Soon to be available from Losi are these pre mounted and glued blue compound 1/8th scale XTT Truggy tires. Tire gluing is a time consuming pain in the neck and get it wrong and have to deal with the embarrassment of your tire flying off while on track. These new pre mounts are supplied with foam inserts that have been developed specifically for the rigors of off-road racing and you can choose to have the XTT tires pre glued to your choice of white or yellow racing wheels.
French manufacturer MAD Racing have been in touch to tell us about their latest 1/8th scale buggy for the Southern Europe specific 2wd class, called the IDEA. Based loosely on a Team Associated RC8, the car, as you would expect, doesn’t sport any front drive train and thanks to the lack of a central drive shaft the engine is now no longer in line. Power is driven to the rear wheels through a custom made gearbox whose casing doubles up as the cars engine mount and rear braking system for an ultra stiff construction. The car also features double piston suspension, while the car’s drive gear sports a unique adjustable prototype slipper.
Last weekend saw the 6th round of the CML Carpet Thrashnals run in Chippenham and it was Hot Bodies racer Olly Jefferies that was the man to beat on the day. In qualifying he ended up a lap ahead of Russ Williams in 2nd with Stu Noble in 3rd and Andrew Carter in 4th. In the modified A final Olly shrugged off an early challenge from Russ and disappeared off in to lead to record yet another winter victory ahead of Russ in 2nd and Tom Green in 3rd.
With GRP entering the engine market with their own brand of motor, the company that has the patent on the race proven ‘Fast Link System‘ have announced the upcoming release of its new line of exhaust systems and manifolds. The new exhausts meet the most recent EFRA regulations and have been made from a new special raw material that increases the resistance to crushing in the event of an impact, is 5% lighter than the previous material and by helping to boost the pipes resonance, it also increases engine performance. The stinger has also received attention and has been machined using a special 3D CNC machining technique, which guarantees an increase in resistance to any deformation. Available currently for .21 circuit, .21 buggy and .28 truggy motors, there is also 3 lengths of circuit manifolds to choose from.
We received a report from the recent 5th round of the Novarossi Winter Series that saw some fantastic racing after the weather eased off enough for the Novarossi Raceway track to dry out for the event. Elliot Boots (RC8 RB) owned qualification taking all three rounds with David Spashett (Losi Novarossi) second and Edd Kerry (Losi Novarossi) third. In the Truggy class it was a battle all day between John Hazelwood (Xray OS) and Reece Sawyer (Losi Novarossi), both drivers missing one round during the day due to their mechanics whooopsy’s but still all in good fun. John took top spot for the final with Reece second and Mark Truslove (Losi Novarossi) in third.
The RC Pro Series were in contact to tell us about their upcoming 1/5th scale F1 World Championship that will be held at the SV Speedway in Sun Valley, California. The event, which takes place from August 20th to 23rd, sees registration open on February the 7th and as a side attraction the event will also see 1/8 Spec GT and Open GT classes run alongside.
Mugen Seiki Racing have announced the exclusive distributor rights for Kawahara Racing product in the USA for 2008. Starting in February 2008, MSR will carry the complete line of 1/10th and 1/8th scale on-road foam tires plus all the high quality option parts that Kawahara is known for making. This new deal will also see top Mugen racer Mike Swauger, who recently switched to JP Racing engines, run the Kawahara tires at all races. Contact MSR for further information regarding all Kawahara products.
The other day we wrote about the new O.S. made Ninja motors, and today Mugen have placed images and specifications of their new buggy motor online. Featuring a lightened and hardened 14mm crankshaft, the JX21 B-01 is a 5 port motor that is said to output 2.48 bhp at 33,000 rpm. Expect to see the full range on display at next months toy fair in Nuremberg.
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