The guys at Xray have been in touch to let us know that the Xray XT8 kits are now shipping to all distributors. The kits should be available in shops within the next few weeks. The first batch is limited, so make sure to pre-order yours. If you have been looking for the XRAY XT8, please contact your local dealer or national distributor.
A very brief update on the 2nd round of the Czech Nationals that was run last weekend by the RCACR. The race was won by Falcon powered Xray driver Lukas Zeman with his Xray team mate Petr Klatovsky in 2nd while 3rd place went to Jakub Musil racing for Mugen. Czech National Champion Martin Bayer had a difficult event finishing down the field in 9th.
A quick update on the 2nd round of the Hungarian 1/8th scale buggy Nationals that took place last weekend in Szolnok. The race was won by Ninja powered Mugen racer Pall Csaba while Kyosho racer Orsovai Dezso took 2nd place with the 3rd spot going to Szebelledi Laszlo racing a RB powered Xray XB8EC.
We wrote about some newly released products from German brand Orcan only last week, and now they have released 2 more products,exhaust systems to be exact. Manufactured by German company Mielke, the first exhaust system you see above is for .12 on road motors and has been designed to work best with Novarossi based engines, enhancing engine durability and performance. The second exhaust system is suitable for 3.5cc buggy motors and provides the same benefits as the smaller system with both exhausts featuring the Mielke SNAP technology and are both EFRA approved.
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Hong Nor have now announced the release of a new lightweight spur gear with 48T, suitable for the X1CR. This new spur gear reduces the revolving mass of the center differential and delivers more power to the drive line while the gear itself is made from high carbon steel and heat treated for maximum durability.
Another report from Xray, this time from the 3rd round of the Danish Nationals held at a huge RC stadium just outside Copenhagen. The results from the semi finals saw Kyosho racer Thomas Mikkelsen take the top starting position ahead of Xray racer Peter Harder in 2nd, who when the race started made a bad start allowing Steffen Culmsee to come from behind to take the lead followed by Harder. After the pitstops Peter could regain the lead and, after an accident for Culmsee, could cruise home to the win ahead of Mikkelsen in 2nd with 3rd spot going to CEN racer Rune Gustavsen.
According to a report by 4wdRC.com, an engineer from Team Associated was present at the SoCal track last Thursday testing their new 4wd electric buggy and due to the fact that it looked so much like a BJ4, no one took any notice of it or even took a photograph of it (picture above of BJ4).
But it’s not a BJ and it IS a Team Associated prototype car. Later, on Sunday at the Reedy race, we spoke with AE officials who confirmed that the car exists and said it would not appear at this year’s Mod Nats in Albuquerque. To us it looked very similar to a BJ, with different front diff cover and shock tower, possibly a different 1-way system, and new front arms. It was a flat carbon fiber sheet chassis with shaft drive and a top deck. 3 X 3 saddle packs were in the rear with a longitudinal motor near the center. The shell looked so much like a BJ that it may have actually been a BJ body. That’s really all we know. We were there with Paul and Frank working on several different things on our own cars, We noticed this car, thought it was a BJ, and only confirmed things on Sunday at the Reedy race.
According to sightings at this weekends British National event in Holbeach, Team Magics main buggy racer in the UK, David Crompton, has left the Taiwanese manufacturer and was spotted racing a HoBao Hyper 8. Our site partners Neo Buggy have confirmed that the 8 time National Champion would be racing the Hyper 8 buggy for the rest of the season but didnt give a reason for the change, although perhaps the M1B, which had been seen with a lot of prototype parts recently, just isnt competitive in its current state?