The 2020 Alabama Manufacturers Shootout presented by Racetime Entertainment took place last weekend in Cullman, Alabama. In the Pro Buggy class it was Mugen’s Ryan Maifield that claimed the top spot in qualifying but in the 45 minute final, following a thrilling battle with Sworkz’ Ryan Cavalieri it was Cav who would take the victory by less than a second in front of his long time rival. Jared Tebo (Tekno) would complete the top 3 less than a lap back, with Cole Ogden (HB Racing) and Brandon Rose (Agama) rounding out the top 5. Pro Truggy saw a dominant performance by Tekno’s Jared Tebo to take a clear win from the pole position ahead of the impressive Tyler Jones (Agama), with Spencer Rivkin a few seconds back in 3rd. Daktah Phend (TLR) and Joe Bornhorst (Tekno) would complete the top 5. In Pro eBuggy, Ryan Maifield took his Mugen to the TQ spot in qualifying, edging out Dakotah Phend on a tie break, with Tyler Jones starting 3rd. The double leg finals saw Maifield win both to take the overall with Cavalieri coming through to take the runner up spot ahead of Jones in 3rd, Phend in 4th and Rivkin in 5th.
A new development from SWorkz is the ‘1-Unit-Fit’ motor mount. This not only makes it easy to change the engine quickly, it is also super convenient to set 2 different engine inclination angles. The motor mount is available with a 6 degree tilt angle or a 4 degree tilt angle which allows the chassis balance to be changed during jumps or in high-speed curves. By simply loosening 4 screws you can easily change your motor without having to realign it each time.
ONG have introduce their new shock caps which have been made in Italy in Ergal 7075 T6 and then hard anodised and branded with the ONG logo on the front. The 6 upper machined pockets on the cap have a dual purpose, reducing the weight of the cap, making it the lightest on the market as well as helping with heat dissipation. The 3 bleed holes coupled to the new membranes will allow a rebound close to 0 and a homogeneous response between the shock absorbers once closed. The kit includes 12 membranes with 3 different hardnesses that will allow you to vary the behaviour of the shock absorber based on the track, the driving style and temperature.
The new R5R Racer 5.0 from Reds Racing has been fitted with a brand new one-piece cooling head to improve engine cooling and efficiency. Designed with a 5 ports sleeve and crankshaft timing to improve fuel efficiency and drivability and is suitable for both buggy and truggy this new engine is equipped with the best technology to improve reliability and guarantee the best performance on all terrains. R5R Racer factory tuned guarantees the same performance as a Pro engine at reasonable price and every single engine is hand inspected and compression checked inside their headquarters by Mario Rossi to achieve the highest quality standards. The feature set includes a 5 ports sleeve with boosters, HCX horizontal carburettor, silicone filled and tuned crankshaft, high sealing Japanese front bearing and Swiss made steel high quality rear bearing.
Ministry of Bearing have introduced their new 3 and 4 shoe clutch system. The set is available with 3 or 4 pin flywheel, clutch assembly and springs with a range of shoe materials and combinations available. Similar to other versions on the market that can be used in a 3 or 4 shoe configuration, the entire assembly is red anodised and works with the majority of 1/8th offroad cars and clutch bells.
Last weekend saw round 2 of the EssexCarpetClash championship take place. The track was a little challenging in places to get a perfect lap, but was rewarding when you did. After 4 rounds qualifying, Jamie Hall showed his talent by topping the time sheets for all rounds with his Associated. The rest of the field would then place their best times to get as high up the 8 field grid for the 3 legged finals. William Venables managed to secure second on the grid with his Associated ride, while Yasir Mughal had a good consistent qualifying to place third ahead of fellow Yokomo driver Harley Eldridge. The finals would go the same way as qualifying for Hall, never looking back and taking all leg wins in the finals. Mughal would get caught up with a few errors in the finals, where as Eldridge would keep her head and run clean, managing to finish second in two of the finals. Venables would complete the podium in third, where his second place finish in leg 2 would be a key counting score.
Exotek Racing introduce this heavy duty 7075 alloy machined wing mount for the TLR 22X-4. Weighing only 12 grams it keeps your wing aligned and pointed straight and looking good while doing it with its black and silver finished design. Works with the stock wing spacer and wing hardware.
Yokomo have presented two new option parts for the YZ-4SF2, including an aluminium rear hub carrier and front stiffener. The rear hub carrier is compatible with the sturdy Φ3mm outer suspension arm pin. Four types of bushes for passing suspension pin are attached and the height can be adjusted in 7 steps by switching the height. Also, it also has the effect of increasing rear traction due to the increase in strength and weight compared to standard resin. The stiffener increases the strength around the steering post and reduces front friction by changing the rigidity. This will be more effective on dirt tracks and has the effect of increasing the stability of steering.