Our partners Neo Buggy are reporting that 1996 World Champion Alex Laffranchi (old photo) has left Crono to race for Xray. Alex already had his first race this weekend at a regional championships race in Italy in which he used the XRAY XB8 EC. Alex, who was a long time Thunder Tiger driver, only joined Crono at the start of the 2006 season and has left after just 1 year, he will however stay with OS engines for the 2007 season.
This weekend saw the first round of the Chinese National league take place in Shenzhen, China. It was Kyosho driver Hu Wei Peng that took the top qualifier spot but in the race it was Sam Poon, driving a Nanda NRB-3, that took the win, followed home by another Nanda racer ZhiJian Woo in 2nd while 3rd position went to Zhan Wei driving a Kyosho MP777.
Atomic Carbon, makers of the S4 and S2, and masters of all things carbon fiber have shown the first pictures of their new project call the AC10. Its a 2wd buggy with tub chassis and rear mounted motor and is different from the company’s S2 chassis that is currently hitting the tracks in the UK. The prototype still isn’t finished, with some parts still to arrive to complete it, but one thing is certain, it sure looks sweet.
UPDATE: We have looked into it more and it turns out that it is a personal project to recreate the original RC10 in carbon and other modern materials.
CEN contacted us to tell us that their man Arto Heinonen was unbeatable at the second Koski Challenge indoor race, which was held last weekend at Valkeakoski, Finland. In the buggy class Arto was able to win by a lap ahead of Markku Honkanen while in the truggy class Arto was holding strong the 3rd position until the servo broke in the A-Main resulting him 9th.
Our site partners Buggy Sport have some nice pictures and information on this new buggy wing from Team Cobra Racing. Made to perform at the highest level of competition buggy racing this new wing meets all current, and expected future, racing regulations. Designed by ex Aeronautical Engineer, specializing in Aerodynamics and Avionics, Angelo Economou, who is also the owner of Team Cobra Racing International, has applied for a patent for this wing in Europe, Australia, Japan and the USA.
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HongNor have released some new upgraded shock towers for the X1CR Buggy which are CNC machined from 5mm aircraft grade 7075 T6 aluminium. Both new towers have been hard-coated with special material for wear and durability and the front tower now has multiple half holes at the top and 3 mounting holes at the bottom. The rear towers have half holes at the top and an extra row on the bottom inside which gives more setup options for different track conditions.
Following the statement made yesterday by Ricardo Gomez, father of Richi, in relation to the disagreement between his son and engine manufacturer Axe Rossi, the Italian company has responded with their own statement. In it they claim that the products that Richi received were up to scratch and even allowed Richi win his first National race that he took part in with the engine and they are of the opinion that the only reason he has left Axe Rossi was because he was offered a better offer from a different manufacturer. The saga continues.
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The second round of the French Electric buggy Nationals took place last weekend at the Antibes track. Although this was the second round of the Nationals, it was the first outdoor race of the year and in qualifying it was local racer Nicolas Vouilloz that took the TQ spot in the 4wd mod class while in 2wd mod it was Carl Maignien who claimed top spot. In the 4wd mod finals it was Vouilloz, driving his JConcepts BJ4WE, that carried his form forward from qualifying to take the win ahead of Cyril Baldini with X-Factory driver Antoine Rossetti claiming the 3rd spot. In the 2wd mod finals it was Team Losi XX4 racer Carl Maignien that took the win in front of Alex Valente while Olivier Demonfumat took the final spot on the podium in 3rd.