Offroad: Bloody knuckles or tutus?

WOW Ballet

Were you an avid R/C racer back in the 1980’s? I was too young back then, BUT I have seen the footage, heard the stories, and can only dream of what offroad racing used to be. Looking back, this seems like the glory days of RC – racing on loamy tracks, knobby tires that required no inserts (they didn’t exist back then), and racing lines that changed from lap to lap.

“Somewhere between 1985 and 2014, I feel as though we have lost sight of what offroad really means…”

Today, offroad racing features hours and hours of track prep to ensure a perfectly smooth and sticky track. Something which some might argue defeats the purpose of offroad racing by creating dirt roads smoother than most asphalt parking lots.

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Messina Worlds makeover underway

IFMAR Worlds

Things are starting to take shape in Italy as the organizers of the 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Offroad World Championships have begun a complete makeover of the Naxos facility in Messina! The track appears to be receiving a wide variety of new additions including that of bricks, timbers, dirt, concrete, and more. Off the track, the facility is getting a fresh look, and plenty of attention to provide racers with a world class facility for the upcoming event, just over a month away.

“[Per] IFMAR regulation, [the track] will have at least 50% of its surface in the ground.”

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Pro-Line releases the ‘Fugitive’


Pro-Line is putting the competition on the run with the all-new Fugitive race tire. The Fugitive was developed to be the longest lasting race tire ever produced by Pro-Line, while still being quick and agile. In the past, the prevailing knowledge for creating a new tire that lasted throughout the long A-Mains in extreme wear conditions was to design a big and tall tire tread that was spaced out. While this was effective for the day, the tall and stiff tread numbed out the handling and didn’t have the speed of the smaller pin race tires.

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NeilBuggy: Rd4 BRCA National


Neil Cragg  reports on round 4 of the BRCA 1/8 nitro buggy nationals, take it away Mr NeilBuggy!

It was the rescheduled 4th round of the BRCA nationals at the weekend at Coventry. I’m gonna level with you and say I wasn’t massively excited about racing at Coventry, I think the track layout is a little uninspiring and looks like it could do with a little TLC. After driving on it though the little changes they had made were all positive! I like the new last part of the track, and whatever the club had put on some of the corners (I heard it was cooking oil?!) made for no traction, in a good way, it was like ice racing out there and I really enjoyed it!

After practice it was pretty clear who the standouts were, Elliott and Bloomfield, just for a change, were Head and shoulders above the rest of field, both their cars looking dialed. I felt pretty good after practice, we were just trying different tires and trying to work out the ‘ice corners’, I was hoping to be up to the leading pairs pace by the end of qualifying.

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PSM redesigns SWORKz 1/8 towers

PSM Towers

PSM has just released their latest creation, this time catering to SWORKz fans! The German option parts company have introduced their new carbon fiber front and rear shock towers for the S350 BK1 EVO buggy. The new towers feature updated suspension geometry and tuning options, lightweight design, adjustable rear body mount, updated roll-center geometry, and are precision machined from high quality 5mm carbon fiber.

Source: PSM

Cole Ogden the ‘Wicked’ buggy champ

Ogden Neo

The third annual Wicked Weekend took place recently in Gainesville, Georgia. This year’s event brought in just over 400 total entries! The track surface all weekend had high bite, was blue grooved, and had a light dust on top. The Pro Buggy class featured an intense battle between TLR teammates Cole Ogden and Dylan Gerard. The two drivers attacked the track, swapping positions back and forth to start off the 30-minute A-Main. Eventually the REDS powered TLR buggy of Cole Ogden would stretch out his lead and take the victory!

Source: REDS

Orion goes soft with new LiPos

Team Orion has just released their new Soft Case LiPo battery packs with LED Voltage Control System. The new Soft Case batteries are equipped with the latest 50C cells and available with many different connectors and configurations. These packs are the first to feature the LED Voltage Control System, which using an integrated PCB allows you to check the status of your battery on the go!

Source: Team Orion

Neumann & Strenge win German Nats

Durango German Nats

The 2014 double EFRA European Champion, Jörn Neumann, has struck again with another prestigious off-road race title victory. Jörn has just returned from the German 1/10 Offroad National Championships, taking first overall in 4WD Buggy, and also taking first overall in 4wd Short Course. Despite wet conditions, that plagued the practice and qualifying rounds during the first day of this two day competition, Jörn was able to take TQ with his DEX410v4 and DESC410v2 vehicles. This double victory also included an almost faultless start-to-finish win in the ‘A’ Main finals in both classes, leaving the competition some ten seconds in his wake. Founder Team Durango legend, Gerd Strenge, was also able to secure a very pleasing victory, racing his DEX410v4 in the stock class. This gave Team Durango a clean sweep of German National victories, taking all three classes home for the 2014 season!

Source: Team Durango

Mugen wins at Mugen Challenge

mugen challenge

The 2014 Mugen Challenge was held the weekend of Aug 16th-17th hosted by K&B III The Outback in Kingsville, Ohio. After thirteen hours of practice on a beautiful layout build by The Dirt master himself Joey Christensen, the racers were ready for qualifying. Racers from all over the US and Canada were in attendance to throw down in various classes. Chris Chmielewski has recapped all of the action from the event on behalf of K&B III The Outback, and has shared the in-depth report covering all classes! Read more…