22 May 2013 15:10 by Phil
After signing up British star Elliott Boots at the end of March, VP turn their attention in this case to a name that you’ll all recognise – Pavidis… Having signed up the cruise-missile that is Boots, VP turn their attention back across the pond, opting for age, experience and a streamlined-looking Mark Pavidis.
“VP PowerMaster would like to welcome our new addition to the team, 2006 IFMAR Nitro Off-Road World Champion, Mark Pavidas. Mark is one of the most widely-known and accredited off-road racers in the R/C racing world. Mark’s name is also synonymous with AKA Products, the championship winning tires and accessory company he co-founded with two other R/C legends, Joel Johnson and Gil Losi Jr. Mark knows a thing or two about R/C and what it takes to win at the highest levels of R/C nitro racing.
He chose VP PowerMaster to give him solid performance and incredible fuel economy. We couldn’t be happier to have Mark on the team. In Mark’s first race out on VP PowerMaster he brought home the TQ and win in the 1/8 Buggy Masters class at this year’s 2013 Nitro Challenge race in Arizona and then did it all again at the 2013 Silver State Off-road Challenge in Vegas.”
22 May 2013 10:50 by KevinR
Known as one of the nicest most approachable guys in RC racing, Ryan Lutz chose Tekin electronics after meeting team manager Randy Pike at a local race. “Lutz had recently defected to California and into my backyard. We began talking and he’d mentioned he was tough on electronics and often ran into issues running the classes. Tekin took it on as a personal challenge and he’s been on the team ever since.” Randy Pike. So when asked what was Ryan’s favourite electric class ride to show off he didn’t hesitate to whip out his Tekin powered Team Durango Dex408 buggy. Continue reading here.
13 May 2013 09:13 by Phil
Past & Present: Kanai’s 2000 Worlds MP7.5 & his current 2013 MP9
It is with great pleasure that we announce the return of one of our World Championship winning drivers – the iconic Yuichi Kanai!
Welcome Home Yuichi!
Everyone at RB is delighted with Yuichi’s choice – having one of the true pioneers in RC ‘come home’ is truly something special, we’re proud that Yuichi chose RB after extensively testing all the engines in the market, he went for RB – the power behind his most successful years. In the last couple of weeks Yuichi tested both the BX & the BXR engines, saying ‘he loved them!’ and that it was both a personal choice to return to RB but also the engine that came out on top in his personal tests.
Via RB Products | See Yuichi Kanai’s 2000 Worlds Car Gallery
10 May 2013 11:03 by Phil
Lee Martin called in at NeoBuggy HQ this morning excitedly telling the newsroom that his company ‘LMR’ is expanding and will now be stocking many more products over the next few months from the companies that support him and he chooses to race with. First up are MBX7 kits from Mugen Seiki as well as the Limited ‘BEAT’ engine by Novarossi – “The LMR shop will be stocking all the stuff I use – spares, options and all kinds of parts” – Lee Martin
07 May 2013 16:49 by Phil
Earlier today Kyosho’s driver/designer guru Yuichi Kanai announced somewhat ‘low key’ that he and Team Orion would be going their seperate ways, its the second time a former World Champion Kyosho driver departs the Switzerland based powerhouse after 2010 World Champion Cody King failed to agree contractual terms and switched to race Reds engines in 2013 who offered a better deal. No doubt Orion have been shrewd over the winter having consolidated the talent they have on their books with muti-year deals for many key drivers…
We spoke with Orion’s engine developer guru Adrien Bertin who kindly issued an exclusive statement on Kanai’s departure:
“Sadly, Team Orion and Yuichi Kanai have been unable to come to an agreement for their future collaboration and both parties have decided to part ways.
Team Orion wishes good success to Yuichi Kanai for his future endeavors. We will of course continue developing and producing engines based on the CRF world champion technology and our motivation is as strong as ever. Our current team comprises several high profile international drivers such as Jared Tebo, Ryan Cavalieri, David Ronnefalk, Dakotah Phend, Casey Peck and new comers Reno Savoya, Drew Moller. Expect more strong showings from Team Orion CRF engines at international and local races. The legend goes on!”
Via Adrien Bertin
07 May 2013 11:14 by Phil
Kanai waves goodbye to Team Orion power
Surprise news from Kyosho’s Buggy guru designer / godfather of the Inferno series of buggys Yuichi Kanai – announcing his departure from engine sponsor Team Orion – Kanai having run for the Swiss company which was purchased by Kyosho (in 2007) since 2009. The move comes as a surprise given Kyosho’s owning stake in Orion which rouses our suspicions a bit that something might be going on…
“I had decided to leave from Team Orion by my personal reason, it was very hard for me to make the decision. Thank you very much for the great help and support of Team Orion past days, especially great thanks to Philippe and Adrien, they have been taking care of me a lot. In the time, I had very happy to work with them and enjoyed the team a lot. Thank you very much for everything and I wish Team Orion Products all the success in the future.”
03 May 2013 18:06 by KevinR
Young fast guy Elliot Taylor from UK signs a two year contract with JQ Products. Elliot will compete in all UK national and other major events. We want to wish Elliot good luck and we are looking forward to working with him improving his results. Here is a short statement from Elliot:
“I am happy to have joined the JQ team for the next 2 years; I feel that the car is good to drive for me. I would like to say thank you to Ilias Arkoudaris and Joseph Quagraine for setting me up with everything and making me a part of something I can be proud of, I would also like to thank Bradley Baird for helping me make my decision and helping me in the early stages”
02 May 2013 13:53 by KevinR
Serpent America is proud to announce the signing of top off road driver Matt Schreffler who will be running the Cobra GP Buggy and Truggy, as well as the Spyder 1/10 2wd Buggy twhich will be introduced in July. A brief interview with Matt can be found here.
01 May 2013 07:37 by Phil
Novarossi announced the signing of Austrian ace Hupo Honigl, the Team Durango driver will be running Novarossi power in all his nitro vehicles during the 2013 season, the switch sees Hupo change from having run LRP engines for some time to the famous Italian marque.
25 April 2013 04:51 by KevinR
Pedro Enrique has joined INTECH Spain for the 2013 racing season. With many years racing experience the Intech family look forward to his continued success.