The final round of the Spanish 1/8 Offroad Nationals took place this past weekend. Despite the abscence of Robert Batlle, the racing was still hot as Spain’s went to war one final time for 2014. It would be Oscar Baldo who would take TQ in qualifying, and started first on the grid in the A-Final. As the final got under way, Baldo would drop back, allowing an exciting race for the lead unfold between Borja Hernandez and Andres Marcelino. In the end, Hernandez would capture the win with Marcelino and Oscar Navarro second and third.
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!
The Malaysia National League wrapped up this past weekend at 3 Stone Park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A total of 72 racers attended Round 5 of the series, including entries from Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Indonesia. In the highly competitive Pro Class, it would be XRAY’s Jason Nugroho who would take home the victory after taking the lead at the 10-minute mark in the Final. Nugroho was followed across the line by Wenyi and Adrian Wicaksono. The Round 5 win also clinched the overall championship title for Nugroho and his XB8.
This past weekend hosted the 2014 Octoberfest race at Central Valley Raceway in Madera, California. The race was attended by several heavy hitters including Austin Blair, Tyler Vik, Mike Truhe, Philip Atondo, and others. When the racing was all said and done, it would be a clean sweep of the buggy and truggy classes by Serpent’s Mike Truhe. Truhe piloted his way to TQ in both classes, and carried on to win both mains with impressive performances.
JQRacing loves racing, but understands that racing does not always come cheap. They have formulated a plan to change that. JQRacing has decided to keep THE Yellow Edition buggy in their product line. This decision is aimed to lend a helping hand to club racers looking to save a buck, while still being competitive. JQRacing is now offering 299 kits of THECar Yellow Edition at $299.
Revolution Design Racing Products (RDRP) have announced today that German 1/8 offroad star, Carsten Keller, has officially joined the RDRP race team. The 2013 German 1/8 E-Buggy Champion and 2014 EFRA Euros top 5 finisher will use the full line of RDRP tools, wrenches and accessories to keep his Kyosho rides in top condition.
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!
Whilst at the World Championships in Sicily last month, we reported a couple of times on TLR supposedly testing a mythical ‘wider chassis’ – it became clear however that neither Adam Drake, Ryan Maifield or Dakotah Phend ran the chassis during the actual event, perhaps only Adam Drake testing it early on we understand quite a few TLR team drivers tested the wider prototype chassis during the early practice days.
However, whilst filming down by the TLR pits we came across an interesting looking chassis on TLR team driver Casey Peck’s pit table – the Arizona-native and good friend of many opting to run this development part, whether it makes it into production or even as an option we don’t know however Casey’s response when asked toed the company line;
“TLR is always working on new stuff to test but no plans for anything new that I’m aware of.”
Our eagle eyed reporter however snapped a few photos and the engine has been moved slightly outwards, a bit more conventional and also a large departure from the original 8ight buggy platform design; the first car which featured everything very centralised and narrow and offset rear center drive shaft which is typically straight on normal 8ights but now at an angle.
Update: An insider has told us that the prototype chassis doesn’t offer any huge benefits on smooth surfaces, with the main aim behind it being reducing front dogbone wear and making the car ‘slightly easier to drive’ since the wider chassis reduces chassis roll, thus more suited to rough conditions.
Did you miss the NEO’14 event in real life? Your in luck! The VRC-PRO Simulator game continues to grow and improve as more advances in the games technology and features have been released!
The game now reaches nearly 100,000 players, and continues to grow around the globe. The developers at Virtual Racing Industries have recently enhanced the game with a list of new features including the ability to practice with other cars, a new in-game chat feature, new menu help dialog, new nitro buggy setup support, new tires, and new tracks for both onroad and offroad racers alike!
Our favorite of the new tracks is the NEO’14 of course.