Our partners Buggy Sport are reporting that 2 times German Vice Champion Timo Engelstatter has switched over to the Team Losi for the 2007 season. Staying with the Graupner team, that recently signed Sonke Matz to also race Losi, Timo last year raced with the HoBao Hyper8 which is also imported by the same company.
Just before christmas RB ran a competition on their site to guess the identity of their new World Champion driver. Well in what has turned out to be a great anti-climax for us news hounds it appears that that drivers identity is 10 time World Champion mountain biker Nicolas Vouilloz. I wont even pretend to have heard of him before but apart from his skills on a mountain bike it turns out that he is pretty nifty in a rally car too.
You can find out more about Nicolas Vouilloz here.
According to our site partners Buggy-Sport, Former Euro B Champion Sonke Matz has agreed to race for Team Losi in 2007 having left Kyosho at the end of last year. Driving for the German Graupner team he will stay with CMB engines, Red Alert Fuel and Eck-Tec parts.
In an announcement from Team Associated today, the US company owned by Thunder Tiger, have confirmed, what was a badly kept secret, that they will enter into the 1/8th scale buggy market with their ‘Factory Team RC8’. The statement also confirmed the identity of their team who will race and further develop the car.
Set to lead the Worldwide racing campaign for the RC8 are current ROAR 1/8th Scale National Champion, Ryan Maifield, two-time IFMAR World Champion Ryan Cavalieri and multi-time U.S. National Champion, Richard Saxton. In addition, ROAR â€œAâ€ main finalist JR Mitch and Kyle Skidmore will focus on regional events and select National contests in the United States.
Our site partners Rube Dude are very excited about the new Team Magic M1B, and along with making a very thorough and well written build and review article they have also started testing the new car on the track and above we have the video of the first test in Australia for the new car in the hands of Ben Darley and Ari Bakla.
The guys over at the RC Pro Series have asked us to post an announcement for their 3 round 2007 Florida Nitro Off-road Series. There is a purse of $1000+ for the Expert class and overall entries are limited to 150 people so get your entry in soon.
Outerwears have released this neat pre filter that stops the heavy crap that builds up on your airfilter before getting to the foam underneath, thus allowing the filter to do the job it was intended for. It says its designed to fit the stock air filter that comes on the RTR Losi 8ight but im sure it would work on others too.
Outerwears Pre-filters have been tested and proven to provide maximum performance from your hi-performance air filter longer. Pre-filters deflect dirt away from the air filter instead of packing up and slowing down air flow.
Jammin have announced the release of 2 new pro engines, a .21 and a .28 motor. Both engines have been optimised for off road racing and both feature turbo plugs as well as a number of other performance enhancing improvements.
Tweaks to the materials, crank timing, and tolerances all played a part in getting the engine to the high performance edge that Jammin Jay requires. Both engines deliver excellent bottom end power with great top end run out.