend in Manila with the 12th edition of the famed race also counting as the second round of the ambitious 4-round Asian Buggy Championships.   Almost 200 entries from 16 countries will battle in out in the capital for top honours in Nitro & Electric Buggy and Nitro Truggy with Team Associated’s 2023 winner Davide Ongaro leading the entry.  The back to back 1:8 Offroad World Champion returns to the Philippine Masters for a fourth time but with his schedule means he’ll arrive just in time for the final seeding round and will have a little bit of catching up to do on his rivals.  After a superb opening round to the Asian Buggy Championships at Counties RC in New Zealand, the best of Asia and Australasia, are joined by drivers from around the world including American Ryan Lutz, the Kyosho driver having taken the win at the season opener in February.  This will be Lutz’s first time to attend the Philippine Masters with Sworkz’ Jorn Neumann, Sparko’s Ryan Pavadis and Team Associated’s Alex Bernadzik also rookies of the Circulo Verde track.  Legend of the sport and former winner of the race Atsushi Hara makes a hugely popular return as does 2023 podium finisher Christian Wolhuter with both drivers running Sworkz buggies.  Others expected to feature over the weekend include Tekno’s Jackson Beale, together with the finds of ABC Round 1, Kiwi duo Logan Toia and Jayden Jamieson.

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April 16, 2024

RC Upgrade RC8B4 Bumpskid Protector

Following on from their Shock Tower Protector, RC Upgrade has also introduced a Bumpskid Protector for the Team Associated’s RC8B4 1:8 buggy.  Made from high-quality polyurethane, this versatile accessory serves a dual purpose. As a Front Bumper the Bumpskid shields your chassis and front arm mount from the rigors of intense jumps and rough landings. Its flexible composition ensures it absorbs impact energy, preventing damage to critical components. As an integrated 3mm Skid Plate it is positioned strategically to acs as a robust barrier between your chassis and the ground. Its reinforced construction safeguards against razor blade wear, ensuring longevity and performance.

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April 16, 2024

O.S. Speed TR03 & MR04 1:8 Onroad Exhaust Set

Japanese engine manufacturer O.S has released a new TR03 (EFRA2196) exhaust for 1:8 Onroad use.  It has been designed to give powerful characteristics at the mid-speed range after reviewing the internal shape of the current TR02 (EFRA2165) exhaust.  A special coating applied to the surface also plays a part in this improved area of performance.  Additionally, the engine sound that can be noticed from the moment the engine starts.  Also released is the new MR04 manifold that can also be purchased as a set with the new TR03 exhaust.  This manifold has a revised shape from the current product MR03-WC, and has the characteristic of extending smoothly to the high speed range without compromising the medium speed range.   Both the exhaust and manifold have a buff finish and are laser engraved for easy identification.

Source: O.S. Engines [os-engines.co.jp]

April 16, 2024

Hobbywing MAX8 G2S 1:8 Brushless ESC

New from Hobbywing is the EzRun MAX8 G2S ESC intended for 1:8 Onroad, Short Course and Monster truck use.  Based on the MAX8 G2 ESC, the brand new G2S ESC is equipped with optimised hardware design application such as intelligent freewheeling technology.  The stability and reliability of the ESC has been further improved and the ESC has a built-in Bluetooth module.  This allows you to connect to the mobile APP directly without plugging any device.  It is simple and convenient to perform parameter settings, data reading, firmware upgrades and other operations.

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April 16, 2024

Thurston wins 1:8 Onroad British Nationals opener

Alex Thurston enjoyed the perfect debut with his new Mugen Seiki MRX6 at the opening round of the BRCA 1:8 Onroad British National Championship taking the TQ and setting a new lap record on the way to victory over reigning Champion Tim Wood.  Over the four rounds of qualifying Thurston was the only driver to run 18-laps, securing the overall TQ ahead of the Shepherd of Wood and Vice-Champion Karl Dransfield.  In the half hour final an opening lap incident involving hitting a pitman delayed Thurston but worse for Dransfield resulted in the end of his race.  This allowed Wood to go to the front but losing 8-seconds with a slow first pitstop, he dropped back to second as Thurston took over a lead.  Once out front Thurston held station winning by 11-seconds from Wood with the Shepherd of fourth place qualifier John Carr completing the podium.  While a great day for Thurston, unfortunately after 20-years racing at the Cotswolds track this was to be the last race before it is permanently closed down due to the site being developed for commercial use.

Image: Alex Thurston [Facebook]

April 15, 2024

Team Associated RC10 Classic 40th Anniversary Kit

With 2024 marking the 40th anniversary of the RC10, Team Associated are proud to offer this special limited edition 40th Anniversary kit.  On December 5, 1984, the All-American-designed Team Associated RC10 was introduced to the RC world.  Being the first to take home the gold in both the ROAR National and IFMAR 2WD World Championships, the RC10 secured its place as a legend in RC car history.  Staying true to the original, this anniversary kit features the same race car technology introduced in the 80s.  It’s that innovation that has kept Team Associated on top of the RC car racing world for the past 40 years.

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April 15, 2024

Moto-Obscura XX4 12mm Aluminium Axle Stubs

New from vintage racing accessories brand Moto-Obscura are these Aluminium 12mm Axle Stubs for the Team Losi XX4 4WD Buggy which won World Championship titles in 1999 and 2002.    The 12mm front Axle stubs are the newest addition to Moto-Obscura’s track tested line of accessories for the Losi XX4. They allow you to run modern 12mm hex 4WD wheels with the stock universal joint driveshafts.  If you are running MIP CVDs or LCD driveshafts, they also offer 12mm hex adapters.  The axle stubs are machined from 7075-T6 aluminium alloy and feature a 10-32 thread just like the stock axles and comes as a set of two axle stubs.

Source: Moto-Obscura [moto-obscura.com]