The design process never ends at Upgrade RC it seems, with the US company releasing yet another graphic kit, called XR. Shown above in green and on the Jammin range of cars, the design will be available in a number of other colours and will be made available for different brands of 1/8th, 1/10th and 1/12th scale off road cars.
We have recieved word that top Finnish buggy driver, and 3-time Nordic Champion, Joseph Quagraine has agreed to race the 4th Durango at this months European EP Buggy Championships in his home country of Finland. Joseph, who is currently racing in France at the 1/8th scale European gas buggy Championships, joins previously announced drivers Gerd Pfeiffer, Ebi Beck and Joern Neumann in competing with the German made car.
Team Losi have announced the release of 2 new options for the companies 190mm EP touring car, the JRX-S Type R. First off we have the new front one way assembly which includes a precision machined and lightened aluminum housing with one-way bearings in either side and comes supplied with outdrives, shafts, one-way pulley and the dogbones. This type of one-way system is a popular tuning item for racers who like an aggressive set up and/or run in extremely high grip conditions. Also new for the JRX-S Type R is a steel LiPo battery tray, that allows existing JRX-S Type R owners to easily fit standard LiPo battery packs. The tray adds an additional 120 grams, to the lowest point in the car, to offset the reduced LiPo battery weight and has been finished off with an attractive gloss black, and engraved with the Type-R logo.
Schumacher are reporting, that at the recent 5th, and final round, of the Portuguese Touring Car Nationals at Tomar, Schumacher Mi-3 driver Ruben Francisco took pole position and victory, for the 3rd time, and with that result took the 2007 Portuguese National Championship. Miguel Macieira was 2nd, Fernando Cardoso 4th, Rui Fazenda 5th, Miklós Nagy 6th and Jorge Simões 9th. As well as the main national title, Schumacher also won the 45+ Portuguese Touring Car Championship with driver Fernando Cardoso.
We wrote about the much anticipated 4wd electric buggy from Team Associated, the B44, when it was announced a week ago. Team Associated have now put the full information from their new car online, including lots of up close chassis pictures such as the one above, but strangely there was no overall chassis shot or from the bottom either, perhaps parts haven’t been finalised.
Our partners RC Mag have the first pictures of the new RTR version of the Thunder Tiger EB4 S3 1/8th scale buggy, spotted at Maquette du Plaisir. Sporting a pullstart Thunder Tiger .28 motor, which has plenty of bottom end power and torque, while the only other differences between this and its successful Pro version is the lack of anti-roll bars, no carbon fiber used, no central CVDs, but other than that its still the same race winning chassis. The car is expected to be sold complete for EUR 428.
Werks Racing have announced the release of the newest addition to their range of competition tires, the new 1/8th “Stubs” buggy tire. Designed for blue groove or high grip type track conditions, the tire utilizes a mini-pin type tread design for maximum grip without allowing the pins to fold over. The new 1/8 “Stubs” also incorporates a larger center pin design for improved forward bite with a slightly domed carcass profile to reduce the tendency for the car to catch edges and roll as is common in blue groove type situations. Comes complete with molded foam insert for the utmost in consistency.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Hong Nor High Downforce Mini CRT.5 Truggy wings – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> Honest in Japan start selling the EDS mini tool set – Link [teamhonest.jp]
> Photos from this weeks 1/8TT European Championships – Link [buggy.gr]
> LRP release their new VTEC rubber and foam tires – Link [lrp.cc]
> First video from this weeks 1/8TT European Championships – Link [medialpro.com]
> RB Products have a very brief report from today in Auxerre – Link [rbproducts.com]