XRAY has just released their new graphite clutch shoe for the XB8. This new special graphite mixture material is designed to provide smoother engagement, and significantly less wear of aluminum clutch shoe. Recommended for medium- and high-traction tracks, this special graphite mixture ensures extra-long life.
The RC Oeste 3rd Birthday Race was held this past weekend. XRAY’s Miguel Matias would be the man of the hour as he took home a clean sweep of the 2wd and 4wd 1/10 Buggy classes. Matias was followed Fabio Ramos in second in both classes, and Goncalo Melo (2wd) / Pedro Dias (4wd) in third.
XRAY has just released their new steel differential bevel gears for the XB4 lineup. These new gears are made up of high strength hardened steel and are designed to improve reliability and lifespan of your gears/differentials. XRAY has released a 35T bevel gear, and a 14T bevel drive gear. The two combined are highly recommended, especially in high traction conditions where the differentials are working overtime.
The 2014 1/8 Offroad Portuguese Cup was held last weekend, after poor weather had postponed the event from its original scheduled date. XRAY’s Miguel Matias would take the overall TQ in qualifying and was a favorite to win the overall Final. The tight and slippery track proved tough for the competition. Despite the tricky conditions, Matias carried on to win from start to finish ahead of Ricardo Monteiro in second, and Joao Figueiredo in third.
Based on the ultra-successful XB8 platform, XRAY proudly presents the 2015-spec XB8 which incorporates the latest improvements and refinements. The new specs include a new chassis, aluminum towers, new springs, new ball-joints, and new outdrive adapters…just to name a few.
Juraj Hudy, XRAY XB8 platform designer, says, “During the entire year we have collected feedback, comments, improvements, and suggestions not only from team drivers but also from customers around the globe. Happily, the vast majority of feedback and comments were very positive, and as such we had a very challenging task with the 2015 improvements as there was not much to improve!”
The final round of the Pro-Line Challenge Australia was held this past weekend at LRRCC. Racers were greeted with scorching hot conditions, and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Despite the challenging conditions, the race carried on! In the 1/8 Buggy class it would be XRAY’s Ari Bakla who drove his way to victory. Dallas Gardiner and Shane Kelly would follow him across the line in second and third. In the 1/8 Truck class it was Wade Lazich who wrapped up the win, followed by Brendhan Wade and once again Shane Kelly.
As we could not wait for the official press release, we contacted XRAY to get some exclusive information on what we can expect on the new 2015 XB8. Juraj Hudy, chief designer for the off-road division at XRAY, disclosed some exciting information exclusively to us regarding the new buggy.
Juraj says, “The XB8 has been a very successful car. With the first prototype we put 2 cars on podium at the Euros in 2013 and missing the win by only a fraction of second… then repeating the same success at the recent 2014 Euros. The XB8 has won dozens of national titles around the world, and during the entire year the vast majority of feedback and comments from customers were extremely positive. The R&D team did not rest and worked diligently on further improvements. We tested dozens of different parts to push the development another step or two further. You might find it hard to believe, but the majority of parts we tested did not give significantly large improvements, and as such most of the parts we tested during the year did not make it into the final spec of the car; we selected only those few parts that gave better reliability and/or performance.
XRAY has announced today that the latest vehicle to receive the 2015 treatment is the XB8 1/8 nitro buggy. No official details have been revealed at this time, but are said to be released soon…stay tuned!
This past weekend hosted Round 2 of the MIBOSPORT Cup in Hrotovice. In the 2wd buggy class it was Schumacher’s Tom Cockerill who piloted his way to a solid victory over Hupo Honigl and XRAY’s Martin Bayer. In the 4wd buggy class, it was Martin Bayer on the top step of the podium taking an impressive win. Following him across the line was Honigl in second, and Michal Orlowski in third.