Indy RC World of Garland, Texas played host to the 25th Annual Lonestar Classic race this past weekend. The event attracted 250 entries and it was Agama’s Ryan Lutz with the overall TQ in the Expert Nitro Buggy class from Serpent’s Brandon Rose in 2nd. The 45-minute A-main event then again had Ryan leading the way as he took the win a lap in front of HB Racing’s Dillon Caldwell as Jake French (HB Racing) completed the top 3 result another lap down. Tekno RC’s Tyler Hooks and Team Associated’s Brian Rohde would finish in 4th and 5th respectively.
The Team Losi Racing Winter Championship Series was held at RC Fun Park in Granger, Indiana with 170 entries for the several electric off-road Modified and Stock classes. In the 2WD Modified Buggy class it was TLR’s Dakotah Phend with the overall TQ and he would also sweep the single 10-minute A-main event, leaving behind runner-up Charlie Maiorana (TLR) in 2nd, a lap down while Tater Sontag (TLR) came in 3rd to round out the podium.
SWorkz have introduced their new Back Competition line of 1/10th scale off-road springs. The design of the springs makes for a more linear performance, improving the vehicle’s jumping, landing and corner speeds, event in bumpy track conditions. The springs, that are usable for SWorkz’s S12 2WD and S14 4WD lines of buggies, come with laser-engraved markings for easy identification and they are available in three hardnesses for the front and rear each.
Ronald Völker has secured the overall TQ position at this year’s EWS International, after setting the fastest times in all three rounds of qualifying held today. Featuring the strongest line up in the event’s eight year history, the Yokomo pilot said he was “surprised” to have topped all three rounds, noting how close the top five were each time out. Making a number of changes throughout the day to his development Yokomo chassis, which features a number of parts in preparation for the BD10 release later this month, Völker said he was still chasing traction and will use tomorrow’s final qualifier to test some final ideas. Fellow German, Marc Rheinard, sits second after Saturday’s racing, the Infinity pilot taking a second and two third places today. Chasing his first win at the event, the Infinity pilot is also using a prototype car as the company looks to prepare it’s next generation of IF14 chassis. Defending race winner, Yannic Prümper sits third overall, with Lucas Urbain and Christopher Krapp rounding out the top five.
Mon-Tech Racing have released a first preview image of their forthcoming new FWD touring car body shell. Styled using design cues of a popular European-made hatchback the body will feature a classic FWD touring car design with huge fenders, a large front splitter and a scale-looking silhouette. Full details will become available by next Wednesday, the 11th of December, when Mon-Tech will officially unveil the new lid.
Avid have announced the release of their new carbon fibre shock towers for the Tekno RC NB48 2.0 buggy. The 5mm carbon shock stays are made from 100 percent carbon fibre, they feature a matte finish and cutouts for a nice look. In addition they are slightly chamfered on the front side to help avoid splitting or chipping on hard wrecks. They mimic the standard suspension geometry and remove about 33 of weight compared to the standard aluminium towers. The front and rear towers are sold separately or as a set.
LapMonitor have introduced a new transponder for its popular lap counting system. The new variant is fully compatible with the LapMonitor decoder and it can be used with up to 96 cars on the same track. The transponder is now water resistant and weights only 5g for the Molex connector version and 7g for the variant with a universal receiver plug.
Following a couple of teaser images on social media, WRC Racing from Italy have finally lifted the curtain and officially unveiled their all-new SBX.1 1/8th nitro off-road buggy. Known for their popular on-road kits, the SBX.1 buggy is a first for the company and it builds on a 7075-T6 aluminium chassis that is designed to adapt the vehicle to a wide range of track conditions. The drivetrain is equipped with CVD driveshafts throughout, it features an industry standard 3-differential drivetrain with hardened lightweight outdrives and included in the kit is also a 7075-T6 aluminium clutch with captured clutch bell. The designers adopted a pivot ball front steering knuckle setup for the suspension that allows a wide range of adjustments including caster, camber, upper roll centre, bump steering as well as track width. Front and rear arms are side to side interchangeable, and it is possible to choose three different hardness materials for each one, hard, medium or soft. The rear hubs are designed in order to allow a variety of upper camber link positions and to allow the adjustment of the upper and lower roll centre, camber gain and more. Other features of the buggy include front and rear 7075-T6 aluminium shock towers to which mount big bore shock absorber. The buggy is decked out by a cab forward body shell and it will become available very soon.