Sworkz driver Jordan Lot was crowned the new French 1:8 Nitro Buggy Champion over the weekend after taking victory at the fourth & final round of the championship which was hosted by Mini Bolides Chanusiens 61. Having claimed the eBuggy title two weeks earlier, this would be Lot’s sixth win from the 8 National Championship races that made up both championships. Qualifying second behind Top Qualifier Matisse Peyre for the Nitro title decider, Lot would win his Semi final to start pole in the 45-minute final which he would control to win from the Kyosho of multiple former European & French Champion Reno Savoya with Peyre’s Xray completing the podium. Overall Savoya would finish runner-up in the championship.
With the dust now settled on what was a fantastic & exciting 1:10 Offroad World Championships at Hobby Action RC Raceway, we have put together a full index of all the buggies we were able to photograph for our ‘Chassis Focus’ during our time in Arizona. While we request chassis focus with all the manufacturers, some are forced to decline to protect prototype parts or developments they were trying at the Worlds. We are always happy to respect this as in this modern era it has become easy for parts to reverse engineered from online images and made available before the chassis manufacturer, who has invested the time & funding into the buggy, has fully tested and signed off the final design of parts. Sworkz was one manufacturer who was unable to provide their buggies because of a new suspension parts they had for the event.
New from Italian engine builders Reds Racing is this new limited edition 721 Superveloce off-road engine to celebrate the company’s success at the 2023 Euros in Redovan, Spain last month. The new ‘Euros Edition’ 1:8 Offroad engine is a limited edition of only 300 pcs built to the same setup as used by Top Qualifier and Champion Juan Carlos Canas and Elliott Boots who took 2nd place at the 2023 European Championship. The engine comes with their revolutionary RTX Rotating Backplate that aims to increase engine power and improve stability at idle speed thanks to a drastic reduction in friction between the connecting rod and backplate. This time Reds Racing engineers have invented something unique in RC model market, destined to be considered one of the most innovative solutions of the last 30 years. Contrary to what happens for traditional RC engines, where the connecting rod slides on the backplate producing sliding friction, in the RTX Backplate the connecting rod is in contact with a special steel plate that can rotate together with the conrod thanks to the fact that it is mounted on two special high speeds ball bearings.
New from Creation Model is this top deck for the Infinity IF14-2 FWD Electric Touring Car. Compared to the kit’s standard two-piece top deck, this one-piece top deck allows for a wider range of chassis flex setups. By adjusting the number of screws that secure the motor mount, the car can be tuned for a wide range of track conditions. Furthermore, the use of M3x5mm titanium screw pins further expands the range of set-ups.
New from British conversion kit manufacturer Willspeed is their chassis conversion for the Team Associated B74.2 4WD 1:10 Buggy. Machined from a single piece of T6 aircraft grade aluminium, the RF74.2 design replaces the original multipart chassis. A sturdy, tweak free integral platform in which will really allow you to get the suspension geometry working uninfluenced by not only removing tweak, but unpredictable chassis flex. By adding the included carbon inserts to the chassis side rails, the overall weight has been reduced while keeping the strength. The kit includes – Chassis, Carbon Side Rails, Battery Mounts and requires Team Associated B74.2 Kit to complete. It also comes supplied with our O-Ring battery mount. The conversion will only be available pre-order with Willspeed making a one off batch of chassis.
International 1:8 Offroad racer Marco Baruffolo has announced that he and chassis sponsor Tekno are to part ways with immediate effect. The Italian joined the American manufacturer in December 2021 and during the almost 2-year partnership enjoyed some strong results including winning 1:8 Nitro Buggy at the blue ribbon Silver State race in the US and making the final at the 2022 World Championship in Spain. On his Facebook page Baruffolo posted, ‘With immediately effect, Tekno and I decided to part away! I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, we achieved some great results winning the SilverState and made the final at the Worlds! Thanks to Daniel and the entire Tekno team for the opportunity and the time spent together where I learned a lot! Can’t wait to show you my new adventure.’
T-Works has released a number of carbon parts for the new Sparko S8 1:8 nitro buggy. Machine from 1.5mm carbon fibre, the range of parts include Front Upper A-arm Stiffeners, Front A-arm Stiffeners and Rear A-arm Stiffeners as well as a Wing Mount Plate and a Rear Brace Plate,.
Last year at the Japanese Grand Prix we saw Lewis Hamilton at the controls of a Tamiya Lunchbox and Esteban Ocon having some fun with a Kyosho buggy thanks to RC Legend Yuichi Kanai and now the two F1 drivers have teamed up at Suzuka this year for a bit more 1:8 Nitro Buggy fun at the event. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team shared photos and a video on social media of the pair driving the two buggies up and down the pit lane with both drivers clearly enjoying the experience before they get down to the more serious business of this weekend’s F1 Grand Prix which starts tomorrow. Clearly F1 drivers also need to be marshalled too with a photo of one of the cars upside down. It also appears that Lewis shares something in common with our own 1:8 Buggy and now 1:10 4WD World Champion Davide Ongaro in using a stick radio!!