XRAY News

Nugroho the Malaysian League champ

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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.

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Gosvig gallops to Dutch Nats win

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The final round of the 2014 Dutch Nationals were held this past weekend in Bramming. A horse hall was transformed into an enormous track for racers to enjoy. Traction was low, and technicality was at an all-time high. Despite the tricky conditions, XRAY’s Mike Gosvig found his way to the top step of the podium, taking the Round 7 win! Magnus Frandsen and Pelle Culmsee would follow him home for second and third.

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Bayer strikes twice at Czech 1/8 Nats

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Last weekend hosted Round 4 of the Czech National Championship, held in Prague and organized by the RC Club Radotin. XRAY’s Martin Bayer piloted his way to a double championship victory, winning both the E-Buggy and Nitro Buggy classes with ease. Kaja Novotny and Milan Mudra would finish up the E-Buggy podium, while Jiri Mara and Stephan Silhavy finished up 2nd and 3rd in Nitro Buggy.

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Nugroho wins Jakarta Champs Rd.4

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The fourth round of Jakarta Buggy Championship was held last Sunday at Graha Raya Track, in Serpong, West Java. Dusty and rough track conditions proved to be quite challenging for the drivers. Despite a rough start and early flame out, XRAY’s Jason Nugroho charged his way to the front of the pack at the 30-minute mark of the final. Nugroho took the lead away from Adrian Wicaksono, and never looked back. Wicaksono finished up second, with Chopin Yusuf finishing up third.

Reno Savoya linked with HB HPI move

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Three-time European Champion Reno Savoya has been heavily linked with a move away from current chassis sponsor XRAY to join recently crowned World Champions HB HPI – the rumours surfaced just after the World Championships in Sicily after a disappointing result (due to servo horn coming loose in his final), the move would make sense given Savoya’s strong backing from Team Orion & engine maestro Adrien Bertin – who himself made the switch to the HB HPI earlier this year.

Info RC initially spilled the beans on a move we believe to be signed, and almost delivered, it would bring a three-year tenure with XRAY to an early end, however as we understand it Savoya is still under contract to race for XRAY at the present time.

We caught up with the Shark himself who was coy on the subject:

“At the present time, these are just rumours, I am still happily racing under contract with the XRAY family”

AKA releases Martin Bayer from team

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It’s no secret that racers will do whatever it takes to win, or at least whatever THEY think it takes to win. Often times this means running a product they feel is superior at that given time to what their sponsoring companies offer. Primarily this is seen when drivers are struggling with tires, engines, or perhaps fuel. Secretly they run a product manufactured by their sponsors competition in order to gain the edge they are looking for.

This scenario just so happened at the 2014 IFMAR World Championships in Italy, when AKA’s Martin Bayer took the track in the Final running Pro-Line tires. AKA has taken a stand today making a public announcement, releasing Bayer from the AKA race team for his decision.

“AKA is regretfully announcing the release of Martin Bayer from the AKA race team. This action was dictated by the decision of Martin and his chassis sponsor to run a tire other than AKA in the world championship final. We wish Martin all the best in 2015.”

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This is not the first time we have seen a contract terminated due to similar situations, but it is the first in recent years on such a large scale. Will this change the minds of top racers choosing to run the competitors products in the future?

XRAY LiPo Championship Rd.2 sweep

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Last weekend hosted Round 2 of the LiPo Championship in Austria. Good weather and good turnout made for great racing. Qualifying in the E-Buggy class was dominated by Team XRAY as Webernig Arno would take the top honors with teammates Pajek Ziga and Orazem Nejc second and third. As the final got under way it was clear that Arno was on another level, as he left the field behind to take the win. Nejc would move his way into second, with yet another XRAY driver, Torker Werner, finishing up third.

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XRAY to update the XB4 for 2015

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XRAY has just released a teaser, announcing the upcoming 2015 edition of the XRAY XB4 buggy. Like many of the other XRAY models getting a makeover for the new year, we suspect the new car will be full of new bells and whistles, as it seems XRAY’s R&D team never sleeps. Stay tuned for more details!

XRAY XB8 ’14 Review: On The Track

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XRAY XB8 ’14

Luxury Defined: Quality And Adjustability


Author/Photos:  Stephen Bess

LUXURY

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.”

 

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XRAY goes 1-2-3 at Dirt Paradise Rd.5

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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.

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