09 October 2014 16:33 by Mike
INTECH Racing has shared a first look at their all-new ER-14 1/10 4wd buggy. Little is known about this competition buggy at this time, but we are anxious to see more of what’s hiding under the body in the near future.
Source: INTECH Racing
08 October 2014 16:30 by Mike
ARRMA recently announced the TYPHON 6S 1/8 E-Buggy, and shared some impressive action shots of what all the new buggy is truly capable of doing. While photos are nice, video proof of just how fast, how fun, and how big a 6S powered buggy can really go is what ARRMA fans have been waiting for. Today, ARRMA has answered that request by sharing a short video showing off the new TYPHON buggy in action. Think you know big air? The TYPHON knows BIG air.
03 October 2014 17:56 by Mike
XRAY has just released a teaser, announcing the upcoming 2015 edition of the XRAY XB4 buggy. Like many of the other XRAY models getting a makeover for the new year, we suspect the new car will be full of new bells and whistles, as it seems XRAY’s R&D team never sleeps. Stay tuned for more details!
03 October 2014 07:19 by Phil
Team Associated, its been a rocky year for the 27x World Champions – at least in 1/8 Offroad, designer departures, scrapping the former prototype, Maifield leaving, however they showed a real team ethic at the 2014 Worlds last week after turning up with a VERY early prototype buggy which they asked us not to photograph in detail (no under the hoods etc).
However with Ryan Cavalieri taking 2nd overall with this mysterious buggy saw our inbox overflow with requests for photos, we had a few of course – the car wasn’t exactly hidden, and given the length of the event (I think we missed a birthday or two ?!) we had to do something… so feast your collective eyes on a few spy photos of the car that the Cavalieri, Neil Cragg, Yannick Aigoin trio ran at the Worlds.
In an interview with Yannick Aigoin at the Worlds he said the car was “really easy to drive” – and he was optimistic of achieving a better team result than in Argentina.
Please note both team manager Brent Thielke and new 1/8th designer Kody Numedahl stressed this was basically a car they put together for this event, with the finished version being quite different, however it seems to have worked pretty well with AE’s best result so far with 2nd for Cav and Neil Cragg barely missing out on the final.
tags: Brent Thielke
, Kody Numedahl
, Neil Cragg
, RC8 Prototype
, Ryan Cavalieri
, Yannick Aigoin
in: 1/8 Offroad
, 2014 IFMAR Worlds
, Team Associated
26 September 2014 07:09 by Stephen Bess
XRAY XB8 ’14
Luxury Defined: Quality And Adjustability
Author/Photos: Stephen Bess
This is a word most often associated with food, makeup or Rolls Royces. But a “luxury” RC car? XRAY has included the word “luxury” with its vehicle names for quite a while. The Webster’s Dictionary defines luxury as “a state of great comfort or extravagance” and “an inessential or desirable item that is expensive or difficult to obtain.” Should your idea of luxury include ideas of foo-foo frilly and fragile items that are more show than go, you’d be wrong about the XB8 ’14; in its first full racing season, the XB8 ’14 has impressed in the USA and holds multiple TQ’s and national championships across Europe.
XRAY nitro buggies have always been on the expensive side, but with the new XB8 ’14 kit, the buggy’s extravagant fit, finish and quality have recalibrated my expectations of what RC luxury truly is.
“Like all XRAY kits, the parts fit together like a Patek Phillipe timepiece.”
tags: XB4 '14
, XB8 Review
in: 1/8 Offroad
, Protek RC
, RB Products
25 September 2014 11:11 by Mike
Losi has just released their new 8IGHT-E 1/8 scale 4wd RTR. The new RTR features many of the same race winning designs and features found on the kit version, however, it comes right out of the box ready to run (battery not included) with Spektrum AVC (active vehicle control), Spektrum DX2E radio system, waterproof electronics, Dynamite 1800Kv motor, and 8IGHT-E 3.0 geometry. While for racing the AVC is illegal in most places, its easy to turn on and off for the ultimate in racing and bashing alike.
Source: Horizon Hobby
21 September 2014 09:51 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.
09 September 2014 06:35 by Phil
In a rather surprise and low key announcement, Mugen Seiki’s North American presence (Mugen Seiki Racing), let the cat out of the bag this morning with the release of the MBX7R buggy, an updated and refined version of their Worlds winning MBX7 platform.
The MBX7R kit is based off the World Champion MBX7 platform with many high end improvements in suspension, steering and other areas to create the ultimate 1/8 nitro off road buggy.
Expect firmer details of whats new on the MBX7R, and pay close attention as well to Mugen’s continued strategy of using the Worlds to debut new cars, last time around the MBX7 in 2012.
Update: Mugen concentrated on the making the suspension on the MBX7R even better with new 16mm bodied front and rear racing shocks. These new shocks will improve stability in both bumps and jumps greatly. The bigger bodies’ shocks will make the 7R have less fade during longer runs which means you can drive even harder than ever before. The rear shocks are 4mm shorter and with the use of a new rear shock tower will keep the back of the 7R hooked up and on the ground. The 7R gets a chassis change with the side angle of the chassis changed which creates more strength and a better feeling on all racing surfaces.
09 September 2014 06:10 by Phil
Over the weekend Team Associated’s European representatives Yannick Aigoin & Neil Cragg were busy racing their respective new 1/8th Associated prototypes in France and the UK. Kindly thanks to Circus RC for a few photos of Yannick’s test rig showing a few more details and closeups previously not seen. Yannick raced at Montpellier, taking 2nd in the feature race behind Italian hot shot Riccardo Berton, Montpellier you may remember famously hosted the first public outing of the former Associated prototype which was cancelled.
The current Kody Numedahl influenced design was also raced at the last BRCA national in Slough outside London by Neil Cragg, Neil going onto TQ two of the five rounds of qualifying ending up 2nd overall however retiring early from the main final, despite this here’s the first video of the car in action!
Neil Cragg had this to say about the new car,
“The car feels great to drive, much more forgiving than the old one. We’ve learnt a lot over the last week or so, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how we get on at the worlds in the coming weeks.”