Novarossi News

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…

The Drake doubles up at Toys 4 Tots

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This past weekend Revelation Raceway hosted the annual Toys For Tots event. The event gathered 115 entries, including some of the fastest drivers on the west coast. In attendance was Adam Drake, Cody King Mike Truhe, Barry Pettit, Shaun Kirkman, Tyler Brown and Colin Herzig just to name a few. It was a great day of racing, for a great cause. TLR/Novarossi/Pro-Line driver, Adam Drake set the pace and was the overall TQ in nitro buggy and truck. Drake led both finals from start to finish to sweep the event. The top three in buggy finished up Adam Drake, Cody King, and Mike Truhe. Truck saw the podium with Adam Drake, Tyler Brown, and Barry Pettit.

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Drake sweeps JBRL at Revelation

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Round 6 of the JBRL Nitro Series was held at Revelation Raceway in Ontario, California. Once again the series attracted a large amount of talented drivers with a total of more than 120 entries. The event saw and great battle in qualifying between TLR’s Adam Drake and Kyosho’s Cody King for the top spot in Expert Nitro Buggy. King took the TQ honors by .005 over Drake. Adam Drake went on to win in the Expert Nitro Buggy class followed by Cody King, and Cody Smith (TLR).

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Orion announce Maifield nitro deal


8 months since the news of Maifield opting for Novarossi power in 2014, comes the sudden announcement from Team Orion that the TLR star will also be running their nitro line as of 2015, having signed for the electric side back in June.

Orion’s timing of the news is no coincidence, the news coming just a couple of days after Maifield lined up on pole for the IFMAR Worlds final, many tipping him for victory in a tense showdown with nationals rival Tessmann, it wasn’t to be however. The news comes as a slight surprise given Adam Drake’s influence in the TLR team and masterful knowledge when it comes to engine tuning and mileage, Maifield joins the likes of Phend, former team mate Cavalieri & Tebo running the CRF nitro powerplants.

 Adrien Bertin said, “Drivers of the caliber of Ryan Maifield have their choice of engines to run. It is with great satisfaction that we welcome Ryan in our team and admire his decision to run with Team Orion CRF engines. It is another confirmation of our successful product and team strategy.”

Is a reshuffle on the way for Team Orion with Maifield going 100% with the Swiss company ? Watch this space.

Novarossi 1/8 ‘Buggy Clutch’


Novarossi have introduced a brand new four-shoe 1/8 buggy clutch, the Italian reigning World Champion engine manufacturer designed the clutch to ensure the most efficient transmission of power, improved traction as well as lower wear leading to increases in parts lifetimes and reducing fuel consumption.

The clutch is completely tunable thanks to different springs and shoes combinations, aluminium and CFM (Controlled Friction Material). The springs are available in three different hardness

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Reno takes a bite out of the Big Apple

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Last weekend hosted the Big Apple Novarossi Nitro Challenge in New York. Among many of the nation’s greats, XRAY’s Reno Savoya traveled to America to partake in the festivities. Despite missing the win in the Nitro Buggy class, the trip was still a success for the Frenchman as he came away the winner of the competitive E-Buggy class ahead of Gunnar Rieck and Anthony Mazzara.

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Drake takes NYC Novarossi Challenge

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The 2014 Novarossi Nitro Challenge took place at MRRC Raceway this past weekend in New York.  TLR, Novarossi, Pro-Line driver Adam Drake was on hand to help with set-ups and engine tuning.  Saturday kicked off with four rounds of qualifying.  Qual points were used to set the starting grid for the 30 minute truck final and the 45 minute buggy final.  Drake was on fire during qualifying and took the TQ honors in truck and buggy by setting the fastest time in 3 out of the 4 rounds.

In the 30 minute truck final Drake was followed closely by his teammate Anthony Mazzara.  Drake and Mazzarra pulled away from the rest of the field and finished first and second.  TLR 8ight T 3.0, Nova Rossi engines and Pro-Line M3 Holeshots finish 1st and 2nd!

By the time the 45 minute buggy final was up the track was getting extremely bumpy.  Drake again got off to a great start and pulled away from Reno Savoya and Anthony Mazzara.  Drake ended up winning by a little over 29 seconds.  Second went to Savoya, and third was Mazzara.  TLR 8ight 3.0, Nova Rossi Keep Off 4 engine, and Pro-Line Holeshot 2.0 finish 1st and 3rd!