Under the Hood: Robert Batlle

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Robert Batlle (Spain)

Chassis: Mugen Seiki MBX7R
Engine: Ultimate M4R
Fuel: Nitrolux
Tyres: Procircuit Hot Dices
Radio & Servos: Futaba & Highest DT3000 ‘Robert Batlle’ Servos
Body & Wing: Ultimate Racing & Mugen
Options: FastRace 20g weight
Event: 2016 Montpellier GP, France
Note: thanks to all my sponsors, team and all followers!!

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Under the Hood: Reno Savoya

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Reno Savoya (France)

Chassis: TLR 8ight 4.0
Engine: RC Concept MC5 Ceramic | Picco EFRA 2099 pipe
Tyres: JConcepts
Fuel: Runner Time
Radio & Servos: Spektrum & Highest D3000 Power HV Servos
Options: AVID bearings
Event: 2016 Montpellier GP, France
Notes: Racing debut with TLR after hasty HB exit

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Jared Tebo tyre testing at Sin City Vegas Nitro race

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Scores of ‘pro’ drivers have descended on Las Vegas this weekend, not for gambling but to attend the Sin City Nitro Encounter – joining their US counterparts are XRAY’s Martin Bayer and the grandaddy of them all, Kyosho’s Yuichi Kanai – likely distributing new bits and testing setups in time for the October Worlds.

Pro-Line’s newest driver Jared Tebo posted up a photo showing the recently announced ‘SwitchBlade’ tyre mounted on his MP9, ready to hit the track. “A unique directional tire with different tread on the outside compared to the inside, allowing you to mount the tires in the direction that suits your current track conditions.”

This weekend’s event is the first of four ‘major‘ races that will be held at the RC Tracks of Las Vegas facility – the likes of Tebo, Cavalieri & Co wasting no time in ensuring they gain as much runtime / advantage over competitors with the Silver State in mid March, Worlds Warm up in May and finally Sidewinder Nitro Explosion in late July the remaining opportunities for tracktime against their peers.

The pin size and pin spacing of the SwitchBlade is exactly in between the Hole Shot 2.0 and the Blockade, so you know it will work in a variety of track conditions and is destined to become the new go-to race tire.

Legendary Series Optima Details revealed

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See: Kyosho Europe

Kyosho are proud to reintroduce the original Optima released in the 80s with some modern updates. Redesigned by the original designer, the Optima has been carefully redeveloped from ground up to bring back the best of the buggies in the good old days and to offer a true fun to drive feel.

The Optima is designed based on the original version released in the 80s. We have updated several areas but kept the parts compatible with the original chassis. This allows customer owning the original kit to restore their cars. More photos here.

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XRAY XB2 alu front & rear roll-center holders

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XRAY introduces an optional front and rear roll-center holder for XB2 2wd buggy. They are CNC-machined from high-quality Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum. Alu holder increases strength and makes the handling more precise and more forgiving. Suitable for very-high-traction tracks. The front roll-center holder fits both Dirt & Carpet Edition while the rear roll-center holder only fits to the Carpet Edition.

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AKA Crosslink 1/10 Stadium Truck tire

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After the Crosslink 2.2 1/10 buggy rear tire, here is the Crosslink version for 1/10 Stadium Truck. The characteristics of both tires are identical, with a symmetrical open tread pattern designed to break in quickly and provide unparalleled forward traction. This additional forward traction is perfect for today’s high powered 1/10 Stadium Trucks and allows a more aggressive steering setup without the worry of losing on-power control.

The Xlink has been designed for hard packed or blue groove, indoor and outdoor tracks. Availables in championship winning Clay, Ultra Soft and Super Soft compounds as tires with Red inserts.

AKA Crosslink 2.2 1/10 buggy rear tire

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AKA unveil its new rear tire for 1/10 buggy, the Crosslink 2.2. After the success of the 2.2 Chainlink, AKA are now following up that tire up with a new design on their 2.2 carcass, the Crosslink. The Crosslink features a symmetrical open tread pattern designed to break in quickly and provide unparalleled forward traction.

This additional forward traction is perfect for today’s high powered 1/10 buggies and allows a more aggressive steering setup without the worry of losing on-power control. The Crosslink has been designed for hard packed or blue groove, indoor and outdoor tracks. Availables in championship winning Clay, Ultra Soft and Super Soft compounds as tires with Red inserts.

Pro-Line front wing & mount

Pro-Line front wing

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Pro-Line introduces a front wing and mount. This front wing is available in 4 versions, for Yokomo YZ-2, Kyosho RB6, TLR 22 3.0 and Team Associated B5M. The new Front Wing first debuted at the 2016 Reedy Race of Champions by taking home the Championship Win at the hands of Pro-Line team driver Dakotah Phend. Pro-Line’s Front Wing is placed in front of the shock tower and sits as low as possible for the cleanest air flow and lowest possible center of gravity.

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SWORKz releases S350T US Edition

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SWORKz introduces the S350T US Edition 1/8 Nitro Pro Truggy. The S350T US Edition project was started by SWORKz USA Team during the 2015 ROAR Nats. Improvements combined with many small new details resulted into a more balanced and improved truggy. The SWORKz S350T US Edition Pro Truggy Kit comes standard with SWORKz LDS front and rear Universal Cross Drive Shafts, L-BBS shock system with new geometry shock positions. This new US Edition SWORKz Truggy is stronger, better race performance and value for $.

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Maifield wins Arizona state Champs

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See: REDS Racing

This past weekend the Arizona state championships was held at Fear Farm R/C Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. REDS Racing Team driver Ryan Maifield was able to win both buggy and truggy. He finished ahead of Mike Truhe, second and Adam Drake third.

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