According to a report by Philip over at Neo Buggy, the European A Championships for 1/8th scale off road, that is being held in France this summer, is to be rescheduled due to a clash with the Tour de France. The problem is “A clash with the Tour de France in the proximity of the hosting city Auxerre would create massive problems with hotels etc.”. This seems to me to be just bad planning on behalf of the organisers to have just overlooked something like this. We will learn more soon and keep you informed.
Through Mirage Racing, RS Falcon have announced the release of this .28 truggy motor. It just shows the growing competitiveness of the truggy class when competition engine manufacturers are making motors specifically for it. This seems like a very nice motor, from the same stable as Ninja and Boss, and features some very cutting edge internals as you would expect from a motor with big names like GRP and Mario Rossi behind its design.
You can view more detailed pics and information here.
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.