If you’re looking for a way to dress up your Team Losi LST or Aftershock chassis, then check out Vantage Racing’s new carbon fiber gearbox cover. Shaped carbon fiber is slick looking, and also benefits from being lightweight and super strong, and this particular piece features a shiny coating that makes the woven carbon fiber material stand out. A direct replacement of the stock part, the front side features the Vantage Racing logo.
Japanese firm Charge RC have introduced this new off road pipe set for use with 3,5cc buggy motors. The pipe itself has been extensively tested in both off road and on road conditions with the best results coming when off road where the pipe gives plenty of bottom end to middle range torque, especially when combined with the manifold that comes supplied with the pipe set. The pipe and manifold have been polished for better gas flow, while for the stinger of the pipe has been reinforced with a rib to prevent it bending in the event of a hard impact.
Taiwanese company Himoto have released CAD images of their 2nd generation high downforce wing, which is suitable for use on 1/8th scale buggies and truggies. This IFMAR, EFRA & ROAR compliant wing is made from high quality plastic, so it wont break, and provides your off road car with lots of downforce with minimum drag. The wing comes in 4 colours – red, yellow, green and black, and should be available in August.
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Robert Batlle from Spain has won the 2007 European Championship today in Auxerre, France. Having qualified in pole position, the HoBao Hyper 8.5 driver also won his semi final to line up first for the main final ahead of Spanish Mugen racer Borja Hernandez in 2nd, while Portugese Kyosho driver Miguel Matias lined up 3rd. A big upset ws that reigning European Champion Yannick Aigoin didnt make the final, after a problem in his semi put him out while leading, this meant that no Xrays would be present in the final. The final started badly for Batlle with the Spanish driver down the order as the race commenced, meaning he had to push hard to get on terms, this left Matias and Hernandez battle is out front with French driver Savoya joining in on the mix later on. All the while Batlle’s recovery was relentless, picking off racers throughout the race finally coming up behind leader Savoya and taking the lead in the last minutes. Robert Batlle crossed the line to take the title followed closely by French Mugen racer Renaud Savoya, with another Mugen driver, Borja Hernandez completing the podium in 3rd.
Starting next week, Europes best electric buggy racers collect in the center of Finland, in a place called Vaasa, to battle it out in 2wd and 4wd to be crowned the 2007 European Champion. Drivers have already started arriving and our partners oOple are there too, and combined with his racing Jimmy & wife Vicky will be covering the full event. Fridays report is already online, covering the travel to the event as well as the first impressions of the track.
The track is quite large and all ‘features’ are covered in carpet to give a consistent surface. The largest jump is at a slight angle next to the drivers stand. It’s a large double but with a slight step-down on the back side. Neil and Paul had practiced here a few weeks ago and mentioned that it was easy to over-jump this and certainly the take off ramp (on the left) is huge.
Todays final day of qualifying at the 1/8th scale TT European Championships in Auxerre France started off wet, with the rain continuing to fall until 9.30am, but by 11.30am however the covers were off and the track was ready to go again. Carrying on his form from the final qualifying round yesterday, HoBao driver Robert Batlle of Spain, racing the new Hyper 8.5, claimed the overall TQ position with 2 more great runs today to put him 1 point ahead of 2nd placed qualifier, current European Champion, Yannick Aigoin. The Xray driver had 2 steady runs to secure his position at the sharp end of the field, well clear of overnight pole man Davide Tortorici of Italy. The Crono driver wasnt able to pixk up his pace in order to hold onto his pole position spot as this position is worth nothing but the bragging rights that comes with it, i’m sure he’s happy with his place in the Semi final and he is still very much in contention for the win. Tomorrow sees more sub finals run as well as the main finals, and we hope to bring you the final results at the end of the day when we get them.
We showed you pictures of the new Hyper 8.5 Pro 1/8th scale buggy from HoBao on Monday, when the pictures first surfaced on the internet. Well today, the UK importer CML have published the full release information, as well as lots of official pictures, of the car and we have them here for you. This car is currently in action at this years European 1/8th scale TT Championships in France and is currently in 5th, driving by Spanish racer Robert Batlle, who also set the overall fastest qualifying run yesterday in round 3.
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With 3 rounds of qualifying completed at this years European 1/8th scale TT Championships in Auxerre, France, it is Italian Crono racer Davide Tortorici that is ahead on points and currently sitting in the pole position spot. His qualifying has been very consistent and would be placed in 2nd, had current European Champion Yannick Aigoin of France, not had troubles in his 3rd run, only finishing in 10th. The Xray driver is currently 2nd, just ahead of Spanish Mugen driver Daniel Vega, while in 4th its another Mugen, that of top French runner Renaud Savoya. The 5th place is currently occupied by another Spaniard, Robert Batlle, who actually set the fastest overall run time today and won the 3rd round, this result doing wonders to his overall position. The top 16 make it straight through the semi finals and the drivers now have 2 more rounds of qualifying on Friday to move themselves up the qualifying order to be in with a chance for the title come Sunday afternoon.