July 2, 2007

D’hondt & Renaux win Benelux Champs

D'hondt wins Benelux Champs

Last weekend at the Roeselare track in Belgium saw the 2007 Benelux Championships take place for 1/8th and 1/10th scale classes. The event is open to drivers from within the Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, and despite the predicted bad weather a lot of top drivers turned up for the event. Qualifying took place on Saturday in damp conditions and in the 1/8th scale class it was Steven Cuypers that claimed the pole position, heading a Serpent 1-2-3 with John Ermen in 2nd and Robin D’hondt in 3rd. In the 1/10th scale class it was Xray driver Jilles Groskamp that took the pole position by only 3 tenths ahead of 2nd placed Jerome Renaux, racing for Kyosho.

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July 2, 2007

Adam Drake Wins ROAR Buggy Nats

Adam Drake Wins ROAR Nationals

In an eventful final at this years ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals in Missouri, it was Team Losi driver Adam Drake that walked away with the National title. Up until the half way mark of the race it seemed to look like being a dominant victory by pole man Ryan Maifield, driving the Associated RC8, but continued technical problems dropped him down the order until he finally stopped completely. Adam Drake inherited the lead because of this, and despite a late charge by O’Donnell racer Jared Tebo in the closing stages of the 60 minute race, the Drake could hold on for the win, with Tebo close behind in 2nd, while the 3rd spot went to Ryan Cavalieri, driving the Associated buggy.

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July 1, 2007

New Academy 2wd electric buggy

New Academy 2wd electric buggy
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Images have started to surface on the internet from the new 2wd buggy of Korean RC manufacturer, Academy. The picture above is from RC Tech and shows the complete car in CAD format and as we can see it features a moulded chassis with centrally mounted stick pack configuration while the front end sports a unique looking steering C-hub setup. Other pictures from our partners RC Forum (see below) show, the tub chassis in detail and close ups of the rear end of the car, which looks pretty conventional. No word has been given on the expected release date of this car, or even the name, but we will let you know when we find out.

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July 1, 2007

Xray 4-Hole Composite Shock Pistons

Xray 4-Hole Composite Shock Pistons

Xray have released details of their new 4-hole large-bore shock pistons which have been designed specifically for use with the wider XRAY shock absorbers, that are sold for the XT8 and XB8 EC. The newly-redesigned pistons use a new production process to improve roundness, ensuring perfect piston movement in all four shocks and each of the pistons have four straight holes, in sizes of 1.3mm 1.4mm and 1.5mm, in every set. The 4-hole pistons with the same hole diameter have increased oil flow compared to pistons with fewer holes (for example, 2-hole pistons). This allows the use of thicker shock oil, which will allow for different damping characteristics.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


July 1, 2007

Ryan Maifield TQs ROAR Buggy Nats

Ryan Maifield TQs ROAR Nats

Qualifying is over for this years ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals in Missouri, and the man who has shown great pace from the first practice session through to all the rounds of qualifying, Team Associateds Ryan Maifield, has claimed pole position for Sundays 60 minute A-main race. Taylor James, racing for Jammin lines up in 2nd position while Jared Tebo, racing the yet to be released O’Donnell buggy, did a great job after a poor first round of qualifying to bounce back and claim the 3rd starting position. We hope to bring you the final results, as we get them, from tomorrows mains.

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June 30, 2007

RC Insider Show – Now online

RC Insider Show

So we received an e-mail from our friends at RC Hobbies in Canada to let us know that the show RC Insider, which is hosted by Dirt Girl Anna Curtis and directed by Jayne Romyn, is back on air. No longer is it being shown by the Outdoor Life network in the US however, but instead it will be shown online, which is of course better for everyone. The show itself features race reports, interviews and product reviews and seems to be a good effort so we recommend you go check it out.

The first demo episode of this show can be seen here.

Source: RC Hobbies [rchobbies.ca]


June 30, 2007

Niftech Balancer & Shaft Straightener

Niftech Balancer & Shaft Straightener

Our partners Kimihiko Yano have begun selling these great specialist tools from US based Niftech, specifically this armature shaft straightener and armature / tire balancer. The shaft straightener features a very precise measuring tool that allows you to measure the deformation of the armature shaft accurately while the supplied tool allows you to straigthen the shaft. The Balancer is a magnet hung shaft that comes on a base that sports a spirit level to ensure it has been placed flat while it comes with 2 shafts to allow you to check the balance of both tires as well as armatures.

Source: Kimihiko Yano [kimihiko-yano.net]


June 30, 2007

Maifield tops Rd1 of ROAR Nats qualifying

Maifield tops Rd1 of ROAR Nats qualifying

Rain has been heavily effecting this weekends ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals that are being held at the St. Louis Dirt Burners track in Missouri. With the weather basically eliminating all but a handful of practice sessions for the 300+ entries setups have not been perfected heading into qualifying. Yesterday saw the first round of qualifying, take place under dry weather conditions but on a track that is still soft from the rain. In that session it was Associated RC8 driver Ryan Maifield that took the fastest time in this round ahead of Jammin racer James Taylor, while World Champion Mark Pavidis, racing for Kyosho, ended up with the 3rd fastest time. Qualifying continues today, hopefully under dry conditions, and we will bring you an update after todays sessions.

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