French manufacturer MAD Racing have been in touch to tell us about their latest 1/8th scale buggy for the Southern Europe specific 2wd class, called the IDEA. Based loosely on a Team Associated RC8, the car, as you would expect, doesn’t sport any front drive train and thanks to the lack of a central drive shaft the engine is now no longer in line. Power is driven to the rear wheels through a custom made gearbox whose casing doubles up as the cars engine mount and rear braking system for an ultra stiff construction. The car also features double piston suspension, while the car’s drive gear sports a unique adjustable prototype slipper.
With GRP entering the engine market with their own brand of motor, the company that has the patent on the race proven ‘Fast Link System‘ have announced the upcoming release of its new line of exhaust systems and manifolds. The new exhausts meet the most recent EFRA regulations and have been made from a new special raw material that increases the resistance to crushing in the event of an impact, is 5% lighter than the previous material and by helping to boost the pipes resonance, it also increases engine performance. The stinger has also received attention and has been machined using a special 3D CNC machining technique, which guarantees an increase in resistance to any deformation. Available currently for .21 circuit, .21 buggy and .28 truggy motors, there is also 3 lengths of circuit manifolds to choose from.
We received a report from the recent 5th round of the Novarossi Winter Series that saw some fantastic racing after the weather eased off enough for the Novarossi Raceway track to dry out for the event. Elliot Boots (RC8 RB) owned qualification taking all three rounds with David Spashett (Losi Novarossi) second and Edd Kerry (Losi Novarossi) third. In the Truggy class it was a battle all day between John Hazelwood (Xray OS) and Reece Sawyer (Losi Novarossi), both drivers missing one round during the day due to their mechanics whooopsy’s but still all in good fun. John took top spot for the final with Reece second and Mark Truslove (Losi Novarossi) in third.
The other day we wrote about the new O.S. made Ninja motors, and today Mugen have placed images and specifications of their new buggy motor online. Featuring a lightened and hardened 14mm crankshaft, the JX21 B-01 is a 5 port motor that is said to output 2.48 bhp at 33,000 rpm. Expect to see the full range on display at next months toy fair in Nuremberg.
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oOple have a report from last weekends Schumacher Indoor Off Road Masters, held at the indoor track in Worksop. The track was laid out the previous evening and was wider than the usual layout, with plenty of well thought out features to tax the drivers skills. The 4wd class saw the win go to the TQ man Richard Lowe, driving the JConcepts BJ4 WE, while in 2wd the victory went to European Champion Neil Cragg who had qualified 2nd behind Team oOple driver Stuart Wood.
RB Products in the US have a nice interview with their young up and coming team driver Roman Miller. The Mugen racer have only been driving 4 years and is already impressing many with his ability, recently taking his place in the Expert class.
Being with RB this year has helped me improve at every race we attended. At first it was a rough start, my dad had some trouble getting used to the engine, tuning and working on them etc…but with the help of Kevin and Bernard, we were able to get the enignes running pretty well. The consistancy of the engine at all the races we attended made it one less thing for us to worry about throught the year. Me and my dad are very pleased with the support RB has given us both during the year and are looking forward to another great season with RB.
Kyosho have been in touch to tell us that their team driver Ryan Lutz drove his Sirio-powered Inferno 777 WC buggy and Inferno ST-RR truck to wins in their respective classes during the 13th Annual Midwest Nitro Champs at the popular CRCRC facility last weekend. Lutz TQ’ed the truggy class and, even with two lengthy pit stops to repair some body damage, led the last 60 laps of the main to take a decisive victory. In the 1:8 buggy class, Lutz qualified sixth which meant he had a tough task ahead if he hoped to sweep both 1:8 classes, however a superior driving performance allowed Lutz to pull to the front of the pack. An unfortunate flameout in the latter stages of race erased a comfortable half-lap lead and put Lutz nearly a full lap down to Mayfield. Once back on the track, Lutz bumped his pace to more than a full second a lap faster over the next 30 laps, closing an entire lap on Mayfield and making the inevitable pass to take the victory, completing the sweep of both classes.
The first round of the Thailand Buggy Party championship for 2008 was held last weekend at the R.C. Mania track located in western Bangkok, Thailand. Qualifying saw team PRC Mugen/Titan racer Charlee take the TQ, a pace they he kept up for the 40 minute final, powering his Mugen MBX5R to a 12 second win. Coming home in 2nd spot was Hobao racer Yuthana D., while 3 laps back from the leaders in 3rd was Xray racer Meen V.