Associated B5 Track Feature

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Feature: Associated B5 on Track
By Stephen Bess

After giving Associated’s new B5 a thorough shakedown at SDRC earlier this winter, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of our test B5 rear motor kit for full testing. 

Rather than bore you with a generic “review” which would insult your intelligence, or show you photos of suspension components you’ve undoubtedly seen a thousand times already, I’ve kept this article as a focus on the car’s handling traits.

I’ve raced the B5 buggy weekly for the last several months, often twice per week, here in Southern California with some of the fastest club racers around.  I’ve won a few, I’ve lost plenty, but through it all the B5 has performed like a champ.  Here are some thoughts about the car and my experience with it thus far.

 

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Elliott Boots joins Byron Fuels

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Top UK driver and professional at whipping his car Elliott Boots debuted at the Easter weekend’s Neo14 event the fuel he will be running for the 2014 season – Byron. The news comes just over a year after his signing with VP Powermaster, Elliott is no stranger to Byron fuel having used it during his days running for CML/Associated.

The 21-year old Brit, best known and loved for his unique ‘nothing left on the table’ style of driving finished a solid 5th at Neo14, playing his part to ensure a dominating result for Kyosho with 4 cars in the top as well as for engine sponsors REDS taking 2nd with Cody King and 5th with Elliott.

See Elliott-Boots.com | Boots’ latest ‘Under the Hood’ @ Neo14

New SRX2 Rear Anti-Roll Bar Kits

New SRX2 Rear Anti-Roll Bar Kits

Serpent have announced the release of their new rear anti-roll bar kits for the SRX-2. Manufactured from high quality spring steel and laser engraved for easy identification one set is available for the Spyder SRX-2 MM with another one produced for the SRX-2 RM. Each set includes the required hardware as well as three key wire types. However that being said each wire type has also been made available separately.

Kyosho announce Scorpion re-release

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Kyosho are feeling a tad on the nostalgic side as they take a leaf out of Team Associated’s book of recent classic kit re-releases, targeting that particular bit of the market that perhaps played with the cars when they were younger and now have a bit of spare change to buy their favourite childhood toy to rekindle memories of yesteryear.

Kyosho’s Scorpion is known for being the first truly scale looking R/C buggy that could deliver race worthy on track performance. Even 30 years after its 1982 release, the Scorpion has left a lasting mark with enthusiasts around the world, being one of the most highly sought after cars by vintage collectors.

Combining the unmistakable look of the original with modern features and upgrades, the Scorpion 2014 delivers strength, performance and durability that cannot be matched by the original model.

The Scorpion is already available for pre-order, click the link below!

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Under the Hood: Adam Drake

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Adam Drake (35) – Neo14

Chassis: TLR 8ight 3.0
Engine: Novarossi Keep Off 4
Fuel: Nitrotane 25%
Tyres: Pro-Line M4 Suburbs
Radio & Servos: Spektrum DX4R, Hitec 9370, 9380
Notes: Adam Drake took a dominant win in the 35+ final and finished 9th overall in nitro buggy.

Neo14 Under the Hoods: Reno Savoya, Mike Truhe, Lee Martin, Elliott Boots, Ty Tessmann

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Oliver Fischer takes Danish Nat Rd2

Oliver Fischer takes Danish Nat Rd2

Oliver Fischer has dominated the second round of the Danish Nationals which took place recently at the SOS track. The Kyosho Deutchland driver took the TQ and win in both the nitro buggy and truggy class finishing ahead of Pelle Culmsee and Peter Harder who crossed the line in second and third respectively in the buggy. 

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AKA release Typo & Catapult tyres

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AKA have been in touch announcing that they have two new tyre tread patterns available on ther market – first up is the ‘Typo’ – Originating in 1/10th scale, the Typo quickly became the go-to indoor tire. The Typo is a very low tread pattern that has been optimized for hard-packed indoor tracks and low dust, grooved outdoor tracks. They are available in AKA’s race proven Clay, Super Soft and Soft Compounds.

Second is the 1/8th Catapult; engineered to offer a balance of long life and traction on dusty abrasive tracks. The larger lugs keep wear at bay while the “C” shaped treads dig through the dust to find grip.

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The Catapult found its way to the top of the podium on its first race out with AKA driver, David Ronnefalk, running away with the championship at the 2014 Dirt Nitro Challenge in E-Buggy. They are available in AKA’s race proven Super Soft, Soft, and Medium compounds.

Available Now
Typo – (Clay, Soft, & Super Soft)
Catapult – (Super Soft & Soft), 4/30 (Medium)

Euro Champ B – Warm Up

European Champ B in Spain - Warm Up

The warm up for the European B Championships will be held at the CARTT track (Madrid) across the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of May. The two day event is open to all drivers with an entry fee of 35€ in place. The deadline for registration and payment is the 31st of April with additional details available here.

Neo14 TQ Reno Savoya’s report

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As the first ever non-US Top Qualifier of The Neo Race in it’s 9-year history, Frenchman Reno Savoya made history this past Easter weekend, whilst his Championship challenge may have faltered ending with an overheating throttle servo he reports from Neo14:

“Well known as the Indoor World Championship, The Neo Race attracts every year all the best drivers on the planet.”

Fresh from winning the last race in France, I was really confident getting ready for Neo. I started with the same setup except a few details on sway bars, camber and diffs, and the car was amazing since P1!

I then changed a few details and work on the tires to get the best out of my package! It was an amazing team effort as we all worked together, Miguel Mathias, Martin Bayer and Lorenzo Crolla all securing the semi spots! I had 2 perfect rounds in Q1 and Q2 giving me the opportunity to be on a provisional TQ before Q5. I tested a harder compound on Q5 and it didn’t work but I still hang on to the TQ overall! An amazing result! First non-american driver to TQ Neo!

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In the mains, the temperature was higher, so between the semi and the main I had to rise the shocks oil to 800-600 and diffs to 7-7-3. In final, my car felt way better than in the semi and I could really feel it and fight for the top spots. I was 3rd 7 minutes before the end and my throttle servo died because of overheating. Too bad as the podium was already quite secured! Too bad but it was a really good practice for World championships in September, and I feel a little bit more ready every race I attend!!

Next stop: French Nats next week end! Reno Savoya’s XB8 Setup | Under the Hood: Reno Savoya | TQ Video interview

Under the Hood: Ty Tessmann

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Ty Tessmann (21) – Neo14

Chassis: HB D812
Engine: OS
Fuel: Nitrotane
Tyres: Pro-Line Square Fuzzie
Radio & Servos: N/A, Savox SB-2274 steering
Notes: TQ’d Q4, Q5, won Dash4Ca$h, 2014 Neo Race Champion

Neo14 Under the Hoods: Reno Savoya, Mike Truhe, Lee Martin, Elliott Boots
 
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