Team Associated RC8 B3 First Drive Exclusive

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“This is the biggest, most important project in Team Associated history.”
– Bob Stellflue, Associated Design Engineer

FEATURE BY STEPHEN BESS
Vehicle names fascinate me.  Sometimes a name has deep meaning, while other times they mean nothing at all. Curious automobile names include BMW’s new M3, which is now called the M4; the Infinity Q45, which is called the Nissan Cedric outside of the US; and who could forget the Mazda Bongo Friendee (seriously, look it up)?

Less curious names within RC include Mugen’s series of 1/8-scale buggys, incrementally named the MBX-4 through MBX-7, and of course Associated’s B2-B5 electric buggies. So it stands to reason that Team Associated’s new RC8 B3 is the third buggy in its 1/8-scale history. Right?

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AMain.com Independence Day Sale!

AMAin Sale

Celebrate Independence Day the AMain.com way! Save $15 on all orders $75 or more in AMain’s Storewide Pre 4th of July Sale. Use coupon code JUL41575 during the checkout process between Monday, June 29, at 12:00 a.m. and Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. (PST). Additionally, AMain is slashing prices on dozens of products from SWorkz, Yokomo, Walkera, Align, EasySky and more. Hurry, these deals won’t last and supplies are limited on several products!

JQRacing supporters join together to sign world class driver

JQRacing GoFundMe

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JQRacing has announced a unique new campaign, started by long-time supporter and driver Benoit Deschamps. After reviewing the most recent 1/8 buggy rankings of the Top25RC listing, Benoit was quite disappointed to see the brand he loved so much missing from the crowd. Benoit and JQRacing believe they have the product to make the list, but are still missing the driver to do it.

“There is something that bothers me in this ranking, does it bother you? It stings my eyes …. This ranking shows the 25 best drivers in the world, but only car brands that can afford these drivers, and those brands are always the same. If it is only a question of money now, why don’t we, the JQ customers, team drivers, and supporters, help to pay a driver for this list? 

I think it’s time to show these major RC companies that money is not everything, and that we appreciate the excellent work of JQRACING, the dedication of this small company and team, and show that there is a real community behind them, that can make a difference. Let’s take THECar White Edition and JQRACING to the next level,” says Benoit.

With all of that being said, Benoit has teamed up with JQRacing to start a donation campaign through GoFundMe.com to raise money for JQRacing to bring the world-class driver they’ve been waiting for on board.

JQ says, “First of all I have to say thank you to Benoit, and also all other JQRacing supporters for believing in our brand and our car! I guess this will be the final proof! How big, and how strong are our JQ supporters? Are people willing to open their wallets and join in the efforts to get JQRacing to the next level? Do JQ drivers truly share our dream of making a car capable of winning any race, against the odds? Do they want to play a big part in it? Maybe even some haters will join in, in order to help make it possible for them to watch us crash and burn with a world top driver!”

To donate to the JQRacing Driver Fund CLICK HERE.

 

Jerome Aigoin scores French Championship Rd.4 win

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This past weekend hosted the 4th round of the French Championship in Chailloué. Kyosho/REDS Factory Team driver Jerome Aigoin took the win ahead of Yannik Aigoin and Edouard Hugon.

Modelsport prepares to kickoff 2015 Serbian offroad season

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The Modelsport Offroad Track in Serbia has announced the ‘RC Buggy Race Weekend’. This is the first official race of the season at the Modelsport facility, and racers from across Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Greece are expected to attend. The track will provide practice on July 11th, and racing on July 12th. Racers interested in participating may register by emailing modelsportrs@gmail.com.

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MIP instates newest rendition of alu AE gearbox

MIP Eco Gearbox

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From the first rendition of the MIP Box comes a running change in the form of the MIP Eco All-In-1 Box that accommodates all current AE and MIP topshafts on the market for the B5M, T5M platforms. This means that whichever topshaft your AE 5th generation vehicle comes with will work with MIP’s Eco All-In-1 Box. In additional to being compatible with whatever topshaft you may choose, it also bridges that gap and gives your mid motor vehicle all the benefits of the rear motor car but less drag and more initial punch with one less idler gear. The all-aluminum construct offers a huge advantage pertaining to more precise internal gear mesh, less overall heat, and stiffer bracing, better bearing seats and over 10% of the gear box weight reduced from the original box.

Ian Vella takes Intech to the top at Maltese Championship

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This past weekend hosted Round 6 of the Maltese 1/8 Nitro Offroad Buggy Championship, held at the MMORRC Rinella track. Intech’s Ian Vella put in a star performance to finish 1st in F2 Buggy with the Intech Racing BR-6 2.0!

 

Henriques wins Rallycross Regional in Portugal

Pedro Henriques has won the 3rd Rallycross Regional in Portgual. Helder Barros would finish second, with Joel Mendonca third.

Bloomfield wins at new look Slough

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Liam Galvin reports on behalf of Elliott Boots RC

BRCA 1/8th Rallycross National Round 3 – Slough

So up this weekend for us was our 3rd Round of the Nitro 1/8th series, and this time we would be visiting Slough (after a change from the planned Wakefield venue).

The weekend began early on Saturday, packing and loading the car and heading to the track for 7:30. Once at the track, we setup our pit area and finished off the car, with just the exhaust to fit and make sure the radio settings were all correct. After this was done, we took a quick walk of the track to see what lay ahead for the day. The track looked like it had a fine layer of dust on top, which would make the track slick for the first round of practice. We decided we would wait until the first few heats had been on track before making a decision on what tyres we would test first.

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Tire Choices: Are the pro’s choosing to cross the line?

Crossing The Line

Stepping over the line…we’ve all done it at some point, somehow, somewhere. Perhaps you “accidentally” liked a photo from 5-years ago of a hot friend on Facebook, or jumped into an online keyboard war in which was none of your business. When it comes to professional R/C racing there are a LOT of lines, but the question is at what point is our hobby’s paid professionals stepping over them?

This topic of discussion entered my mind directly referring to the line of tire sponsorship. It is common sense that the paid racers around the globe get paid to do one thing…win. In this day and age, one of the quickest ways to make or break a race is tire choice. While simply mounting up a good working tire won’t guarantee a race win, mounting up a bad working tire is more likely to guarantee a loss.

It’s no secret that the top pros have & will step outside of their designated sponsor tire company’s product line to ensure their best shot at winning – we know in many cases it’s a written part of the contract, pressure coming from the chassis manufacturer. My question is, at what point are these drivers stepping over the line?

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