Mother Nature Keeps Things Interesting at the Worlds

Mother Nature decided things were going a little too smooth and things needed some spicing up for round four. She had been lingering in the wings and covering the surrounding mountains with black ominous clouds. But, like a child on Christmas morning, she could no longer wait and pounced on the Italian track. This sent [...]

Sep 25, 2014 Comments
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Team Associated’s New Buggy Spotted at the IFMAR Worlds

Team Associated is well represented at the event with a deep factory team that includes big guns Ryan Cavalieri, Neil Cragg, and Yannick Aignon. In their quest for the podium, the team has been running a new buggy that the company is developing. I wasn’t able to get any pictures with the body off (I [...]

Sep 25, 2014 Comments
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IFMAR Worlds Qualifying: Three Rounds, Three Wins for Ty Tessmann. Here’s His Ride

Ty Tessmann has three wins in as many rounds to lead the qualifiers. His performance has been impressive and I was lucky enough to get a peak at his D812 with Hot Bodies’ Lead Designer Torrance DeGuzman showing me all of its newest features. Highlights on the Ty’s D812 include: -       New Gearboxes -       New [...]

Sep 24, 2014 Comments
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What’s Hooking Up at the 1/8 Off-Road Worlds?

Tires are always a hot topic at any race and at the Worlds they are more critical than ever. The surface is like concrete and this makes for high traction, but also eats tires. This isn’t that unusual, but the sections with tiles and astroturf add another completely different element that forces the drivers in [...]

Sep 24, 2014 Comments
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Insert Screws In Tough Spots With Fuel Tubing

This week’s Pit Tip is perfect for when you need a screw to stay stuck on your driver while you insert it into a tight spot. Sure, you could magnetize your driver, but what if you’ve got an aluminum or titanium fastener? Fuel tubing does the trick. Do you have a Pit Tip for us? [...]

Sep 24, 2014 Comments
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Up Close With the IFMAR 1/8 Worlds Track

It seems that whenever countries in far away lands host a race, Americans have a culture shock. I’m not talking about eating some exotic foods, or some funky language dialect, but their reaction to the actual track itself. What at first appears like a challenging layout slowly reveals its teeth as I take a closer [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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We’re In Italy: 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Scale Nitro Off-Road Championships

Two layovers and 20 hours is roughly how long it takes to fly from Orange County, California, to Catania, Italy. This means waking up at an ungodly hour, packing the car up with smokin’ coffee in hand, making haste with crusty eyes half shut, traveling to the airport going Mach 5, and standing in line [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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Billy Kara’s Tamiya Hornet Boat Thing

Billy Kara’s Reader’s Ride is an aquatic take on the classic Tamiya Hornet and comes to us by way of Melbourne, Australia. Steering vanes made of sheet plastic replace the front wheels to steer the craft, while zip-ties slap the water to propel it. Despite the 3300KV motor he installed, Billy tells us his highly unusual [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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