The 2019 IFMAR 1/10th Off-road World Championships are held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin, Slovakia this week. The event kicked off with 2WD racing that saw a 3-horse race for the overall TQ. In the end 2015 2WD World Champion Spencer Rivkin took three round TQs for the overall from Italy’s 1/8th Nitro Buggy World Champion, Davide Ongaro. Japan’s Yusuke Sugiura, with a steady performance, snatched P3 on the grid from 2015 4WD World Champ, Bruno Coelho who would also take a single round TQ. The opening A-main then saw Davide taking the win by 0.6 seconds as Spencer had a bobble in the opening stages of the race. Bruno Coelho would end A1 in 3rd.
The final round of the French 1/8th Electric Off-road Championship was held at the Apamat Troyes track last weekend. In the E-Buggy class it was HB Racing’s Romain Valter with the top qualifying position, however in the end it was TLR’s Jerome Sartel with the overall win and also the 2019 title while Cyrille Baldini (Team Associated) and Romain Valter came in 2nd and 3rd respectively at the final round. Over in E-Truggy it was again Jerome with the TQ and win, sealing his second overall title.
During this week’s IFMAR 1/10th Electric Off-road World Championships, that are being held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin, Slovakia, Team Losi Racing are showing what is expected to be their forthcoming new 1/10th scale 4WD buggy. By the look of things, and especially the front gearboxes and chassis design, the new buggy is shaft-driven, doing away with the belt drivetrain of the ageing 22-4 kit and being up to par with the latest 4WD buggy designs. Detailed specifications are hard to spot in the images, however the kits run at the Worlds and in the hands of Dakotah Phend, Tom Rinderknecht and Reno Savoya look pretty much production ready and more details should surface very soon.
Turkish company MCD Racing have introduced their new XS5 Max 1/5th scale gas on-road kit. The fuel-powered car is based on the XS5 and it will hit the stores as Pro version, meaning it features a host of optional parts such as a Barracuda tuned pipe, 7075 alloy Max chassis, alloy shock tubes, alloy engine carrier plate, alloy rear stiffener, ball bearing Ackermann plate, alloy lay shaft carrier set, 7075 alloy front and rear wide multi-hole towers, front and rear alloy wishbone holders, front and front LSD, centre locked, and rear open differentials. The chassis is decked out by a new Supercar body shell whose design with wide fenders, a low roof line and optimised aerodynamics ensures a very balanced on-track feeling while allowing dynamic cornering. The body is also available separately as is a decal sheet with special racing-style graphics.
The Finnish 1/8th Off-road Championship recently concluded and it was Mugen’s Ari Heinonen with the overall win in the Nitro Buggy class. Tomi Salonen came in 2nd with Simo Ahoniemi rounding out an all-Mugen podium.
The 2019 EFRA IC Track 40+ Euros were held in Monaco last week in 1/8th and 1/10th nitro on-road classes. In the 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring category is was Xray’s Francesco Martini with the overall TQ, after taking three of the five qualifying rounds, leaving behind Jean-Baptiste Geneau (Infinity), who scored two round TQs for the 2nd place after the qualifiers. The 45-minute A-main final then saw a 3-horse race for the win with Jean-Baptiste ultimately taking the win with a 1-lap margin from Shepherd’s Lars Stub-Holm in 2nd. Some 16 seconds behind it was Francesco Martini on the final podium spot.
Samix have announced the release of a body post stiffener plate for the Element RC Enduro trail truck. Usable with the original or Samix’s optional shock plates, the body post stiffener was designed to be installed between the original plastic posts and it helps increase overall stiffness of the construction. The plate is machined from high-quality aluminium and it comes black or gun metal anodised and with machined silver colour edge details for looks.
T-Works have introduced new offset aluminium shock standoffs for the Kyosho MP10 and MP9 series buggies. The parts are machined from aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminium, they are hard-anodised for wear and will reduce the overall weight while lowering the centre of gravity. The shock mounts are available in +4mm and +5mm variants with the added length changing the rear shock’s mounting angle which can be beneficial in certain track conditions. The standoffs are usable for the MP10, MP9 TKI3 and TKI4 as well as the MP9e Evo and they come in sets of two including suitable shock mounting screws.