The newly released Team Associated RC8 buggy has made its race debut at the Nitro Pit in Arizona. Ryan Maifield, who qualified the new car in 4th moved up two spots to take the 2nd spot behind Team Losi racer Mike Truhe who also set the fastest lap of the race over 1 second faster than Maifield. In third position was Jared Tebo who was racing the prototype O’Donnell buggy ahead of Jason Ashton racing the Sidorf who brought it home in 4th.
You can view the PDF of the Expert buggy results here. View a picture of the car in action here.
UPDATE: Neo Buggy have some more action shots of Maifields RC8 here.
Airtronics/Sanwa have shown their first 2.4GHz radio at the NÃ¼rnberg toy fair this week and RCCA managed to get the lowdown on it. The new system uses the mid level MX-3FHSS radio which still retains the same features but has been installed with the new technology and than had the aerial removed leaving only this rather cool looking sharks fin antenna. Airtronics have been pretty slow adopting this new technology and news of this announcement would surely mean that 2.4GHz modules for their M11 and Exzes Plus radios should be expected in the very near future.
More electric buggy news and again from Kyosho. The Japanese manufacturer has announced that they will release a RTR version of their popular ZX-5 buggy. The ZX-5 is a shaft driven 4wd buggy that has done very well on the International racing scene in its kit form and therefore as a ready to run should be a great platform for anyone getting started in the sport. As always, as we get more information we will let you know.
Back in the beginning of January, when it was released, we wrote about the new SBV2 PRO buggy from MRC Academy. What the PRO part of the name meant was that this kit is a fully optioned SBV2, which is no bad thing as the original car is a very good shaft driven 4wd buggy, and so with all the optionals as standard could only make a good car better. Our partners RC Forum have gotten up close with the PRO to reveal some of the details that may have been missed before now.
Kyosho have shown their new 2wd buggy, the Ultima RB5, at this weeks show in Germany. The prototype of this very car put on a very good show at last years pre Worlds Japan and now the car is almost ready to hit the shelves. Details on the car are pretty thin at the moment but as soon as we hear more we will let you know.
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Ok with almost everything at this years fair photographed from several different angles by many intrepid reporters on the ground and all the first day buzz is gone, its time to settle down and take stock. We already covered the engines at the fair and now its time to cover the many gas powered off roaders at the show. This is just to give you ano verview of what was at the show and I wont mention the HPI Lightning Pro 2 Evo, Piktor Rush 2, Crono RS7, Blade BX-1, Xray XB8-EC or XT8 as I have already gone into detail about them previously. The truggy you see above is the MBX5T and was being shown on the Mugen stand.
Tamiyas rather neat looking follow up to the ultra successful TRF415 the MSXX, that we talked about some time back, was on display in NÃ¼rnberg this week and RC10.fi got their hands on it and took some pics. I always liked the blue look of this car and the performance is undisputed considering its pedigree but the absolute coolest thing about this car the air scoop that is mounted in front of the motor and takes air from under the chassis and sends it to your precious power plant. In these pictures the speedo and receiver are mounted to the top side of the scoop and therefore raise up at an angle above the chassis plate but you’ll understand what i mean when you see the photos.
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At the show on the Robitronic stand was this Scalpel sports prototype that features an red anodised aluminium chassis plate, red anodised aluminium suspension arms and a fibre glass t-bar. All this of course makes for a rather ugly alternative to the beautiful carbon fibre version, albeit a cheaper alternative. One thing is for sure, if Robitronic had come out with this version of the car first i dont think the Scalpel would have been as well received as it has been.