The opening round of the 2019/20 Xray Racing Series Slovakia was held at the Hudy Arena in Trencin last weekend. The event saw the running of both off-road and on-road classes with practice on Friday and racing on Saturday. In 2WD Buggy it was Max Götzl with the TQ in round 1 followed by Martin Bayer and Ales Bidovsky. Max was able to score another TQ run in Q2, again in front of Martin and Ales. Q3 then went to Martin, but as Max had faster time in the Q1, I took the overall TQ as Martin lined up 2nd and Ales 3rd.
Xray have announced the soon release of their new XB2C 2020 2WD off-road buggy. Designed for racing on carpet and astroturf tracks the kit will hit stores just in time for the new indoor season and full details should surface very soon.
Exotek have introduced their new heavy duty 7075 alloy constructed 10g front bulkhead for the Team Associated B6.1, T6.1, SC6.1 as well as all other AE 6-series 2WD buggies and trucks. The bulkhead has two settings for kick up; 20 degrees and 30 degrees, depending on which direction it is mounted. The customised polished black base with blue chamfered accents goes great with stock plastic parts or after market blue parts and it offers protection from the elements.
Reds Racing have introduced their strictly limited edition 721 Scuderia Anniversario 3.5cc nitro off-road engine. The power plant is limited to just 100 pieces which have been released to celebrate Reds Racing‘s 10th Anniversary. Due to the success of 721 Scuderia engine in recent competitions Reds Racing have decided to leave the main features unchanged and give the engine a new look in the form of a black cooling head with gold writings recalling the 721 Scuderia design. The engine comes with a customised quality control certificate indicating serial numbers from 1 to 100 and it is wrapped in a customised packaging. 721 Scuderia Anniversario Limited Edition together with 721 Scuderia and 721 Corsa belong to Reds S Line, a new generation range of engines produced with different materials, from different suppliers and with new technologies; all assembled in-house and fully carried out in Italy. Every S line engine features high reliability, tuning stability and fuel mileage.
Coming from Horizon Hobby is the new Losi 1/5 DBXL-E 2.0 4WD Brushless Desert Buggy RTR with Smart technology. The original DBXL-E was a very popular vehicle for large scale bashers and enthusiasts alike. Its agile handling, out of the box speeds and durability make it a fan favourite. Now the DBXL-E 2.0 continues to build on the legendary status. Sharing many design ideas with the popular Losi 5ive-T 2.0 large scale buggy, Losi has built the DBXL-E 2.0 to be cleaner and easier to use, but with performance and speed to tackle any challenge. At home in any environment from dirt to pavement, wet or dry, especially with its 4WD drivetrain with larger 5mm drive pins, the desert buggy makes sure all the power is put to the ground. Drivers stay in control with a DX2E Active transmitter, a Spektrum SR6100AT 6-channel AVC telemetry receiver, and scale-to-size Maxxis Creepy Crawler LT tyres. The buggy features all the technological advances drivers demand including the Spektrum Firma 160A brushless Smart ESC and Spektrum Firma 4-Pole 780Kv brushless motor allowing to hit 80km/h with an 8-cell LiPo battery. Finally, the DBXL-E 2.0 has a Losi and Fox Shox race-inspired motorsports themed livery for that true off-road look.
Coming from Flash Point R/C is a new 1-piece wing button for the Mugen MBX8, Team Associated RC8B3.1, and Xray XB8. An alternative to the stock plastic two-piece wing buttons the part is manufactured in the U.S.A. from 3mm aluminium sheet, anodised black, and machined with the FP logo. It is lightweight, durable, and helps support the wing during hard impacts all while making wing mounting a little bit easier to to less parts being used.
This past weekend was the first round of the hugely popular Worksop Series that once again had a full entry of drivers across the four classes of 2WD, 4WD, 2WD Stadium Truck and Vintage Buggy. As always it was round by round qualifying as the racing format, with the best two results from four rounds of qualifying counting towards the final position. Qualifying in 2WD saw a dominating performance by Neil Cragg, taking TQ in all of the four rounds to take pole position from Jonathan Skidmore and Richard Lowe. In 4WD it was a similar story with Neil Cragg taking TQ, ahead of Jonathan Skidmore and Tommy Hall who lined up 2nd and 3rd respectively. The 2WD stadium truck class saw Andy Wesson take pole ahead of Nick Gurnell and Lee Talbot. The Vintage classes had Rob Fox leading the way in 4WD and Paul Kemp in 2WD.
Exotek have announced the release of a new heavy duty aluminium front pivot for the TLR 22 series of 2WD buggies and trucks. The part was machined to be lighter of weight than the optional TLR alloy pivots and it retains the stock LRC geometry of the kit plastic pivots. The arm mount comes black anodised with silver chamfered accents that go great with stock plastic or factory alloy parts.