It is a positive avalanche of sponsored drivers in Tasmania this week with Team Xray Australia announcing a third sponsored Tasmanian driver. Drew Butcher is joining the Xray team in 1:8 buggy and truggy classes for 2014.
It is great to see some sponsored drivers in Tasmania, and with Team Xray announcing 3 team drivers around the state in the last week they are obviously looking to make an impression in Tasmania.
Another new Recruit for Team Xtray Australia!
Recruit #3!!! Victorian Nigel Spokes is now proud to be part of the XRAY Australia Team. Already driving the XB4 Nigel now has the XB4 2wd to build over the Xmas break. Just remember Nigel, dont use the Carpet setup for Dirt ; )
Source: Team Xtray Australia Facebook
Team Xray Australia have announced another recruit, and another Tasmanian recruit at that! Congratulations to Sam for making the team!
Recruit #2 Tassie Driver Sam Wells, hooked up with XRAY for the 2014 season. Sam’s a front runner in Tassie for the last couple of years, recently traveling to the NSW States in Sydney where he caught our attention. Welcome aboard Sammy!!!
Source: Team Xray Australia Facebook
Yes, HPI Racing have updated it’s fantastic Baja 5B SS for 2014!
This massive vehicle weighs in at a hefty 9.6kg, and is 817mm long, and for 2014 it comes with some stellar upgrades! The SS is the “go fast”kit so it comes with a clear body, and needs your own radio gear and throttle servo. However everything else is in the box. The powerful 26cc two stroke petrol engine is still there, but for 2014 it has a new aluminium tuned pipe with a steel header for improved durability. New heavy duty front wheel hubs, and one piece rear hub carriers are included in the kit. One of the most welcome additions comes in the form of Super Heavy Duty Diff Shafts, super Heavy Duty Drive Shafts and Super Heavy Duty Axles.
The new livery in grey and orange looks fantastic as ever HPI kits do. Makes you want a BIG RC buggy doesn’t it!
Source: HPI Racing
It’s been a while since we have seen much come out of the HPI Racing / Hot Bodies stable apart from the very nice D413 4×4 1:10 buggy and a new mini rally car. In the past HPI has released new products on an almost monthly basis, however for the last 12 months there has been nothing, and little completely new apart from some new bodies on kits.
So what is going on? Is the Octane Savage (1:8 scale petrol vehicle line) still causing problems and holding things up as there has been no sign of them since the Hobby Town USA Dealers Convention and Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this year. Rumors flew everywhere back in February this year saying that HPI was in trouble and had been sold! However those rumours only turned out that Hobbico/Great Planes had done a deal to be the exclusive distributor for HPI/HB in North america. But then it”s been really very quiet since then. We had a new website back in July this year, umm yay! Really what we want is new kits, more monster trucks, race cars, rally cars, and, well whatever, maybe a crawler?
The below image appeared on the HPI Facebook page a few days ago eluding to something new. Checking the HPI website found this page http://hpiracing.com/en/article/view/2013121301 about being able to have your own personalised garage on the HPI website. Fantastic service for enthusiasts, but not new or updated kits. Still better than nothing happening, but HPI are going to need to step up as they are falling behind some of the other players in the market in respect to keeping up with what people want. I’m the first person to say that I love the HPI Racing brand and vehicles, but they need to step up.
It seems to be a big day for Australian news and results today!
JQ is back from his first ever Australia trip, where he attended the Naracoorte South Australian Tri Series Finale. The track was super loose and dusty, and got really bumpy for the mains. Qualifying was 4/6 rounds, and it was a very close affair with JQ TQ:ing before Andrew Foord. Almost every round was decided by about 1 second. The finals were interesting, with two 20 minute mains being run. The first one went to Foord, after JQ ran out of fuel while leading, on the last lap (deja vu anyone?). The second main then went to JQ, with Foord finishing 2nd. Tied in points, the tie-breaker went to JQ for the overall win! This was the 4th JQ Asia Tour event, and once again, rather incredibly, all White Editions made the A main. This time there were three, JQ, Nathan Separovich and Ashleigh Frensham. As for the Yellow Editions, there were two in the B main! Great performance!
-“Thank you to the LCRCMCC for inviting me and for Ash and Nathan Tampe for taking such good care of me! #rcgypsy”
- Joseph Quagraine JQ – REDS – AKA
- Andrew Foord Mugen – Nova – AKA
- Mark Brown Mugen – Nova – AKA
- Shane Hancock Mugen – Nova – AKA
- Mick Campion Mugen – Nova – AKA
- Nathan Separovich – JQ – OS – AKA
- Matt Samra Kyosho – Nova – AKA
- Ashleigh Frensham JQ – OS – AKA
- Ian Smedman Losi – OS – AKA
- Michael Ellis Mugen – Nova – AKA
- Simon “justwaitingforamate” Page Kyosho – RB – AKA
- Lewis Hewitt Losi – OS – AKA
For more details and photos, visit the JQ Products website http://jq-products.com/the-car-yellow-edition-news/464-jq-wins-for-jq-products-reds-and-aka-in-australia
Source: JQ Products http://jq-products.com/the-car-yellow-edition-news/464-jq-wins-for-jq-products-reds-and-aka-in-australia
New Team Durango Australia signing Jarred King has returned from the Sydney JConcepts Clash with a double first place finish, and an overall TQ in 4WD for his brand new DEX410v4.
Jarred was extremely happy to take the double winners crown at his first major race meeting since joining our team driver roster last month. The 100 strong field of racers battled hard on a dry and dusty off-road track near Castle Hill in Eastern Australia, as the regions fastest drivers raced for supremacy.
Jarred piloted his DEX210 Buggy to a convincing victory in 2WD, despite losing a tyre during the ‘A’ main finals after clipping a track pipe in the final laps of his victorious performance.
Jarred then went on to prove the awesome performance of his new DEX410v4 Buggy, by setting a TQ pace in 4WD on the loose dirt track. Jarred flew home to take first spot and reported that the DEX410v4 was perfectly balanced, with its new Two-Way Slipper Clutch system bringing added handling capabilities on the dusty surface.
Jarred is keen to highlight that the DEX410v4 is very easy to drive fast straight from the kit box, with consistent lap times being made easier by such refinements as the new UJ Centre Drive Shafts.
We send our congratulations to Jarred for a great result, and we welcome him to the team for the 2014 racing season.
Explore how the upcoming DEX410v4 can put you on the podium now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/
Learn about the range of option parts that you can access to make your DEX410v4 a unique racing machine: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php?p=1&pp=200&so=&partNo=TD102030&type=OPT&mcat=&scat=&show=
Stay close to Jarred King and all the Team Durango team drivers by hitting the ‘Like’ button here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango
Source: Team Durango http://www.team-durango.com/blog/2013/12/12/jarred-king-team-durango-australia-double/
All too infrequently do you see any news about Team and Sponsored drivers in Australia, perhaps because our hobby simply does not have the profile RC does in Europe and the United States, perhaps because we are further from the manufacturers, but mainly because we are a relatively small market. I suppose that the other issue is that apart from Racing Lines Magazine (and I suppose us) there is little media covering radio control car racing in Australia.
Some of you may have seen that Team Xray Australia was looking for drivers to apply for positions as team drivers, and the first of those have finally been announced. Mark Rayner is the first new driver announced as a part of Team Xray Australia’s recruitment drive. Mark is based in Tasmania and is looking forward to seeing the new 2014 spec vehicles.
Source: Team Xray Australia https://www.facebook.com/xrayaustralia
Some photos of the Mid Mounted Serpent SRX2 2wd buggy have been leaked by French Serpent distributor Racing Experience!
Redrc.net broke the news overnight so rather than steal their thinder, head over there to see the details!
Serpent SRX2 mid motor buggy – Teaser images
Now the Schumacher CAT K1 isn’t an old vehicle, in fact it is pretty new, although it is certainly the latest iteration of the fantastic CAT range from Schumacher.
So what is new? Gear instead of ball diffs, carbon fibre instead of alloy chassis, A sexy looking AirFlo body to replace the boxy cab forward tye that i’m not particularly a fan of, aerodynamic nut guards for the shock towers (I like these) and a large high downforce wing. So a few changes, certianly enough to qualify this as a seperate model, and it liiks liek the 2 may be sold in tandem as they are obviously intended for significantly different conditions.
I am still loving the black “Stealth” look, all in all, I think I need to get one of hte new Schumacher buggies, although at my skill level, probably a 2wd car.
Source: Schumacher http://www.racing-cars.com/pp/Car Showroom/CAT K1 Aero.html and Action RC