That's right, the RC Pro Series champ has inked a deal with the Jammin' squad. The off-road powerhose now boasts the triple threat of Chad Bradley, Adam Drake, and Taylor, not to mention Jammin' Jay Halsey himself.
Longtime Associated driver Mark Pavidis made news when he announced he would run exclusively for Team Kyosho earlier this year, and now he's made a power switch as well. For 2005, Mark will be running Peak Racing Vantage modified motors and PowerFlo Voltage Enhanced batteries in all his electric Kyosho machines, and Blitz 1400 receiver packs in his nitro rides. Looks like Mark also scored a sweet sweatshirt and hat outta the deal too.
Pictures sent to us from the recent Tokyo hobby show indicate that Kyosho may be releasing a Mini-777 buggy. The small 777 is electric powered with a molded cylinder head to maintain scale appearance. Wheels tires, wing and body are all faithful replicas of equipement included on the larger 1/8-scale MP777. Well post more information as is becomes available. Click Here for more pictures and information.
Schumacher's Teemu Leino returned to pro RC racing with a convincing win against some of Europe's best drivers at the Nordic Touring Car Championship. Teemu qualified fourth with a prototype Schumacher MI2 tourer, and went on to win the event in the triple A-Mains. Welcome back Teemuand when do we get to see that Schumacher M12 up close?
Kyosho's been a big name in minis since the Mini-Z, and now Big K is ready to launch a major new mini machine: the Mini Inferno. It's comparable in size to 1/18 scale cars, and runs on six alkaline cells or up to eight of 2/3A-size rechargeable cells. It's big 380-size motor outclasses the typical 280-size motor found in most other minis, and it's full of features.
Just in case you had any doubts as to Tekins competitive intentions, the signing of off-road legend Brian Kinwald confirms Team Tekin plans on winning a lot of races. No other sponsorship shake-ups have been announced for the Dirtinator, but his speed-control switch is big news enough.
Team Kyosho's Ralph Burch TQ'ed and won the 2006 ROAR 1/8 On-Road Nationals held at the TSRCAR facility at Joyce Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. In a convincing win, Burch was the only driver to turn 16 laps in qualifying with his Max-powered Kyosho Evolva WC Edition. More info here.
Yannick Aigon, TQ driver at the most recent IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Championship, has joined RB Products in the R&D department. Yannick will also drive the XRAY XB8 in France to strengthen the XRAY French team. XRAY will work very hard on further improvement and development, and with world class top drivers like Aigon and other running XRAY, it will certainly help to speed up the evolution of the car.