June 11, 2007

French Buggy Nationals – Round 4

French Buggy Nationals - Round 4

Round 4 of the French electric buggy Nationals were held last weekend at the gravel Vierzon track in the center of France. The 4wd class saw a dominant performance by Antonie Rossetti, who claimed the top qualifer spot and went on to win with the X-Factory X-5 buggy from 2nd placed Losi racer, and round 3 winner, Carl Maignien while 3rd went to Academy runner Olivier Demonfumat. The 2wd class was TQ’d once again by Rossetti, this time with the X-6 buggy, and he made it look easy in the final taking the win from his 2nd place team mate Alexander Valente with 3rd spot going to Kyosho racer Arnaud Collet.

View the event photo gallery here.

Source: Petit RC [petitrc.com] Image: Arnaud

June 10, 2007

Kyosho Inferno ST-R long conversion set

Kyosho Inferno ST-R long conversion set

Kyosho have released details of their soon to be available ST-R long conversion set, which is suitable for the Inferno truggy. This new long wheelbase conversion, which is 2.5mm longer than the original version, provides the truggy with more stability as well as an optimised center of gravity and the main part is of course the chassis plate, which is a CNC machined, champagne anodised, plate that is ultra stiff and very durable. The other parts included in the conversion set are a new chassis stiffening rod and a longer rear center CVD shaft both of which are necessary to accomodate the longer plate. New steering blocks are also included which provide better control, new wheel nuts and finally a new rear wing mount that is higher than the original version and provides more down force.

Source: Kyosho [kyosho.com]

June 10, 2007

Oliver Simon wins 1/8th TT European ‘B’ Championship

1/8th TT European 'B' Championship

As we reported yesterday, the European ‘B’ Championships for 1/8th scale buggy was run this week at the MSC Sand track in Germany. Today saw all the main finals run and after the semi finals it was German Xray driver Oliver Simon that stamped his mark on the event by winning his semi and taking the pole position for the main final. In the race itself it was a close battle between Simon and fellow German racer Stefan Scheuenpflug, racing for Carson, with the pair split by only 4 seconds at the end of the 30 minute final that saw Simon crowned the European ‘B’ Champion, with Scheuenpflug in 2nd and 3rd place going to Spanish racer Juan Camilo Rodriguez.

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June 10, 2007

Dale Smulders – Interview

Dale Smulders - Interview

Our Aussie site partners Rube Dude RC have another great interview, this time with young up and coming 1/8th scale buggy racer Dale Smulders. From Western Australia this 21 year old has been tearing up the tracks and been spotted on some very competitive looking podiums recently and Rube Dude caught up with him to ask him some questions.

Read the full interview here.

Source: Rube Dude [rubeduderc.com]

June 9, 2007

Petr Klatovský is Top Qualifier for EC ‘B’

Petr Klatovský is Top Qualifier for EC 'B'

This week sees the European ‘B’ Championships held for 1/8th buggy at the German MSC Sand track, 1 hour west of Nuernberg. The track that the competitors have been introduced to, is one that is situtated on a natural slope and so offers many challenges for the racers present including plenty of uphill and downhill sections. Today saw 4 rounds of qualifying to determine the grid spots for Sundays finals and it was Czech Xray racer Petr Klatovský that claimed the top qualifier spot with some fast and consistent running today. In 2nd place it is German Carson racer Stefan Scheuenpflug while 3rd spot went to another Czech Xray driver Martin Bayer. The finals are being run tomorrow and we will hope to bring you the results at the end of the day, when we see who is crowned the new European ‘B’ Champion.

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June 8, 2007

Kyosho Lazer ZX-5 RTR – Details

Kyosho Lazer ZX-5 RTR

Kyosho have released the full details of their new RTR version of the popular Lazer ZX-5 4wd buggy that we showed you back in February.

Kyosho – For nearly 20 years, the Kyosho Lazer has been part of the racing landscape. As the successor to the Kyosho Optima, which is largely credited with making 4WD electric racing popular, the Lazer is always at the cutting edge of technology and competes at the highest levels including the World Championship. Much of the same advanced technology that makes the Lazer such a formidable force on the world stage is now available in a ready to run package. The new Lazer ZX-5 ReadySet not only breaks new ground as a 1/10 4WD ready to run, it also shares the DNA of a racing champion.

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June 8, 2007

Serpent Powerstart Starter box

Serpent Powerstart Starter box

Serpent have introduced the latest version of the Powerstart starter box, the follow up to their original pioneering compact starter box. Suitable for both conventional and in line engines, this new box features dual motors for great starting power and is perfect for all types of car, both circuit and buggy. The box’s adjustable positioning mounts mean you can make any car easily fit. Coming pre assembled, this new starter box features a composite casing and sports a small removable parts box, for spare plugs and clips, and a clip on the rear of the box to mount your glow plug starter. The Powerstart is supplied with a carrying case to protect it when being transported to and from the track and the bag also features a separate pocket for storing cables and other associated items. Expect to see it at the start of July.

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June 6, 2007

Losi Engine mount & tools

Losi Engine mount

Team Losi have announced the release of a number of products including this quick change engine mount which works with the 8ight and 8ight-T Race Roller vehicles without pull-start or spin start engines. This effort saving motor mount has been crafted from hard-anodised 7075 aluminum and allows you to reinstall your engine without having to re-adjust the gear mesh. Other new items include thread lock, called Losi-Lok, and 2 new tools, a long reach flat head tuning screw driver, with a silicone tip to stop your engine by blocking the exhaust, and an exhaust spring tool, both of which sport a gold anodised handle Losi laser etched logo.

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