On Tuesday I reported about the news that Technokit was to enter the 1/8th scale buggy market. At the time I noted that its a very flooded market and it would be bigger news if a manufacturer stated that they werent going to enter this class. Well i did a little research to follow up on that comment and was amazed to have come up with a list totalling 29 31 manufacturers (that i know of) that currently have, or are close to releasing, a 1/8th scale gas powered buggy. That is a huge number of players all fighting for the same piece of the pie, in a market that is becoming more crowded than a rush hour train in Bangladesh.
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Team Orion have a report on their site about last weekends SoCal Supercross in which Ryan Cavalieri dominated proceedings. Held at SoCal Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA, the Supercross brings the best drivers from the Southern California area together to compete on a challenging Supercross inspired track layout.
Team Orion factory driver Ryan Cavalieri earned top qualifying honors in both the 2wd and Truck Modified classes. Unchallenged, Ryan drove his AE buggy and truck to victory in both classes!
Buggy-Sport have a report on last weekends Maxy’s Fuel Challenge held in Hudson, Florida. Due to a last minute date change the 4th running of this event didn’t get the turnout that it expected but racing was still competitive. In the 1/8th Truck main it was Gene Hickersen driving a CEN Matrix that dominated the race ahead of Bobby Moore, driving for Mugen, in 2nd with another CEN racer Kyle Sokol finishing the event in 3rd place. In the 1/8th buggy class it was JR Mitch driving for Thunder Tiger that took the win ahead of 2nd place Losi racer Nathan Wincek with Gary Mazar rounding off the podium for Jammin in 3rd spot.
By the 20 minute mark, Hickerson had lapped the field twice and went into cruise control. Sokol has some problems and dropped back a ways from Moore. Moore was able to get back on the lead lap but ran out of time and that was how the top 3 finished.
Our partners Neo Buggy have posted on their site the news that Italian manufacturer Technokit are planning to enter the 1/8th buggy market soon. Having already made their name in Fifth scale, dipped their toes into the 1/10th 200mm class and been successful in the 1/8th Rally Game class the next logical move is a step sideways to go off road. With the 1/8th off road market becoming ever more saturated i think it would make bigger news if a manufacturer announced they weren’t going to make a 1/8th scale buggy (and subsequent truggy).
RC superstar, Atsushi Hara of Japan, has been proving that he is pretty gifted when it comes to controlling all RC cars, not just Electric circuit cars, having followed up his open final placing at the recent Japanese 1/8th off road Nationals, by TQ’ing and winning the 2006 Buggy Party Final held in Thailand. In the end it was easy for the Hot Bodies racer who took the win in the hour long final by over 5 laps ahead of 2nd placed local racer Yuthana D. driving a HoBao. Fellow Thai racer Charlee was 3rd for Mugen, 2 laps further back.
We received details of 2 events coming up soon and not so soon. The first race is the Czech International Indoor Event (6th – 7th Jan) that takes place on an ice rink in Lansroun City (see above) but doesnt take place on ice unfortunately, the track is covered in carpet. The second event to be announced is the 1/18th Indoor Off Road Nationals (13th – 15th Apr) that takes place at the RC Madness indoor dirt track in Conneticut.
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Here are the first pictures of the all new Piktor Rush 2, the French designed buggy that has been in the pipeline for quite a while now. We reported on Saturday that the car and crew had been testing in Taiwan and that it went very good, well here we have the images from that test. The car has a very unique and very low front and rear shock mounting position, a far forward mounted fuel tank and the car also uses pivot ball suspension in the front. To me it looks very nice, especially with the carbon fibre and because of the lack of large shock towers also looks very strong.
Hot shot US Racer Tyler Vik has in a surprise move, joined Kyosho and left Mugen. Tyler has raced for Mugen and O’Donnell for a number of years. He is one of the hottest prospects to come from So Cal in the last few years, at only 15 years old he has a good while to realize his potential.