Team Associated have released information on the RC8RS “Race Spec” RTR, which has been based on the Factory Team RC8, making for the only 1/8 buggy with the high performance qualities that can live up to Team Associated’s toughest standards. The RC8RS is a winner right out of the box and is pure Associated, having been designed for the highest level of performance and off-road fun, with more suspension travel than any other buggy in its class. Designed to take all of the punishment and abuse that a competitive 1/8th scale buggy will face, but to meet those challenges without breaking a sweat, in a convenient ready-to-run package.
Japanese company Eagle Racing have released 2 new self branded tools to their current range. First up is a blue anodised flywheel puller, which is available in 2 versions for both 1/8th and 1/10th scale size flywheels, and works in the same way as other similar tools in that it makes the removal of the flywheel from the crankshaft cone very easy. Also new is a blue handled ball cup reamer that helps open up plastic ball cups by removing material where it is mounted to the ball. This tool is available in both 4.8mm and 5.8mm ball size and both tools sport the Eagle Racing logo.
We have been contacted by SIIM Racing in Spain to announce the upcoming release of their new engine range called SIIM PGR. The Spanish brand will release 3 engine types, a SIIM PGR S12T for 1/10th touring, a SIIM PGR S21P for 1/8th on road and finally a SIIM PGR S21B for 1/8th buggy. These new engines have been tested for a long period of time to ensure the performance and quality are up to today’s high standards needed to rise the top at international races. Manufactured in Italy in collaboration with a prestigious engine builder, the SIIM PGR engine family will establish a new reference in the international market. Its high performance, durability and design will not go unnoticed for the expert audicences. Photos to follow.
Serpent hosted the first official Grand Prix event for their unique F180 formula car over the weekend as part of the annual Serpent Nations Cup event which took place at the Monsanto track in Lisbon, Portugal. Eight drivers travelled from France, Sweden, Netherlands and Portugal to attend the event and were greeted by glorious weather as they hit the track for practice on Friday. On both race days it was Jacky Mouton that topped qualifying and on Saturday it was local ace Luis Simoes that lined up on 2nd while on Sunday it was Dutchman Rob Kuyper who came shared the front row with the French man.
In Saturday’s Leg 1 Final, held under floodlights, Mouton led home fellow countryman Benoit Enicolo for a French 1-2 with Simoes completing the podium. The fastest car on the track was that of Stanley Bauer setting a best lap time of 21.537 seconds with the distinctive orange coloured F180 eventually crossing the finish line in fourth. Sunday’s second final saw the Toyota F1 finished F180 of Dutch driver Michel Nijman capitalise on a late problem to hit Mouton to claim victory. Nijman was on the pace throughout the weekend but in Saturday’s final an early race incident cost him over 2-minutes and despite a strong recovery drive he could only manage fifth but the combined result was still enough for him to claim the overall runners up spot behind Mouton while Enicolo secured third.
Hot Bodies have released a new version of their popular Lightning Stadium 2 Pro truggy, coming pre assembled without radio gear or engine. With this 1/8th scale stadium truck, you can get all the latest racing truggy features in an updated and fresh package. The pre-assembled chassis is completely ready for your high-powered big-block racing engine and radio gear, so you can get off the workbench and out to the track fast.
CML are reporting on the 2nd round of the Nitro Winter Championships that were run in wet conditions over the weekend, proving the advantage of running on astroturf. In qualifying it was Team Associated’s new star Elliott Boots who drove his RB powered RC8 to pole postition with a time some 5 seconds quicker than the field with Hobao driver Dave Bailey took his RB powered Hyper 8.5 to 2nd with Simon Willetts in 3rd. In the main final Elliott got away from pole poistion well but it was clear that the set up change he made was not suited to the conditions and he was fighting to keep the car in check. From mid grid Lee Martin had cut through the field with his RC8 and was soon challenging Elliott. Lee’s set up was obviously better and soon he was past and building a big lead. Lee maintained a fantastic pace right to the flag and easily won in front of Simon Willetts in 2nd and a strong finishing Jon Howells with his Picco powered Hyper 8.5 in 3rd.
Last weekend saw the 4th and final round of the Slovenian National Championships run in Jesenice, Hrušica, held for both 1/8th and 1/6th buggy. Weather on race day was wery cold with air temperature between 2 – 4 degrees and the track had a little surface water which turned into mud as the day went on, making it very difficult to drive the cars quickly. The 1/8th scale race saw a win for Laro racer Gačar Zdenk, 2 laps in front of Mugen driver Sašo Matijek in 2nd, while 3rd spot saw a close battle between Robert Škalec and Nejc Drole, with the Xray driver Škalec eventually taking the final podium position. In the 1/6th scale race it was a win for Danilo Mlekuž, closely followed by Robert Makovec in 2nd, with a huge gap back to 3rd place raer Ivan Turk.
Ultimate Racing have announced the release of their new range of Ultimate Colours spray paint, which has been specifically formulated for R/C lexan bodies. Its formulation, with resin and a special dissolvent, provides an excellent adherence on the polystyrene and ABS and is said to be fast drying, have high elasticity and is easy to apply. Sold in 210 ml aerosol spray cans, each can contains 150 ml of spray paint, and comes with two different applicators, a normal applicator with a small and circular diffuser for small surfaces and a second applicator with a flat diffuser for larger surfaces.