Tamiya have released details about the Worlds Edition of their competition 4wd buggy, the TRF501X. Essentially the same car as the original, the WE comes supplied with a number of optional parts as standard that are designed to improve durability and increase the range of set-up adjustments that can be applied to the car. Supplied with blue anodised front caster block, this piece provides extra strength, stiffness and tuning possibilities, while other new supplied parts include front and rear anti roll bars, new 18T centre pulley, aluminium centre spur plate, strengthened front end, aluminium rear uprights, new updated body shell and finally all the holes and countersinks have been improved.
Raphael Robert is the 2007 Belgian 1/8th scale buggy Champion after winning the final round of the Championship at the BRTC track in Bauffe to claim the overall title. Raphael has had a good year with his HoBao buggy, taking 23rd overall in the Euro B Championships in Germany and taking 2nd place in the Belgian EFRA GP earlier this year. With 3 wins to his credit he was able to finish comfortably in front of 2nd placed Gergory Soyeurt and 3rd placed Guy de Weerd, who had 2 wins this year.
Pro Line have announced 2 updates to their extensive tire range with the introduction of the Crime Fighter to the company’s LPR range of tires. As the truggy class has evolved into pure performance trucks over such a short amount of time, the need for a tire that could meet and exceed those same performance needs was inevitable. Low Profile Race (LPR) means pure performance and Pro Line stretched the boundaries by offering less sidewall flex, greater response, more forward bite and all at a total weight savings. Also new is the introduction of the Hole Shot 4wd front tire, the first tire available on the electric scene in Square Lug Technology, which delivers performance at all levels of racing in just about every category of racing imaginable. Coupled with R3 material and your 4wd is ready for battle on many of today’s blue-groove surfaces.
Last weekend saw the 7th round of the Thailand Buggy Party run at the Pattaya R/C track, host of this years FEMCA Championships. In qualifying it was Meen V., driving a Xray that TQ’d the event but a suspension problem in the beginning of the main final meant that he could only finish 9th. The hour long race was easily won by Charlee P., racing a Mugen who won by 2 laps from 2nd placed Panit Baimai racing a Kyosho, while 3rd spot went to Yuthana D. only a few seconds further back.
The 2007 Spanish Truggy Cup was run last weekend on the fantastic Elda (Alicante) track under glorious sunshine. Felix Zamorano lined up on pole position for the main final and along with Team Losi team mate, current Spanish 4wd & 2wd electric buggy champion, Alberto García they proceeded to dominate the race. At the end the two drivers were only 15 seconds apart with Zamorano taking the win from Garcia in 2nd, with 3rd spot going to Juan Andreu Daras, 1 further lap back.
K-Factory have released 2 new bearing sets for Kyosho and Mugen 1/8th scale buggies that use the company’s ZF bearings that offer almost frictionless performance that helps smooth out your transmission system. The improvement in performance comes from the new tighter knit balls inside the bearing and the high quality materials used to manufacturer the entire part. The closer the balls are to each other inside the bearing the less load each one has to carry. This means the friction resulting from contact between the bearing cage and ball is reduced making the entire bearing more efficient.
Team Associated have released information on the RC8RS “Race Spec” RTR, which has been based on the Factory Team RC8, making for the only 1/8 buggy with the high performance qualities that can live up to Team Associated’s toughest standards. The RC8RS is a winner right out of the box and is pure Associated, having been designed for the highest level of performance and off-road fun, with more suspension travel than any other buggy in its class. Designed to take all of the punishment and abuse that a competitive 1/8th scale buggy will face, but to meet those challenges without breaking a sweat, in a convenient ready-to-run package.
We have been contacted by SIIM Racing in Spain to announce the upcoming release of their new engine range called SIIM PGR. The Spanish brand will release 3 engine types, a SIIM PGR S12T for 1/10th touring, a SIIM PGR S21P for 1/8th on road and finally a SIIM PGR S21B for 1/8th buggy. These new engines have been tested for a long period of time to ensure the performance and quality are up to today’s high standards needed to rise the top at international races. Manufactured in Italy in collaboration with a prestigious engine builder, the SIIM PGR engine family will establish a new reference in the international market. Its high performance, durability and design will not go unnoticed for the expert audicences. Photos to follow.