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).
Kyosho have released this High-grade air filter for use in all 1/8th scale buggies and truggies and comes as tandard in their new 777 WC Edition buggy. Featuring a new, high-density foam element and pre-filter it captures the smallest particles to keep your engine in top condition, yet it allows plenty of airflow so the engine can produce maximum power.
Last weekend saw the reopening of the famous Worsksop circuit in the UK. This indoor track caters for off road and on road using the same track but with obvious alterations for the different classes. In attendance, and in top form in the 2wd buggy class, was current World Champion Neil Cragg who dominated both qualifying and the race, whilst in the 4wd buggy class it was Adam Skelding who, despite a terrible start, went on the win the event. In the touring car class another World Champion, Andy Moore, was also in attendance along with top racers Olly Jefferies and Ben Cosgrove, the latter running in the new EFRA 5 cell configuration, and who managed to be very competitive until a broke pinion took him out at the start of the finals.
A while back we showed you the Atomic Carbon S4 which at the time was under development and because of that we werent able to see the bodyshell which was still in the prototype stage. Well with the new season fast approaching, former European Champion Chris Doughty who will drive the S4 this year has taken some pictures of his new ride complete with the all new S4 bodyshell. Similar to the Durango bodyshell, in the fact that it has not side pods, the S4 shell features two huge air scoops at the front that will be used to rush air into the electrics to keep them cool.
A lot of people have been worried that the upcoming RC8 buggy from Team Associated, that was officially announced last week, would be basically a copy of new owner Thunder Tigers current offering. Well according to a statement from Torrance Deguzman, who works with Associateds R&D team, the car will bear no resemblance to the TT buggy but will use its differentials in order to save costs as well as some minor linkage parts but that the rest of the buggy is completely new.
We mentioned yesterday that EFRA was considering moving the date of this years 1/8th scale Buggy European A Championships following a clash with the Tour de France. Well that has now been confirmed with EFRA publishing an important announcement on their site stating that this race has been moved to a date 1 week later to the 17th – 21st of July.