Following Thrusday’s truggy qualifying at ‘The Dirt’ Nitro Challenge, the buggy guys got on the track for their qualifying runs on Friday and it was Kyosho/Orion racer Jared Tebo that took the top qualifier spot, having topped the timing sheets in the first 2 of 3 rounds of qualifying. Losi driver Mike Truhe, who was quickest in round 3 placed his GRP powered 8ight buggy on the 2nd spot for Sunday’s A-main, ahead of Associated driver Ryan Maifield in 3rd and Cody King 4th. Saturday sees the truggies take to the track for their finals day and we hope to bring you a round up as we get the information.
VRC has been spreading information about VRC PRO mainly through these columns which appear in leading r/c car magazines and websites. Middle of February VRC will launch its VRC PRO promotional site which will give you an insight in what is to be expected in VRC PRO, details to be announced on the official VRC website at www.virtualrc.com. We have stated before in these columns that VRC PRO will be a project continuously developing, new features will be made available on the fly with the integrated software updater keeping everybody’s VRC installations up to date. So don’t expect everything you will find on the VRC PRO promotional website to be available at the first launch. The main focus will be on nitro and electric on-road in 1:10 and 1:8 scale with off road and other classes to follow later.
Following on from the range of caps released last year, Mugen have announced the release of their 2009 range of team caps. Similar in layout to the 2008 hats, featuring the latest Mugen logo embroidered on the front, the new cap has a slightly different design and the colours are also different, coming now in navy, black and ivory. Available in 2 sizes for the different extremities of head sizes.
Incorporating all the latest technology, the O’Donnell Z01-B Team Limited Edition kit offers modelers two kits in one – at no additional cost. Focusing on a completely new front end design with longer wheelbase and lighter weight materials, this Limited Edition kit features new front arms, caster blocks, steering knuckles and shock tower. Lightweight extended front wheel hubs and a redesigned carbon front fibre top plate are part of the package. A revised carbon fiber servo tray, Ackerman steering rack and lightweight large diameter 83mm x 43mm dish wheels are included. Add in a compact battery box with carbon fibre support plate and two lids (one for LiPo and one for NiMH), a compact receiver box and an extended wing mount for improved stability. The Z01-B Team Upgrade Kit will be packaged together (for a limited time) with the original Z01-B, giving modelers a choice of building options.
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Pro Truggy qualifying has been completed at ‘The Dirt’ Nitro Challenge in Arizona, and it was last years double winner Team Associated/Orion racer Ryan Cavalieri that has taken the TQ spot ahead of Losi/GRP racer Mike Truhe in 2nd, while Travis Amezcua, driving the not yet released Hot Bodies D8T is sitting in 3rd. RC had been setting the pace all through qualifying and sealed the deal after 3 straight rounds topping the time sheets. Today, Friday, sees the buggy qualifying get underway and we hope to get a report from Team Associated when its all wrapped up.
Similar to the COT Racing Kit, Trinity are now offering those just looking to get into the hobby, or those individuals or Shops looking for a Spec Racing Class, the company’s popular 21.5 Duo BL motor and EP 4000 25C LiPo as a ‘Grand Prix Racing kit’ for only $109.99, a big reduction on the MSRP of $224.00. By giving those who are just looking to get into the hobby an affordable solution to get started, Trinity hope to make the hobby keep growing and growing. You can order these kits directly through Trinity or at your local Hobby Shop (prices may vary). This set will Fit all types of RC cars, On or Off-Road, as well as Most Rock Crawlers.
New from PSM Racing are these steering balls that are designed to not allow the ball joint to pop off in the event of a crash or just from hard racing. Coming in anodised blue, grey or silver, they have been made from high grade aluminium and are suitable for the Hobao Hyper 8.5 and 9. Sold in a set of 2 and supplied with the screws.