Hot Bodies have announced on their buggy blog site that they are working on a new coated shock body for the Cyclone D4. This coating aids the movement of the piston in the body by reducing the friction for the piston, while the coating also provides a scratch resistant surface. These new parts are now currently in testing and initial running has proved positive, more information should be released later.
We have a very brief report on last weekends International GP of Courcelles, held close to Charleroi in Belgium. Qualifying saw Team Losi 8ight driver Jerome Delcourt claim the pole position, and with it a EUR 100 bonus, before going on to take the win in the main final and pocketing a further EUR 600 prize money. Another Losi driver Guy De Weerd finished the day in 2nd, picking up EUR 300 for his troubles and on the final step of the podium was Xray driver Cedric Nickell who walked home with EUR 150.
Vita Tuning have released information about their new big block clutch, which is suitable for use in truggies. This clutch was successfully tested last weekend at the first round of the German truggy Nationals, and Dario Vita, racing a Mugen, won the event with this clutch which was also being used by the Reckward brothers and other top racers at that event. The release date is yet to be set.
Team Magic have released a new range of 4 different NiMH receiver packs, each of which is examined by this industry’s standard Competition Electronics™ Turbo 35 GFX charger, to make sure that each pack can do what it says on the label. Available in the standard 5 cell and hump pack formats, these packs are rated at 1600MAh while the lightweight packs, which are suitable for tigher spaces also, are rated at 1100MAh.
Eagle Racing have announced, on their site, the release of their own branded pair of shock shaft pliers. As everyone knows it is important not to damage the surface of the shock shafts, but this can be difficult to avoid when trying to screw either the pistons or the ball cup to the shaft so these pliers, with their 4 shaft grooves for different diameters, hold the shaft tightly but dont mark it. An essential tool.
The 4th round of the French 1/8th buggy Nationals took place at the weekend at the LMRC track in Limoges, in the center of the country. The weather was fine for this race and in qualifying it was Xray driver, and round 3 winner, Yannick Aigoin that claimed the fastest qualifying time, and to confirm his pace he went to break the track record his Semi final to take the pole position spot for the final, ahead of Mugen race Renaud Savoya. The main final saw a close battle between the 2 racers and while other racers ran into trouble, like Guillaume Vray and Jerome Aigoin, the pairing kept battling till the end, with Savoya taking the win by less than a second from 2nd place Aigoin with Crono racer Jerome Sartel finishing 3rd.
The 3rd round of the Spanish 1/8th gas off road nationals was held last weekend at the Fene buggy track in the North West of the country. Qualifying saw the fastest time go to GS racer Richi Gomez with Hobao racer, and round 2 winner, Robert Batlle setting the 2nd fastest time while after the Semi finals it was Batlle confirming his pace with the final pole position ahead of Borja Hernandez in 2nd. In the final Robert could pull away easily and take the win by over a lap from Mugen racer Hernandez who came home 2nd, with a closing Antonio Jesus Gomez, racing for Hobao, ending the race in 3rd, only 3 seconds behind 2nd place.
We spotted this product via our Japanese partners Kimihiko Yano but we’re not quite sure how new they are, but they look good so we decided we’d show them to you anyway. Made by US company KSG Motorsports, this camber tool was first seen being used by KSG team drivers at the Ovalmasters last November and is now available for everyone to buy, or at least only now in Japan. Available in anodised black or blue, this tool allows you set the front camber and toe angles on your 1/12th scale chassis precisely and easily.