26 September 2014 07:09 by Stephen Bess
XRAY XB8 ’14
Luxury Defined: Quality And Adjustability
Author/Photos: Stephen Bess
This is a word most often associated with food, makeup or Rolls Royces. But a “luxury” RC car? XRAY has included the word “luxury” with its vehicle names for quite a while. The Webster’s Dictionary defines luxury as “a state of great comfort or extravagance” and “an inessential or desirable item that is expensive or difficult to obtain.” Should your idea of luxury include ideas of foo-foo frilly and fragile items that are more show than go, you’d be wrong about the XB8 ’14; in its first full racing season, the XB8 ’14 has impressed in the USA and holds multiple TQ’s and national championships across Europe.
XRAY nitro buggies have always been on the expensive side, but with the new XB8 ’14 kit, the buggy’s extravagant fit, finish and quality have recalibrated my expectations of what RC luxury truly is.
“Like all XRAY kits, the parts fit together like a Patek Phillipe timepiece.”
tags: XB4 '14
, XB8 Review
in: 1/8 Offroad
, Protek RC
, RB Products
18 September 2014 15:51 by Mike
This past weekend hosted Round 5 of the Dirt Paradise Championship held in Nicosia, Cyprus. Great weather and great drivers made for a great weekend of racing. XRAY’s Nicholas Zachariades would continue his winning ways from previous rounds to dominate qualifying and the final for the overall win. Sotiris Taifas put in an impressive performance as well, working his way up into the 2nd place spot with fellow XRAY driver Marios Christodoulou finishing 3rd.
17 September 2014 07:38 by Phil
New MEDIUM-HARD progressive springs have medium firmness at the beginning of the compression but become firmer as the spring is compressed more in the middle, with hard firmness at the end. Marked with FOUR stripes for easy identification. Set of 2. Fit XB808, XB9, XB8, and XT9.
These racing springs were designed and precision-crafted to have a more progressive rate than standard XRAY racing springs. As the car enters the corner, the spring has medium firmness to generate medium grip, but as soon the car inclines the springs achieve a hard firmness to achieve a higher cornering speed.
10 September 2014 17:02 by Mike
The final round of the Danish National Championship was held in Odense this past weekend. The high grip astro track provided some very fast, and very close racing between all drivers. In the end it would be Team Associated’s Jesper Rasmussen taking the win and overall championship crown in the 4wd buggy class. XRAY’s Mike Gosvig would follow a close second, with Frederik Hovgaard taking a respectable third in the championship.
08 September 2014 17:20 by Mike
Bittydesign has been hard at work developing their newest ‘FORCE’ series body. This time the design team focused on the XRAY XB8. The stock XB8 body is the same as the previous XB9 body, and must be adapted to the new car. The new XB8 ‘FORCE’ body is designed specifically for the XB8, and is designed to provide a quality fit while incorporating stylish cab forward styling, scoops for improved downforce, and stealthy roof fin. Produced with high quality original Lexan polycarbonate, the body comes with windows, protective film and decal sheet.
08 September 2014 16:48 by Mike
The Austrian 1/8 Offroad National Championship took place this past weekend in Graz, Austria. After a rain-soaked Saturday, drivers received little to no practice leading into Sunday’s race program. Despite some rough qualifying, XRAY’s Martin Wollanka pulled out a well deserved victory in the final, crowning him the 2014 Austrian Champion! Certainly a boost of confidence as Wollanka prepares for the upcoming World Championships.
05 September 2014 16:23 by Mike
When looking to lighten your vehicles without sacrificing strength, one of the best solutions is to replace some of your steel components with Titanium. Today Avid has released their Titanium Ball Studs in two popular ball sizes: 5.5mm ball for the Team Associated B5/B5M and SC104x4 and a 4.9mm ball for the Xray XB4. Avid’s Titanium Ball Studs are available in 2 packs in case you are looking for spares or in kit form to make it easy to upgrade your vehicle in one simple transaction.
- Machined from billet 6Al-4V Titanium.
- Broached with a 2mm allen head on top of the ball for easy removal.
- 40% lighter than the kit steel ball studs without sacrificing strength.
04 September 2014 15:05 by Mike
The Dirt Racing 2014 U.S. Pro Cup came to a close at this past weekend’s Silver Dollar R/C Raceway Labor Day Shootout. The Pro Cup title came down to two drivers, Josh Wheeler and Ryan Lutz. The winner of the title would take home a smooth $5,000! In addition to the two competing for the overall title, the field was stacked with some of the west coast’s fastest offroad racers. XRAY’s Josh Wheeler would squeeze out TQ in both Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy classes, after nail biting qualifying times from Ryan Lutz, Phillip Atondo, Austin Blair, and more.
02 September 2014 16:22 by Mike
This past weekend hosted Round 2 of the German 1/8 Offroad National Championship. Round 1 winner, XRAY’s Martin Bayer, decided to stay in Germany and try his luck at another race win. His decision would prove to be quite successful as he was able to capture the win and the German Championship. Team Durango’s Jörn Neumann would finish up second, followed by Kyosho’s Carsten Keller.
27 August 2014 18:01 by Mike
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.