Pro Line have released these 2 new Cavalieri Edition Crowd Pleazer body shells for the Team Associated GT2 (above) and T4 cars. While the specifics of what is so good about these new bodies over previous versions isn’t clear, we think it may be just some small cosmetic changes, although i find it difficult to see much difference between this version and the non Cavalieri version.
Ryan Cavalieri combines his years of gas off-road experience with the finesse of Pro-Lineâ€™s product development team to produce a body that goes beyond the traditional Crowd Pleazer design. â€œDesign makes a huge difference in the handling of the 1:10 off-road truck believe it or not. The design was developed to enhance the handling characteristics of the GT2,â€ says Ryan.
Last weekend saw the GRP Dirt Challenge race take place at the Deerdale Off Road club with 110 entries split between buggy and truggy. In the buggy class it was Bruce Thompson that took the pole position ahead of Kevin Brunsden and Simon Smith, whilst in the truggy class it was Kevin Brunsden that took to the TQ spot ahead of James Helliwell and Bruce Knight in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In buggy Simon Smith took the early lead and battled with Bruce until the first round of pitsops. Kevin Brunsden had a terrible start with an engine cut and he was chasing back through the field. Some frantic racing and about 10 minutes later Kevin had moved into the lead and took the chequered flag from Simon Smith and Bruce Thompson.
RCMag.com have some nice pictures from the all new Pro version of the HobbyTech STR8 1/8th scale gas off road buggy. We first showed you the standard version in February in our off road round up from the Nurnberg Toy Fair and werent very impressed with it, but the Pro version does look good and loses that OEM buggy look and feel that the non Pro version has.
Team Losi have announced the release of their new starter box for their 8ight and 8T cars that has been designed to only work with these two platforms. Unlike a conventional starter, the 8ight Starter Box has no positioning pegs, which means no measuring or major assembly required like on most other starter box on the market.
In less than 10 seconds you can transform the starter box to work on either the 8IGHT Competition Buggy or the 8IGHT-T Truggy Race roller. Simply push a button on the front chassis brace location and it will telescope out and then rotate the rear swivel pegs to make the chassis platform long and it will accommodate the 8IGHT-T Truggy Race Roller chassis. Now perform the opposite steps and the starter box will fit the 8IGHT Competition Buggy.
French engine specialists JP Racing are showing this new patented 19x7x6mm front bearing for Novarossi based off road engines on their site. The new bearing features 2 dirt protector seals to stop all dust and grit getting into the engine whilst the seal caused by this new structure also aids the tuning consistency of the engine while still keeping the optimal freedom of rotation for the crankshaft.
We received notification that the organisers of this summers 1/8th Off road EFRA GP in Norway, have opened the event for entries. The event will take place on the 18th – 19th of August this year and will be run by the Grenland Modellbilklubb on their track in Skien, 2 hours south of Oslo. It should be a good event and has already, even at this early stage, attracted over 35 entrants with some top names among those.
Check out their website here for more information.
Last weekend, at the buggy track in Purmerand in the Netherlands, saw the running of a fun race to find out which country is the best between neighbours Germany and Holland based on the best 24 Dutch and the best 24 German positions, totalling the points together. In qualifying Markus Feldmann could take the TQ spot but didnt fair so well in his semi final, only finishing 5th. A few changes to his car and he was able to quickly work his way up to front of the final to take the lead on lap 2 where he could push away and take the race win followed home by Oliver Simon in 2nd and Marcell Guske in 3rd. Despite Germany have 8 drivers in the final, the event was won by the Dutch, on points.
Not much information to go on here other than the results and the fact that the race took place last weekend in Thailand and was very well attended with some top drivers present including Japanese National Champion Kenji Osaka. The buggy race was won by Mugen/OS racer Daisuke Endo from Japan with fellow Japanese Mugen racer Yoshio Otsuka in 2nd and Mugen/Ninja ace Osaka in 3rd. In the truggy class it was Yuichi Ajishi who won from pole, having also TQ’d the buggy class but ran into difficulties in that race, Yoshio Otsuka finished in 2nd place ahead of Sin Dick San in 3rd.