Novarossi News

In Loving Memory of Cesar Rossi

Cesar Rossi

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The R/C racing industry has become what it is today because of the industry legends, innovators, and icons involved in it. Today we are sad to announce the industry has lost one of those great men, as the founder of Novarossi, Cesar Rossi, has passed away. Cesar was not only a micro engine specialist, but also an R/C airplane world champion, a watch maker, amateur photographer, and a father. Cesar Rossi will be missed by all, but his legacy will live on for many years to come.


Novarossi dominate South American Champs


Last weekend took place the South American off-road Championship in Argentina at Speed Paradise track with an exciting new layout. It was a great racing weekend with many entries from differents countries and special participation of Kris Moore from Mugen USA! The TQ honours were in buggy class for Agustin Cutini with his Mugen powered Novarossi and in truggy class the TQ was for Adrian Castro also with Mugen/Novarossi. The Finals were run on Sunday. Novarossi dominated the main finals with 8 engines in truggy and 10 engines in buggy. After exciting races the podiums was:

1. Adrian Castro (Mugen/Novarossi)
2. Agustin Cutini (Mugen/Novarossi)
3. Marco Amaral (TLR)

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Jerome Sartel now a TOP man


CML Distribution, CML France and Novarossi are pleased to announce that former French Champion and European Finalist Jérôme Sartel has chosen to use TOP Elite engines as his power for the 2015 1/8th Nitro Off Road Season.

Being free to select any engine for his Losi 8ight chassis, Jerome was in an enviable position to test and research a number of motors before committing to a final manufacturer. After extensive testing Jerome felt that TOP Elite engines were the perfect partner, and the ideal power package to allow him get the best performance from his 8ight chassis platform. Look out for Jérôme’s TOP Elite powered buggies and truggies throughout 2015 at events in France and Europe!

Big Apple Novarossi Nitro Challenge

Big Apple Nitro Challenge

MRRC Raceway is getting set to host the 2015 Big Apple Novarossi Nitro Challenge on July 24-26, 2015. The Dirt crew will once again make their way to the big city to build the ultimate track for this year’s event, and reigning Big Apple Challenge champ Adam Drake is scheduled to return to defend his crown. Classes include nitro and electric 1/8 buggy and truck, as well as Pro-4 4wd short course.


Racing Experience switch to Picco


The winds of change continue to sweep through our little industry as nitro engine stalwart Bernard Durand ends his long association with Novarossi and joins forces with Picco!

Since establishing in 2008, Racing Experience has been at the forefront of the nitro engine market, working with some of the leading manufacturers and distributors in multiple territories. This work continues as we are delighted to announce the future of our engine business – partnering with the legendary Picco Micromotori srl.

The family-run Picco company traces it’s roots back to 1979, producing competition nitro engines that have remained with high performance, fun and victories.

In partnership, Racing Experience & Picco join forces to develop the brand in Western Europe, with Racing Experience taking care of technical support, customer care in France, UK, Spain, Portugal & Belgium with added sales & track support in the UK from Kyosho UK.

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Bernard Durand of Racing Experience said, “This marks a very exciting new chapter for our business and partnering with Picco I am confident of the times and challenges ahead in re-establishing the Picco name at the top of the market”

Robert Batlle leaves Novarossi


2012 IFMAR World Champion Robert Batlle announces his departure from Novarossi after 5 years together.

The news will come as sharp shock to many racers and enthusiasts far and wide however in closer circles the writing was on the wall for some time as Novarossi cut their team budget and business model – resulting in driver after driving departing (Zanchettin, Jerome Aigoin, Ongaro, Mike Truhe from Top, Ryan Maifield).

Battle’s departure as arguably Novarossi’s #1 driver question’s the Italian nitro engine powerhouse’s future racing credentials, a few weeks ago Novarossi published a statement from Graziosa Barchi hinting winds of change had arrived- “Will soon publish the complete list of all the Novarossi drivers. Young, faithful and loyal drivers, Novarossi will bring you up to the top world ranking.”

“I would like to thank Novarossi for the 5 years we have been together race by race. We have won a World Championship, a European Championship and many many other very satisfying results. Now its time for a new direction and change – I thank them for everything we achieved together and wish them luck in the future” – Robert Batlle

Links: Batlle’s Novarossi debut | Robert wins his Worlds | 2012 World Champion

Robert Batlle will attend this weekend’s Montpellier GP in France and is widely expected to be using Ultimate Racing engines for the time being given his close relationship with the Spanish company. Whether Batlle will continue in the long term future with Ultimate badged engine power remains to be seen.


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Robert Batlle’s Novarossi career: (2012 World Champion, 2011 European Champion, 5x Spanish Champion)

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New Novarossi ‘Mito’ 2015 engines


Just in time for the toy fair in Nuremberg, Novarossi have announced new 2015 engine releases under the ‘Nova’ line, the two .21 Offroad engines are based on the VIR-TUS design principle with offset carburettor technology first since in 2014.

The shifted carburetor grants a better mixture flow inside through the crankcase’s intake. This gives the engine an improved fuel efficiency and a better power curve.

The ‘Mito’ is available in two extra long stroke versions – the Mito 4 (port) & Mito 7 (port), both also available with ceramic front and rear bearings, both feature the latest bearings which “reduces the inertia of the rotating masses and increases the engine’s scavenging. These novelties give an increased throttle response and a higher top speed.”

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The question very few (if anyone) knows the answer to: What are Adam Drake’s plans ?

After what appears to have been a rather abrupt, unplanned and hasty end to a 20-year career with Horzion/Losi/TLR brought about at the same time as Kevin Gahan was promoted to Horizon’s surface team manager, Adam Drake posted a magnanimous message on Facebook on Friday hinting his future is still undecided:

As of today I’m no longer an employee of Horizon Hobby. Although this was unexpected, I am grateful for my 20 years with TLR and excited about exploring my next career steps in an industry that will continue as a huge part of my life. I look forward to the discussing my opportunities with interested companies. []” – Adam Drake


The Adam Drake/TLR era has served both well, a squeaky clean highly presentable and wily racer, brand ambassador for sponsors, despite a racing career that may well have peaked, ‘The Drake’ is still considered a A-main ‘dead cert’ at any event he’s attending – his signature still highly valued in many circles.

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Ryan Maifield’s massive switch from Associated to TLR must be considered given Drake’s sudden exit, we believe Adam played an important role in coaxing the newly crowned Reedy Race Champion from arch-rivals Team Associated but did it simply come down to a financially-motivated exit ?

Horizon’s racing budget not able to support Drake as well as the present (Ryan Maifield, Dustin Evans) & the future (Dakotah Phend) ? Regardless of that the Maifield/TLR era appears to have given the fan-favourite driver a new lease of life as well as injecting some much needed ‘cool factor’ to TLR’s very ‘corporate’ racing image.

The Novarossi connection ?

Huge changes are expected to sweep through Novarossi, a massive clear out of drivers is expected with the biggest names switching as Novarossi restructure their racing budget as well as business – behind the scenes we’ve already seen a brand new North American distributor announced  which came as a shock to many. Steve O’Donnell (formerly with Horizon Hobby for a while) heading up the new ‘Novarossi America‘ / Star Distribution agreement.

Some believe that Drake’s planned appearance for Novarossi at the Nuremberg toy fair this week positions him as ‘Novarossi’s man in the USA’, however his own statement a day later (above) leaves questions unanswered.

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Close friend, pitman and former TLR racer Casey Peck has made a very public switch to drive for/with US outfit Tekno RC – a potential destination maybe, although having recently signed Ryan ‘multi class’ Lutz, budgets might be tight & given that Adam worked fulltime for Horizon Hobby he is in the market for not only a drive, but also a job.

#DrakeGate – have your say, what do you think Adam’s plans are ? Comment!

Davide Ongaro leaves Novarossi


Our Italian counterparts at RCRevolution report that one of their hottest young stars Davide ‘The Kid’ Ongaro has left Novarossi having joined them as a factory driver from RB back in late 2013 having hit the headlines originally at the Euro-B Championships that year.

The news appears to reinforce gossip of a raft of Novarossi departures on the horizon, after TLR driver Alex Zanchettin was spotted running RB power at the Italian Job Race a couple of weeks ago.

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Novarossi teams up with O’Donnell


In a surprise announcement, Novarossi has announced they are teaming up with 30+ year engine and R/C guru Steve O’Donnell. Most famous for his championship winning fuel in the early 2000′s, O’Donnell has played a part in everything from fuel and engines, to designing a full car of his own (ran by Jared Tebo at the 2008 IFMAR 1/8 World Championships). Read more…