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Schumacher signs Finnish young gun Max Mort

Max Mort

Schumacher would like to welcome young up and coming Finnish star, Max Mort, to the team. Max (most well known for his 1/8 efforts with JQRacing) will be competing in many 1/10 regional and national races in Finland as well as select international races such as the EOS series.

“I am happy to start driving with Schumacher Off Road cars for 2015-2016 season. I was given an opportunity to drive with factory support with really competitive cars on carpet and I couldn’t have said “no”. I am really looking forward to the EOS season and Finnish races and I hope that we can have a great year together”

Intech Racing USA signs Will Smith

Will SMith

In the real world the name ‘Will Smith’ means rapper, producer, songwriter, and alien killing star of ‘Men in Black’. In the R/C world the name ‘Will Smith’ means Intech Racing USA’s newest team driver. Will has signed a 2-year contract with Intech, and will be racing the ER-14 throughout 2015 and beyond.

Source: Intech


Yuichi Kanai joins Rapicon Fuel but set to leave RB ?

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Godfather of the Kyosho Inferno series of buggys Yuichi Kanai announced via his Facebook page that he has officially signed to run for Korean fuel brand Rapicon having personally used the fuel we believe since April some time.

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Engine Future ?

Perhaps more on topic however is what engine Kanai-san might be sporting in his MP9 in the near future; with the unfortunate demise of RB Products and departure of much of their drivers (Marco Baruffolo, Ricardo Monteiro etc.)

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Kanai is left as the last (high profile) man standing, the 2000 IFMAR World Champ making an emotional decision in 2013 to return to the engine brand that gave him much of his success – RB capitalising on the added exposure by releasing a special edition green-coloured Kanai edition engine, much like Kanai’s time at the (now long gone) Sirio.

NeoBuggy understands that as a result of the closure of RB Products, Kanai’s hand has been forced somewhat and an engine move is expected in the near future with several companies showing interest.

LRP America signs Kyle Johnson

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LRP America Would like to welcome Kyle Johnson to the LRP Factory Team for 2015. Kyle coming from his recent win at the Nevada State Champs at the world famous RC Tracks of Las Vegas, will rely on LRP equipment to power his Nitro Buggy and EBuggy. Kyle will also be in attendence at this years ROAR 1/8 Fuel Offroad Nationals coming up in just a few short weeks.

“I want to thank LRP America and JD Mora for this opportunity and I’m excited to run LRP products”

Blake Pickett goes Triton for 2015

Triton Signing

Triton Racing Engines is happy to announce that Blake Pickett has signed with Triton for the remainder of 2015. Blake will be running the L4 in his Buggy, and the L5 in his Truggy. Triton says, “Blake is a very competitive expert class driver and we look forward to working with Blake and Ritchie and giving them the power, reliability and fuel economy they need to win.”

“We are pleased and excited to work with Lance Heidmann and Triton Engines . These engines were the easiest to break in of any engines we have ran so far. The power and fuel mileage is incredible! Triton Engines and Lance Heidmann will be a huge advantage in our engine program for us moving forward,” states Pickett.

See more about Triton Engines HERE.

Michal Orlowski joins RDRP team


With great pleasure, Revolution Design Racing Products announces the signing of young and talented Michal Orlowski to their team. Michal, fresh off his win during last weekend’s final round of the Euro Offroad Series, will use the full line of RDRP tools and accessories to build, maintain and tune his Schumacher rides in the 2015 season.

Ben Sterling joins JQRacing team

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JQRacing is pleased to announce that top Australian driver Ben Sterling joins the Australian National JQRacing Team for 2015! Ben has been into RC Racing for 14 years now so his experience is one of his greatest assets, paired with his driving abilities makes him one of the fastest drivers in Australia.

“I would like to say thank you to JQRacing for having me on board their National team for 2015 and beyond. I believe in their product and believe they have the best team and marketing around. I hope to get some great results for them and help promote the brand to the best of my abilities.”



Marnix Bul joins Shepherd offroad

Marnix Bul

Shepherd BeNeLux is proud to announce their new offroad team driver, Marnix Bul. Marnix will be racing the new Shepherd BullX8 buggy throughout national and international events. Marnix started his RC career at the age of 8, and with 20+ years experience, he is a welcome addition to the Shepherd race team.

Source: Shepherd

HB’s Ronnefalk & Savoya choose JC Silencer body


Since joining the HB/HPI team we’ve seen David Ronnefalk slowly explore the ‘market of aftermarkets’ – e.g. both David & team mate Reno Savoya opting to run Pro-Line’s lexan trifecta wing despite being sponsored by rival tyre companies.

In Ronnefalk’s case in particular, under Kyosho’s contractual rules, the team stipulate that factory drivers must only use ‘in house’ product – i.e. no aftermarket bodies, wings etc. where possible. An issue that arose originally when Mark Pavidis won the 2006 IFMAR Worlds for Kyosho with an MP777 largely made up of Fioroni options.

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Originally both Ronnefalk & Savoya used Pro-Line’s ‘Type-R’ D812 body [$22.99] on their HB buggy, as used by team leader Ty Tessmann, however all change now as both have adopted JConcepts’ D812 Silencer body [$22.49] from now on it seems. Both drivers praising the looks of the Silencer especially, Ronnefalk having originally tested the Silencer whilst in the US after the Dirt Nitro Challenge saying that the car feels a bit lighter and rolls less with the Silencer – now racing with it at the Euro warm up in Sacile, Italy this weekend, incidentally bought himself, not sponsor provided!

Given Savoya’s signing with JConcepts recently, it’s more obvious that the 3x European Champion would be expected to run the JConcepts body, but the fact that team mate Ronnefalk has chosen that route independently suggests its purely for competition reasons.

JConcepts officially sign Reno Savoya


Having run JConcepts tyres (un)officially since a month ago, it seems JConcepts have finally agreed the fine print terms with French star Reno Savoya and joins as an official JConcepts factory driver.

“We are pleased to welcome Reno Savoya to our world-wide race team. Currently we have IFMAR World Champions, ROAR National Champions and Regional Champions on the race team and it’s exciting to bring a European Champion back together with JConcepts.  Reno’s racing ability is incredible, but, it’s the personable and professional reputation that stands out to us as the huge upside. Watch for Reno to race a complete full calendar of 1/8th off-road events as well as dipping into some 1/10th off-road as time allows.”


 I’m delighted to join the JConcepts race team. It is a brand that brought a lot to this industry with major achievements and innovations. Well known worldwide with IFMAR and ROAR wins, it is also a great opportunity to work with some of the best drivers in the world. I’m excited with this new challenge and I will put in the best effort possible to bring titles on European soil. I would also like to thank everyone at Sweep Korea and USA for the last 4 successful years, especially Steve Kong and Ryan Lee. – Reno Savoya