The 2019 EFRA 40+ 1/8th Nitro Buggy European Championship was held at the LA Speedway in Landshut, Southern Germany this past weekend. After the four rounds of qualifying it was Simon Reeves with the overall TQ from his fellow countrymen Jon Hazlewood and Simon Willets. Peter Harder from Denmark came in 4th as Daniel Reckward and Andreas Bartels from Germany completed the top 6 results for now. The semifinal B then saw Jon taking the win while in the semi A it was Simon Willets with the fastest time as top qualifier, Simon Reeves only came in 10th, meaning he would not earn a spot in the 45-minute A-main event. The latter was a very close affair and was ultimately won by Agama’s Jon Hazlewood who left behind Mugen’s Stephane Deroch from France, only 2.6 seconds behind. Xray’s Peter Harder came in 3rd, only 0.5 seconds behind Stephane.
Avid have introduced a rear carbon fibre shock tower in -2mm configuration for the Team Associated B74 buggy. The shock stay is made from 100 percent carbon fibre and designed to limit the shock up travel to keep the dogbone from hitting the outdrives at full compression. It is machined from 4.0mm thick carbon fibre, matches the stock shock angles and has two small drill holes under the centre hole of the wing mount for notification.
Samix have introduced aluminium front shock mounting plates for the Element RC Enduro trail trucks. Machined from high-quality material and coming anodised for looks and wear, the shock stays incorporate six different shock mounting locations while laser-etched Samix logos and machined silver edge details make the parts stand out. The sets also include a cantilever link mount bracket and they are available in black and gun metal colour.
The 5th and final round of the Portuguese Electric On-road Nationals was held at the AAC track in Coimbra last weekend. In the Touring Car class it was Serpent’s Hugo Miguel with the overall TQ after sweeping the qualifiers by taking all rounds. A1 then was all smooth sailing for Hugo who controlled the race up front, racing on new rubber. A2 was a different affair though. With the other drivers now on new rubber and Hugo running on used tyres, he lacked traction in the opening stages and got into more trouble when he was hit from behind, meaning the decision for the win would be shifted to A3. The final A-main then was a 3-horse battle between Hugo, Mario Miranda (Xray) and Carlos Manuel (Capricorn). After a thrilling race it was Hugo with the win that also meant the overall championship title for him.
Bittydesign have introduced their all-new Vision 1/8th nitro buggy body shell for the Mugen MBX8. Designed in collaboration with Nitro Buggy World Champion, Robert Batlle the body will offer an easier to drive and more balanced feeling compared to the Mugen kit body thanks to a new cabin, side pod and rear side flaps design that optimises the aerodynamic characteristics. In addition a flap behind the engine area guides the air towards the rear wing for a smoother and more directed airflow around the shock tower and lower wing mount. The body comes moulded from high-quality 1mm Lexan polycarbonate and it is laser pre-cut to fit all MBX8 and older MBX7 models. Included comes a pre-cut decal sheet as well as window masks.
Following a couple of first teasers Tekno RC have fully unveiled their new NB48 2.0 1/8th scale nitro buggy kit. The buggy builds on a newly designed chassis that is 1mm thinner than the previous main plate, however due to its wider design its reduces twitchiness and improves handling and flex characteristics on rough tracks. The buggy also does not sport a traditional radio tray but separate radio and battery boxes as well as independent servo mounts for a more equal left/right chassis flex. Both the battery and receiver box are of the same dimensions, allowing to swap battery and receiver for weight bias changes.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the new Spektrum DX5C 5-channel DSMR radio system that adds AVC and Smart Compatibility to any vehicle with the SR6100AT AVC receiver. The transmitter is the perfect savvy solution for bashers, boaters and scalers who want a staggering list of advanced features that includes the virtually unlimited possibilities 5-channel control offers. Built around frequency-agile, DSMR 2.4GHz technology, owners can use the DX5C in any type of surface application and it is also backwards compatible with DSM2 Spektrum receivers. When combined with Spektrum Firma Smart speed controllers and Spektrum Smart capable receivers, the DX5C receives telemetry data right to the transmitter through the Smart Throttle port on the receiver. Smart Throttle ESCs can send RPM, speed, ESC temp, volts and amp draw. Included with the transmitter comes the SR6100AT 6-channel AVC/Telemetry receiver but the radio is also available as a transmitter-only set.
Xpress have announced the release of their new heavy duty steel pulley shaft set for the GripXero D1 drift car. The reinforced shafts are an ideal upgrade when using high powered motors or whilst drifting on carpet where there is high stress on the drivetrain. The set includes two pulley shafts and a red anodised alloy bushing.