Japanese company Riemon Speed Works are showing a shaft drive car on their site that they hint at being an Xray shaft conversion. Its a very nicely made car if it is a conversion but i cant really see the Xray in this particular car, apart perhaps from the front bumper mount which looks familiar. Whatever it is, we have pictures of it and you can check them out below.
Roga Fuels have announced that they have signed top Spanish racers Richi Gomez and Robert Batlle for 2 years to use their fuels. The two drivers, who both recently signed to use AXE Rossi engines, will use the companies latest RACE mixture that uses specialist production processes to ensure exceptional performance and lubrication.
Atomic RC have shown CAD images of their soon to be released blue anodised, and sweetly machined, aluminium cooling heat sink for the Mini-Z AWD. Mounted to the car the scoop sticks out the side of the chassis and channels air to the motor and electronics, keeping it all nice and cool, and because the whole thing is aluminium the heat will be easily dissipated too.
Xray are reporting on their site that Jake Zarb, racing an Xray, has won the New Zealand On Road EP Nationals that were run recently on the Manawatu track. The race was run on foam tires, with no additives allowed, and there was a 12 turn limit on the motors and finally brushless systems weren’t allowed, which all made for close competitive racing. Jake Zarb dominated the event from qualifying, where he easily TQ’d, to the finals which he was able to win comfortably to take the overall title followed home by Ivan Ho and Pearce Stephens in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Big scale isnt really our thing at Red RC, but what HPI Racing has done with their big scale Baja 5B, thoroughly deserves a mention. They drove the buggy continuously, apart from 6 fuel stops, 120 miles through desert roads while the driver who was controlling the Baja followed closely in a specially prepared off road vehicle, that itself was driven by a professional desert racer.
With only six stops to fuel the Baja, the car and its team made the historic journey in less than 6 hours of running time! This meant an average of nearly 22 mph for the Baja! Not fast enough to beat the best Barstow-to-Vegas race time, but certainly fast enough to make it the roughest, toughest off-road RC car in the world!
Mantua Models, makers of the Laro D4, have released these new grey anodised 7075 aluminum optional parts for the D4 Pro 1/8th scale buggy. Available seperately, or even better, you can buy them in a set, which consists of all 7 pieces and will cost you 89 euros and do everything you would expect pieces like this to do such as add a bit of strength along with a bit of bling.
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Solaroli Tuning, if you haven’t heard of them, is a company run by top Italian racer Stefano Solaroli who, amongst other things, tunes motors like only Italians know how. While he tunes all different makes of motor, his current pair of offerings are from Picco and are based on the new Evo2 .21 and .12 engines which in turn is similar to the current range of Mega ZX engines. Stefano has done all the usual work like porting the liner and working, optimising and polishing the crankshaft to get the absolute most from the engine. Expect them to be fast but suprisingly they arent too expensive despite all the hand work done to them.
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Leon McIntosh has won the first round of the RC Pro Series East held at the Badlands track in Myrtle Beach, SC. Leon driving and Xray XB8 managed to take the TQ spot, despite limited practice running, to qualify ahead of Losi pairing of Travis Dupree in 2nd and Jason Smith in 3rd. In the race Gene Hickerson managed to get the holeshot and pulled ahead, only to run into mechanical problems at the halfway point, leaving Travis and Leon to take over at the top. Dupree then himself ran into difficulties which dropped him back and allowed Leon to take the lead and go on to take the win ahead of Kyosho racer Robin Nelson in 2nd and Xray racer Chris Crews in 3rd.