Losi were in touch to tell us about their involvement in the 22nd Annual Dodge Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, that will take place on January 8th – 12th on the famed 1/4 mile oval inside the QuikTrip Center in Tulsa, OK. This annual winter speedfest, which is witnessed by more than 20,000 fans, will see over 300 of the best Midget, Sprint, Late Model, NASCAR, and NHRA drivers from across the country compete for the coveted Golden Driller Trophy. For the first time ever, RC racing will be a part of the Chili Bowl festivities in the adjacent Mustang arena, with the NSCS dirt oval racing organization hosting more than 200 Nitro and Electric racers for three days of R/C dirt oval competition. Losi team members will be on hand to participate in the trade show and display their extensive product line which includes the enormously popular 1/18 scale Ready-to-Run Mini-Slider Sprint Cars. In addition at 2:30pm on January 9th, 10th and 11th six celebrity drivers will compete using factory-prepared Losi Sliders with Tracy Hines, Cory Kruseman, Gary Selzi, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Matt Westfall confirmed so far.
IModel in France have contacted us to inform us of their own hand tuned version of the GO B21.5P buggy motor. This 3.5cc 5 port engine features work done to the main components of the engine that increase performance and longevity. The crankshaft has been lightened while there has been work done to the crank bell, which has been polished and lightened for better acceleration. The liner has also received some attention with the ports getting the teardrop treatment, while for more tuning possibilities the engine is supplied with 4 different venturies.
More interviews with our partners Neo Buggy having an exclusive chat with Joseph Quagraine to talk about his new venture JQ Products, that he is doing together with Himoto Racing.
I have been working on my own 1:8 buggy design for nearly two years now, and at the time I started talking with Himoto, it was already done. When I finally showed them my prototype they were impressed, and basically things took off from there. The opportunity of being part of a new RC-car company was just too good to miss. It is a great challenge to pull this off, and establish a new top level racing brand, but its one I am looking forward too. We will start with a 1:8 buggy, and various nitro racing accessories, but the intention is to expand from there and produce other cars also, both gas and electric, on and offroad.
After much speculation about the future of top Dutch International electric racer Jilles Groskamp, we can confirm to you that he has signed to Tamiya. Jilles, who has raced for Xray for the past 6 years, leaves behind a succesful term at the Slovakian manufacturer that has seen him win many major races as well as make the final for multiple European and World Championships. We caught up with Jilles recently and put a few questions to him about this exciting new deal.
UPDATE: We have some pictures below the interview from Fridays test in the Netherlands thanks to our sponsors, the Border.
Team Associated have released a service pack for the RC8 1/8th scale buggy and it is available free of charge to all customers who purchased an Factory Team vehicle, part number 80900. The set includes upgraded parts that replace those supplied with the first batch of kits such as multiple arm mounts, front upper and lower wishbones, front top plate and a number of fasteners.
For further information on how to claim your free pack, as well as install it view this PDF file.
Kyosho has expanded its line of performance accessories for the Inferno GT sedan with the release of some CNC machined aluminium front hub carriers and rear uprights. The C-hubs and rear uprights have been blue anodised and are machined from aircraft-grade aluminum for extra durability with both products coming supplied with stainless steel hingepins and e-clips, wile the rear uprights feature molded bearing sleeves for perfect bearing alignment.
HoBao were in touch to let us know about their new pre painted body shells that they have made available for the Hyper ST truggy. Using the same shape shell that comes with the kit, they are available in Blue/Black or Red/Blue and are ready to race with the holes cut out for the engine, wheels and mounting posts. Another feature is the addition of black roll bars that protect the bodyshell and engine head in the event of a crash. Comes supplied with HoBao decal sheet.
Ultimate Racing have announced that new Losi/GRP signing Yannick Aigoin has joined their team. Yannick, who is a top European driver and 2006 European Champion will collaborate closely with the UR technical department developing new parts and accessories. And on top of all this Aigoin Racing is now the exclusive Ultimate Racing distributor for France.