The 2014 Swiss Offroad National Championships are complete, and once again the defending national champion proves his dominance. Team Associated’s Patrick Hofer collects his 11th straight Swiss National Championship Title, winning both 2wd and 4wd Modified buggy classes!
The 2014 Beijing International Model Car Grand Prix was held at the Fengtai Sports Center in Beijing, China recently. The course was the same as that of which hosted the 2012 FEMCA 1/8 Buggy Championship. The event provided a cash purse of nearly $5000, and international drivers gathered for a shot a taking home a cut of the cash. In the 2wd Buggy class the cash prize and overall win would go to Serpent driver Boy, who piloted his Spyder 2wd to victory!
JConcepts remains committed to 1/10 off-road racing by releasing the Smoothies. In some conditions in off-road racing, there is no denying that a slick tire is the fastest way around the track. Throughout the racing calendar year, there are several tracks where slicks in gold compound are the go-to tire. In damp weather, indoor clay surfaces become so tacky that the lower the tread or to the point of zero tread is an advantage. For years drivers have sanded, ground and hand sculpted tires in search of that elusive slick carcass for racing. Now, with JConcepts, racers have the slick option straight out of the package.
Pro-Line has released a ‘polished’ new pit towel from what we are accustom to seeing in the past, as this is no standard towel. Pro-Line now has Blue Micro Fiber Pit Towels. The Micro Fiber Towels feature a printed Pro-Line logo to show off you love for all things Pro-Line. The ultra-soft fabric of the pit towels is great for cleaning your hands, face and even electronics. This soft, absorbent microfiber towel is reusable, long lasting, lightweight and quick drying. With these Micro Fiber Towels you can clean, dust and polish just about anything!
Last weekend hosted the RC1 Cup in the Czech Republic. The event was made up of both carpet onroad and offroad racing classes. In the 2wd Modified Buggy class it would be Serpent’s Michal Blahovsky who set the pace in qualifying, taking the overall TQ and fastest lap. He went on to win the final, one lap ahead of teammate Jan Kanina in second, proving Blahovsky was the man of hour in the 2wd Buggy class.
AKA has just released their new ‘Double Play’ nut driver. The Double Play nut driver creatively lightens your toolbox by putting a 7mm and 5.5mm wrench in one! The 7mm driver fits metric wheel nuts found on most popular 1:10 buggies and short course trucks, while the 5mm driver is common for shock nuts and most nuts on metric 1:8 cars. The machined aluminum handle and sleeve provides weight reduction over standard steel tools with the added durability of a hard anodized finish.
Team Orion is excited to announce the popular Team Orion Shop is now available via social media (Facebook and Twitter). The Team Orion Shop sells the entire Orion product line worldwide, including the world famous RS engine. The Team Orion Shop offers a free combo pipe with any engine purchase, and free shipping on any order over $600!
Integy now offers a complete Billet Machined Suspension Kit for your 1/10 scale Team Associated SC10.2 Short Course truck. The kit includes alloy front and rear lower suspension arms, carbon fiber and alloy front and rear shock towers, alloy front and rear hubs, alloy front c-carriers, and front and rear adjustable turnbuckles. The kit is available in blue, gunmetal, or silver.
1/8 offroad buggy star and and French National Champion, Jerome Aigoin, has announced that he will be using Team Orion brushless power for 2015. Jerome will be using an R8 ESC, VST2Pro 690 brushless motors, Carbon Pro LiPo batteries and the Touch Duo charger to power his cars. We saw Ryan Maifield make the switch to Orion brushless power, and shortly after he made the switch to Orion nitro power as well.
Could this be a sign Jerome Aigoin will also be joining the Team Orion nitro team in the near future? Cast your vote!
Offroad R/C racing is divided into a wide variety of classes. Most recognize the modified classes as being the most the ‘premiere’ class to run, as this is where most of the industry’s top pros will be found. Although modified classes may be considered ‘premiere’, it does not always mean that is where you will find the best racing. On a weekly basis around the nation, some of the best offroad racing takes place in the highly competitive 17.5 stock classes, primarily being the 17.5 Stock 2wd Buggy class. This class seems to draw racers of all skill levels, including Billy Beginner up to local Joe Pro, and the winner comes down to pure driving skill, setup, and precision. In an effort to dominate this class racers will do anything and everything (including too often cheat) to win. Everyone works to build the ultimate stock racing vehicle, in which everyone has their own opinion of what that entails.
RCN has teamed up with good friend Steve Wang of ST Racing Concepts to build what they are calling the ‘STRC Super Stocker’.