Our partners Neo-Buggy have some nice pictures of Jared Tebos O’Donnell buggy from yesterdays Nitro Challenge race that we briefly wrote about due to it being the first race for the Associated RC8. Not a lot has been heard from the OD buggy in a while and it appeared that the whole project may have been scraped when development driver Tebo started running a Jammin buggy late last year. But it appears the project is still on and the as you can see in the image above, the car looks to be sporting some fairly final looking parts, well at least on the rear end that we can see. Also according to Philip over at camp Neo Buggy, the body appears to be new, and an O’Donnell creation as well.
To view more pics of the car in action check them out here.
Pro-Line have displayed their new pre-screened bodies at the Toy fair in Germany which feature a nice silver chrome design, amongst others, and they’re designed so that you paint your own base colour to complete the body. The windows aren’t masked however which is unfortunate and not race legal in many countries and also means you need to apply window decals on the outside. That aside, they look good and the better news is that they will be available throughout the entire range of Pro-Line bodies.
The newly released Team Associated RC8 buggy has made its race debut at the Nitro Pit in Arizona. Ryan Maifield, who qualified the new car in 4th moved up two spots to take the 2nd spot behind Team Losi racer Mike Truhe who also set the fastest lap of the race over 1 second faster than Maifield. In third position was Jared Tebo who was racing the prototype O’Donnell buggy ahead of Jason Ashton racing the Sidorf who brought it home in 4th.
You can view the PDF of the Expert buggy results here. View a picture of the car in action here.
UPDATE: Neo Buggy have some more action shots of Maifields RC8 here.
More electric buggy news and again from Kyosho. The Japanese manufacturer has announced that they will release a RTR version of their popular ZX-5 buggy. The ZX-5 is a shaft driven 4wd buggy that has done very well on the International racing scene in its kit form and therefore as a ready to run should be a great platform for anyone getting started in the sport. As always, as we get more information we will let you know.
Back in the beginning of January, when it was released, we wrote about the new SBV2 PRO buggy from MRC Academy. What the PRO part of the name meant was that this kit is a fully optioned SBV2, which is no bad thing as the original car is a very good shaft driven 4wd buggy, and so with all the optionals as standard could only make a good car better. Our partners RC Forum have gotten up close with the PRO to reveal some of the details that may have been missed before now.
Kyosho have shown their new 2wd buggy, the Ultima RB5, at this weeks show in Germany. The prototype of this very car put on a very good show at last years pre Worlds Japan and now the car is almost ready to hit the shelves. Details on the car are pretty thin at the moment but as soon as we hear more we will let you know.
In the meantime check out some chassis pics here… content
Ok with almost everything at this years fair photographed from several different angles by many intrepid reporters on the ground and all the first day buzz is gone, its time to settle down and take stock. We already covered the engines at the fair and now its time to cover the many gas powered off roaders at the show. This is just to give you ano verview of what was at the show and I wont mention the HPI Lightning Pro 2 Evo, Piktor Rush 2, Crono RS7, Blade BX-1, Xray XB8-EC or XT8 as I have already gone into detail about them previously. The truggy you see above is the MBX5T and was being shown on the Mugen stand.
Previously we showed you some pictures of the Jammin Mini CRT-5 truggy, well here is its close relative (basically the same car), the Hong Nor CRT-5. The car is shaft driven 4wd and it seems nicely spec’d with metal shock towers, carbon fiber radio plate and c-hub suspension up front. The mini class is shaping up to be pretty cool with a lot of manufacturers already involved and these cars don’t hang about either on the track, with the ones i have seen so far, tearing up the dirt.