July 15, 2024

Shepherd Velox V8.2 M0.8 18T/24T pinion options

Following requests from racers around the world Zen-Racing / Team Shepherd have introduced two new pinions to help compliment the current range on offer for its Velox V8.2 1:8 Onroad Chassis which enjoyed victory at the latest round of the Euro Nitro Series over the weekend in the hands of Lars Hoppe.  Machined to the highest standard these two new 18T & 24T options will give racers greater flexibility when setting up the drive train to help maximise performance.

Source: Zen Racing [zen-racing.co.uk]

July 15, 2024

Team Associated DC10 Drift Car Kit

Having teased a new kit release last week, Team Associated has announced its entry into competitive RC Drifting with the release of its new DC10 RWD 1:10 Drift Chassis.  Since 1964, Team Associated has proven to be the leader in competition racing.  With its roots in onroad racing, although it exited the competitive Touring Car racing scene at number of years ago, the American brand said it made sense that their Area 51 engineers would develop the ultimate RC drift car with the DC10.  In RC drifting, vehicle balance is key and with the many suspension and chassis tuning options on the DC10, drivers can set up their car with precision.  The DC10 allows changes in camber, caster, and kingpin inclination (KPI), as well as motor and battery position.

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July 15, 2024

Ultimate Racing 1:8 Buggy Chassis Skid Plates

New from Spanish brand Ultimate Racing is a range of front and rear stainless skid plates intended for use with some of the most popular brands of 1:8 buggies.  With options for Mugen, Tekno, Kyosho, Sworkz and Xray, the skid plates are constructed from 0.5mm stainless steel they are built to last and are one of the easiest ways to protect your vehicle.  Package includes one silver colour skid with Ultimate Skid Plate laser engraved. In addition to 1:8, they also offer a rear skid plate for the Mugen Seiki MSB1 1:10 2WD Buggy.

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July 15, 2024

Krapp latest driver confirmed for eSIC

After the success of the inaugural running of the Electric Singapore International Challenge (eSIC) last September, the organisers have just announced another top international driver with Christopher Krapp confirmed for the second edition.  The World Championship runner-up, will join his factory Yokomo team-mate and event co-organise Nicolas Lee at the RCMC race track in Singapore on 14-15th September as they take on strong international team line-ups from Infinity, Xpress and defending Champions Mugen Seiki.  Ronald Volker took the win last year ahead of Lee and Naoto Matsukura and the former World Champion is already confirmed to defend his title.

Source: eSIC [Facebook]

July 15, 2024

Champlin & Rivkin win at JConcepts Summer INS Dirt

JConcepts’ popular Indoor National Series made its fourth stop of the season over the weekend with the hosting of the Summer Dirt event at Hobbytown Hobbyplex in Omaha where Broc Champlin and Spencer Rivkin took the main spoils.  In 2WD Buggy it was the Schumacher of Champlin that took overall TQ ahead of former World Champion Rivkin.  With three qualifiers Champlin topped two while Rivkin’s Team Associated went fastest in Q3 to line up P2 ahead of the similar buggy of Aydin Horne.  In 4WD Buggy it was the Xray of Chase Lemieux that claimed the top spot for the finals with a dominant 3 from 3 in qualifying.  Behind the JConcepts Spring INS 2WD Buggy winner, Rivkin again lined up P2 with Summer INS Carpet double winner Tom Rinderknecht third.  In the triple finals, Lemieux would have a bad A1 finishing P5 with Rivkin getting the win.  The season opening Winter Indoor Nationals double winner would repeat again in A2 to take the overall win for 4WD.  Lemieux would win A3 to secure second overall with Xray team Rinderknecht completing the podium.  In 2WD,  while Rivkin got the win in A1, Champlin got the job done in A2 & 3 to secure the win with Horne second overall ahead of Rivkin.  With drivers’ best three from 5 races counting, the 2024 JConcepts Indoor National Series concludes with the Fall Indoor Nationals on September 27-29 at Hoosier RC Hobbyplex in New Albany.

Image: JConcepts [jconcepts.net]

July 15, 2024

Hong Nor ‘World Champion’ commemorative T-shirt

To commemorate their World Championship title victory last October in Australia, Hong Nor has released a special T-shirt to mark the success.  Germany’s Toni Gruber gave the Taiwanese manufacturer its first ever IFMAR World Champion title when he won his first World title at the 1:8 GT World Championship with an absolutely dominant and perfectly executed drive in Sydney with his X3GTS ’23 WC Edition.

Source: Hong Nor [hongnor-racing.com]

July 14, 2024

Noble sweeps Asian Buggy Championships Rd 3

Tekno driver Caleb Noble has dominated finals day at the third round of the Asian Buggy Championships, winning Nitro Truggy, EP Buggy and the premier Nitro Buggy class at Pine Hills Dirt Racing in Brisbane, Australia.  In Nitro Buggy the talented Australian overcame Top Qualifier Alex Bernadzik, hitting the front early with his NB48 2.2, a lead he would hold almost throughout in a powerhouse display. Bernadzik’s Team Associated RC8B 4.1 challenged mid-race, leading briefly before dropping back over the last ten minutes, almost caught by Christian Wolhuter in the SWorkz – the podium dominated by Australian drivers.  Having missed two rounds of qualifying due to food poisoning, Ryan Pavidis drove through the field from his 12th place starting spot, having earlier transferred through the B final, to an excellent fourth from Team Associated’s Jayden Edmunds.  Noble had early completed the win in the triple-leg EP Buggy finals, second in A1 to fellow Tekno driver Walker Spinrad before winning A2 in a thrilling battle with Bernadzik.  A3 went down to the wire, Kyle McBride (Kyosho) getting to the lead late when Noble and Bernadzik clashed, Caleb’s second place enough to ensure he would take the overall win from McBride and Bernadzik.  Completing the swept, Noble completely dominated the Nitro Truggy class, leading throughout ahead of local Jackson Beale (also Tekno) and New Zealand’s Shane O’Connor (HB).  The championship now heads to West Side Raceway in Jakarta, Indonesia in late September where the 2024 season concludes.

Source: Scott Guyatt/Asian Buggy Championships [Facebook]

July 14, 2024

Hoppe wins ENS Round 2 in Austria

Shepherd Micro Racing’s Lars Hoppe took the win at the second round of the Euro Nitro Series, the German winning the final in Aigen, Austria, ahead of reigning Champion Toni Gruber.  In qualifying it was the Mugen Seiki of 2024 Championship leader Simon Kurzbuck who took the TQ.  Winner of the season opener in Ettlingen, Germany, the former World Champion topped 3 of the 4 qualifiers with Hoppe the only other driver to top a round with the fastest time in Q2 to secure P2 on the grid.  In the 45-minute final, Kurzbuch looked to have the race under control leading from Hoppe and the Capricorn of third place qualifier Gruber however the Swiss driver’s engine would stop approaching the 20-minute mark.   Taking over the lead, Kurzbuch losing over 4-minutes in the pits, Hoppe would see off the challenge of Gruber eventually winning by 3/4 of a lap from the Gruber with the Infinity of Teemu Leino completing the podium a further 8-seconds back.  Kurzbuch would finish P8.  In 1:10 it was the Infinity of Jilles Groskamp who took the win from the TQ spot ahead of the Capricorn of reigning Champion & Round 1 winner Melvin Diekmann.  Infinity’s Milan Holthuis completed the podium.

Image: Lars Hoppe [Facebook]