This past weekend hosted the 2014 Octoberfest race at Central Valley Raceway in Madera, California. The race was attended by several heavy hitters including Austin Blair, Tyler Vik, Mike Truhe, Philip Atondo, and others. When the racing was all said and done, it would be a clean sweep of the buggy and truggy classes by Serpent’s Mike Truhe. Truhe piloted his way to TQ in both classes, and carried on to win both mains with impressive performances.
JQRacing loves racing, but understands that racing does not always come cheap. They have formulated a plan to change that. JQRacing has decided to keep THE Yellow Edition buggy in their product line. This decision is aimed to lend a helping hand to club racers looking to save a buck, while still being competitive. JQRacing is now offering 299 kits of THECar Yellow Edition at $299.
Revolution Design Racing Products (RDRP) have announced today that German 1/8 offroad star, Carsten Keller, has officially joined the RDRP race team. The 2013 German 1/8 E-Buggy Champion and 2014 EFRA Euros top 5 finisher will use the full line of RDRP tools, wrenches and accessories to keep his Kyosho rides in top condition.
1/8 offroad buggy star and and French National Champion, Jerome Aigoin, has announced that he will be using Team Orion brushless power for 2015. Jerome will be using an R8 ESC, VST2Pro 690 brushless motors, Carbon Pro LiPo batteries and the Touch Duo charger to power his cars. We saw Ryan Maifield make the switch to Orion brushless power, and shortly after he made the switch to Orion nitro power as well.
Could this be a sign Jerome Aigoin will also be joining the Team Orion nitro team in the near future? Cast your vote!
Offroad R/C racing is divided into a wide variety of classes. Most recognize the modified classes as being the most the ‘premiere’ class to run, as this is where most of the industry’s top pros will be found. Although modified classes may be considered ‘premiere’, it does not always mean that is where you will find the best racing. On a weekly basis around the nation, some of the best offroad racing takes place in the highly competitive 17.5 stock classes, primarily being the 17.5 Stock 2wd Buggy class. This class seems to draw racers of all skill levels, including Billy Beginner up to local Joe Pro, and the winner comes down to pure driving skill, setup, and precision. In an effort to dominate this class racers will do anything and everything (including too often cheat) to win. Everyone works to build the ultimate stock racing vehicle, in which everyone has their own opinion of what that entails.
RCN has teamed up with good friend Steve Wang of ST Racing Concepts to build what they are calling the ‘STRC Super Stocker’.
Whilst at the World Championships in Sicily last month, we reported a couple of times on TLR supposedly testing a mythical ‘wider chassis’ – it became clear however that neither Adam Drake, Ryan Maifield or Dakotah Phend ran the chassis during the actual event, perhaps only Adam Drake testing it early on we understand quite a few TLR team drivers tested the wider prototype chassis during the early practice days.
However, whilst filming down by the TLR pits we came across an interesting looking chassis on TLR team driver Casey Peck’s pit table – the Arizona-native and good friend of many opting to run this development part, whether it makes it into production or even as an option we don’t know however Casey’s response when asked toed the company line;
“TLR is always working on new stuff to test but no plans for anything new that I’m aware of.”
Our eagle eyed reporter however snapped a few photos and the engine has been moved slightly outwards, a bit more conventional and also a large departure from the original 8ight buggy platform design; the first car which featured everything very centralised and narrow and offset rear center drive shaft which is typically straight on normal 8ights but now at an angle.
Update: An insider has told us that the prototype chassis doesn’t offer any huge benefits on smooth surfaces, with the main aim behind it being reducing front dogbone wear and making the car ‘slightly easier to drive’ since the wider chassis reduces chassis roll, thus more suited to rough conditions.
AKA has OFFICIALLY released the new ‘Chain Link’ 1/10 buggy tire (leaked online last week).The Chain Link is the latest addition to the AKA’s revolutionary 1:10 EVO line. It features a bi-level, interlocking tread pattern that creates support for the tire’s carcass and treads. This addition support leads to consistency through corners and provides on-throttle stability. The Chain link has a perfect balance of forward drive and side bite which is ideal for hard packed or blue groove, indoor and outdoor tracks. Available in championship winning Clay, Super Soft, and Soft compound as tires with Red EVO inserts or pre mounted pairs on EVO wheels. As with all AKA tires, proudly designed and made in the USA.
TLR has just released their all-new front and rear CVA driveshaft sets for the 22-4 buggy. TLR reports that the team has been testing these for quite a while, and the results have been VERY positive. Ryan Maifield, Dustin Evans, and Dakotah Phend have all been using these on their summer victory tour. A CVA joint will create more natural lock up or “bind” than a universal joint. This helps to stiffen the suspension when under acceleration, which makes the car flatter and drive off harder. It also helps jump landings, when you apply some throttle (especially when you know you are casing/flat landing).
TLR says, “Along with going to the “shorty” setup on the 22-4, the CVA’s were the other huge setup change the team has made that has resulted in many wins this summer.”
Did you miss the NEO’14 event in real life? Your in luck! The VRC-PRO Simulator game continues to grow and improve as more advances in the games technology and features have been released!
The game now reaches nearly 100,000 players, and continues to grow around the globe. The developers at Virtual Racing Industries have recently enhanced the game with a list of new features including the ability to practice with other cars, a new in-game chat feature, new menu help dialog, new nitro buggy setup support, new tires, and new tracks for both onroad and offroad racers alike!
Our favorite of the new tracks is the NEO’14 of course.
The JConcepts design team has spent many hours in development with leading team drivers to develop a new high-speed style body, specifically for the latest circuits. One of the most recognizable items, the Silencer body style, has now been designed for perfect fit and finish on the Hot Bodies D413 buggy.