Chris Doughty has a report on his site on the successful shake down of his new ride, the Atomic Carbon S4 that we have shown you here previously. The race took place at the Kidderminster track and although only a regional race, the competition was tough and included a World Champion, a Worlds A finalist, a Euros A finalist and 2 of the best 3 racers in the National series.
Chris managed to put the car 4th on the grid behind Neil Cragg (TQ), Tom Yardy and Paul Bradby. Chris managed to get up to 3rd off the line, get into the lead mid-race then hold onto the lead to cross the line to take the win.
Xray have a report on their site from the second round of the the 2007 Israeli League that was held at the Ramat-eishay track in Israel. After qualifying 3rd Dan Price managed to fight to the top and take the win by 4.5 seconds ahead of Nir Sivan who finished 2nd with Yaniv Levi rounding out the podium.
At some point I overtook Yaniv only to be passed by him a few corners later in midair; he jumped and landed a few centimeters ahead of meâ€¦ one of the best moments of the day! After mid-race Yaniv developed brake problems so he backed off a bit which left me and Nir to fight for the lead.
Pro Line have extended their pre mounted range of off road buggy tires to include the very popular M2 Crime Fighter and M2 Bow Tie tires. Coming pre glued on yellow Velocity wheels, it ensures you have more time for tuning your car and spend less time doing tire prep. All tires come with Pro Line insert and are also available mounted on white Velocity wheels.
As expected, Xray have announced their Truggy to follow the trend of almost all 1/8th scale buggy manufacturers in releasing a car for this growing class. Not much else is known about the truggy, other than it being most definitely based on the XB8 but with the usual truggy updates such as longer wishbones, driveshafts and perhaps a different chassis plate. More details will be known when it is shown at the Nurnberg Toy fair next month. It should be a busy fair for Xray with the official unveiling of the NT1 also expected at the show.
OK, i know i shouldnt fall for this but i have covered all the other news from Piktor regarding their Rush 2 and so i shall continue by showing a tease shot of the bodyshell from this super hyped buggy. The bodyshell appears, from the picture, to be relatively standard with the only major difference being the front, which coincides with the fact the the front of this car is completely different from other buggies and the fact that it will come with a mounted front wing. We will know more when they show the full body.
Piktor also released more details with regards the differentials used which you can check out here.
Although the Neo Invitational event was nearly a month ago, Hot Bodies have a report on their site giving us the lowdown on their experiences at the event. Of course they were present with Marc Rheinard and Andy Moore, both touring car racers, but despite that they managed to both make the semi finals, not a bad result considering. But what was more interesting is that both their team drivers where running prototype parts including new shock towers front and rear, a new main chassis, improved radio plate and several other parts in an effort to test them in time to include them in their upcoming Lightning 2 Pro EVO, that is due out sometime this year.
Panther have released a new off road tire suitable for Stadium Trucks. Called the Switch 2.0, this tire is dialed-in for indoor clay and blue groove tracks, so mostly US tracks then.
Fits 2.2â€ truck wheels. The Switch 2.0 center bars will give you the forward bite you need and the square lugs on the sides will give you the steering you need. Like the other Switch 2.0 designs this tire will be the hot ticket on the indoor clay and the blue grove tracks.
Panther also released a new hat too that features a flame design with the Panther logo embroidered on the front. You can check that out here.
Last weekend saw the running of the 2007 off-road Winter Champs race held in Vorarlberg in Austria. The race took place on a wicked carpet off road track with lots of corners, jumps and even a wall ride. The race also attracted some major racers with European Champion Peter Pinisch doing the double by winning the 2wd and 4wd classes, with the Stadium truck class won by Kim Sitensky.
View pictures from the event here and check out the final results here (PDF).