Xray are reporting on the 2008 18th Scale Indoor Off-road Race of Champions that were held last Sunday at RC Madness in Enfield CT. This was the third year that this warm up race for the 18th Scale Off-road Nationals was held and attendance at the race was good with approximately 80 entries. Three rounds of qualifiers were run and then the mains and it was Zack Barry that finished the qualifiers with the TQ in all three classes entered, he also won every qualifier that he ran. Zack went on to win the A-mains in all 3 classes, winning by 2 full laps in each race.
Shown for the first time at last years toy fair in Nuremberg, a year later the Rush 2 from Piktor has finally gone on sale. This unique looking 1/8th scale buggy, which was a finalist at last years Euros, features low CG suspension configuration and lay down dampers which achieve high stability on bumpy tracks, precision on fast parts of tracks, fantastic grip on corners and perfect handling on the big jumps. The Rush 2 is easy to set-up because it can adapt to all types of tracks and all types of surfaces.
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Losi have announced the release of this Tuned Flex Technology Chassis for their popular 8ight Buggy. Milled at exact points to give more flex to the chassis while not sacrificing chassis flex at the gear mesh, the tuned flex technology offers greatly improved overall traction and stability on all track surfaces and has been vigorously tested worldwide by Losi drivers Adam Drake, Mike Truhe and Yannick Aigoin.
The Venom Group have released their Voltage Forty-Fives, a high performance 1/8th scale buggy race tire. Featuring a wide 45mm contact patch and an asymmetrical 45 degree outside pin row design that allows you to tune your buggy for optimal traction depending on how the tire is mounted onto the wheel. The molded 45 degree pins save you countless hours of prep time usually spent trimming square pins to tune the tires. Designed with chassis geometry in mind, the tapered anti-ballooning rib design keys into the included Venom Griplox molded foam inserts for quicker steering response, sure footed traction and an enhanced feel. The signature “V” sidewall ribbing increases lateral support under extreme conditions while the tread pattern provides maximum forward bite on a wide variety of surfaces.
Team Exotek have released this rather nice 3 piece gear cover set for their Tek18 chassis. Made from lightweight aluminium the cover also doubles as a motor heat sink but mainly helps keep stones and other debris from getting into the gears and damaging them. Available in 3 different colors, red, blue and black, to match your chassis.
JConcepts have announced the March release of their Goose Bumps tires in both blue and yellow compound for use on truggies. The totally unique step pin and bar lug design combined with sticky compounds allow even greater control on slightly loamy and wet conditions. Designed for maximum performance when new or used as the design allows even wear all the way down to the tire body and once the driver wears through the initial pin, a bar follows to maximize potential on aggressive surfaces.
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.