Yokomo is introducing the all-new YZ-2, a state-of-the-art 1/10th-scale EP 2WD offroad competition mid-motor chassis kit, engineered from the ground-up for today’s racing environment and designed to deliver leading-edge developments to offroad enthusiasts, all while offering a luxurious feel by featuring black-anodized aluminum parts with chamfered edges for select components.
Following a teaser late last month, Shepherd has released the all-new Bull X8 1/8 offroad buggy in full detail. While there may not be any earth shattering innovations incorporated in Shepherd’s first offroad attempt, we can appreciate the honesty behind the buggy. Shepherd modestly says, “Previously an onroad only company, we have gone with a conventional design for our first ever offroad buggy.” A Bull with no bulls**t…just a straight forward, honest, and promising entrance into the offroad world.
Recently SWORKz announced the upcoming release of the new S350 EVO II Pro Kit. With the announcement there was little detail of what the new buggy would look like, feature, or include. Today, SWORKz has unveiled the new buggy with a plethora of up close and personal shots showing off what the new buggy is made of. With the helping hand of Atsushi Hara, it appears as though SWORKz is well on their way to having a top contender buggy for 2015 and beyond…
After months of testing and preparation, Agama Racing has officially released the A215 1/8 Nitro Buggy. The A215 takes all the great attributes of the previous A8 platform, and builds upon them to bring a new level of performance. Taking the inherent strength and durability of the A8, the new A215 improves those features and after extensive testing from Agama’s international team of drivers, the A215 represents a marked improvement in terms of handling, stability, traction and jumping.
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!”
After teasing us a while back, the Atsushi Hara-led SWORKz racing team have finally lifted the lid on their new S350 EVO II Pro Kit competition 1/8 Buggy.
New features include 16mm Big Bore shocks front & rear, with new softer springs, new suspension arms designed for the new shock position geometry, a lightened drive gear system with 5x11mm ball bearings, a similar lightened drive system cross drive system all around as well as in the centre. New front steering knuckles & rear hubs, new Falcon II body shell, PSP aluminium upper bell crank as well as throttle linkage arm – both come standard now having previously been option parts. Alu upper arm holder, floating fuel filter system, standard 2.0 metal brake calipers and alu rear chassis brace mount for strength.
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!
With it’s origins in true nitro onroad racing, Team Shepherd is ready to take the next step and enter the competitive 1/8 offroad market. The first offroad nitro car from the German manufacturer will be called Bull X8 with the nitro version release being planned for December, and the electric version following in early 2015. More detailed information and pictures will be available soon.
Patrick Schäfer says, ”For quite some time we have received many requests from customers from all over the world for a Shepherd 1/8 offroad car so it’s only logical to enter one of the biggest markets in the industry. We are very excited about this project which was a completely new challenge for the whole team.”
We are anxious to see the first shots of the Bull X8, and what is to come for the future of Team Shepherd in the offroad world. Is this perhaps an opportunity for drivers still looking for that place to call home for 2015?
Update, NeoBuggy understands the car will already be released in December and here are a few (pretty useless) details that were left in the official email Press Release
4mm 7075 hardcoated aluminium chassis, aluminium wishbone brackets, multiple toe-in and anti-squat adjustment possibilities at rear axle, adjustable ackermann, 5mm carbon shock towers, 160mm (sic) big-bore shocks with TiN coated shock rods, lightweight diff outdrivers, centered weight engine mount position, cab forward body, silicon sealed ball bearings, high quality 10.9 steel screws, mudguards, Batterybox for LiFe, LiPo,NiMH stick packs.
Intech Racing have kindly sent us photos of their new 1/10 4WD electric buggy, the ER-14. The new buggy features a centre diff setup, carbon fibre throughout, big bore shocks. Expect the car to be released and available within the next two weeks.