For NT1 racers looking for smart weight savings and optimized rotating weight, Xray have released this ultra-lightweight solid axle as a direct replacement for the standard diff or Multi-Diff. This axle is 56% lighter than the standard Solid Axle, with a hollow axle for super-low rotating weight. The ultra-strong 1-piece solid axle is CNC-machined from world-renowned HUDY Spring Steel, and includes lightweight aircraft aluminium pulley adapter.
Just in time to start testing for the US Indoor Champs and the Snowbirds, Protoform is proud to release the first ‘purpose designed’ body for the new WGT category, the Sophia GT. With its svelte yet functional shape it is sure to set a standard for the WGT class. It’s made to fit all the new 200mm pan car chassis that have been hitting the R/C marketplace as of late. Pulled in genuine .030 lexan it comes with an add-on wing, decal sheet and wing hardware.
Pro-Line have released a new shell for both the Mugen MBX-6, one of the most anticipated 1:8 buggies to hit the market and the Associated RC8T the latest and greatest 1:8 truck to hit the market. The new shell design called Shift, will give both your MBX-6 and RC8T the lowest possible CG while carefully crafted, hard/yet precise body lines are the now generation of body styling. Crisp lines carefully sculpted to hug the chassis interior like a glove. All this allows for the smallest cab and side pod design possible. Combined with genuine GE .040 Lexan and you’re ready to hit the track in the latest fashion.
We received a brief race report from round 9 of the Puerto Rico National Championships run on the newly resurfaced Barceloneta RC Speedway which also has a re-designed layout. Mugen team driver Andy Báez took the Sedan class TQ establishing a new track record with 14 laps in 5:19 and also took the 1/8 class TQ with 14 laps in 5:01 establishing a track record in that class as well. In the outlaw class it was another Mugen team driver Pedro Javier Laureano who TQ’d with 13 laps in 5:06 (new track record) but the rain came down before the finals and the results were taken from qualifying positions giving Andy and Pedro the wins in the major classes.
The 5th round of the Dutch 1/8th scale nationals was just held in Gouda, a very tight and small track in the centre of the Netherlands. The weather on Saturday was a bit disappointing, because of rain the practice was reduced to only 2 hours in the afternoon. On Sunday the weather was a lot more forgiving and the sun was shining but still a bit cold because of the wind, but this was good for fuel consumption. Qualifying saw Mugen racer Rick V take the pole position ahead of Serpent racer John Ermen in 2nd, with Rik Veenma and Miquel Hereijgers rounding out the top 4. After some semi final action Ilia van Gastel and Daniel van der Drift, who both experienced some difficulties during qualifying, also lined up in the final together with Joey Sorber, Peter Ceysens, Marcel Schouten and Arie Manten.
The 8th round of the BRCA 1/8th scale National championships took place last weekend in Mendip. Qualification was extremely close with 4 seconds separating the top 6 places. Neil Diver and Andy North set the early pace in round 1, just failing to make 20 laps after Mark Green suffered from radio problems. In round 3 with the track slower due to higher temperatures, Mark Green made 20 laps to take TQ. In the final Mark blasted away and created a small gap. Andy North was in second but ended up down to last after a racing incident, while up front Jason Frost was catching Green waiting for a little mistake which happened and dropped him down the order. Tim Wood was then on a charge but just not quick enough to catch Jason who came home first for his second BRCA victor, stopping the Serpent domination of the Championship so far this season, while Chris Heath continued his consistency with a comfortable 3rd place finish.
KM Racing have released a number of new pulleys for the Xray NT1 chassis. Available in 18T, 19T and 25T versions, all pulleys are made from hard anodized aluminium so they are lightweight and strong and their design and coating helps prevent the build up of dirt and debris.
LiveRC.com have been in contact to tell us they will be broadcasting the 2008 IFMAR 1/8th Off-Road Fuel Buggy World Championships live to viewers around the world. The broadcast will start on Monday September 15th beginning at 10am EST. LiveRC will be adding many new and exciting features to the broadcast with the purchase of the All Access Pass. Exclusive features for All Access Pass holders for the IFMAR 1/8 IC Off-Road Worlds include:
– Ten LiveRC.com team members on site exclusively for best possible coverage
– Expert announcers Scotty Ernst and Charlie Suangka bringing you live, corner-by-corner action throughout the broadcast.
– Seven fixed-position cameras and three high-definition cameras will be following the action, which allows you to follow the action better than ever – even better than being trackside because you won’t miss a turn!
– Three producers will be rotating shifts on our audio/video switchboards to bring continuous lap-by-lap audio and video coverage throughout the event.
– Two dedicated, redundant servers are reserved exclusively for All Access Pass viewers to ensure the highest broadcast quality and reliability.
All Bonus Lap members will still enjoy the same great features that have always been provided by LiveRC, but if you’re a big fan of 1/8 off-road racing and you want the best coverage of this historic event, don’t miss out on the extra features only available with the All Access Pass.