Upgrade RC, who we have covered extensively in the past, have released their latest customised skins, with the introduction of their 2 tone drips. Available for your buggy wing, starter box and radio, these new skins are colour customisable, allowing you to select the base colour and then select the secondary flame / drip colour from a wide range available, giving you an easy way to stand out even more from the crowd.
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The second round of the Dutch 1/10th 200mm Nationals was run last weekend at the ultra fast Rucphen track, host of the first 2 rounds of the Dutch 1/8th scale National championship. Qualifying saw Serpent driver Jordy Blok take the top spot, but as the rain started to fall very few drivers decided to take part in the semi finals with only 4 racers running the first semi final and only 2 starting the 2nd semi final, meaning everyone had a good chance to make it through to the main event.
The start of the main final was delayed and due to the rain stopping, the track started to dry up but only it was only round 1 podium finisher Maarten van Lierop, driving for Xray, that took the gamble on a full dry weather setup which at the start of the final didnt look like it would pay off. As the track dried even more he started to turn decent laps and could then take the lead, eventually winning by 9 laps ahead of the Serpent duo of Ruud Schuitmaker and Bas Geurds who came home in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Last weekend saw the first round of the Swedish cup run in Eskilstuna, Sweden. It was Xray driver, and Nordic Xray Challenge winner, Robert Gustafsson that lined up on the top spot for the final and it was Gustafsson that could pull out an early lead but Pro Line Challenge winner Linus Thern driving for Kyosho was able to pull back the defecit to take the lead and with it the win. Gustaffson came home in second while Mugen racer Mikael PÃ¥lsson came home in 3rd.
Hot Bodies and the Jimmy Babcock Racing League have announced the chance to win a 1 year Sponsorship on the same team with Travis Amezcua and Atsushi Hara. The sponsorship equals up to $3,500 worth of merchandise but Hot Bodies will not however pay entry fees, travel, food or hotels, still a very sweet deal.
Do you have what it takes to be on the world class Hot Bodies racing team with Travis Amezcua & Atsushi Hara? Here is your chance to showcase your driving talent and earn your spot on the Hot Bodies team! Hot Bodies has teamed up with the premier nitro off-road series, Jimmy Babcock Racing League [JBRL], to host the Hot Bodies Arrive & Drive Race Series in conjunction with the JBRL Nitro Offroad Series. This is a test of driving skill where all you do is arrive, drive and we take care of the rest! And we mean the whole enchilada! Ten identically prepared Hot Bodies Lightning 2 Sport buggies will be provided for the racers to compete with. We are looking for the best undiscovered talent of the Sportsman class drivers to step up to the Hot Bodies team.
This weekend saw the latest Chinese National race run at the new off road track, FT Racing Track in Guangzhou, which attracted over a 100 racers from all over China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and further afield with drivers coming from Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The big teams were also present at this event with top drivers present from Team Nanda, Team HongNor, Team OCM and Team Hobao, so the competition was very strong for this race. In qualifying it was Team HongNor driver Ye Xiaqing that took the TQ spot for todays final which saw 13 drivers battle it out for the top spots and were broken down into 5 Nanda NRB3, 5 HongNor X1CR, 2 OCM DT-19 and 1 Kyosho MP777 in A Final. After the 1 hour race the winner was Chen Wuzhong driving for Nanda finishing ahead of his team mate Zhu Minghui, who came home in 2nd while 3rd place went to Wang Wenpei driving a HongNor X1CR-FT.
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We were a bit slow off the mark with the result of the 3rd round of the BRCA 1/8th scale Nationals which took place last weekend at the ultra fast Tibshelf track. The event was hampered by wet weather which started just before qualifying and continued for the rest of the event. In the qualifying it was Serpent racer and round 1 and 2 winner Mark Green that took the top qualifying spot by just less than a lap ahead of team mate Richard Hicklin with Pete Hastings in 3rd, 1 second further back. In the main final the rain continued to fall and only 8 drivers took to the start with pole sitter Mark Green the first retirement after 1 lap. Andrew North led from the start but had some rain related problems after 10 minutes, as did most of the racers, and in the end it was Richard Hicklin that won the race by 2 laps from Pete Hastings with Tim Wood a distant 3rd, 14 laps further back.
STS, the Taiwanese RC manufacturer, has released this new team version of their 3.5cc buggy motor. Called the D21T MKII, T standing for team, this new engine features a 14mm crankshaft, a 5 port liner, comes with 2 combustion chambers for using both the turbo or standard type glow plug and the motor itself has been custom made, which suggests some extra hand work done, but we dont know what exactly has been done.
Japenese firm Flap, have announced that they will soon be selling their new steel pinions for electric off road cars. Made from hard steel, these pinion have also been constructed to be light weight and combined with a coated surface these pinions will last a very long time. The pinions come in a 48 pitch and in a range of 16T – 24T which are suitable for both 2WD and 4WD and on the rear of the pinions the teeth number has also been printed. Flap has also released new mini rubber tires and inserts in a range of different hardnesses.