Xray look set to release a conversion set for Xray XB8TQ owners to upgrade to the current XB8EC 1/8th scale buggy. The set is pretty extensive and includes 25 different parts including an new chassis plate, servo plate, front wishbones, center shafts, front shock tower, new shock absorbers and much more. Released date has not yet been announced.
The fourth round of the BRCA electric buggy Nationals was held last weekend on the grass surfaced Oswestry track, close to the England – Wales border. The track was damp for most of Saturday and Sundays running took place in even wetter conditions, with the event being called during the first round of finals. The 2wd class was won by Losi driver Darren Bloomfield who also took the TQ while in 4wd it was once again Lee Martin that took the TQ, and due to the cancellation of the finals, his qualifying position translated into the win. oOple also have an interview with X-Factory designer Paul Sinclair, who was over from the US for this event, and last weeks Belgian GP.
Pro Line have released a number of new items today, the first being the new Crowd Pleazer 2.0 body for the Losi 8ight T. Just as you have come to expect with other Crowd Pleazer 2.0 bodies, the 8ight T version incorporates ultra-low styling, original bodylines, and functionality to bring you the latest in durability, versatility and high-performance race technology. Also new from Pro Line is the release of the companies pre mounts for the 1:8 Truck/Monster Truck market. Coming pre glued, and with the usual Pro Line quality, you can now get the Bow-Tie, Crime Fighter, and Hole Shot MTR’s on 17mm hex wheels, and standard or ½” offsets and come complete with Pro-Line molded inserts.
We forgot to mention this news when our partners Neo Buggy announced it last week, but HoBao are coming out with their latest 1/8th scale buggy, the Hyper 8.5 Pro Edition. We also now have pictures of the new buggy thanks to HoBao Norway and the car looks pretty good with its new spider diffs, big bore shocks, new chassis and braces as well as other changes. These pictures come hot on the heels of the announcement by UK distributor CML of the HoBao Hyper 8 ‘BRCA edition‘ which comes out in August, a release date for the 8.5 Pro isn’t known yet.
GS Racing have announced the release of the Shadow SB1 RTR, a new 1/10th scale 4wd gas powered buggy aimed at helping bring beginners into the world of RC nitro. Designed for maximum fun this car features lots of suspension travel, newly designed durable front and rear aluminum shock towers and the car features no e-clips in the suspension system so that the car can be maintained more easily. This car comes equipped with the powerful .15 rear exhaust engine, with pullstart, which works with the companies unique rear exhaust system, which sees the pipe mounted in a cage behind the rear shock tower.
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Gerd Strenge, the designer of the Durango was in touch to show all the Red RC readers his latest Durango 4wd buggy that will be raced by their team drivers at the upcoming European Championships in Finland. A lot of people may never have seen the Durango before, and some may be more familiar with it, but to both parties it may be difficult to spot the differences between this latest version and the previous incarnations of this former European Championship winning buggy. The changes to the car allow it to now corner faster and to jump better than the previous version with alterations made to the steering system, the shock towers and to the weight distribution, while changes to the shock absorbers allow to drive better over the bumps and absorb landings easier. Power delivery has also been improved with changes made to the slipper clutch.
Durango will have 3 of these cars in action at the Euros and driving them is front running Austrian driver Gerd Pfeiffer, German racer Ebi Beck and former European Champion, Pro Line Challenge winner and Belgian GP runner up, Joern Neumann.
Our partners Neo Buggy are reporting that multiple National Champion and Worlds TQ Ryan Maifield has signed a deal with Liquid Eyewear of Yuma, AZ. Liquid Eyewear is a premier eyewear manufacturer with a full line of sunglasses, clothing, and other accessories and the deal will see Ryan use and promote the companies products.
Xray are reporting on the 3rd round of the Czech National Championship for 1/8th scale buggies that was held 2 weekends ago at the very end of June. Qualfiying saw Xray driver Martin Bayer take the pole position for the main final and was joined by the winners from both semi finals for the start of the 30 minute main. As the final go underway it was Martin that took the lead and gradually started to create a gap from the chasing pack that included his brother Ales as well as L. Zeman. Martin lead until 3 minutes from the end, when a stone jumped into his car some obstruction which cost him 20 seconds in the pits and allowed his brother Ales driving the Losi 8ight to take over the lead which he held to the end, to take the win ahead of his brother Martin in 2nd and P. Klatovsky in 3rd.