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New Driver for Team Xray Australia

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.

Mark RaynerSource: Team Xray Australia https://www.facebook.com/xrayaustralia

Schumacher release updated CAT K1 Aero

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.

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Source: Schumacher http://www.racing-cars.com/pp/Car Showroom/CAT K1 Aero.html and Action RC

Scale realism the best thing since sliced bread?

RC Cars have gone through a roller coaster ride of popularity over the years.  It would be hard to find any adult who doesn’t have the big kid inside us just waiting to get out and play when the opportunity presents itself.

Radio control car racing traces it’s origins back to a boom in the 80’s in electric 10th scale off road racing.  In the noughties, nitro 8th scale was king of the RC off road racing crowd, big, loud and fast.  However there has always been a core of “Bashers” who just have whatever car that they like, and drive at local parks, tracks etc.  Monster trucks have always been popular here, but the release of the big HPI Baja brought 5th scale into popular RC culture in both racing and bashing in Australia.  In recent years there has been a re emergence of electric 10th scale off road racing, with new 2wd biggies, 4wd buggies and stadium trucks hitting the shelves from a range of manufacturers.

However the real boon in RC in recent years has been vehicles that look great, and are fairly accurate in appearance and scale.  It is because of this that in many ways the hobby of driving radio control cars has gained a foothold in the mainstream with many hobby grade rc cars appearing in toy stores around the country.   Drift cars, clubs and tracks have been sprouting up all around the country, spurned on by the increasingly popular car culture in Australia, combined with the increasing awareness of drifting as a sport in Australia.  Likewise radio control crawlers, again with incredible levels of detail and accessories available, have gained a cult following with a whole range of new RC enthusiasts.  Sporting clubs, competitions, and a real passion for detail at almost unheard of levels, crawling has introduced an amazing new aspect of RC cars in recent years.  Ok, so great products at a good price from Axial Racing have certainly helped Crawlers to grow, but hit up any forum and see the incredible level of detail in vehicles that have been built from scratch, and you can see that crawlers have become an unstoppable juggernaut.

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Even rally cars have increased in popularity thanks to great vehicles such as the Tamiya DF-03 and XV-01, the entire Rally Legends range, they Kyosho DRX and the sport of Rallying in general becoming more popular though the likes of Ken Block and his Gymkhana videos (and scale versions of his car from Traxxas and HPI).  There is even an Australian RC Rally group on facebook trying to increase levels of interest in this area of RC to levels as seen in Europe, and Colorado RC Rally Championship.

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Even RC racing has taken a scale hit.  In On Road Racing (of which I am admittedly not as well versed as off road) the Vintage Trans Am classes sporting 60’s and 70’s muscle car low down force bodies are very popular in the US, and are gathering a foothold in some parts of Australia.  In Off Road Short Course Trucks have a major footing in almost every off road club with their more realistic looks and handling, low price, and excellent durability.  Even Short Course Buggies are gaining interest in some parts of the country, vehicles which somewhat resemble the pro buggies from the Australian Off Road Championships, even the Extreme 4wd vehicles are similar in appearance and build to Short Course Trucks.

I guess what I am saying here, is bring on more scale, it is helping to re invigorate our fantastic hobby and bring whole new generations into the fold of loving to drive toy cars!

Sources: Axial Racing, HPI Racing, Traxxas, Rally Legends RC, Rally Legends Australia, Tamiya, Kyosho, Vaterra, Velocity RC

Team Durango DEX410V4 details released

Team Durango has released details of it’s freshly updated DEX410V4 off road buggy.  The changes are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but the changes reflect what appears to be a solid increase in strength and ease of maintenance.

  • Front & rear gear diffs
  • Harder diff cases
  • Ultra-Slim aluminum chassis
  • Premium carbon fiber parts
  • Universal joint center drive shafts
  • Two way slipper clutch
  • Revised a-arms
  • Low friction shock o-rings & updated pistons
  • New Dimec X spec ball cups
  • Cab forward body
  • Larger body clips & captured hinge pins

for mroe details check out the kit page on the Team Durango website http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/