18 November 2013 23:02 by Phil
‘FX – Function over style’
Once the package arrived at our testing HQ, expectations of the FX Engine were high as a result of the brilliant brand launch from the Hudy family. Most of you will remember the incredibly detailed images and introduction to the brand to an eager audience worldwide, the brand ethos continues with the packaging the FX team used to box their products. Everything based on a very strong red&black contrast, the engine and muffler boxes are small pieces of art themselves. A printed cardboard sleeve decorated richly with FX logos, pictures and infos slips onto the actual dark grey box that contains the engine.
“Much closer to the experience of unboxing a luxury watch purchase than an RC engine”
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10 October 2013 16:27 by Phil
The history of legendary model engine maestro Mario Rossi is well documented and a story most RC enthusiasts will be aware of – having dominated the model engine field during the last 20 years. Best known for his long association with the ‘godfather of RC engines’, Novarossi – Mario flew the nest for a fresh challenge with the Gandini brothers – designing and developing GRP’s engines and in-house production, after that he founded the REDS brand with his son Marco.
After some years spent developing their ideas and concepts together with Lavorazioni Meccaniche (the factory behind Sirio and Orion engines), the pair decided to change technical partners, and landed on the Milan based Picco Micromotori to produce their complete line of engines.
In the last 12 months we’ve witnessed the ascension of REDS – signing World Champion Cody King signalling the company’s market focus wasn’t only on Europe but further afield as well.
“The R5T is a high end racer engine – the top end of the market and as such we expect it to outperform expectations..”
The unit NeoBuggy received for review was REDS’ top of the line R5T Team Edition engine. Hand assembled by Mario Rossi himself, it comes with a signed checklist, assuring the top quality of the build and the precision of the parts. The packaging is a little old fashioned, nothing special about it, minimalist and maybe an area customers would expect more on, but every racer knows it’s what’s inside the box that you’re really paying for and what counts.
“…use the extra power available to get out of some awkward situations be it a difficult ex girlfriend or simply clearing a tough jump section.”
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03 October 2013 11:45 by Phil
After a lengthy wait, part two of Serpent’s Cobra Be 2.0 review has landed, summers gone, and the indoor 1/8 electric season starts to swing into action as drivers scurry indoors to avoid the cold and wetyet still get their RC fix…
Our in house Neo Stig pick up by ripping open the part bags with the shocks and start the assembly. As the parts were freed from their confinement we noted a good quality to the plastic composite parts and the shock shaft moves freely into the o-ring pack and the piston tolerance is just right.
Neo Stig built the shocks sticking to the standard setup, using 300cps silicone oil provided in the kit. Please note that you’ll need to refer to the update sheet attached to set the right length of the rear shocks, as the new rear end sports 10mm longer dampers. Concerning the rebound, again we decided to follow the manual’s advice – pushing the shaft all the way up before tightening the cap, so that the final rebound would be minimal. Take care when inserting the rubber boots before screwing the uniball onto the shaft, Neo Stig forgot to do it for one of the shocks and tore the boot attempting to install it afterwards.
We also suggest you punch a tiny hole in the boots so that the air can flow in and out according to the compression without compromising the shock performance.
Review Links: Part 1 – Initial Build / Build Photo Gallery
Part 2 – Track test / Track test Gallery
17 September 2013 10:13 by Phil
After completing the test of Ultimate’s M5 engine a while back, its now time for the monster ‘Ultimate Power’ 8 port to see what it can do in a car. On paper the 8 port, should have ‘the legs’ and deliver us the bottom to mid range power that we felt slightly lacked when testing the M5, albeit at least on this type of track.
As soon as we started the break-in procedure (which proved a bit difficult due to piston tightness in the sleeve – the norm for Novarossi mills), we found the engine to run more stable than the 5 port version, that stability helped us throughout the whole day. With the piston/sleeve so tight, and high ambient temperatures, we decided to go for a longer Japanese-style break in: this is a very important process, especially if you need to race the engine immediately after and in hot conditions.
When the engine is tight, the operating temperature increases considerably, you’ll need a richer tune to get the temp back in to an acceptable window. But we can’t fully test an engine without taking it to the limit, so we extending the break-in to 8 tanks in Samurai style and 4 tanks of fuel on the track with a very rich tune.
After checking the freeness and the compression is right, we continued with the fine tuning, leaning and asking the M8 to ‘show us what you got’.
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25 July 2013 10:25 by Phil
Our last car review consisted of XRAY’s XB9 nitro beast, however summers here, the sunglasses and girls in pretty dresses are out and about so why scare them away with a noisy smelly dirty racer when Serpent have the answer – NeoBuggytakes a closer look at the ‘other’ darker, quieter side to 1/8 Offroad – where fuel is a banned word and the acronym ABC (which usually stands for ‘Always be Closing‘) applies but in this case refers to ‘Always be Charging’…
Serpent is a relatively new name in the modern day off road scene – the Cobra being their first buggy. The Dutch company’s product line now features a complete series of buggys and a truggy. Born from the drawing board of designer Billy Easton, one of the legendary drivers and former World Champion in 1/10 2WD, the Cobra immediately proved itself as a worthy project, reaching the final in 2010 IFMAR World Championship at the highly demanding track in Pattaya, driven by the designer himself.
Review Links: Part 1 – Building the Serpent Cobra Be 2.0 / Build Photo Gallery
After that immediate success, the development of the platform continued, a “Team Edition” came out and was followed by Serpent’s last release the “2.0″ version which sports a completely different rear end. Speaking of the brushless class, Serpent showed faith in the growth of the class allocating resources and a huge commitment in producing their dedicated car, one of the very few factories that decided to redesign a large amount of parts and not simply to alter the existing platform to the different mode of power.
The Cobra Be has been a very successful car, the owners happy with the performance and the look of the buggy that features a very low profile, beautifully shaped dedicated body, and now NeoBuggy gets to play with the new 2.0 version – available to buy online here.
06 May 2013 09:29 by Phil
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – The Build | Build Photos
Part 3 – The Track test… | Photo Gallery
Part 4 – 2013 Spec Upgrade | Photos
Purchase the XRAY XB9 @ A Main Hobbies today
After putting the XB9 through it’s paces on track, we returned to the wrench bench and did a tear down – checking screws and parts’ condition – everything looked good. However whilst cleaning it the lack of rear mud guards allow quite a lot of dirt to build up on the rear suspension – ‘lightness is a lifestyle’ so we understand XRAY’s decision, however if you’re on a wet track you’ll need some.
Testing the 2013 Spec XB9
More importantly the final part of the XB9 review concludes with the ‘2013 spec’ update which winged it’s way over to our testing facility. The unboxing surprised us with the amount of new parts found inside; despite the platform largely being the same, several small bits and details revised and updated.
The biggest news is for sure the chassis, which is now a hefty 12 mm wider and slightly longer, with the center diff moved inwards to straighten the drivetrain and the engine moved forward and away from the center. The radio tray stays the same, thus requiring a longer throttle linkage. The side guards sport new holes, and the muffler support wire is longer as well.
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10 April 2013 09:41 by Phil
In February whilst attending the Montpellier GP in France we heard the surprise news that Ultimate Racing – the brand behind several Championship-winning accessories as well as the ProCircuit & Nitrolux brands of tyres& fuel respectively would have their own engine line. Naturally with news of ‘Ultimate Engines’ the story captured worldwide attention. As a newcomer to the engine scene we were keen to test the engines and see how they rated against their peers – the answer from opening the package was very impressive.
Many of the new brands entering the engine market nowadays outsource the actual manufacturing to an experienced factory, some prefer to keep this quiet, however with Ultimate they make no secret of their connection with World Championship engine maker Novarossi.
Rather the opposite in fact as upon opening the nicely presented box immediately a super sexy polished 2096 tuned exhaust pipe steals your attention and gives you a cheeky view of it’s (fuel) nipple!
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27 March 2013 12:28 by Phil
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – The Build / Build Photos
Part 3 – The Track test… / Photo Gallery
Having bonded a bit with the XB9 during the build, ‘Neo-Stig’ finally gets to flex his finger muscles by taking the car to the track as he completes the final touches and puts XRAY’s flagship model through it’s paces.
The Final Touches before the track…
Our previous article concluded with the installation of the fuel tank, but we still need to add many of the items not included in the XB9 kit. First off, all the electronics: the radio tray is smartly designed and precise that installing your servos, receiver and batteries is a pleasant way to spend less than half an hour. The cables have their routing and pass through a tunnel in the moulded tray, so that they aren’t visible after the whole part has been installed on the car. Actually, everything looks neat and tidy that to more experienced builders it might seem as if there were some missing parts, but not to worry, everything is there.
We can say the same about the steering and throttle/brake linkages: everything is simple and functional, even if we had to add a collar to increase the throttle spring tension. Once finished with electronics we continued by preparing the air filter for our incoming engine. The cells of the water-cut foams looked ideal to ensure good airflow whilst keeping your engine clean and protected, the provided airfilter oil proved to work very well. The only thing we suggest is to cut a couple millimeters from the outer foam, as it’s slightly too long and will bend as you assemble the filter.
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19 March 2013 15:30 by Phil
Review Links: Part 1 – Introduction | Part 2 – The Build / Build Photo Gallery
After Part 1′s introduction, we get down to the nuts and bolts of the XB9 review with the all important bonding session between man and car – the build.
Building the XRAY XB9
From the first moment of unboxing XRAY’s XB9 buggy, impressions are that they have put a lot of thought and effort into their product – perhaps one of the absolute best on the market. Whilst XRAY are well known for their marketing abilities, a trait translated into the packaging, only once the lid is off is the real quality from the renowned Slovakian manufacturer revealed.
Whilst opening parts bags you begin to appreciate the unrivaled quality of the parts, design and attention to detail – the small cards showing the name of the employee responsible for packing the individual bags – a nice personal ‘human’ touch in an otherwise largely mechanical process of building a kit.
The cards aren’t simply there for decoration however, serving an important purpose should there be a missing part to report. Unnecessary in our case as every screw and part was accounted for! No Ikea-style stories of missing legs to report here!
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11 March 2013 17:14 by Phil
Barely two months into the new layout, we’re pleased to announce that NeoBuggy will be branching into the minefield that is product reviews!
We’ll be approaching this tricky topic with the same journalistic honesty, style and flair as with any hot news story that might appear on the site however taking help from our own resident expert ‘Stig’ - offering his experience and opinion on whether something is great or rather more suited for the bin (US/ Trash)!
The guinea pig for our first foray into the uncharted land of reviews is XRAY’s XB9 buggy – we’ll take a look at the buggy over a series of articles. Any companies interested in having their products reviewed, contact email@example.com for further details on how it works.
Introduction – the XB9
XRAY – a household name in 1/8 Offroad and considered by many one of the finest manufacturers of a model car, the team from Trencin, Slovakia can trace it’s roots back to 2004 when the released the original XB8 ‘Luxury’ buggy. It didn’t take long before Juraj Hudy’s racing creation found steered it’s way to the top of the class, thanks in part to former driver Yannick Aigoin – the combination ruled the 2006; Yannick winning the Euros in Ripoll, Spain – bad luck robbing the pairing of a Worlds title months later in Jakarta, Indonesia.
XRAY kept the XB8 lifespan going with TQ & EC editions celebrating prestigious race results, in early 2008 it was time for a bigger step as the XB808 was unveiled. XRAY stuck with the platform until 2011, updating it progressively year by year. September that year they completed the high calibre signing of 3x European Champion Reno Savoya, a move that would pay dividends as in December they debuted the new XB9 platform at the IBR Padova facility.
The subject of our review is the XB9 – a new platform that features, above all, new shocks and a new system called Multi-Flex, that allows an easy adjustment of the chassis flexibility by just adding or removing screws from the sideguards. Our new review team have built and tested one of these “Luxury buggys” to provide you a fair and complete review, stay tuned for the step by step review.