Team Orion look to be releasing an off road version of their Wasp Rev .12 motor. According to the report on our partner site RC World, the engine are to be used in 1/10th stadium trucks and have been spec’d by top US Racer and Team Orion team driver Ryan Cavalieri.
Expect to see it hitting the stores in Spring 2007.
On Tuesday I reported about the news that Technokit was to enter the 1/8th scale buggy market. At the time I noted that its a very flooded market and it would be bigger news if a manufacturer stated that they werent going to enter this class. Well i did a little research to follow up on that comment and was amazed to have come up with a list totalling 29 31 manufacturers (that i know of) that currently have, or are close to releasing, a 1/8th scale gas powered buggy. That is a huge number of players all fighting for the same piece of the pie, in a market that is becoming more crowded than a rush hour train in Bangladesh.
Who are these manufacturers and who really is left that can join in? Read More… content
Corally team driver Marc Fischer has won the 1/12th EFRA GP held last weekend in Eskilstuna, Sweden, an important win as it took place on the same track that will host next years European 1/12th scale Championships. Marc, driving a Corally SP12X, TQ’d the event by 5 seconds ahead of 2nd place qualifier Sakke Ahonniemi who in turn was 1 second ahead of Teemu Saarinen, both drivers also driving the Corally SP12X. In the race it was Marc who was the class of the field finishing comfortably ahead of Saarinen in 2nd who managed to get ahead of Ahonniemi who ended up in 3rd.
Just a quick heads up to inform you that our site partner RC Infos has published an extensive report on last weekends Carpet World Cup from Switzerland. The report itself is in French which doesnt matter so much because we already know what happened, but the best part of the report is the extensive images from the event.
Team Orion have a report on their site about last weekends SoCal Supercross in which Ryan Cavalieri dominated proceedings. Held at SoCal Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA, the Supercross brings the best drivers from the Southern California area together to compete on a challenging Supercross inspired track layout.
Team Orion factory driver Ryan Cavalieri earned top qualifying honors in both the 2wd and Truck Modified classes. Unchallenged, Ryan drove his AE buggy and truck to victory in both classes!
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.