Team AJ, in collaboration with Galaxy, have released this new body shell for the X-Factory X-6. Following vigorous and repeated testing, this new shell has been changed from the original to reduce the rear grip of the buggy, something they claim offers faster cornering. Made from 0.8mm thick polycarbonate.
The IFMAR Pre Worlds combined with the 1st African Cup EP Off Road event took place last weekend with few but very enthusiastic drivers taking part. Held over two days, the event saw 4 rounds of qualifying take place on the Saturday and 3 rounds for the finals on Sunday. The track was completed just in time for this event and so this race was the inaugural event. The 2 wheel drive class was first to start the event with average lap times of 18.10 to start with, dropping further with the TQ taken this class with 16.797, while the quickest lap going to Gary Styger was just over 15.3sec. The 4 wheel drive class followed in the order of the race event and began with 19.917 second laps with TQ being 15.919, with the quickest lap going to Guilherme De Sousa at 15.427. The finals were run over 3 legs and in the 2wd class it was Gary Styger that took the win from Stefan Fourie and Kenny Morey, each driver with a leg win a piece, while in 4wd it was Guilherme De Sousa that would emerge victorious, taking a clean sweep of all legs, to take the overall win ahead of Stefan Fourie and Kenny Morey.
The 32nd installment in the Xray column from Xray owner and chief designer Juraj Hudy is now online. In this months column, Juraj gives his thoughts about the 1/8th scale European Buggy Championships that took place in Austria, as well as some post race testing of their XB808 buggy.
While testing we exchanged cars with Martin and as usual I felt his car to be much more sensitive with a lot more steering. To get an independent opinion, we gave both my and Martin’s cars to Bayer for testing. Ironically, he reported the opposite: my car had more steering and my shock set-up was more to his personal likeness! That made it very clear that everyone prefers a different handling style and what seems to understeer to one person may seem to oversteer for someone else.
New from Sweep Racing is their X2 and X3 tire formula, which join the previously released X1 tire formula released last month. The X2 tire traction compound is great for indoor asphalt tracks and carpet tracks, while the X3 works best on outdoor asphalt tracks with the best performance coming with new tires. Both tire formulas have minimum odour and are supplied in 40ml bottles.
CS Electronic have released their new LiPo Safety charging bags, which are available in 3 different sizes. A must have for all racers who charge LiPo packs, they reduce the potential damage from a battery fire and slow the spread of flames through the use of its flame retardant properties. A wide velcro strap at the top allows for quick use, while a side opening allows for the charge and balancer cables to be connected. Available in 240 x 300mm, 180 x 220mm and 90 x 220mm.
Queensland local driver Jason Dorn impressed all by winning both 200mm and 1:8 IC Queensland state titles at the England Park Raceway. With many competitors using these titles as another warmup for the Nationals later this year in Sydney the field was small but filled with quality drivers. 200mm top qualifier Dorn had a horror start and was bumped to last place from pole position at the start of the 30min final. Andrew Bardetta and Phil Woodbury lead the field while Dorn recovered ground and worked his way through the field. Andew Bardetta fell out of contention and Phil Woodbury took an excursion off field allowing Dorn through to take command of the lead and cross the finish line in first position.
New from Reckward Tuning is this Dario Vita developed Special tool III. A multi tool for helping dismantle or assemble the RT Speed 2.5 clutch system, it also features a 17mm hex nut spinner. Manufactured in Germany using modern CNC machines from high quality materials.
Last weekend the Stock and Modified German Electric Off-Road Truck Nationals were hosted in Trier by the Team Turtles Trier club, the same club that hosted the 2008 German Electric Off-Road 4WD Nationals. Team Losi Racing’s factory driver and worlds A-finalist Marcus Luebke set the pace in the modified class and secured the pole position in the finals with five consecutive qualifying wins with his XXX-T CR Truck. The modified A-final saw a 1-2-3 line-up of Losi drivers Marcus Luebke, Kim Sitensky (2004, 2005 & 2008 German Truck Champion) and Juergen Kropp (2006 German Truck Champion & Swiss Truck Champion). The finals were run on Sunday in rainy conditions and Marcus won all three A-finals to secure his 6th German Electric Off-Road National title.