AKA’s new products & How to video

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Mark Pavidis of AKA have produced a couple of videos, the first highlighting a series of new products we showed you last week – including a new wheel balancer, hole puncher and cleaner. Mark introduces the products in the first video and helpfully shows us how to use their new versatile 1/10 & 1/8 wheel balancer in the second video.

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The 2 in 1 handheld wheel balancer has been meticulously engineered to balance most 12mm hex and 17mm hex wheels, including 1:10 buggy, short course, 1:8 buggy and truggy (not ccompatiblewith stadium truck). The sleek, lightweight design fits in any toolbox without taking up much room. Package includes one balancer and one block of balancing clay.

RDRP introduces alu B5 Wing Mount

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Revolution Design Racing Products introduce the B5 Wing Mount Aluminium Set for Team Associated’s rear motor 2WD buggy. Designed to replace the standard plastic mount with a more durable solution the parts are machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and they are coming blue anodized for improved looks. The wing mount is not only a lot more durable than the kit parts but also makes for a more solid base especially for larger or heavier wings, which leads to improved aerodynamic efficiency.

As usual with RDRP’s latest line of Team Associated options, the parts sport a cool blue colour and laser-etched logos for that factory look.

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Source: RDRP

Miguel Matias re-signs with XRAY

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XRAY is happy to announce that European Champion and multi-time Portuguese National Champion, Miguel Matias, will continue to be part of the factory team in 2015 season. Miguel is a professional offroad car racer with many years of experiences and a stunning list of achievements and victories. Miguel will continue to work closely with the R&D team on the further development of the XRAY electric & nitro off-road car platforms including XB8, XB4, XB8E & XT9.

Miguel says, “Being part of the XRAY factory team has been a great experience and I am very happy for the support and backup I get. The speed of development is incredibly fast and very professional which is a great inspiration to me to improve as well. I will continue to race both nitro and electric off-road platforms. This year I will travel more and will participate also at the entire EOS series as well all the European Championships on schedule. I cannot wait for the next races, see you soon.”

Source: XRAY

Ryan Maifield wins 2015 Reedy Race

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After an intense weekend of racing at OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, California, the 2015 Reedy Race of Champions is complete! The prestigious Invitational Class came down to the final round of 4wd buggy to clearly crown a champion. Clinching a final round victory, Team Losi Racing’s Ryan Maifield sealed the deal to win his first Reedy International Race of Champions! This came as a momentous occasion for Ryan, as he narrowly missed out with 2nd place finishes in both 2013 and 2014. Team Kyosho’s Jared Tebo would finish 2nd overall behind Maifield, with Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri taking home third.

Patrick Hofer inks deal with RDRP

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Swiss frontrunner, multi-time Swiss champion, and Team Associated factory driver Patrick Hofer has signed a contract with Revolution Design Racing Products to run the brand’s Ultra line of tools and the new RDRP Team Associated B5 series option parts in his 2015 race campaign. RDRP says, “Patrick is one of the, if not the fastest 1/10 electric offroad racer in Switzerland, and he will be a nice asset to RDRP’s team of talented racers.”

Source: RDRP

Tony Truman wins HNMC Winter Rd.8

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Round 8 of the HNMC Winter Series took place this past weekend in the UK. Wet, cold, and frozen weather conditions made for a bone-chilling race day. 60 racers braved the weather to do battle. Jack Embling would take TQ in the Nitro Buggy division, but it was Tony Truman who would make his way to the top step of the podium in the final. Simon Reeves swept the E-Buggy class with a TQ and impressive A-Final win.

CLICK HERE for full event results.

Yaniv Sivan wins Israeli League Rd.4

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This past weekend hosted Round 4 of the Israeli League at the new Ein Vered Racing facility near Natanya, Israel. The new track provided racers a very fast layout, and combined with some warm and sunny weather, it was an excellent weekend of racing. After 5 rounds of qualifying, Yaniv Sivan took the overall TQ spot heading into the 40-minute final. Sivan carried on to the win in the final, with Omer Assayag finishing second, and Itay Eskenazi third. CLICK HERE for aerial footage of the race!

XRAY XB4 offset alu wheel hubs

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XRAY has released their new XB4 CNC-machined, premium aircraft aluminum 12mm wheel hubs. These offset wheel hubs offer precision tuning options for narrower/wider track-width. Strategically machined for optimum strength, balance, and lightness. Marked for easy identification, and secured on drive axle by setscrew. Sold in sets of 2.

Source: XRAY

VP-Pro ignites 5000mAh glow ignitor

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VP-Pro has just released their new ‘high output’ glow ignitor. This new ignitor features a 5000mAh 1.2V battery, designed for long-lasting power and reliability. The ignitor includes an overnight wall charger, and is made up of high quality stainless steel and anodized aluminum construction. Available now.

Source: VP-Pro

#DrakeGate

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The question very few (if anyone) knows the answer to: What are Adam Drake’s plans ?

After what appears to have been a rather abrupt, unplanned and hasty end to a 20-year career with Horzion/Losi/TLR brought about at the same time as Kevin Gahan was promoted to Horizon’s surface team manager, Adam Drake posted a magnanimous message on Facebook on Friday hinting his future is still undecided:

As of today I’m no longer an employee of Horizon Hobby. Although this was unexpected, I am grateful for my 20 years with TLR and excited about exploring my next career steps in an industry that will continue as a huge part of my life. I look forward to the discussing my opportunities with interested companies. [adamdrake117@gmail.com]” – Adam Drake

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The Adam Drake/TLR era has served both well, a squeaky clean highly presentable and wily racer, brand ambassador for sponsors, despite a racing career that may well have peaked, ‘The Drake’ is still considered a A-main ‘dead cert’ at any event he’s attending – his signature still highly valued in many circles.

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Ryan Maifield’s massive switch from Associated to TLR must be considered given Drake’s sudden exit, we believe Adam played an important role in coaxing the newly crowned Reedy Race Champion from arch-rivals Team Associated but did it simply come down to a financially-motivated exit ?

Horizon’s racing budget not able to support Drake as well as the present (Ryan Maifield, Dustin Evans) & the future (Dakotah Phend) ? Regardless of that the Maifield/TLR era appears to have given the fan-favourite driver a new lease of life as well as injecting some much needed ‘cool factor’ to TLR’s very ‘corporate’ racing image.

The Novarossi connection ?

Huge changes are expected to sweep through Novarossi, a massive clear out of drivers is expected with the biggest names switching as Novarossi restructure their racing budget as well as business – behind the scenes we’ve already seen a brand new North American distributor announced  which came as a shock to many. Steve O’Donnell (formerly with Horizon Hobby for a while) heading up the new ‘Novarossi America‘ / Star Distribution agreement.

Some believe that Drake’s planned appearance for Novarossi at the Nuremberg toy fair this week positions him as ‘Novarossi’s man in the USA’, however his own statement a day later (above) leaves questions unanswered.

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Close friend, pitman and former TLR racer Casey Peck has made a very public switch to drive for/with US outfit Tekno RC – a potential destination maybe, although having recently signed Ryan ‘multi class’ Lutz, budgets might be tight & given that Adam worked fulltime for Horizon Hobby he is in the market for not only a drive, but also a job.

#DrakeGate – have your say, what do you think Adam’s plans are ? Comment!