November 29, 2006

Xray release bunch of XB8 Optionals

Xray Mud Scraper

Xray have pulled out all the stops and come out with a bunch of new optionals for the XB8 buggy. My favourite of which is the mud scraper shown in the image above, that removes the mud that has built up in the inside of your wheel when racing in wet and muddy conditions. Other parts include clutch bells and spur gears, coloured wheels and wings as well as a new body and a few other bits and pieces.

You can check out all the new optional parts here.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


November 28, 2006

Ron Maya wins the New Zealand 1/8th Buggy Nats

New Zealand 1/8th Buggy Nats

Ron Maya, driving his Xray XB8TQ buggy has won last weekends New Zealand 1/8th buggy nationals. Held in difficult conditions at the Harewood Radio Control car club, based in Christchurch, the event attracted 55 buggies and 30 truggies all set to battle for the National title. Conditions deteriorated after qualifying when the rain started to pour down during the 1 hour main final making driving very difficult.

By now the clouds had opened and rain fell over most of the track, the back straight section was sheltered by trees so didn’t receive quite as much water. Small puddles started to form leaving some cars to slide off the track. However Ron maintained his cool driving his XB8 TQ very consistently, in fact his lap times were same even near the end of the race when the track was extremely wet as he drove at the start when the track was damp!

You can read the full report and see more pictures here.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


November 28, 2006

Axial Cubes 1/8 buggy tires

Axial Cubes 1/8 buggy tires

Axial Racing has released these new 1/8th scale buggy tires called Cubes which are “created for medium packed track conditions, but works well on all surfaces. The blocks allow for great bite and are far enough apart to allow for good clean out in soft loamy conditions. They are sized to fit standard buggy wheels. Low profile sidewall reduces flex in, and is available in two compounds”.

Super sticky soft race compound
Best suited for medium packed track conditions
Low profile sidewall reduces flex in turns
Outside Diameter – 111mm
Inside Diameter – 81mm
Width – 43mm

Source: Axial [axialracing.com]


November 27, 2006

CML Raceway 2006 Winter Series Rd2

Chris Doughty

A quick update on the Winter Series being run at the CML Raceway which saw round 2 run last weekend at this great new facility. In 2wd it was Lee Martin, who finished 3rd in round 1, that took the win whilst in 4wd Adam Skelding, who missed the first round, that took the top spot in this class. Below is the top 3 positions from each class.

2WD
1. Lee Martin
2. Chris Doughty
3. Kevin Lee

4WD
1. Adam Skelding
2. Paul Bradby
3. Lewis Strong

Source: Doughty UK [doughtyuk.net]


November 27, 2006

HPI release the Firestorm

HPI Firestorm

HPI Racing have announced the release of the Firestorm, a new 2wd stadium truck. Available as a RTR car, this car features all-new design specifications, cool racing attributes and a fresh direction for HPI’s high quality entry level nitro truck line-up!

Designer Erik Shauver put all his design experience from designing HPI’s high performance cars, like the Hellfire and the Pro 4, into the Firestorm. It combines the latest advances in RC racing truck technology and suspension design to set a new benchmark in 2WD stadium trucks.

View more information about the car here.

Source: HPI Europe [hpieurope.com]


November 26, 2006

Kenji Osaka wins the Japanese 1/8th Off Road Nats

Japanese 1/8th off road Nationals

Kenji Osaka has taken a comfortable win in the 2006 Japanese 1/8th off road Nationals held at the Extreme Club in Japan. Kenji, driving a Ninja powered Mugen, had qualified 4th after qualifying, but this former national Champion pulled it together when it counted to win the race by 16 seconds after 1 hours racing. Second place went to former World Champion Yuichi Kanai driving his Sirio powered Kyosho whilst team mate Atsuhi Kawamoto finished 3rd, a lap down on the leaders, and 11 seconds ahead of 2nd placed qualifier and eventual 4th place finisher Atsushi Hara.

You can view the full results here.

Source: JMRCA [jmrca.com]


November 25, 2006

Kazuya Tanaka is TQ for Japanese 1/8th Off Road Nats

Japanese 1/8th Off Road Nats

This weekend sees the running of the previously postponed Japanese 1/8th scale off road Nationals. Held at the Extreme Club in the north of Japan near Aomori, the first running in October was postponed because of a typhoon and 36 hours of solid rain. So this weekend the event is being re-run and it was Kyosho racer Kazuya Tanaka that has taken top qualifying spot for tomorrows finals ahead of a surprising Atsushi Hara in second place driving for Hot Bodies. In third place is the winner of this years Kyosho Masters, and former World Champion, Yuichi Kanai driving for Kyosho and rounding out the top 4 is former 1/8th circuit World Champion Kenji Osaka for Mugen. Racing takes place tomorrow and we will bring you the final results when we get them.

You can view the full results of qualifying here.

Source: JMRCA [jmrca.com]