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Absolutehobbyz.com reaches agreement with Novarossi Italy to import their products directly for sale to dealers and retail customers in North America, and institute a new price structure that will greatly reduce prices for North American Customers. Dealer inquiries are welcome and should contact Absolute directly by calling 201-644-6229 ext 4.
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A Main Hobbies and Novarossi America have announced an exclusive partnership which they expect to bring greater availability, support, and involvement to the American market. Earlier this year, Novarossi chose legendary engine builder, Steve O’donnell, to oversee marketing and distribution of the Novarossi engine line within North America. Steve has now elected to align with A Main Hobbies in an effort to improve customer experience, fulfillment, support and race programs. Steve will continue to work closely with Novarossi designers at their Italian headquarters. Steve will also deliver invaluable customer support for current and prospective owners of the renowned Novarossi engines. A Main Hobbies will provide warehousing, logistics, front line customer support and will work with racers and tracks to promote the Novarossi brand. This is one of many moves A Main Hobbies will make in the next year to better align with their race heritage.
Absolute Hobbyz has announced a major price reduction on Novarossi engines and parts. The price reductions saves you as much as 30% off engines and parts!
Round 6 of the JBRL Nitro Series was held at RC Track Las Vegas, home of the 2016 IFMAR 1/8 World Championship. The event gathered many of the nation’s fastest drivers, as well as international talent. When the dust settled it was Team Associated’s Kyle McBride who took the win in both Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy classes. Local hotshoe Kyle Johnson would finish second in buggy, with reigning World Champion Ty Tessmann in third.
Truggy would see Kyosho’s Cody King following McBride across the line in second, with Mugen’s Adam Drake finishing third.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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”
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
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.
Robert Batlle’s Novarossi career: (2012 World Champion, 2011 European Champion, 5x Spanish Champion)