Serpent have a report from their team driver Joern Neumann who was in action last weekend at the Kyosho International Indoor in Ostrava in the Czech Republic. The event was held in a large ice hockey arena with the surface made up of carpet and a kind of grass, which made tire choice very difficult. Following some tire tests, Joern found the correct balance and managed to win 3 of the 4 qualifiers to take the event TQ. Once through the semis, in which he drove most of the final in 2wd after a broken drive shaft, he was able to pull out a clear lead in the main final, winning by 2 laps from Kyosho driver Daniel Reckward in 2nd and Gerhardt Frank in 3rd.
Soon to be available from Losi are these pre mounted and glued blue compound 1/8th scale XTT Truggy tires. Tire gluing is a time consuming pain in the neck and get it wrong and have to deal with the embarrassment of your tire flying off while on track. These new pre mounts are supplied with foam inserts that have been developed specifically for the rigors of off-road racing and you can choose to have the XTT tires pre glued to your choice of white or yellow racing wheels.
French manufacturer MAD Racing have been in touch to tell us about their latest 1/8th scale buggy for the Southern Europe specific 2wd class, called the IDEA. Based loosely on a Team Associated RC8, the car, as you would expect, doesn’t sport any front drive train and thanks to the lack of a central drive shaft the engine is now no longer in line. Power is driven to the rear wheels through a custom made gearbox whose casing doubles up as the cars engine mount and rear braking system for an ultra stiff construction. The car also features double piston suspension, while the car’s drive gear sports a unique adjustable prototype slipper.
With GRP entering the engine market with their own brand of motor, the company that has the patent on the race proven ‘Fast Link System‘ have announced the upcoming release of its new line of exhaust systems and manifolds. The new exhausts meet the most recent EFRA regulations and have been made from a new special raw material that increases the resistance to crushing in the event of an impact, is 5% lighter than the previous material and by helping to boost the pipes resonance, it also increases engine performance. The stinger has also received attention and has been machined using a special 3D CNC machining technique, which guarantees an increase in resistance to any deformation. Available currently for .21 circuit, .21 buggy and .28 truggy motors, there is also 3 lengths of circuit manifolds to choose from.
We received a report from the recent 5th round of the Novarossi Winter Series that saw some fantastic racing after the weather eased off enough for the Novarossi Raceway track to dry out for the event. Elliot Boots (RC8 RB) owned qualification taking all three rounds with David Spashett (Losi Novarossi) second and Edd Kerry (Losi Novarossi) third. In the Truggy class it was a battle all day between John Hazelwood (Xray OS) and Reece Sawyer (Losi Novarossi), both drivers missing one round during the day due to their mechanics whooopsy’s but still all in good fun. John took top spot for the final with Reece second and Mark Truslove (Losi Novarossi) in third.
The other day we wrote about the new O.S. made Ninja motors, and today Mugen have placed images and specifications of their new buggy motor online. Featuring a lightened and hardened 14mm crankshaft, the JX21 B-01 is a 5 port motor that is said to output 2.48 bhp at 33,000 rpm. Expect to see the full range on display at next months toy fair in Nuremberg.
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oOple have a report from last weekends Schumacher Indoor Off Road Masters, held at the indoor track in Worksop. The track was laid out the previous evening and was wider than the usual layout, with plenty of well thought out features to tax the drivers skills. The 4wd class saw the win go to the TQ man Richard Lowe, driving the JConcepts BJ4 WE, while in 2wd the victory went to European Champion Neil Cragg who had qualified 2nd behind Team oOple driver Stuart Wood.
RB Products in the US have a nice interview with their young up and coming team driver Roman Miller. The Mugen racer have only been driving 4 years and is already impressing many with his ability, recently taking his place in the Expert class.
Being with RB this year has helped me improve at every race we attended. At first it was a rough start, my dad had some trouble getting used to the engine, tuning and working on them etc…but with the help of Kevin and Bernard, we were able to get the enignes running pretty well. The consistancy of the engine at all the races we attended made it one less thing for us to worry about throught the year. Me and my dad are very pleased with the support RB has given us both during the year and are looking forward to another great season with RB.