about 9 hours ago by Phil
An interesting thread appeared yesterday on RC Tech suggesting Team Associated were down at Revelation Raceway in SoCal testing a (new) car they’d prefer to keep away from prying eyes, cast your minds back to the ROAR nats when we stumbled upon a hush hush test the day after the event whereby another plain white-bodied buggy was also seen on track, although not for very long. We also hear that AE’s ‘man in Europe‘ Yannick Aigoin might have tested a new car a month ago at the track in Reims, host of the Euros a few months earlier.
According to the thread author, “I was at Revelation Raceway today, and a few guys from Associated were there testing a new design. I was told that one of the designers from HB is at Associated now, and the car is a completely new design. One of the guys at Rev walked up to their pit table and started talking to them, he said “Don’t worry, I’m not going to look at the car.”
“There were 2 cars there, one was DIALED…”
“They left as soon as Adam Drake showed up.”
Source: Mattjk on RC Tech
about 19 hours ago by KevinR
Jared Tebo and Sidewinder are no more! After 11 short months working together, and getting some good results in 2013, they have decided to part ways. The relationship ended on good terms and is effective as of December 1. Jared Tebo had the following to say…
“I would personally like to thank all of Team Sidewinder for their support in 2013. We had some great results together and it was great working with all of you. We are ending our business relations on good terms, with no hard feelings. Change is needed sometimes, and deals just don’t always work out for certain reasons. The fuel ran great and I wish you all well in the future. Thanks again”
about 7 hours ago by KevinR
Exeter Hobbies held a Toys for Tots race Thanksgiving weekend, Dec 2nd, to raise donations for the Marine Corp Reserve toy drive. Tekin/TLR, team drivers Ryan Dunford and Doug “Casper” Nielsen made the drive up to the Central Valley from Southern California to help support this great cause and to mix it up with the locals. The race generated 80+ entries and tons of toys. Ryan and Casper both entered Pro stock buggy and Expert 4wd Short Course for the event.
about 11 hours ago by KevinR
The Centro C4.2 conversion kit has been an instant hit with racers wanting to convert the race winning B4.2 into a mid-motor buggy. JConcepts has immediately jumped on-board with options and accessories for this highly competitive vehicle. The R&D team at JConcepts quickly identified 3 key areas where the C4.2 could be improved upon. In stock trim the C4.2 includes a molded rear bulkhead which is highly flexible and a target to damage in severe crashes. The JConcepts suspension kit includes an all CNC machined aluminum version which has been trimmed, narrowing the stance allowing more room for narrow rear pivot camber link adjustments. The bulkhead is available in blue or black color and has silver chamfered edges around the border and inner cut-outs. The tucked design, trimmed shape and pocketing give the racer an extremely durable yet light-weight piece.
Buy JConcepts @ A Main
about 16 hours ago by KevinR
In what was the final Arizona State Championship at the Scottsdale location of Hobbytown/SRS, Team Associated/Reedy driver Ryan Maifield once again stamped his legacy on the event by claiming the top two titles in the state. With 28 years of heritage, the “States” have always been a staple of racing in Arizona and Ryan has been a part of the event since he was six years old, some 21 years ago. With a unique one-day event for each electric and gas, Maifield took the TQ and win of 2WD Modified Buggy on Saturday using his Reedy Sonic Mach2-powered B4.2 Factory Team and Centro conversion. Facing ever-changing track conditions, Maifield adapted his setup and driving to win A1 and A2 convincingly ahead of Billy Fischer and Associated/Reedy teammate Tommy Hinz.
about 17 hours ago by KevinR
Modelix Racing team driver, Javi Pombo has won the last round of the Madrid regional championship and with it the 2013 Madrid regional title! Congratulations!
about 21 hours ago by KevinR
The first edition of the Costarrican National Championship took place this past weekend in Heredia, Costa Rica. A total of 31 drivers from around the country gathered at the La Suiza track to race an unprecedented event in Costa Rica’s RC racing. At 7am the doors opened with practice running until noon, there was some uncertainty as the weather was not very favourable however at around 10am the weather improved and drivers could practice. Soon the fastest laps were being established and with the 4 qualifying rounds taking place later in the day the mains were formed with almost no surprises.
about 41 hours ago by Phil
After recent speculation, 2WD Worlds runner up Lee Martin confirmed what many were expecting – his departure from the Tamiya TRF team, the Japanese modelling giant”reducing operations in the offroad market“, and thus “not continuing my contract” – a diplomatic way of saying the rug might have been pulled from under Lee, the tone of his personal statement is of obvious disappointment, reinforced by the impressive honours he managed whilst racing for Tamiya TRF.
Some sources suggest Yokomo might be a likely destination, teaming up with the likes of Naoto Matsukura and Mugen Seiki team mate Robert Batlle who races for the Japanese manufacturer, a deal with them might also pay dividends in 2015 when Yatabe Arena in Japan hosts the 1/10th Worlds.
Lee Martin’s statement:
So the end has come. Tamiya TRF have chosen to reduce operations in the off road market for the foreseeable future, therefore they are not continuing my contract. I would like to thank TRF for their support over a successful past 4 years, bringing such results as:
2nd in the Worlds Championship , 4 x European champion, 4 x National champion, 4 x IFMAR world finals, 19 individual national wins, EOS round winner, And many more!
With this decision, the future now lies somewhere new in 1/10th off road! A challenge I am looking forward to taking, but nothing is yet decided.For sure it’s going to feel strange for a little while.
Thanks for your support. Lee
about 47 hours ago by Phil
About 10 days or so ago… well ok, late November time, just before Xmas fever got turned up a notch or 3 Team Orion announced their Nitrostar programme to immediate intrigue and suspense amongst the online RC racing fraternity. Not content with preparing for the winter skiing season Swiss brand Team Orion are gearing up for a serious ‘go’ at this Nitrostar contest, the aim to try and unearth their new ‘star’ or even a future World Champion.
In today’s rather Star Wars-esque themed release, Orion’s nitro guru Adrien Bertin looms alongside his signature engine line like a moody Darth Vader, although we’d say Adrien might need to work on his ‘Vader voice’ in time for next season! So what to glean from this ? Well your guess is as good as ours, new distribution, engine line? Perhaps a byline into the movie biz with George Lucas ?! We’re thinking that the Orion team drivers could play the various parts…? We’re losing ourselves a bit on this one!
Either way, you’ll probably hear it first if you sign up for ‘Jedi training’ @ www.teamorion-nitrostar.com
about 48 hours ago by KevinR
Elliott Boots has published his end of year report which can be found in full over at his website. “With the TQ at the worlds in Argentina in late 2012, this gave me a massive boost for the 2013 race season which started with Montpellier in early Febuary, This was an excellent meeting with a very good driver turn out and with the extremely cold condition’s setup and tyre choice were key, I went on to TQ and win this event and was an excellent start to my 2013 campaign. Two weeks later I headed out with new friend Jim Boulton from Risa-Racing back in the UK, to the DIRT nitro challenge in Phoenix Arizona.