January 30, 2007

Jerome Sartel rejoins Crono

Jerome Sartel rejoins Crono

Top French buggy racer Jerome Sartel has joined Crono after a short spell running with Team Losi at the end of last year and before that running for Hong Nor. Jerome has reached a deal with the Italian manufacturer to race with the them for the 2007 season using the new Crono RS buggy that will be released at this weeks toy fair in Germany.

Source: Modellismo RC [modellismorc.net]

January 30, 2007

Xray to release EC edition of XB8

Xray release EC edition of XB8

Xray are very busy at the moment, making product and driver announcements. The latest bit of news to come from the guys in Slovakia is that they will be releasing an EC edition of their 1/8th scale EC winning buggy, the XB8. Details are slim about whether it is a limited edition kit or their 2007 version of the XB8, probably the latter, but i’m sure we will know more after the Nurnberg toy fair which takes place this week.

The XRAY Development Team continued its development and improvement of the XB8, bringing forth in 2007 the improved and optimized XB8 – the European Champion edition.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

January 30, 2007

Travis ‘Peanut’ Amezcua joins Novarossi

Travis Amezcua joins Novarossi

2006 ROAR Nationals TQ and Team Losi team driver, Travis ‘Peanut’ Amezcua, has signed for Novarossi engines for 2007. Travis had previously run with Sirio up until now and ran with his new Italian power plants at last weekends Losi Winter Champs finishing on the podium in both the buggy and truggy classes.

Source: Neo-Buggy [neo-buggy.net]

January 29, 2007

Team Losi Nitro Off-Road Winterchamps

Adam Drake Losi Winter Champs

Last weekend saw the Team Losi Nitro Off road Winterchamps held at the Hurricane RC Club and until now, information has been annoyingly difficult to get hold off. The racing saw Adam Drake continue his winning streak taking the Factory Gas Truck class and the Truggy class but the main news from the event was that The Drake didnt win buggy, a slip up on the last lap saw Mike Truhe take the win.

The innaugural running of Team Losi’s new nitro nats saw some sticky weather, changing track conditions and lots of intense racing action. Team Losi was in force (of course), and the CEN crew made it to the show as well as other notables including Axial’s Paul Coleman, Associated racer JR Mitch, J Concepts hero Jason Ruona, and Kyosho’s Ryan Eckert.

You can see the top results from the main classes here… content

January 29, 2007

Yuichi Kanai wins first Chinese buggy race of 2007

Yuichi Kanai

Former World Champion Yuichi Kanai, driving his Sirio powered Kyosho has won the first buggy race of the year in China held in Shenzhen. Racing with 90 other racers from across Asia, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, Kanai could easily claim the pole position. In the final, Kanai could pull away, finishing 2 laps ahead of second placed racer Sam Poom, driving a Nanda NRB-3 with Nattom Soorapanthu rounding off the podium bringing it home in 3rd driving a Losi 8ight.

You can view the full results and more pictures here.

Source: RC Tech [rctech.net]

January 29, 2007

Sidorf to release XR engine range

Sidorf XR engines

Spanish 1/8th scale buggy manufacturer Sidorf is to release a new engine range this year called the XR range. The first motor to be released will be the GP7T, which is a 7 port designed for serious pace off road. More information to follow.

Source: Neo-Buggy [neo-buggy.net]

January 28, 2007

New Crono buggy, not RC8

Team Associated RC8

Two days ago we showed this picture and asked if it was the new Associated and well what we know about the new RC8 pretty much ruled it out, like the fact that it uses C hubs and will come with a somewhat radical wing and body. So now there has been a lot of guessing concerning this picture, myself included, and it seems the front runner is that this is the new Crono and comparing it to a picture of the RS03 would seem to confirm that.

January 26, 2007

Is this the Team Associated RC8?

Team Associated RC8

Our mate Philip over at Neo Buggy has a spyshot on his site and although he’s not giving too much away on what manufacturer it is from, you have to ask who is left to show their entry into this class besides Team Associated. The upcoming RC8 is eagerly awaited and while it will contain some parts from the Thunder Tiger buggy, it should be all new. When we find out more we will let you know.

UPDATE: We have been reminded that the new Asso will be released with C-hubs and this car doesnt appear to have them. Damn, so that means we are no closer to finding out who this car is from, perhaps Crono?

Source: Neo Buggy [neo-buggy.net]