about 13 hours ago by Phil
Agama’s factory team at the Worlds are here in force through the professional representation of Jon Hazlewood’s well recognised outfit; Nemo Racing. The team are officially debuting their ‘new’ car provisionally called the ‘A215’ – replacing the current A8 Evo model as well. We caught up with Jon and team drivers Jeremy Kortz & Darren Bloomfield who waxed lyrical about the new car’s improved handling, calling it ‘night & day’ compared to the old car. Bloomfield, recently crowned BRCA Champion has driven the new car ‘geometry’ wise since back in April whilst Kortz got the new car 2 weeks ago and is loving it.
With such a short time with his car Kortz was overjoyed with the much wider and 2mm longer chassis, finding it much more balanced, easier to drive, jump with, less bottoming out and at the end of day 1 confessing to his team mates in true Kortz stlye, “my car makes me feel horny”!
80% of the car is all new, lower shock towers, brand new shorter shocks (new springs, bladders the whole lot), despite some initial trepidation concerning 17mm diameter shocks Kortz has been won over. New items include the steering rack & geometry, gearboxes, only 4 screws are required to remove the centre diff, the plastics are better, tighter tolerances and of course a 1 piece radio tray – all contributing to a much easier and faster car to work on.
The wider chassis also features a small kick up towards the rear, however a ‘droopy’ rear toe plate ensures that the hinge pin locations remain constant, the result both drivers saying that the car is much easier to drive. Tuning options will be available such as carbon or even bronze inserts for the wishbones, in order to increase stiffness if required as well as the elegant kingpin weights we’ve previously seen.
We stopped by the Nemo Racing tent just after Sunday’s first round of practice with Bloomfield having set a time good enough for 2nd overall, just a few tenths behind reigning World Champion Robert Batlle. Expect the new car to be ready in time for a 2015 release given the provisional name.
19 September 2014 13:02 by Phil
Developed in close secret with Pro-Line team driver Ty Tessmann, in fact even with HB designer Torrance Deguzman, Pro-Line have a brand new lexan ‘Trifecta’ wing here at the Worlds. The concept came about when Gord and Ty sat down, testing adding weight to the wing, they found this was hugely detrimental and set about lightening the whole thing including wing mount.
The net result is a wing & mount that is half the weight of their previous setup, a weight saving of 32g which they say has a real effect, with less ‘penduling’ of the rear, i.e less weight up high. Pro-Line have kept it under wraps until today and have handed out wings to team drivers to test.
18 September 2014 15:54 by Mike
Team Azarashi has just released their newest 1/10 offroad buggy wing, designed for “incomparable handling” on high bite surfaces. The wing is designed specifically to inhibit constrained onpower understeer coming out of corners, while still providing enough downforce when required. The design is optimized to avoid interference of the rear tires and is made of a thick lexan that is extremely hard to crack under normal use. 2 identical wings provided per pack.
Source: X Factory UK
18 September 2014 15:48 by Mike
With a list of major events getting set to kickoff around the globe (including the IFMAR World Championships), top drivers have been doing extensive testing and practice in preparation for the various events. During one of these undercover test sessions, our sister site RCNews just so happened to stumble upon something new hiding in plain sight. It appears to be the first known sighting of an all-new lineup of bodies from Leadfinger Racing (LFR), starting with the Kyosho MP9! Read more…
17 September 2014 15:45 by Phil
After the ‘First look’ at Protek RC’s foray into the nitro engine market back in July, interest in the Japanese (cough OS) made ‘Samurai’ engine has been pretty intense; the AMain.com-backed powerplant springing up in more and more buggys both at home and further afield.
Quick as ever to offer support, AMain.com’s Marty Korn has helpfully posted a detailed and very helpful break in guide for the engine which we think any novices or beginners or even more experienced hands might find useful!
Read the Break in guide here!
17 September 2014 14:44 by Phil
The Reactor bodyshell for Hot Bodies’ D812 is a radioactive fusion of exceptional track performance and signature FTW styling. Striking the the optimal balance between aggressive down force and stabilizing side force while on the ground, the Reactor also displays exceptional stability in the air. Deploy your Reactor-equipped D812, and leave the opposition in meltdown status while you win, or look good trying.
Part Number: FTW00057
17 September 2014 14:36 by Phil
RB are already looking forward to winter and have released the ‘Rally V2′ engine, aimed at the Rally Game market (1/8th buggys with track tyres, popular in southern Europe).
The new Xtrem Rally receives a 7 ports sleeve with MES and 2 extra lubrification holes, a Machining hard & light piston and a new turbo/balanced 14.5mm crankshaft with silicon paste, giving even more power to this engine. The new Rally receive a new black coated crankcase too.
Available alone #01014-RALLYV2 or as a combo #E01014-RALLYV2 delivered with 2092 in-line pipe/manifold set.
17 September 2014 07:38 by Phil
New MEDIUM-HARD progressive springs have medium firmness at the beginning of the compression but become firmer as the spring is compressed more in the middle, with hard firmness at the end. Marked with FOUR stripes for easy identification. Set of 2. Fit XB808, XB9, XB8, and XT9.
These racing springs were designed and precision-crafted to have a more progressive rate than standard XRAY racing springs. As the car enters the corner, the spring has medium firmness to generate medium grip, but as soon the car inclines the springs achieve a hard firmness to achieve a higher cornering speed.
16 September 2014 04:53 by Phil
IFMAR have posted an official fuel clarification in order to settle drivers’ nerves and ensure everyone understands the rules about bringing in fuel to the event, what can be used and how due to European & Italian laws governing the event. Read the full letter from IFMAR president Dallas Mathiesen here [PDF]