OFNA Racing have announced the release of their Ultra LX One RTR 1/8th scale buggy. Based on the successful Ultra series of buggies, they have improved upon that basis by making it closer to a Pro level buggy, changing to C-Hub suspension and adding 13mm shocks & Hi-down Force wing, plus they also upgraded the body styling and added true-lite dish wheels with racing tires. Available now.
RB Products, the French competition engine manufacturer, have announced their latest 3.5cc buggy motor, the S3. This budget engine is a 3 port motor that is perfectly suited for both club racers and beginners looking for an engine that offers great fuel economy while keeping ones budget in mind.
The latest S3 comes equipped with an 8mm composite carburator to keep operating temps and engine consistency constant. The new cylinder head stands a whopping 11 fins tall and retains the “RB” Orange colors, your competition will know whats under the hood with its laser engravings reading MSC and S3 on top. The combustion chamber is an integrated part of the cylinder head to ensure optimum performance.
X-Factory have announced that top French off road racer Antoine Rossetti has joined their team for the 2007 season. Due to drive the X-5 in this years Nationals, Antoine who finished in the top 10 at last years French Nationals, leaves Team Losi for whom he raced last year, and he seems pretty excited about the upcoming season.
The Xâ€“5 appeals to me because itâ€™s different compared to the other cars because of its design. Thus itâ€™s unconventional, and I like to drive different, to be apart! They were really thinking when they came up with this car. Because I know the Losi car so well, it will be easy to Faite Le Calcul. Iâ€™ll be running the Xâ€“6 at this yearâ€™s Nationals, but my focus will be on the Xâ€“5 and 4WD.
You can read more about Antoine, who seems to have a pretty interesting life, here.
Italian racer Fabrizio Teghesi has agreed a deal to run with Spanish after market parts specialists, Ultimate Racing for the 2007 season. The Crono racer, who was top qualifier at last years European ‘B’ Championships and who eventually finished 3rd, will use the Spanish companies parts on his Crono buggy this year in both National and International events, including this years European Championships in France.
Atomic RC continue to increase their product line for mini R/C vehicles with the introduction of these new upgrades for the Team Losi Micro-T. Among the goodies on offer are anodised aluminum driveshafts that come in grey, orange and blue and are designed for increased durability and will work great with the aliminium wheel axles that are also on offer. There is also some wicked looking adjustable aluminium shock absorbers that will improve performance and handling over the rough stuff, and combine with the front and rear aluminum spindles and you have a rock solid Micro-T racer
As we reported recently, Werks had signed their first European driver Ari Heinonen and in his first race for his new sponsor, the Valkeakoski Challenge in Finland last weekend, Ari won both the truggy and buggy classes. The HoBao driver easly won the 45 minute buggy final by over 3 laps from team mate Markku Honkanen who in turn was 2 laps ahead of 3rd place finisher Arto Heinonen. And it was a similar story in the Truggy final where Ari once again won from the pole position spot to win by a lap from Arto Heinonen and Jiri Jokinen, the Cen and HongNor drivers finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
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Extreme RC magazine have some more pictures of the new O’Donnell buggy, taken at last weekends Dirt Nitro Challenge in which the car finished 2nd overall in the buggy A-main in the hands of Jared Tebo. Last week we showed you the full picture set as taken by R/C Car magazine but these 2 pictures dont have a huge watermark on them and therefore show some parts very clearly.
We reported yesterday on the truggy and stadium truck finals from the Dirt Nitro Challenge and now it is the turn of the buggies. In what was an exciting race pole man Mike Truhe, the winner of the truggy class at this years event, took another win for Team Losi by leading home the A-main just ahead of a hard charging Jared Tebo. Tebo, who was driving the new O’Donnell buggy, had to bump up from the B-main to take his place in the main event and then went on to lead the race for a while before having to settle for 2nd position. Jammin racer Chad Bradley finished 3rd just ahead of 2nd place qualifier Adam Drake who dropped back during the race to finish 4th. Something to note was the lack of Kyosho cars in the final, despite their factory team being present at the event, including World Champion Mark Pavidis, also worth noting was the poor showing of the Associated buggies that had problems and finished the race in the last two spots in the final.