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Hot Bodies unveils the new D815


Hot Bodies has announced their newest creation today, the D815! Racing car development is a never-ending process, and the same is true with World Championship-winning RC cars. After multiple National Championships and dominating major races such as The Dirt and the Neo ’14, Ty Tessmann and his HB D812 won the 2014-2015 IFMAR World Championships in Sicily, his first world title win! Although much of the credit is owed to Ty’s skills and dedication, as well as unending help from the rest of “Team Tessmann”, Ty’s weapon of choice deserves a fair amount of acclaim as well. The HB D812 was a development of the 2008-2009 World Championship-winning D8, and has been a stalwart addition to the HB stable of pure racing cars for a few years, and the HB D815 is the culmination of this work – tried and tested, and victorious at the highest levels of competition.

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Spy shots of the new XRAY XB2

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A surprise email found its way to our inbox this afternoon, and inside it contained a little something many have anxiously been waiting for. An anonymous source has provided us with a few spy shots of the all-new XRAY XB2 buggy. The photos are from the recent EOS event, where XRAY’s Martin Bayer was behind the wheel of the prototype new buggy. The prototype buggy features an abundance of carbon fiber, including shock towersbattery brace, and a unique rear chassis brace/top deck design. It would appear as though the mid-motor car has multiple battery positioning options, however, Bayer is shown here running a ‘shorty’ pack turned sideways.

We anxiously await the official release of the XB2, and to see the production car soon!

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Yannick Aigoin’s RC8 Prototype


Last year’s Montpellier GP saw much excitement as then-Associated designer Josh Alton attended the event with Yannick Aigoin racing the former RC8 prototype buggy, fast forward 12 months after much change and Yannick is back to his old colours but running the final pre-production RC8 buggy before an expected release in April (just in time for NeoX).

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Our friends at Circus RC shot a couple of photos of Yannick’s car, sadly no body off shots but a couple of closeups of the platform’s front and rear sections of the car.

Source: Circus RC

THECar White Edition 25-Hour Test

THECar 25 Hour Test

Rarely do you see a top pro driver suffer from vehicle durability issues, but then again many top pro drivers have unlimited parts supplies to build and re-build their car before every race. For the average racer however, access to unlimited parts supply and anytime rebuilds isn’t always possible, therefore a vehicle’s long-term durability is an important aspect of deciding which car is right for you. JQRacing’s Joseph Quagraine has completed a 25-hour durability test of THECar White Edition, and has published his results for you to see.

“Last year I performed a durability test on THECar White Edition. I built a new car for the Nitro Challenge 2014 in February in USA, and then documented each time I drove the car. I only replaced parts that broke, in order to see how the wear rate is on the car, and if anything breaks due to stress and the rigors of racing. I practiced and raced on a variety of different tracks in various different conditions, from hot South Africa, to mild Michigan, and cool Finland.”

CLICK HERE to continue reading ‘THECar White Edition 25-Hour Test’

XRAY’s XB2 debut at the EOS Berlin


This past weekend hosted the most recent round of the EOS (Euro Offroad Series) in Berlin. The racers were greeted with a spectacular venue, and heavy competition. The 2wd Buggy class was won by Lee Martin with David Ronnefalk in second, but all eyes were on the buggy in third. XRAY’s Martin Bayer drove his way to a podium finish driving the all-new XRAY XB2 prototype.

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Bayer says, “We had a team meeting at the XRAY factory with Miguel Matias and Martin Wollanka on Wednesday, where we received the prototype of the XB2. Our team made a small practice with this prototype. On Thursday we moved to Berlin to the second EOS race. On Friday there was practice in both categories 4WD and 2WD. After the qualifications of 2WD I placed fifth and Martin Wollanka placed fourth, so we started in Final A, finally I finished third and Martin Wollanka fifth. I am really satisfied with our XB2 prototype.”

This is no doubt an impressive result for the XB2′s debut, and we anxiously await to see more of the car in the near future.  Click Here for EOS Rd.2 Final Results

SWORKz introduce S102 2WD Buggy

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The S102 chassis platform was designed with the serious racer in mind. SWORKz incorporated a simple gear insert to switch from rear-motor to mid-motor configuration for maximum efficiency in all conditions. Chassis or transmission changes are not necessary.

The S102 features a 3mm 7075 chassis layout that allows for up to 10 different battery type and positions for any track condition. SWORKz designed a Pure Oil System (no shock bladders) for a quicker shock response and improved suspension feel.

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The S102 comes standard with the innovative Eaglet body. Designed with rear grip and steering response in mind. The Eaglet body provides a well balanced feel in both mid-motor and rear-motor configurations.

The S102 platform was designed from the ground up and is the perfect model for the serious racer and weekend hobbyist alike. Smart and efficient design incorporated with a cost-effective and user friendly platform was our primary goal from the beginning of the S102 project. We now introduce the SWORKz S102……

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TESTED: ProTek 2090 .21 Tuned Pipe



If you’ve read our reviews of the short stroke ProTek Samurai engine (here: Protek Samurai Review) and the current IFMAR World Champion OS B2101 buggy engine (here: OS B2101 Review), you probably know how I feel about the 2090 pipe design.  Manufactured by OS Engines as an OS-branded product, this pipe is now also available from ProTek (a division of A-Main) as the PTK-2090.  Priced at $169.99, the pipe set includes a long 2090 manifold, springs, two gaskets and a mounting setscrew.

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Associated unveils ‘Factory Lite’ B5M

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Team Associated’s RC10B5 and RC10B5M have been met with wild success by racers around the globe at both the club level and at major racing events. Always looking for a challenge, Team Associated’s Area 51 engineers took it upon themselves to make the best RC10 to date even better! A version of the B5M that would optimize the platform to excel in classes requiring spec motors and for certain track conditions that allow the racer to take full advantage of the performance offered from reduced weight.

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Enter the RC10B5M Factory Lite Kit. Shedding over 75 grams of weight, the RC10B5M Factory Lite includes a 3-gear transmission for lower rotational mass, a lightened hard-anodized aluminum chassis, titanium turnbuckles, and aluminum front axles.

CLICK HERE for more details.

Schumacher uncages the Cougar KF2


The new Cougar KF2 is a professional, high performance 1/10th scale 2WD racing buggy, based upon the ground breaking, multiple national championship winning Cougar KF. The KF2 includes an adjustable motor position for optimum weight distribution on high or low grip tracks. Among the KF2′s many other refinements is an all new black alloy chassis, new bodyshell, alloy chassis stiffeners, new lightweight side gears and new QUAD pad vented slipper unit. These and other exciting features make the new KF2 more reliable, easier to work on and above all, faster!

The Cougar KF2 is equipped with industry standard 12mm hex front and rear wheels and Schumacher’s legendary Big Bore Shocks to soak up the bumps. Set to be released in kit and pre-assembled versions in late-January.

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Losi RTR Petrol/Gasoline 8ight Buggy

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The Losi® 8IGHT™ 4WD petrol (Gasoline for our N.American friends) buggy puts podium proven buggy excitement at your fingertips with the reliability of petrol power and much more. Thanks to an impressive Dynamite® .31 ci petrol engine, you can now experience all the 8IGHT has to offer now with unprecedented convenience.

As the first petrol powered buggy of its kind, the 8IGHT will run longer and require less maintenance compared to its Nitro fuel powered competitors. This version of the 8IGHT buggy comes with the same ROAR National Championship winning driving characteristics that sent it to the podium for a superior driving experience right out of the box.

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To better accompany the upgraded power and national championship driving characteristics the Losi 8IGHT buggy also comes with AVC™ (Active Vehicle Control™) Technology. Using AVC, you’ll be able to drive faster with more control and get the most out of the ridiculous power and precision the 8IGHT gas buggy packs. This outstanding RTR package includes a Losi starter box for hassle-free reliable starting whenever you want to scratch your itch for ballistic petrol buggy action. Join the petrol revolution today.