February 13, 2024

MIBO International ’24 – Offroad track reveal

Ahead of this weekend’s second edition of the MIBO International Race, the organisers of the Czech Republic event has revealed the offroad track layout on which this year’s competitive driver line-up with battle it out for honours.  Unveiling 2-weeks ago the onroad track it will be built next to, the offroad layout is the creation of event organiser Michal Bok, with the carpet track featuring 10-jumps.  Taking place in the Sports V Hotel in Hrotovice and starting Friday evening, the stage for two & half day event is set for some great battles in 2WD and 4WD Buggy between Schumacher pairing Michal Orolwski & Daniel Kobbevik, Sworkz duo Joern Neumann & Micha Widmaier, Team Associated’s Joona Haatanen and Xray’s star of the 2023 MIBO International Bartek Zalewski.

See overhead view of track layout here

February 13, 2024

Reedy WolfPack 5400mAh 35C 2S Lipo

New from Reedy is the WolfPack 5400mAh 35C 2S which is the ideal upgrade for your favourite single or dual battery RC car or truck.  High capacity and a generous C-rating means more power, more speed, and more fun!  Wires exit the case through a rubber gasket that protects the wire’s insulation while helping to prevent moisture from entering the case.  High quality cell manufacturing and construction techniques result in reliable operation and maximum cycle-life.  Reedy’s WolfPack LiPo batteries come equipped with beefy silicone wires and a reliable, low-resistance T-plug connector. An integrated balance lead with XH connector is included.

Source: Reedy [associatedelectrics.com]

February 13, 2024

Motowhips Exhaust coatings

Looking to add a touch of bling to your nitro car?  Motocross custom bike builders Motowhips is offering RC racers the opportunity to have their exhaust coated by the California based company.  The Oil-Slick style coatings for nitro vehicle exhausts can be applied to one piece pipes as well as the usual two piece pipes.  To add this Moto-Style customisation to your nitro vehicle for a Factory finish you can contact Motowhips for more information and options.

View coated exhaust & manifold here

February 13, 2024

European 1:8 Electric Buggy C/Ship – Stage 1 Report

Fresh from hosting its annual European 1:8 Nitro Buggy season opening Montpellier Grand Prix over the weekend, Circuit du MBM’s Stage 1 report for the 2024 1:8 Electric Buggy European Championship has been published by EFRA.  The 8th running of the title race for the category, the famous 300m French track will host the championship on June 07-09.  In 2023, Michal Orlowski became the 6th different winner of the title when he took victory at the Rhein-Main Circuit in Germany ahead of Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho and Burak Kilic.  To-date David Ronnefalk is the only driver to win the time twice after successfully defending his title in 2017.  Reigning European 1:8 Nitro Buggy Champion Juan Carlo Canas won the title in 2022 taking over the reign from Nitro World Champion Davide Ongaro.  With information about the track location, local accommodation and travel information you can view the full stage report here.

View Championship winners here

February 12, 2024

Xray X4F’24 Alu Flex Chassis 2.0mm

New from Xray is this 2.0mm Alu Flex Chassis for its X4F’24 1:10 FWD Touring Car.  Made from Swiss 7075 T6 aluminium, the chassis is recommended for high traction carpet tracks making the car easier to drive and more stable in high traction condition and avoiding traction rolling.  It features special cut outs for optimal flex characteristics.  The ultra-narrow chassis is only 84mm wide and features special cut outs that provide the chassis flex characteristics suitable for a wide variety of the traction levels.  The bottom of the chassis is shaped to reduce contact between the chassis and the ground while turning to improve cornering speed.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

February 12, 2024

ProTek RC Samurai RM.1 Maifield Edition .21 Engine

ProTek RC has announced the pre-sale of its new Samurai RM.1 Maifield Edition 3-Port .21 Competition Nitro Engine.  Designed in collaboration with legendary professional RC racer Ryan Maifield, the new Samurai RM.1 enhances all the winning features found in the original Samurai RM engine and improves the power plant package even more through higher top end speed, increased fuel mileage, an improved and strengthened engine block, smooth yet powerful bottom end, and a slightly lower CG cooling head with new graphics.  “The ProTek RC Samurai RM.1 engine is smooth but powerful, gets awesome fuel mileage, and is easy to tune,” states Maifield.  “I’ve been running a pre-production RM.1 for a few months at a variety of events in different track conditions, and it has performed flawlessly everywhere I have been.”  Through extensive development and testing by Maifield and the ProTek RC R&D team, the new Samurai RM.1 increased fuel mileage by nearly 60 seconds while achieving higher top end speeds and maintaining a smooth bottom end.  It also features a steel backplate insert to reduce friction and wear while increasing RPMs and providing a stable idle.  A strengthened, black-coated crankcase is also included to maximise durability and reliability.  It also utilises a 3-port ABC piston and cylinder that are designed to offer more torque over the power range, while the blue anodised aluminium LCG cooling head with etched ProTek RC, Samurai, and RM logos on the top keep the weight as low as possible to achieve supreme stability and handling performance.

View more images here

February 12, 2024

Zalewski heads Xray challenge for MIBO International

Defending MIBO International Offroad Champions Xray has announced its team for the second edition of the upcoming Czech Republic based event.  At the inaugural running of the event Bruno Coelho won both 2WD and 4WD buggy ahead of young Xray talent Bartek Zalewski who kept the multiple World Champion honest.  Securing the 2WD TQ last year, now Zalewski will head the Slovakian’s offroad efforts.  Enjoying a podium double at the recent EOS Daun, the on-form Zalewski will resume his battles with Schumacher’s Michal Orlowki and Team Associated’s Joona Haatanen with Sworkz’ Joern Neumann joining the mix at the Sports V Hotel in Hrotovice.  The Polish teenager will be joined by Xray’s Max Gotzl and lead offroad chassis designer Martin Bayer.  An event that sees a double track build allowing offroad and onroad to race side by side, in the onroad competition Xray will be represented by Martin Hudy, Jan Ratheisky, David Ehbrar and newly crowned Snowbirds FWD Champion Stefan Schulz.

Source: MIBO [mibosport.com]

February 12, 2024

Thurston wins Rug Racers Round 4

Team Yokomo’s Alex Thurston has won the penultimate round of the popular UK series Rug Racers organised by Hertford Radio Car Club.  In the FTQ format qualifying, it was the Schumacher of OIlie Payne who took the overall TQ for the fourth round ahead of Thurston and Round 2 winner Elliott Harper.  With double A-Main finals,  A1 would see a great pass by Thurston that would get his Hobbywing powered BD12 to the front where he would stay to the finish to win ahead of Harper’s Schumacher and Round 1 winner Harley Eldbridge’s Xray.  With a mistake dropping Payne to P4, for A2 Thurston knew all he need to do was sit behind his rival to secure his first win of the current series.  Taking A2 by just 0.2 of a second from Thurston, Payne with secure second with former World Championship podium finisher Harper completing the modified podium.

Image: Alex Thurston [Facebook]