HongNor have announced the release of a number of new optional parts for their X2 CRT 1/8th scale truggy chassis. First up is this front and rear set of CNC machined 7075 T6 center braces that helps stiffen up the whole chassis, while for extra performance there is a set of lightweight CVDs, as well as front and rear universal shafts. Less weight mean better acceleration and more revolutions, as well as lowering the overall weight of the car, which is always good.
Following on from his win in round 3, Cody King and his Sirio powered Kyosho STRR have won yet another round of the hotly contested JBRL series in Southern California. Cody grabbed the TQ and won the A main final from Losi racer Adam Drake in 2nd and Tyler Vik in 3rd and now moves into the outright points lead in the Truggy class. Cody also led the Buggy A final, but a mechanical issue late in the main knocked him back to third.
Japanese off road specialist Team Azarashi have released the first pictures of their prototype Vaykal body shell, suitable for the 2wd X-Factory X-6. Featuring some very aggressive styling, the new shell is still being finalised and no fixed date has been given for its release.
We were informed last weekend about this video of the all new Team Magic B8 buggy, which was seen testing at a track in Spain, but when we linked to it the video had disappeared. Well as you can see its now back and shows the Taiwanese company’s latest buggy project being put through its paces. According to Team Magic the B8 is a completely new concept and is not a replacement for the M8, which will continue to be produced. Expect the buggy to be released around early September.
The 4th round of the UK Truggy Pro Nationals took place at NORC Raceway near Durham in the North of England last weekend. Qualifying saw Losi racer Darren Bloomfield take the TQ spot ahead of Jamie Booth, Ed Kerry, Mike Cradock and Sambuca Taylor, these drivers being the only ones to achieve 8 laps. In the main final Cradock got shunted on the first lap, which knocked him down the running order, allowing Bloomfield to get his head down and open up a lap on the rest of the field by the time he came into the pits on lap 27, but unfortunately mechanical problems on the rear of his car meant he required more time in the pits and this allowed Booth to take over that the front. On lap 37 it looked like Booth had the race in the bag but suddenly mechnical failure had Jamie’s car limping and despite keeping the car going Ed Kerry could take over at the front and go on to win, while behind it was Ralls and a recovering Cradock, who sniffing a podium, pushed to catch the limping Booth and 2 laps from the end of the race the pair got passed and took 2nd and 3rd respectively.
More news from Pro-Line, who have also released some updates to their buggy and truggy line of tires. For the buggy, the company’s competitive Hole Shot is now available in soft XTR compound, in addition to the previously released M2 and M3 compounds. For truggys, they get 3 new additions to the LPR, Low Profile Race, range of tires with the addition of the Hole Shot, Bow-Tie and Crime fighter, all of which are available in soft XTR, super-soft M2, and ultra-soft M3 compounds, as well as coming as pre-mounts with the M2 and M3 compounds.
Get ready to cool those high voltage brushed or brushless systems in your Kyosho RB5 with the new Vortex body by Pro-Line. Designed to give your car the latest in off-road styling and function, the Vortex was born from today’s top electric racer IFMAR Off-Road World Champion, Ryan Cavalieri. “We need a body that will better cool the brushless systems we are using and looks like it is ready to compete,” says Ryan Cavalieri. So, Ryan, along with Pro-Line’s body moulding experts, set out to create something that improved the overall performance of the car’s electronics and the car’s performance on the track. With 3 unique cooling features (1 on each side of the body and 1 directly underneath the front wind shield, the Vortex received it’s name.
The Pro-Line Crowd Pleazer 2.0 body has proven itself as one of the highest performing body shells on the market. Multi National Championships as well as a World Championship, the Crowd Pleazer design is in a league of its own and now Pro-Line is continuing the legacy with the release of the Crowd Pleazer 2.0 for the X-Ray XB808. Just as you have come to expect with other Crowd Pleazer 2.0 bodies, the 808 version is no different. It incorporates ultra-low styling, original bodylines, and functionality to bring you the latest in durability, versatility and high-performance race technology.