David Ronnefalk confirms Kyosho exit

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A halloween nightmare for Kyosho as their #1 Star European driver and two-time European Champion David Ronnefalk confirms his departure from the Japanese outfit, bringing a decade-long association between driver and company, five of which were spent as factory driver.

Ronnefalk’s time with Kyosho saw him blossom rapidly from a promising protege nurtured by engine guru Adrien Bertin & his mechanic father Pierre to challenging for Championship wins, his first breakthrough coming in 2009 winning the European ‘B’ Championships in Switzerland.

The Swede’s performance curve sharpened further as he went on to take two back-to-back European Championship titles, 4th at the 2012 IFMAR Worlds – regarded by his peers as a pacesetter he suffered a disappointing end to the recent 2014 IFMAR Worlds in Sicily – a race that would prove his Kyosho swansong.

NeoBuggy.net caught up with David for an exclusive interview…

 

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Project 17.5 Racer: Associated B5M

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Words & Photos by Stephen Bess

Building A 17.5-Class Maestro

So Associated released the B5M mid-motor car approximately, er, mid year 2014 (appropriately?), and along with its rear-motor B5 brother, both have made a huge splash in the 1/10-scale 2wd electric buggy market.  I decided to build a B5M and race it in the highly competitive 17.5-turn “spec” class this summer and fall.  Having already tested the rear-motor B5 (AE B5 Rear Motor Test), I knew the B5M would offer an advantage on high traction tracks, both indoor and outdoor.  But how much of an advantage?  Here are my thoughts on the car, as it has been tested with a short but significant list of options and upgrades.

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JConcepts ‘Fins’ the TLR 22 & 22-4

JC Fin Turnbuckles

JConcepts is titanium with the introduction of the new TLR 22 and 22-4 Fin turnbuckle sets, designed specifically for style, durability and performance. The base of the shafts’ design is centered around a .143” titanium hex size which gradually tapers down into a 3.5mm thread base design which accepts the TLR HD ball-cups. The focus of the styling surrounds the lengthened adjustment hex area and the “finned” cuts that rotate about the center. The fin turnbuckles are lightweight and the original design brings out the glamour and quality that makes titanium one of the most sought after exotic materials in the world. The JConcepts turnbuckles are produced with left and right hand threads with the left being conveniently marked for easy orientation.

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New multi-driver from ZZRacing

Multi Purpose Driver

ZZRacing has just released their newest multi-purpose driver. This driver features a brand new design with an aluminum handle. Inside the handle you will find 6 different spring steel drivers including a 1.5mm hex, 2.0mm hex, 2.5mm hex, 3.0mm hex, philips screwdriver and slotted screwdriver. This all-in-one tool clears space in your toolbox, and provides a quick and easy way to switch between sizes with it’s quick release design. Available in blue or black.

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MCCD Christmas Race in Paris 2014

MCCD Christmas Race

The 14th edition of the famous ‘Christmas Race’ is getting set to be held in Paris, France on December 12-14, 2014. This exciting carpet offroad event is hosted by MCCD, and is only a short trip down the road from major tourism including the city of Paris, Disneyland, and more. The event features both 2wd and 4wd buggy classes, and is limited to 120 entries per day. For more details CLICK HERE.

TLR’s Nats winning 22 hinge pin brace

TLR Brass Block

TLR has just released the highly anticipated 35g brass hinge pin brace for the 22 mid-motor series vehicles. This option part has been spotted on team drivers vehicles for quite sometime. A variation of this brace has been available through aftermarket companies, but now the official TLR brace has arrived. The added weight over the rear end helps to provide more rear traction without compromising steering and overall handling on less than high traction surfaces.

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XRAY balances XB8 with brass nuts

Brass Nuts XB8

XRAY has just released their optional brass M15 adjusting nut for the XB8 capturing pivot balls in front steering blocks. The additional weight nuts are more than 3x heavier than standard aluminum adjusting nut, and provide a great way to tune and adjust weight balance on your buggy. Sold in sets of 2.

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Haasbroek leads JQRacing to RCX win

JQ win in South Africa

The fourth round of the RCX was held at Meyerton Raceway located about 50km south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Overnight rain affected conditions so it would be a damp start to qualifying. Qualifying saw JQ-Racing/REDS/AKA driver Miguel Haasbroek take TQ and manage to post an overall time 13 seconds faster than anyone else. Tiaan Oelofse was in 2nd and Guilherme de Sousa rounded off the top 3. In the main Tiaan took an early lead as Miguel had not managed to capitalize from the TQ spot, however, Miguel managed to catch and pass Tiaan and never looked back. Miguel took the win with Tiaan in 2nd. A great drive from fellow JQ driver Thomas Schmuck took the final podium spot, and a convincing TQ and win in the E-Buggy class.

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JC goes round with new FlexFit hat

JC Flexfit Hat

JConcepts has your apparel needs covered with the introduction of the new gray on black round bill FlexFit hat. Available in S/M (6-7/8”- 7-1/4”) and L/XL (7-1/4” – 7-5/8”) sizes, the JConcepts hat is aesthetically pleasing, sporting a large, powerful, puffy, embroidered JC front logo. Hats are premium fitted by Flexfit, made in a durable yet breathable fabric to survive even the roughest days outdoors.

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Arrowmax’s new LiPo safety bag

Arrowmax LiPo Bag

Arrowmax has just introduced their updated LiPo safety bag for charging and storing LiPo batteries packs. This stylish bag is made from fire-resistant fabric and is designed to minimize the harm to your pit table and surrounding areas in case a LiPo pack goes boom for whatever reason. Large velcro straps keep the lid and the two inner lashes closed securely. The bag is printed with the signature Arrowmax logo on the outside, with white lining on the inside.

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