April 12, 2024

JConcepts S2 RC10B7 body

JConcepts has released its popular S2 body for the latest 1:10 2WD Buggy offering from Team Associated, the RC10B7.  The S2 body for the RC10B7 has a rear scoop feature on the sidepods which can be user trimmed for increased airflow or left as an object of drag and rear downforce.  A centre stabilising fin picks up just toward the front of the cab and carries over the rear and lowered section to provide tracking ability at high speed.  Additional rails on each side of the lowered rear section provide increased durability and help direct airflow over the rear end.  On the hood, a #gojconcepts customary recessed area provides another surface for airflow or can be user trimmed to provide inner cooling.  The high-performance item has protection and surrounds the RC10B7 spur gear guard like a glove.  The championship winning item includes two of the 6.5” Carpet | Turf | Dirt wing which is now a standard racing item around the world.  Coming with two 6.5” wings,  the body includes all trim and window lines scribed on the body and masks to quickly cover the inside of the windows for painting.

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April 11, 2024

FEMCA EP Offroad Championship – Announcement

FEMCA, the governing body of RC racing that represents 15 nations in Asia and Australasia, has announced details of the 2024 FEMCA EP Offroad Championship.  Following the Covid shutdown, FEMCA, under the guidance of Vice President Leonard Kee has been proactive in re-establishing its various FEMCA title deciding races with 1:10 Offroad the latest event to be announced for July 19-21 at the GDC Indoor track in Foshan, China.  The track operated by well known racer Gavin Kwok, is no stranger to international visitors having hosted a very successful inaugural Foshan International Invitational RC Championship for electric touring car in December where former World Champion Ronald Volker took the victory.  In addition to its touring car track, GDC also has a dedicated astro turf offroad track on which it will host the FEMCA EP Offroad Championship.  A total of four FEMCA Champions will be crowned at the event including 4WD Modified & 13.5 Stock Buggy and 2WD Modified & 17.5T Stock Buggy.  The race will also feature 2WD & 4WD Vintage Buggy support races.  While the controlled tyre for each class is still to be announced, the schedule with see 5 rounds of qualifying with 3 to count and triple finals for everyone.  Former FEMCA EP Offroad Champions include multi discipline World Champion Naoto Matsukura.

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April 9, 2024

Hara ‘excited’ for Philippine Masters return

A former winner of the Philippine Masters, legend of the sport Atsushi Hara will make his return to the famed Manila based 1:8 Offroad event next week (April 18-21).  The offroad and onroad World Champion, last contested the race in 2019 and will return to the Circulo Verde track at the controls of an Sworkz Buggy, a decade on from when he raced for manufacturer full time during the 2014 season.  Joining the international entry that includes reigning World & Philippine Masters Champion Davide Ongaro, multiple Worlds finalist Kyle McBride, Asian Buggy Championship points leader & PM debutant Ryan Lutz, and another PM debutant Joern Neumann, on his return to the Asia’s biggest annual 1:8 Offroad race former FEMCA Champion Hara said, “I am so excited to be back at Philippine Masters, because Philippine Masters is one of the best organizers in the world.  This time, Sworkz and Cayote have helped me to enter the race!  I am also looking forward to seeing my many friends and fans in the Philippines!  See everybody at the track!”

Source: Asian Buggy Championships [Facebook]

April 9, 2024

Xray XB2 Narrow Gear Diff Composite Case & Cover

Xray has added this optional Narrow Gear Diff Composite Case & Cover for its XB2/XT2 2WD Offroad Platforms.  The Gear differential case with 53T pulley and cover for the narrower LCG Differential is made from a specially-formulated graphite composite mixture for increased strength and lower weight.  A perfect balance between reliability and performance.  Lightweight, the more durable material also makes it more resistance to higher temperatures and wear.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

April 9, 2024

R1 Wurks Forged Carbon Octalock Slipper Pads

New from R1 Wurks is their Forged Carbon Octalock Slipper Pads for use with Team Associated offroad race vehicles.  Made from forged carbon fibre material the extremely lightweight  pads improves the slipper’s performance.  Precision-cut press fit to prevent shifting, the Octalock pads maintain consistent slipper settings and are resistant to heat and pressure for improved performance during operation.

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April 8, 2024

Maifield doubles at Psycho Nitro Blast

Ryan Maifield took his Teknos to a double victory at the annual Psycho Nitro Blast over the weekend winning the Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truggy at the 17th edition of the Tennessee based indoor race.   With just two rounds of qualifying per class, Maifield would secure the TQ from Brandon Rose when he went faster than the Sworkz driver’s opening round TQ run.  In Nitro Truggy it was a similar story with Maifield topping the second round to secure the TQ ahead of the Q1 winner & team-mate Seth Vandalen.   In the half hour Truggy A-Main Maifield came away with a 13-seconds winning margin over Vandalen for a Tekno 1-2 with the TLR of third place qualifier Dakotah Phend completing the Top 3 as last year’s Champion Mason Fuller finish P5 behind Ryan Lutz.  After 30-minutes of racing Maifield took Nitro Buggy title away from 2023 Champion Phend as he finished 6-seconds clear of his rival with Vandalen again completing the Top 3 as he did last year.  In eBuggy last year’s double Truggy Champion Mason Fuller took the win while the eTruggy victory went to Top Qualifier Lutz by just 1.6 seconds over Mason.

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April 8, 2024

Canas wins very poorly supported IFMAR 1:8 eBuggy World Cup

Sworkz and Juan Carlos Canas will go down in the record books as the winners of the IFMAR 1:8 eBuggy World Cup, a precursor to the inaugural eBuggy World Championship, but it was the fact that just 9 drivers contested the World Cup that was the main story from Portugal.  Hosted by the Club ACDB “OS BEIROES” at their track in Guarda, the event was originally scheduled for last September but was postponed due to a lack of entries with the date just after the 1:10 Offroad World Championships in Arizona touted as a reason for the poor support.  Rescheduled for April 5-7, while the event again failed to attract entries it went ahead with European 1:8 Nitro Buggy Champion Canas the only big international star to attend.  While a clash with annual the Psycho Nitro Blast in Tennessee could be attributed to a lack of US drivers making the costly trip to Europe, the previous weekend’s rained off International Buggy Challenge also in Portugal looks to have been a big factor in a lack of top European entries.  Winning 3 of the 4 10-minute mains, Canas took the win from the Mugen Seiki of fellow Spaniard David Todd while IBC race organiser João Figueiredo completed the podium with his Tekno. 

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April 5, 2024

R1 Wurks B7 3-Gear Transmission

Continuing its roll out of option parts for the Team Associated RC10B7 2WD Buggy, California based R1 Wurks has released this 3-Gear Transmission.  This optional gearbox transforms your 5-gear B7 gearbox into a 3-gear configuration for a setup that minimises rotating mass and reduces friction in the drivetrain, leading to improved acceleration and efficiency. A direct fit, it is 4g lighter than the kit 5-gear transmission, considering the removal of 4 bearings, two idler gears, two idler shafts, and one screw.  Precision machined inhouse the 8mm wide Cut 39T Idler gear is included.

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