Buggy-Sport have a report on last weekends Maxy’s Fuel Challenge held in Hudson, Florida. Due to a last minute date change the 4th running of this event didn’t get the turnout that it expected but racing was still competitive. In the 1/8th Truck main it was Gene Hickersen driving a CEN Matrix that dominated the race ahead of Bobby Moore, driving for Mugen, in 2nd with another CEN racer Kyle Sokol finishing the event in 3rd place. In the 1/8th buggy class it was JR Mitch driving for Thunder Tiger that took the win ahead of 2nd place Losi racer Nathan Wincek with Gary Mazar rounding off the podium for Jammin in 3rd spot.
By the 20 minute mark, Hickerson had lapped the field twice and went into cruise control. Sokol has some problems and dropped back a ways from Moore. Moore was able to get back on the lead lap but ran out of time and that was how the top 3 finished.
Engine tuners seem to be a dime a dozen these days with anyone who can use a dremel and who has ever taken their engine apart claiming to be a motor maestro. That said, i was impressed with work done by GR Racing, a Korean tuner that takes his dremel and know how to many different types of engines including this OS12TZ 3-port. This engine has had tear dropping done to the liner, ceramic main bearing, crankshaft lightened and modified, crankcase work and even has a job done on the combustion chamber, definitely looks good, the proof of course is on the track.
Check out all the work done in the full picture set on RC Forum who have the scoop.
Our Partners RC Forum have gotten the word that top Swedish International racer Viktor Wilck has left Team Xray to go race for Tamiya. According to the report on their site, Viktor will continue with current sponsors Much More and SMC Products.
Our partners Neo Buggy have posted on their site the news that Italian manufacturer Technokit are planning to enter the 1/8th buggy market soon. Having already made their name in Fifth scale, dipped their toes into the 1/10th 200mm class and been successful in the 1/8th Rally Game class the next logical move is a step sideways to go off road. With the 1/8th off road market becoming ever more saturated i think it would make bigger news if a manufacturer announced they weren’t going to make a 1/8th scale buggy (and subsequent truggy).
RC superstar, Atsushi Hara of Japan, has been proving that he is pretty gifted when it comes to controlling all RC cars, not just Electric circuit cars, having followed up his open final placing at the recent Japanese 1/8th off road Nationals, by TQ’ing and winning the 2006 Buggy Party Final held in Thailand. In the end it was easy for the Hot Bodies racer who took the win in the hour long final by over 5 laps ahead of 2nd placed local racer Yuthana D. driving a HoBao. Fellow Thai racer Charlee was 3rd for Mugen, 2 laps further back.
Much More, the makers of cool electricalRC equipment and sponsors of the likes of Moore, Hara & Groskamp, have released this new hooded Team sweater for 2007. This high quality top is available in red, all the usual sizes and as you can see it sports the Much More logo screen printed on the front and rear.
We received details of 2 events coming up soon and not so soon. The first race is the Czech International Indoor Event (6th – 7th Jan) that takes place on an ice rink in Lansroun City (see above) but doesnt take place on ice unfortunately, the track is covered in carpet. The second event to be announced is the 1/18th Indoor Off Road Nationals (13th – 15th Apr) that takes place at the RC Madness indoor dirt track in Conneticut.
View the full details about each event here… content
Slovakian precision tool makers Hudy have announced the release of this new toe plate made specifically for Tuggies and only works with their Universal Exclusive Set-up systems for 1/8th off road cars. The plate is made of high-quality, tough acrylic plastic with precision engraved markings for instant, reliable readings and is available to purchase seperately.
– Camber & camber rise
– Front and rear toe
– Steering throw symmetry