Team Losi have released the RTR version of their popular 8ight Truggy, which comes complete with the Spektrum DX2.0 radio system.
Starting with the same innovative ultra-narrow chassis and drivetrain layout as the 8IGHT-T Race Roller, the 8IGHT-T RTR packs power and handling superior to the competition right out of the box. Losiâ€™s 427 Big Block engine and tuned exhaust come pre-installed, along with the premium SpektrumÂ® crystal-free DX2.0 radio system for unmatched control. The centrally mounted motor, oversized shocks, thick aluminum chassis, and numerous other ingenious features yield both performance and durability.
Serpent have announced the release of their latest Mega motor, which is the first Mega buggy engine to be released that uses the Novarossi based Massimo Fantini made engine. The Mega MF21 OFR 5P 3.5cc engine is a top of the line buggy engine which as the name suggests has a 5 port liner and also features a lightened and hard coated crankshaft with a large turbo scoop. The motor itself uses a non turbo plug, has a large cooling head and the front bearing uses a rubber seal to prevent dirt getting into the motor from behind the flywheel.
Last weekend in Belgium at the BBTTC club, hosts of the recent EFRA GP, the second round of the 1/8 TT Belgian National Championships was run in changing conditions. We dont have qualifying results but the race was won by Losi 8ight racer Guy De Weerd, with round 1 winner Raphael Robert racing for HoBao in second while the 3rd place went to Xray racer Cedric Nickell.
Last weekend saw the Pro Line Nitro Max Challenge take place at the Dirt race park in California and was attended by all the major teams making this a very competitive event. The event attracted over 180 entrants and so it was a busy weekend of racing and after qualifying the TQ racers were Losi racer Adam Drake in 1/10th truck, HoBao racer Jeremy Kortz in truggy and Adam Drake once again in buggy.
The buggy main saw some close racing but was an unlucky event for The Drake who came home 4th, with Team Associated driver Ryan Cavalieri taking a big win for the new RC8 ahead of Kyosho racer Cody King in 2nd with Jammin racer Chad Bradley in 3rd, the top 3 drivers all on the same lap. The truggy main saw a closer battle up front, but once again the pole sitter didn’t fair well, finishing down in 12th, while Billy Fischer took the win ahead of Philip Atondo in a close 2nd with another 3rd position for Chad Bradley. The 1/10th Truck saw a win for pole man Adam Drake who kept it together to take the win for Losi ahead of the Associated pairing of Ryan Cavalieri and Ryan Maifield who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Upgrade RC, who we have covered extensively in the past, have released their latest customised skins, with the introduction of their 2 tone drips. Available for your buggy wing, starter box and radio, these new skins are colour customisable, allowing you to select the base colour and then select the secondary flame / drip colour from a wide range available, giving you an easy way to stand out even more from the crowd.
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The second round of the Dutch 1/10th 200mm Nationals was run last weekend at the ultra fast Rucphen track, host of the first 2 rounds of the Dutch 1/8th scale National championship. Qualifying saw Serpent driver Jordy Blok take the top spot, but as the rain started to fall very few drivers decided to take part in the semi finals with only 4 racers running the first semi final and only 2 starting the 2nd semi final, meaning everyone had a good chance to make it through to the main event.
The start of the main final was delayed and due to the rain stopping, the track started to dry up but only it was only round 1 podium finisher Maarten van Lierop, driving for Xray, that took the gamble on a full dry weather setup which at the start of the final didnt look like it would pay off. As the track dried even more he started to turn decent laps and could then take the lead, eventually winning by 9 laps ahead of the Serpent duo of Ruud Schuitmaker and Bas Geurds who came home in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Last weekend saw the first round of the Swedish cup run in Eskilstuna, Sweden. It was Xray driver, and Nordic Xray Challenge winner, Robert Gustafsson that lined up on the top spot for the final and it was Gustafsson that could pull out an early lead but Pro Line Challenge winner Linus Thern driving for Kyosho was able to pull back the defecit to take the lead and with it the win. Gustaffson came home in second while Mugen racer Mikael PÃ¥lsson came home in 3rd.
Hot Bodies and the Jimmy Babcock Racing League have announced the chance to win a 1 year Sponsorship on the same team with Travis Amezcua and Atsushi Hara. The sponsorship equals up to $3,500 worth of merchandise but Hot Bodies will not however pay entry fees, travel, food or hotels, still a very sweet deal.
Do you have what it takes to be on the world class Hot Bodies racing team with Travis Amezcua & Atsushi Hara? Here is your chance to showcase your driving talent and earn your spot on the Hot Bodies team! Hot Bodies has teamed up with the premier nitro off-road series, Jimmy Babcock Racing League [JBRL], to host the Hot Bodies Arrive & Drive Race Series in conjunction with the JBRL Nitro Offroad Series. This is a test of driving skill where all you do is arrive, drive and we take care of the rest! And we mean the whole enchilada! Ten identically prepared Hot Bodies Lightning 2 Sport buggies will be provided for the racers to compete with. We are looking for the best undiscovered talent of the Sportsman class drivers to step up to the Hot Bodies team.