Pro Line have released some new items for the popular HPI Racing Baja 5T and 5B. This new Trofeo body shell helps beef up and stylize your Baja truck and features extreme off-road race detail including roll cage, fuel cell decal, simulated vented hood and fenders. Made from durable .080″ Lexan, it comes pre cut and had marked holes for easy mounting of body and mounting of original body hardware such as wing and rear anti crumble supports. Also for the Baja 5B is this Lexan undertray which helps protect the chassis from damage and reduce the amount of rock, dirt, sand and debris that enter through the side of the chassis.
This coming weekend marks the second race of the Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series in which Team Associated is the official R/C car. This week’s event takes place at the Speedworld Motor Complex in Wittmann, AZ and just across the property from the famous R/C facility, The Nitro Pit. Team Associated will be on hand displaying products, conducting demonstrations and cross promoting the hobby of R/C to a whole new crop of people. Part of the AE campaign is the new enclosed trailer freshly wrapped by Signpros. With thousands of spectators expected to attend the event the opportunity for new R/C enthusiasts is high. If you’re one of the lucky people able to attend the event in person be sure to stop by the Team Associated booth and check out the display and R/C track.
X-Factory have announced new shims for the height-adjustable transmission in the X-6 Squared, X-60, and original X-6, which claim to be a big improvement over the original versions. These new shims are made of aluminium and so are lighter than the original steel version, they have also been anodized and have four different colours for easier identification. Chazz Sinclair, company president, said, “We’re able to hold better tolerances with the aluminium, especially in the smallest size, .030″. We continue to have the only height-adjustable transmission on the market, and the difference just .030″ makes in side bite & forward bite is incredible. The cool thing is that we’ve been able to lower the price by about 1/3 for lighter, better shims.” The new shims have been in all X-6 Squared Kits shipped since April 24 and will be in the X-60 by mid-May. All original #5700 shims are gone, so all #5700s shipped from now on will be the new parts.
BRCA National Champion and Worlds Finalist Lee Martin has chosen to use Speed Passion products for his 2009 campaign. Lee joins Speed Passion as their off road specialist, as the company continues to develop and improve in all R/C classes. He will use both Speed Passion ESCs and motors at UK Nationals, EFRA championships and at the IFMAR World Championship and already has had some success with prototype versions of the 2.0B ESC by winning the international ‘Players 09’ race at Worksop in the UK beating some formidable competition along the way. Lee had this to say:
Speed Passion in testing has already proved to be a winning combination for me, posting faster times against everything else i tested! I chose to join SP not only for this but the huge amount of support and most of all the thirst to want to win! I’m joining a team of world class drivers and i cant wait to unleash SP to the off road world!
Lee will not only join SP to race their products, but will also help with R&D and push SP into the future of off road racing. There is also mention of a Lee Martin signature series range due to be available soon.
Losi’s new Limited Edition 1/18-Scale Ready-To-Run Mini Stadium Truck takes the two wheel drive Mini-T to the next level with a host of upgrades, new electronics and features for the enthusiast who wants the ultimate in 2WD mini ready-to-run performance. Everything is included in the box so no need to make additional purchases to get right to the action. Plus, there are numerous hop-up and optional accessories available to customize the Limited Edition Mini-T RTR.
Fun and spirited competition at the JConcepts Rage as the JConcepts crew took a trip north to the beautiful state of North Carolina for the 1st Annual JConcepts Rage, with Jason Ruona and Rob Meyer taking home the wins in the modified classes. The big news at the JConcepts Rage was the spectacular Carolina’s R/C indoor track and racing surface. JConcepts Events race director Fred Reep put on a flawless high energy program with 5 rounds of qualifying and triple A-mains in the modified classes and 10 minute A-mains in all other classes. Several local drivers put on great driving performances while TQ’ing and winning many classes. Jason Ruona, Rob Meyer, Max Fluer, Jon Noon and Zach Mote continually turned the quickest lap times and qualifying runs in the modified classes. Jason Ruona with his JConcepts outfitted Associated B4 and B44 rained supreme in qualifying by TQ’ing 7 out of the 10 rounds of qualifying and winning the first 2 A-mains in both classes. Rob Meyer with his JConcepts outfitted Associated T4 TQ’ed and won the 10 minute A-main event in the modified truck class. Carolina R/C’s own Alex Birmingham won the Stock Truck class while Steve Woody won the Short Course Stock class and Todd Walters won the Short Course Modified class. Brandon Ouellette took his freshly prepared Losi 8ight-e to a well deserved 1st place in the electric 1/8th buggy class.
Team Orion team mates Cody King and Ryan Cavalieri cleaned up at the opening round of the JBRL series this past Sunday. Cavalieri saw some issues in qualifying, but sorted it out and bumped all the way from the bottom main to win truggy from King in 2nd and Pavidis in 3rd. King took the exact opposite route, TQ’ing both classes and capturing the buggy crown from team mate Cavalieri, with Ryan Lutz taking 3rd. With 340 entries for a one day event, it was a miracle they finished before midnight.
X Factory are reporting that team driver Stefan Mesker captured TQ honors and won all three A mains at the second round of the Belgian/Dutch Championship series last weekend at Kampenhout, Belgium. The runner up spot went to Wouter Wynen while 3rd spot went to X-Team driver Bruno Heremans, and six X-6 Squareds were in the A including the first, third, and fifth qualifiers. Mesker’s win at Kampenhout is coupled with his win in round one of the Championship, so of course Stefan is on top of the standings.