December 10, 2006

Fabiano Franco wins the 2006 Brazilian Nationals

2006 Brazilian Nationals

Under a sunny December sky Fabiano Franco, driving an Xray T2, has won the 2006 Brazilian National Championships held last weekend. Having qualified in second position for the finals he had some good luck in the first final when pole man ….. had esc problems allowing Fabiano to take the lead and the win. Battling with Flávio Salinet for the other 2 finals Fabiano managed to fend of the attentions of his Xray team mate the win the 2nd and 3rd finals to take the overall title.

After the start, Fabiano was in 1st and Flávio was in 2nd … this was the order to the end. Flávio tried to pass Fabiano but his tires cooked when he forced his car, so Fabiano Franco won with Flávio Salinet on 2sec behind.

You can read the full report with pictures and a video here.

Source: Xray []

December 9, 2006

Himoto’s ongoing aerodynamic evolution

Himoto Body

Our partner site RubeDude has an exclusive look at the latest aerodynamic development to come from Himoto since their well received and successful buggy rear wing.

This is an exclusive picture of the prototype high down force low profile body designed to reduce and control fast radical wind eddy effects and stabilise the car whilst maximising downforce. The body is designed to to compliment the evolutionary wing and is due to be released soon.

Source: Rube Dude []

December 9, 2006

BMI DB12 close to leaving prototype stage


The prototype 1/12th scale car from BMI, the DB12, is nearing the final stages of its prototype phase and if everything goes according to plan in its final test it should be going into production in the very near future. I will let the designer himself give you the low down on this new chassis.

The new prototype will have newly redesigned pods and slightly altered suspension. The new rear suspension has proved itself to give the progressive spring tension of a T bar when twisted and only relies on the center shock for compression. Another high point of this car is its battery placement. It is adjustable and offers a more rearward battery position of any car on the market for the most amount of steering possible and allows you to move them forward also for a more toned down feel. I am working with IRS with this kit and will be including their new nickle teflon coated shock, axle, battery locator plates and 7075 aluminum hard coated front and rear pivot balls. I will be including boca bearings in the kit also.

Source: RC Tech []

December 8, 2006

The Tamiya MSXX

Tamiya MSXX

The Tamiya MSXX was shown for the first time at the Tamiya World Cup event held last month and it has been talked about a lot since. What we know is that it’s basically the same as the Rheinard edition but it it has been downgraded to have dual one-way units, steel screws and steel axles to make it more affordable. If you didnt know already, now you do.

Source: XRC []

December 8, 2006

Tech Racing MY07 Medusa EX – now in Purple

Tech Racing MY07 Medusa EX

Well the title pretty much sums up were this story is going. The MY07 Medusa EX from Tech Racing, that we wrote about at the start of November and that only went on sale 3 weeks ago, is now available in a purple anodised version too. The original run of this car was available in both pink and blue so you have until the day after Christmas, when it becomes available, to make up your mind on which of the 3 versions you want.

Source: Tech Racing []

December 8, 2006

Markus Feldmann wins the Western round of German Champs

Markus Feldmann

Markus Feldmann has won the most recent round of the German electric national series for the Western region held last weekend at the Viol Race track. Driving his Xray he only managed third in qualifying after some problems but managed to source and fix the issue before going on to win 2 out of the 3 finals to take the overall win in Modifed class.

The second A-main went well again, though I got hit by another car when I was already in the lead again and it took me back to 5th position… but I managed to get back into 2nd position 0.4 seconds behind the leader before time expired, so I took 2nd position.

You can read Makus’s full race report here.

Source: Xray []

December 8, 2006

Piktor tease us with more pics of the Rush 2

Piktor Rush 2

French manufacturer Piktor have been leaking out little bits of information about their all new 1/8th scale buggy the Rush 2. And of course we oblige by showing them, but thats because this car looks like it will be really good. Little details like the front wing, ala Tenth Technology, that make it interesting and of course the fact that they are innovating and not just settling for being just another buggy.

Why do you never see a front wing on 1/8 off road buggy? Just because the shocks are too high… On the RUSH 2 and with its very low shocks position, it is now possible. This wing will bring balance and precision in fast curves incomparable in this category.

You can read more and view the latest images here (click the small images)

Source: Piktor []

December 8, 2006

Himoto 1/16th Mini Rattler RB1

Himoto 1/16th Mini Rattler RB1

The sub 1/12th scale scene is growing fast with cars seemingly coming out every other day and Himoto are the latest manufacturer to create a mini off roader. The Asian manufacturer has jumped into the small scales early with this Mini Rattler RB1 and it looks to be a solid effort. Not yet released, it’s shaft driven 4wd, fully independant suspension and has everything else you would expect from its bigger brothers in the buggy world.

You can view more pics of it here.

Source: Himoto []