New Novarossi ‘Mito’ 2015 engines

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Just in time for the toy fair in Nuremberg, Novarossi have announced new 2015 engine releases under the ‘Nova’ line, the two .21 Offroad engines are based on the VIR-TUS design principle with offset carburettor technology first since in 2014.

The shifted carburetor grants a better mixture flow inside through the crankcase’s intake. This gives the engine an improved fuel efficiency and a better power curve.

The ‘Mito’ is available in two extra long stroke versions – the Mito 4 (port) & Mito 7 (port), both also available with ceramic front and rear bearings, both feature the latest bearings which “reduces the inertia of the rotating masses and increases the engine’s scavenging. These novelties give an increased throttle response and a higher top speed.”

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Lebron & Marrero win at SOR Rd.1

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Last weekend hosted Round 1 of the SOR Championship in Puerto Rico. The Fajardo R/C Track provided racers with a fantastic layout to kick off the racing season. Qualifying was dominated by Miguel “Cayey” Cotto, who captured the TQ position in 1/8 Buggy, and 1/8 Truggy. Cotto’s domination ended there, as Orlando Lebron charged his way to the front for the 1/8 Buggy win ahead of Andy Baez and Jorge Estevez. In 1/8 Truggy it was Jerome Marrero who took home the gold, with Arnaldi Pastrana and Christian Castro in tow.

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Fischer signs 2-year deal with Kyosho

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The Danish 1/8 Buggy Champion, Oliver Fischer, has chosen to continue with Kyosho/Robbe Germany through 2016. This partnership will allow Fischer to continue running the Kyosho, Orion, AKA, and KO Propo equipment that helped take him to the top step of the podium more than once in 2014.

Carlos Fonseca joins MKS Servos

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The Taiwanese servo manufacturer, MKS Servos, has announced today that Portuguese offroad racer Carlos Fonseca has joined the factory MKS team for 2015. Carlos says, “I’m very happy and pleased to join MKS Servos from Taiwan and be part of the official factory team for 2015. MKS Servos have great quality and finishing just look stanishing! I’ve already test the new X6 series servos that will be out soon in 2015! Ultra power and ultra speed with great Brusless Motor, High Voltage System and all aluminim CNC case are just a few features found in this servos.”

Source: MKS

Ogden & Lutz win ‘January Jam’

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The fifth Annual January Jam Race was held at the fabulous Flowood R/C Indoor Park this past weekend. There were 285 entries running 13 classes. Ryan Lutz, Matt Wolter and Edwin Hartman from Team Tekno along with a slew of Tekno Drivers from all over the US showed up for the event. Ryan took the event by storm,  placing first in 1/10 4wd Sct, 1/8 Nitro Truggy, 1/8 Electric Buggy, 1/8 Electric Truggy. He finished 3rd in 1/8 Nitro Buggy in one of the wildest races ever. Lutz, Cole Ogden and Josh Glancy battled for 35 minutes with the lead changing countless times during the race. Lutz got into some traffic on the last lap allowing Ogden and Glancy to cross the finish line at the same time. Odgen (TLR) won the race by .023 over Glancy (Mugen) with Blake Boggs (AE) and Jake Dellinger (AE) rounding out the top 5. 

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AKA’s new products & How to video

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Mark Pavidis of AKA have produced a couple of videos, the first highlighting a series of new products we showed you last week – including a new wheel balancer, hole puncher and cleaner. Mark introduces the products in the first video and helpfully shows us how to use their new versatile 1/10 & 1/8 wheel balancer in the second video.

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The 2 in 1 handheld wheel balancer has been meticulously engineered to balance most 12mm hex and 17mm hex wheels, including 1:10 buggy, short course, 1:8 buggy and truggy (not ccompatiblewith stadium truck). The sleek, lightweight design fits in any toolbox without taking up much room. Package includes one balancer and one block of balancing clay.

RDRP introduces alu B5 Wing Mount

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Revolution Design Racing Products introduce the B5 Wing Mount Aluminium Set for Team Associated’s rear motor 2WD buggy. Designed to replace the standard plastic mount with a more durable solution the parts are machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and they are coming blue anodized for improved looks. The wing mount is not only a lot more durable than the kit parts but also makes for a more solid base especially for larger or heavier wings, which leads to improved aerodynamic efficiency.

As usual with RDRP’s latest line of Team Associated options, the parts sport a cool blue colour and laser-etched logos for that factory look.

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Source: RDRP

Miguel Matias re-signs with XRAY

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XRAY is happy to announce that European Champion and multi-time Portuguese National Champion, Miguel Matias, will continue to be part of the factory team in 2015 season. Miguel is a professional offroad car racer with many years of experiences and a stunning list of achievements and victories. Miguel will continue to work closely with the R&D team on the further development of the XRAY electric & nitro off-road car platforms including XB8, XB4, XB8E & XT9.

Miguel says, “Being part of the XRAY factory team has been a great experience and I am very happy for the support and backup I get. The speed of development is incredibly fast and very professional which is a great inspiration to me to improve as well. I will continue to race both nitro and electric off-road platforms. This year I will travel more and will participate also at the entire EOS series as well all the European Championships on schedule. I cannot wait for the next races, see you soon.”

Source: XRAY

Ryan Maifield wins 2015 Reedy Race

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After an intense weekend of racing at OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, California, the 2015 Reedy Race of Champions is complete! The prestigious Invitational Class came down to the final round of 4wd buggy to clearly crown a champion. Clinching a final round victory, Team Losi Racing’s Ryan Maifield sealed the deal to win his first Reedy International Race of Champions! This came as a momentous occasion for Ryan, as he narrowly missed out with 2nd place finishes in both 2013 and 2014. Team Kyosho’s Jared Tebo would finish 2nd overall behind Maifield, with Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri taking home third.

Patrick Hofer inks deal with RDRP

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Swiss frontrunner, multi-time Swiss champion, and Team Associated factory driver Patrick Hofer has signed a contract with Revolution Design Racing Products to run the brand’s Ultra line of tools and the new RDRP Team Associated B5 series option parts in his 2015 race campaign. RDRP says, “Patrick is one of the, if not the fastest 1/10 electric offroad racer in Switzerland, and he will be a nice asset to RDRP’s team of talented racers.”

Source: RDRP