The final round of the very popular Worksop Series was held recently with once again a great entry of drivers for the four classes of 2WD and 4WD buggies, 2WD Stadium Trucks and Vintage Buggy. As always it was round by round qualifying as the racing format, with the best two results from four rounds of qualifying counting towards the final position. The track was very much off-road, there were lots of jumps and it was a great layout. Qualifying in 2WD saw a dominating performance by Neil Cragg, taking TQ in three out of four rounds to take pole position from Matt Thompson and Tommy Hall.
Yeah Racing have introduced their new TC4 grade titanium screws that are meant to offer an high strength-to-weight ratio. The fasteners are not only light of weight they also add some visual impact due to their shiny finish and they are highly corrosion resistant, making them ideal for on-road and off-road kits alike. The screws come in 5-piece packs and they are available as flathead or button head M3x6mm, M3x8mm and M3x10mm variants.
Made for Xray’s 2020 specification kits of the XB8 and XB8E are several new optionals from T-Works. The range includes items such as a 20-piece set of hard-coated aluminium suspension balls to scrub some weight, rubber/metal-shielded ball bearings sets offer protection and low natural drivetrain drag and titanium turnbuckles reduce overall weight while adding style and corrosion protection. Also available are titanium or gold-colour steel screw kits.
Coming from Avid and made for of the latest 1/10th 2WD and 4WD buggies are new chassis protector sheets. Made by Stickit1Racing the chassis skins come pre-cut for easy installation and they help to protect the chassis bottom when running on highly abrasive surfaces or on track with large jumps. They include an extra removable tail piece when the first gets worn out and the stickers are available in black or white designs and for the B6.2 with +3mm chassis, for the TLR 22X-4, the Xray XB2C/D’20, the Xray XB4’20 and the Yokomo YZ2 DTM3.
This year’s Australian Off-Road National Championship was held at the Melbourne Off Road Radio Car Club this past weekend. In the Nitro Buggy class it was Team Associated driver, Alex Bernadzik with the overall TQ, however after the 60-minute A-main event, that saw some close racing between Alex and Kyle McBride (Infinity), it was the latter that would excel while Alex had to settle for 2nd overall, just a couple of seconds behind. In 3rd it was JQRacing’s Aaron Dexter who would round out the podium result.
The latest competition LiPo battery pack releases to Speedzone’s Evolution brand include a 2S slim pack, 2S shorty pack and a 4S pack. The 5500mAh 7.4V 130C slim pack measures 139×37.3×24.8mm and weighs 238g, the 5000mAh 7.4V 120C shorty pack measures 96×46.5×24.5mm and weighs 212g, and the 6000mAh 14.8v 120C pack measures 139x47x48mm and weighs in at 534g. All packs were designed to produce high voltage with low internal resistance and utilize 5mm bullet connectors.
Following first impressions of their forthcoming new nitro off-road buggy SWorkz have fully unveiled the S35-4 1/8th scale kit. The buggy is designed for pure racing with the geometry of the car providing optimised corner speed paired with easy handling and maximum traction. The S35-4 is based on a new T7075 hard anodised and lightened aluminium chassis that sports a wide layout while the newly developed HET differentials being also included to provide an amount of traction that wasn’t possible with the previous systems. The kit also comes with a lower shock tower layout in the front and rear and the construction of the shocks is adapted to that new optimised layout. The steering geometry, with new Ackermann and steering plates, gives the driver the feeling of total control over the buggy. Also part of the kit are new suspension mounts that utilise new square inserts, allowing the buggy to be adapted to a wide range of track conditions. The lower front and rear arms are moulded using a newly developed composite material and they are of an updated design to fit the new chassis geometry. The side guards were redesigned in the same way. Another development are the totally designed rear hubs. Composite material combined with carbon plates gives drivers the possibility for various setups. The newly developed composite material is working perfectly together with the HET differentials to provide maximum traction. With the new lightened wing support owners can adjust the position and angle of the wing to give the buggy perfect on-track balance and together with the optimised new body shell, the aerodynamic system is working perfectly together. The kit is set for a release in the first half of April.
Following the introduction of the new RC8B3.2e Team Kit E-buggy, Team Associated also announced the soon release of their new RC8B3.2 Team Kit nitro buggy, the follow-up model to the IFMAR World Championship winning RC8B3.1. The engineers of Area 51 Design Works focused on key components that improved durability, accelerated maintenance, and expanded upon its race-winning heritage within the RC8B3 platform. An all-new suspension arm design improves performance in all conditions: bottom-loaded inserts adjust flex characteristics and longer overall length, with reduced rear arm mount width. A 4-piece centre bulkhead allows for easier access to the center differential, making adjustments even faster. The all-new radio tray design features an enclosed battery box, a larger receiver box, integrated switch and transponder mounting, and adjustable flex configurations. Updated shock caps allow the RCB3.2 to be run with the included new stiff bladders, standard bladders, or as emulsion with no bladders – all with the same cap. The kit is set for a release in May.