Neo-Buggy is reporting that 2 time Spanish national off road champion and this years Indoor Holland event winner Ricardo Gomez has left Sidorf for GS Racing. Gomez, who also left Novarossi this year for French company RB Products will make his GS debut at the Neo Invitational in December and will race in the buggy, and for the first time, truggy classes.
After recently reporting on the Sirio Kanai Evo 3 STI I was made aware of the logo being used by the Italian engine manufacturer Star Motor to display that a motor has been factory modified or as they like to reference it, ‘Sirio Technology Impact’ (STI). This logo as you can see above on the right is a carbon copy of the logo on the left created by world famous Japanese tuning firm ‘Subaru Tecnica International’ (STI) that is famous for tuning Imprezas and other Subaru’s including the World Rally cars. This is a blatant copy of the Japanese company’s logo and an even more blatant attempt by Star Motor to change it slightly to avoid infringing on their trademark.
Slovakian manufacturer Xray have a report up online regarding there win in the Russian off road nationals. Russian racer Malyshko Dmitriy won the final round of the championship, held in Moscow, to take the overall win in the championship.
Team Losi have officially released their new 1/8th scale truggy to the eagerly awaiting masses of off road nuts enthusiasts. Based on the recently released, and already successful, 8ight buggy, this chassis has had the standard buggy to truggy conversion; longer wheelbase, longer chassis, longer wishbones etc. With the truggy class blowing up all across the globe and considering this cars pedigree on dirt we’re sure that the 8ight truggy will be at the sharp end of the grid come race day.
Created with passion and perfected by obsession, the 8IGHT-T will redefine Truggy racing with what might be called an unfair advantage. The 8IGHT-T Race Roller is the first competition-level, performance-built truggy based on Team Losi’s ground-breaking 4WD nitro platform.
You can check out the Team Losi 8ight truggy here.
Schumacher Racing are set to enter the 1/8th scale off road tyre market with their new Spiral and Mini Pin tyres. The Northampton, UK, based company has set mid November as the launch date for the tyres only and December for the pre mounted versions.
Based on our extensive competition racing knowledge we have designed two new tyres, the ‘Schumacher Spiral’ and the more traditional ‘Schumacher Min Pin’ these will each be available in Yellow and Silver compounds to suit a wide variety of surfaces such as grass, dirt and astro.
Shown on the right here is the previously available CNC machined cooling head from Nova RC Products. On the left is the new CNC machined cooling head that is to be used in cooler conditions were keeping heat in the engine is important, kind of a similar effect to when you see racers put tin foil around the engine head when its raining. Simple, effective and looks good too, kinda like Paris Hilton.
Belgian racer Christophe De Vocht has developed a Drive Calculator program to work out drive ratios for all of Serpents current, and some older, models. The user can input all the pulley sizes as well as the tyre diameters for it to work out the ratio, it will also suggest a tyre size to get a user determined front to rear drive ratio too. As far as we are aware Christophe has also made versions for other manufacturers too.
You can download the drive calculator here or from the 960, 835 and 720 download pages on Serpent’s site.
You may remember back from the iHobby show, we wrote about the new Team Magic E4 electric touring car. We were quite harsh about its 3 belt system and centrally mounted batteries and likened to a 1/10th 200mm gas car with an electric motor in it. Well that opinon hasn’t changed but these studio pictures from the Taiwanese manufacturer definitely show this car in a new light and i’m starting to like the look of it, look at how low it is….nice.
Looking at the pictures though also highlights a few issues with the E4, like the fact that the speed controller position looks like an after thought, mounted on the pinion side of the motor.