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Naoto & Yokomo end 10-year journey


Shocking news has hit the R/C world today as multi-time World Champion, Naoto Matsukura, has announced his departure from Yokomo. The two have worked together over the course of the past ten years to accomplish World Championship titles in 1/12 scale, touring car, and a long list of victories in both onroad and offroad genres. According to Matsukura, the contract ended “amicably”.

Where Naoto is headed is still unknown, however, being a ‘jack of all trades’ we suspect he will be looking for a new home with a company similar to Yokomo, in which offers an extensive line of onroad AND offroad vehicles such as Team Associated, XRAY, Serpent, Schumacher, Hot Bodies, VBC Racing, and so on. Then again, he wouldn’t be the first driver to run multiple brand vehicles for the various racing classes (ex. Robert Batlle – Mugen 1/8 scale, Team C 1/10 scale).



Cody King renews REDS relationship

King Neo

REDS Racing is proud to announce the re-signing of Cody King for the 2015-2016 racing seasons. This will be Cody’s 3rd and 4th consecutive year with REDS Racing team. Cody says, “I’m really happy and excited to continue with Reds racing through 2016 and beyond. The engines have been excellent and our progress working together with Mario and Marco has exceeded my expectations. The next two years will be great!”

Source: REDS

RDRP signs young Norwegian star

RDRP Young Talent

Revolution Design Racing Products announce the signing of young Norwegian talent, Daniel Kobbevik, who will exclusively use RDRP’s line of Ultra Tools in his upcoming campaign. The Team Associated driver already scored some very impressive results including an A-Main appearance at this year’s 1/10th Buggy Euros, and we highly doubt that will be the last A-Main appearance we see from the young lad.

Daniel has this to say about the deal, “It’s an honor for me to get this deal with Revelution Design Tools, thanks for the support so far and for taking me out on the team! Ruddog Distribution has been with me from the start off my career! I will do my best to make RDRP proud.”

Source: RDRP

Ryan Lutz continues with Futaba

Lutz Futaba

Futaba proudly announces the signing of superstar Ryan Lutz to the Futaba Racing Team again for the 2015 season. Ryan plans to represent Futaba at all of the major 1/8 scale races on the 2015 calendar, including Silver State (Las Vegas) in March; Psycho Nitro Blast (Unadilla, Georgia) in April; and the Futaba Nitro Challenge (St. Louis) in July. Look for Ryan also at the Neo Race, the Nitro and Electric 1/8 Nationals, and many other large regional events.

“My goal is a podium finish in every event I enter,” Ryan says. “With the excellent support I have in 2015, I feel it’s attainable. I also want to bring new people into our hobby and to help as many people as possible at races and on social media.”

Source: Hobbico

JQRacing opens up 2015 Sponsorships

JQRacing Sponsorship

Looking to get sponsored for 2015, or perhaps looking to change teams? JQRacing is now accepting applications for drivers like you to join them!

JQRacing says, “Check THE Locator, no team drivers or dealers in your area? You can help us build a presence in your local racing scene. We are mainly looking for US based drivers since we handle the distribution of our products directly, but do not hesitate to contact us if you are in any other part of the world. Make sure you check THIS before making your decision and contacting us!”

“JQRacing designs and produces 1/8th scale buggies with one goal in mind – Creating fantastic products for awesome racing experiences. We take our job and our responsibility to our Team Drivers very seriously. However there is a price to pay – While you complete the Team Driver Application the question you should be asking yourself ISN’T “What can JQRacing do for me?” BUT “What can I do for JQRacing?” BECAUSE the more you give to JQRacing the more JQRacing will give you.”

CLICK HERE to apply!

‘DrewMo’ continues with LRP


Drew ‘DrewMo’ Moller has re-signed with LRP for 2015. Moller will continue to power his lineup of 1/10 and 1/8 electric vehicles with the extensive line of LRP ESC’s and motors, while his nitro racers will be powered by latest in LRP engines.

Source: LRP

Kyle McBride joins Team Associated

McBride AE

The ‘Silly Season’ rumors of McBride making a return to AE are true! Team Associated and Reedy are proud to announce the return of 3x FEMCA Champion and 4x Australian National Champion Kyle McBride to the team. Kyle began his racing career with Team Associated in 2006 and since then has established himself as one of the best drivers in the world with two 4th place finishes at the 1:8 IFMAR World Championships along with a victory at the 2014 Silver State Nitro Challenge.

Based just outside of Brisbane, Australia, Kyle will be racing the full line of Team Associated off-road vehicles in Australia, Asia, and around the world. Additionally, Kyle will use Reedy power in all of his vehicles while competing in both 1:8 and 1:10 off-road events.

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Boots inks new 2-year Kyosho deal


Kyosho UK are very happy to announce that Elliott Boots will continue running for Kyosho in 2015-2016.

January 2015 will mark the three-year anniversary since Boots joined the Red Samurai team, going onto establish himself as one of the hottest drivers in 1/8 Buggy – always one to watch with crowd pleasing driving ability as well as off track fun & banter.

Elliott continues as a full factory international driver. Kyosho and Elliott have had some great results together and with this new deal we hope to see Elliott pushing for more Wins in the future! At a time when many drivers are changing and starting from scratch, We believe Elliott’s continued support will give him an advantage.

We look forward to seeing him trackside in the 10th BRCA nationals and the 1/8th Rallycross national series, as well as all the major international races including Euros and worlds in Las Vegas 2016! Elliott will be racing in Italy next week and then off to Las Vegas for the American Kyosho Masters event.

Shin-Workz for SWORKz!

SWORKz Shin Adachi

Japanese RC electric star Shin Adachi will be racing with SWORKz in the nitro series for the 2015 and for the coming Buggy Party in Pattaya this weekend. Shin will race together with SWORKz super star Atsushi Hara.

Shin : “I am very excited to be given this chance to race with SWORKz. Thank you SWORKz and Scott. I will do my best! Welcome to Team SWORKz Shin!

More HB for Teemu Leino


Team HB is very happy to announce that Teemu Leino has extended his contract to drive for the HB racing team!

I look forward to another season with HB-HPI Racing. They give me the best cars on the market for all my racing categories. Also, the team work is really great in Team HB. I look forward to another year working with great people and having some fun at the track. I want to say thanks to Tatsuro Watanabe and Hiroyuki Kasuya for this opportunity. See you at the races next year. - Teemu

Finnish racing legend Teemu Leino has been a mainstay of Team HB since first signing with the team. A European Champion in the electric touring car class, Teemus focus is now 100% nitro, and he is one of Team HBs most versatile racers, racing at the top level in 1/10th nitro touring cars, 1/8th nitro track racing and 1/8th buggies. He has been instrumental in developing the HB R10, R8 and D812 and has been a great teammate for every member of Team HBs international factory team. In 2012, Teemu was TQ at the Worlds with the R10 nitro touring car, and Team HB is confident of more success for Teemu with the R10 and other HB racing cars.