Mugen Racing in the US were in touch to let us know about some of their new products available for Mugen racers. First up are these wicked pivot balls for the MBX5-R and MBX5-T that are super light, yet strong, thanks to their unique construction which sees the use of an aluminium ball combined with a steel stud. Next up is a new large Mugen Seiki carrying case which is blue in colour and contains 4 large drawers made from light and durable corrugated plastic material. And finally is the release of 2 new additions to the Mugen tool range with the introduction of a 5.5mm and a 7mm nut wrench.
The 9th installment in the Xray column from Xray owner and chief designer Juraj Hudy is now online. In this months column, Juraj takes about the development of the newly released XT8 truggy and the work that went into producing this car, from concept, to testing, to final production as well as the many setbacks on the way to market.
Having most of the parts finished and ready for the release for spring, we were hit with some very annoying bad news – the market standard for the truggy class had developed significantly within the last year, including the requirements for a 150cc fuel tank. Again we were faced with another difficult decision… either release the XT8 with the planned buggy fuel tank (120cc capacity) which would cause some negative feedback, or delay the project again and make a completely new mould for a larger fuel tank.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Automodelisme have a large gallery of images from last weeks EC ‘B’ – Link [automodelisme.com]
> Jared Tebo took a double win at the annual Summer Nitro Fest – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> Hot Bodies Cyclone 12 to be released in August – Link [rcworld.ch]
> Richard Saxton gives his comments on the Associated RC8 – Link [minioffroad.se]
> Xray have a full report on the Portugese EFRA GP – Link [teamxray.com]
Edit, the optional parts maker, have announced the release of this new bearing set for the Team Associated RC10B4. These bearings are better than the stock bearings that come in the stock kit, allowing you to see a difference on the track and at the workbench. ABEC 3 (ISO Class 6) rated, these bearings are of a higher precision than most manufacturers standard bearings with tighter tolerances for fit.
Recab, the French engine tuners, have released the Pro version of their hand tuned OS VZ-B V-Spec 3.5cc buggy engine. These engines feature a black treated crankcase and cooling head, ceramic main bearing and each engine has been hand tuned and assembled with matched parts. The hand work done to the motor includes hard black treating of the crankcase, hard black treating of the crankshaft and the crankshaft has also been lightened, had the timing changed for more power as well as optimisation work done to the crank bell.
The third round of the BRCA electric buggy nationals were held last weekend multi surface Bury Metro track in the mid west of England. The weather for the weekend was for rain but that rain never turned up and instead the capacity crowd were treated to some scorching sun. The 2wd class was completely dominated by World Champion Neil Cragg who took the TQ and easily won the race with his Associated B4 while in 4wd it was Losi racer Darren Bloomfield that took the TQ and the event win.
Robitronic continue to expand their tool range with the introduction of this clutch shoe tool which makes the installation and removal of clutches on engines much easier. Place the clutch shoe and spring on the flywheel pin and press the Clutch Shoe Tool onto the engine shaft. Rotate the tool between the clutch spring and fly wheel nut and press (assembly) or pull (remove) the shoes on the flywheel. Works with 2, 3 and 4-shoe clutches.
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Last weekend at the 301 Raceway in Maryland saw the Capitol Classic race run for 1/8th and 1/10th 200mm on road classes. In the 10th scale class it was Ralph Burch, racing the Xray NT1, that took the pole position but the race was won by Serpent 720 racer DJ Apolaro by 3 laps from Mugen racer Vincent Jackson in 2nd while Kyosho racer Ron Atomic finished 3rd, 1 lap further back. In the 1/8th scale class it was Kyosho runner Scott Kimbrow all the way, taking the TQ spot and then going on the win the 45 minute final by 5 laps from Serpent man Paolo Morganti in 2nd with Mugen driver Robbie Collins only 1.5 seconds behind in 3rd.