The Danish RC Tonder club held the Fear Farm 3.0 race this past weekend, attracting drivers from Scandinavia, Germany, Poland and Denmark to battle it out in 1/8th Nitro and Electric Buggy classes. In Nitro Buggy it was Mugen’s Berkan Kilic with the overall TQ after a clean sweep and he would also come out successful after the 45-minute A-main encounter, leaving behind Xray’s Daniel Bubel in 2nd, a lap down. Kyosho’s Marcel Krüger would complete the top 3 podium result some nine seconds behind Daniel while Nikolai Lamberts lead the best of the rest in 4th, a lap short of Marcel.
This past Saturday saw the fifth and penultimate round of the X-Factory UK Winter Series take place, with a nice break indoors away from the torrential wind and rain happening outside. A twisty, tricky and technical track greeted the racers for this round and after all four qualifiers had run it was Mark Lewis (Team Associated) who would take the TQ in the 2WD class with his round 3 time, followed by Alex Haywood (Team Associated) in 2nd who just missed out on TQ in round 4 by just over 1.5 seconds, Kevin Hunt, who was switching cars all day (Team Associated/X-Factory UK) completed the top 3 qualifying in 3rd. Richard Miller (Yokomo) was in 4th, Abe Lyons (Schumacher) was 5th and Mark Keen (Schumacher) was last man straight into the A in 6th, the remaining A-final spots would be decided as usual via the bump-ups and those who would promote from the B-final.
SWorkz have released a set of images showing their forthcoming new S12-2 1/10th scale 2WD buggy kit. The latest addition to the S12 line will feature a lot of improvements and updates compared to the previous S12-1, such as a redesigned front bulkhead that places the front shock tower behind the dampers, a new chassis, new battery mount, a new transmission – possibly including a diff height adjustment feature, a new carbon fibre rear shock tower and many more. Full details on features and specifications will become available in time of the release that is set for end of March.
Made for the Losi Baja Rey trucks with Ford Raptor body shell is a new front bumper and skid plate set from RPM. The company incorporated all of the key design features from the original RPM Baja Rey bumper and skid plate into this new version. A key improvement moved the skid plate from between the chassis plate and differential to below the aluminium chassis plate. This move solved a couple of problems. First, the aluminium chassis plate now has some serious RPM skid protection where it had none before. Next, and more importantly, it allowed the designers the freedom to create a flex zone on the skid plate that would allow more impact absorption in impact situations, ultimately saving owners from costly repairs. RPM redesigned the bumper as well, creating an additional flex zone that allows the bumper to compress under extreme impacts, yet return back to its original shape once the impact energy has dissipated. This flex zone protects the more fragile front differential and chassis plate since the bumper now absorbs the impact instead of transferring that energy into the chassis. RPM also made the bumper thicker than stock, meaning it can take more impacts over the entire width of the bumper without failing. The bumper is designed and produced in the USA and built from RPM’s nearly indestructible blend of engineering grade nylons.
Coming from T-Works and made for many popular 1/8th off-road kits are lightweight 30mm brake disks. The precision-cut rotors are of a vented design for less fading even during long and gruelling mains and they are available in a variant for the Agama A319 and also as a universal offering for vehicles such as the Mugen MBX, Serpent Cobra, Xray XB8 and HongNor X3.
Schumacher have introduced their new Cougar Laydown Stock Spec 2WD buggy kit. The Stock Spec is an evolution of the EOS winning Cougar Laydown and huge attention to detail has been paid to reducing the car’s overall weight for the increasingly popular Stock 2WD buggy class, as shown with Schumacher engineer Tristram Neal’s recent TQ and win at EOS round 1 in Daun. The Stock Spec kit includes a carbon fibre chassis, carbon fibre motor plate, alloy layshaft and spur lockout, carbon fibre lower transmission housings and an Aerox 0.5mm ultra light body. The Stock Spec still retains its versatility with exceptional performance on a wide range of grip levels, from carpet, astro and dirt.
The opening round of the popular monthly Champ Stadium off-road series was held at the RC Champ Stadium indoor off-road dirt track in Sagamihara, Japan last weekend. The event saw the running of buggy and truck classes and in 2WD Mod Buggy it was Kouki Kato with the overall TQ from Ono in 2nd and Saito in 3rd. At the start of the 5-minute A-main event Kouki made contact and dropped down the order a bit, handing Saito the lead with Ono in 2nd, however Kouki was able to recover quickly, taking over P2 and starting to put pressure on the leader. Saito was able to hold onto the lead until the very last lap, when he made a mistake under the pressure of Kouki Kato who would in return take the lead and also the win in the single-legged A-final.
Made exclusively for Xray’s XB2’20 2WD buggy are LCG graphite composite motor gearbox sets. Moulded from a specially-formulated graphite composite material the gearboxes are lighter and stronger than the standard kit parts, ensuring exceptional durability in ultra heavy duty applications. The gearbox sets are available separately as “front” and “rear” motor position sets.