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Team Associated has endured a rough ‘ol ride this year in 1/8 arena, an aborted 1/8 buggy platform and designer Josh Alton departing, not to mention the headline-grabbing departure of Ryan Maifield to arch-rivals TLR. Finally a chance for some good PR ahead of the World Championships which kicks off in less than a month when all eyes will be on Ryan Cavalieri, Yannick Aigoin & Neil Cragg.

Over the weekend at Chula Vista raceway near the Mexican border the Associated team made up of Kody Numedahl (now in charge of the project), Richard Saxton, Brent Thielke and Ryan Cavalieri conducted a public test and low key race appearance. Cavalieri would end up finishing 2nd to Drew Moller (the kid continues to impress…), after a very late engine problem with only 40secs to go on the clock.

The biggest change from the previous RC8 prototype we’ve seen is the choice to go down the pivot ball front end route made famous by Mugen Seiki, with only 1 car present, and no chance to go ‘under the hood’ we could only shoot from afar. The chassis looks wider than the previous prototype but narrower than the previous RC8 platform, with a ‘Mugen style’ rear end in our opinion.

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