DuraTrax have announced the release of the new Raze ST RTR stadium truck, which is based on the companies popular Raze nitro buggy. This 1/8th scale 4wd truck boasts lots of upgrades included as standard that make it a terrific value with plenty of option parts for even greater performance. The Raze ST includes a SuperTigre G-27CS 4.4cc racing engine with adjustable engine mount, race-legal (150cc) fuel tank with flip-top and built-in filter, heavy-duty 4mm aluminum shock towers, pre-glued soft off-road tires with foam inserts, molded chassis side guards and an aluminum racing tuned pipe.
Xray are reporting on their site from round 1 of the CORCS Region 5 series that was held last weekend in Edmonton, Canada. In the buggy class it was Xray racer Wayne Mah who set the TQ in cold conditions on Saturday and he also managed to TQ the truggy class too, in his first event with the new XT8. In the 45 minute buggy final Wayne, and team mate Cory, lead the field for the whole race with Mah eventually taking the chequered flag for the win, 25 seconds ahead of Cory in 2nd. In the truggy class it was again Mah that took the win, despite his car flaming out and requiring a new plug which dropped him a lap down.
Last weekend saw the 4th round of the Thailand Buggy Party championship held on the grass surfaced R.C. Mania Track. Qualifying saw Kyosho racer Panit B. take the pole position for the final ahead of former National Champion Yuthana D. driving a Hobao in 2nd. In the final Panit B. could easily lead from the start but a timing error at 18 minutes meant the race had to be stopped and a second part of the final run for 12 minutes, with the results added together. This didnt seem to affect the outcome and it was man of the day Panit B. that took the win by nearly a lap from Hongnor racer Meen V. in 2nd while Yuthana D. claimed 3rd.
The organisers of this years Futaba Nitro Challenge were in touch to let everyone know that the dates for this great event have been finalised, with the race set to take place on the 19th – 23rd of September. As with last years event, this years Nitro Challenge will be run on the HX Raceway in Bossier City, Louisiana and is expected to draw a large crowd, all hoping to get a piece of the action that saw Taylor James walk away last year with $2000 in prize money.
Go to the official event site to find out more information and get the entry form.
Italian tire manufacturer ATS have announced the release of a number of new products for both off road and general use. First up are these very unique foam truggy tires, created in 56mm width and in 130mm tire diameter, they will be available in both hard and medium compounds and should allow your truggy to tear up the tarmac. Next up is the announcement that ATS will enter the buggy tire market and they are currently testing rims and compounds and will launch with 3 compounds called Sticky, Adherence and 1600, expect to see them available soon. ATS have also released a range of clutch bell housings for off road and rally game that come in both closed and open finish and in a number of different teeth amounts. Finally comes the release of cleaning putty, similar to that sold by Serpent, that comes in a handy little tub and helps remove oil and other crap from your car.
We brought you information about shock bodies from Japanese firm, Riemon Speed Works before, and today they have announced more metal optionals, including more shock bodies. In the picture above you can see on the left, new metal shock bodies for the Kyosho Lazer ZX-5, the left shock body being a prototype made from brass and the aluminum version on the right the final sale version. In the middle of the image are the prototype and final shock bodies for the Tamiya M-chassis while the final product on the right are hex adaptors for 1/10th touring cars, which have been made from brass to apparentley help transfer the power from the tires to the ground in low grip conditions. Available this month.
Last weekend saw Americas best Off-road drivers come together for the 2007 ROAR Nationals run at ARCOR Raceway in Albuquerque NM. At the end of qualifying it was Associated team driver Ryan Cavalieri that took the TQ in 2wd Mod while in Modified Truck it was Mike Truhe that took the top spot and in 4wd Mod it was Jared Tebo who claimed the pole position spot. In the 2wd final it was Cavalieri who went on to win both the first two A-Mains, taking the overall, leaving Mike Truhe to come home in 2nd and Billy Fischer in 3rd. In Truck Modified it was again Cavalieri that took the win in dominating fashion beating out Mike Truhe to 2nd and Jared Tebo in 3rd. In the 4wd Mod class it was a closer battle with the final result coming down to the third A main with Cavalieri needing a win to beat Jared Tebo but once again Team Orion racer Cavalieri came through to take the race win and with it the class win to complete the modified hatrick, Jared Tebo ran home 2nd overall with Mike Truhe in 3rd.
JConcepts have released their latest Illuzion body, this time for the Losi 8ight T truggy which features a stadium truck style that combines hard edge racing lines with a front hood scoop. The roof of the body has been dramatically wedged or for that aggressive look, while the rear of the body has been designed for extra bed durability. The body has been made from heavy-duty thickness polycarbonate and comes complete with window masks and protective film.