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?
The third round of the Italian 1/8th scale buggy Nationals took place last weekend in Genzone, near Milan. Held under great weather conditions, qualifying was headed by new Xray signing, and former Italian Champion, Alex Laffranchi ahead of 2nd placed team mate, and round 2 winner, Riccardo Perin with current National Champion Davide Tortorici in 3rd for Crono. After the Semi finals it was Laffranchi placed at the front of the grid for the main final, and he carried that form through to the final flag to take his first win for his new sponsors Xray, with 2nd place going to Tortorici while Iuri Gassi took 3rd spot for Mugen.
Linus Thern has won both classes at this weekends Kyosho Masters race, the first of its kind to be held in Germany, run at the Rhein-Main club. The Swedish driver TQ’d both the buggy and truggy class racing his RB powered Kyosho and due to the Sunday being called off due to heavy rain the event was called on qualifying results. In the buggy class Linus took the win from 2nd placed Daniel Reckward with Thomas Passmann in 3rd while in the Truggy class it was again Linus, ahead of former World Champion, Yuichi Kanai from Japan in 2nd with Jimmy Wright in 3rd.
The 3rd round of the French 1/8th scale buggy Nationals took place this weekend at the Reims circuit in the North of France. The event was dominated by Yannick Aigoin, the current European Champion set the fastest time in qualifying driving his RB powered Xray while the Mugen pairing of Guilliame Vray and Renaud Savoya were 2nd and 3rd fastest respectively. After the semis it was in fact Savoya that had claimed the number 1 starting spot ahead of Yannick in 2nd, with Crono racer and round 2 winner Jerome Sartel starting from 3rd. The race itself was a close run thing with Yannick Aigoin finally claiming the win, a few seconds up on 2nd placed Sartel, while French EFRA GP winner Jerome Aigoin ended the event in 3rd for Kyosho.
Last week we showed you the new D21T MKII buggy motor from STS Racing and it seems that now you can get a RBMods version which, aside from some hand tuning work to the liner, features some hardening and rust proofing work done to the crankshaft.
A reverse osmosis procedure bringing you the best of all the other mods out on the market, Yes sir we have come full circle with this one folks. Just take a look at the picture attached Notice how some engines loose power and start acting up after some of the nasty fuels we use? It is the crank rusting up and sending rust particles through your engine, Of coarse you know this would have a adverse affect we all do not want. Dr. Rick has come up with the cure and better yet without raising the prices.