New 69 Muscle Baja Short Course Body from Parma

Continuing on from today’s theme of new bodies, we find news of a new Short Course truck from Parma, but not your run of the mill body, but what is basically a 1969 Muscle car in the form of their 69 Muscle Baja Short Course Body.  It’s unusual, but certainly looks fantastic. Parma are no stranger to these bodies as they have a few on their range.  For more details visit the parma website at http://parmapse.shptron.com/p/69-muscle-sc-baja-040-clear-body/new-products-rc?pp=15

I thought I would also post some photos of some of Parma’s other interesting Short Course bodies.

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BittyDesign Black Hawk SCT Body

There hasn’t been much in the way of new racing Short Course Bodies appearing in a while, perhaps the manufacturers are happy with their offerings.  However really there is still for room for improvement in them i’m sure.  Sure Proline and Jconcepts have released some nice scale looking bodies, and while I love how they look, I don’t know how well they would work on a racetrack.

However I saw over at RC News this morning details of this new body from BittyDesign that I think should have been called the sharkfin myself, and i’m sure you can see why!  http://www.rcnews.net/2014/06/29/bittydesign-black-hawk-shortcourse-body/

Now I suppose it doesn’t look very realistic which is part of the appeal of Schort Course to me, but then I can see how it may help with the truck’s directional stability. RC News had this to say about the body

Italian stylist experts BittyDesign have turned their attention to another area of offroad and introduced us to their new prototype ‘Black Hawk‘ Short Course truck body, unveiled at their signature race. the EURO Contest in Italy.

As any Galeophob would have noticed by now, the body’s unique feature is a large rear ‘shark fin’ which we’re told that despite still being a prototype helps rather a lot with highspeed straightline stability as well as high speed cornering.

We’re told that the fin concept was inspired by the Audi team’s car from Le Mans, the body itself is designed to be car neutral so fits most Short Course trucks and always retains BittyDesign’s signature aggressive styling. Expect more concrete information on this prototype body in the near future.

What do you think, I think the fin is a little large in appearance stakes, but it sounds like it undeniably helps in performance.  AARCMCC legal?  Not sure, but an interesting concept none the less.

Source: http://www.rcnews.net/2014/06/29/bittydesign-black-hawk-shortcourse-body/

AARCCMCC Queensland EP Off Road Championships Wrapup

I have to say that the social media and online coverage of the weekend’s Queensland EP Off Road Championships left everybody in no doubt that no only was it a great event, but that the internet can be used as a fantastic tool to publicise our sport and let everybody know what is happening and when, part of why I started this website really I suppose!

So as there was so much online posted by so many I thought I would warp up some of that coverage into one location!

Let’s start with the excellent race report from Scott Guyatt (who always writes a good report of the goings on’s at any event).  You can find his report over at the Action RC website here http://www.actionrc.com.au/?p=9546

Of course the facebook page for the Gold Coast RC Raceway posted a lot of updates and information as the event progressed, so make sure you go and like their page https://www.facebook.com/GCRCRaceway?fref=nf .  I would be remiss not to phoso a photo of some of their regular racers and their results from their facebook page.

There is also some fantastic videos of the event, the one below is one of the better ones I have seen so far, but there are a few good ones out there

Team Xtray Australia posted the below photo of Tasmanian Driver Sam Wells on 4wd day on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/xrayaustralia?fref=nf

Of course all the big names were racing at the QLD Titles, but some of the big names were big names from other sports. Casey Stoner and Shane Van Gisbergen were both competing with the latter performing very well in his races.  Both posted photos on their facebook pages seen by up to 350,000 likers on their combined pages.  Casey was racing in the Buggy Classes and while he didn’t make the A mains, it looks like he had a lot of fun!

Casey Stoner’s pit table, a little different to the pits he is used to i’m sure!

Shane Van Gisbergen on the other hand was very competitive in Short course placing  3rd in 2wd Short Course and 2nd in 4wd Short Course.  Kyosho Australia also posted Shane’s results on their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/kyoshoaustralia?ref=ts&fref=ts

A great paint scheme and racing result from Shane Van Gisbergen in his Kyosho SC6 from RC Race Supplies

Team Schumacher Australia with Darren Lord also had some fantastic results at the event, you can read about that here http://www.actionrc.com.au/?p=9540

TLR Australia also had some good results with TLR driver Mitchell Steer on taking out the 2wd SCT title. Star if the future! https://www.facebook.com/TLRAustralia?ref=ts&fref=ts

Believe it or not I am yet to see the official; results of the day, but as soon as I do (anybody want to write up the results for an Aussie RC News exclusive?) I will post them for all to see.

 

Vaterra 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Stingray

I have a broad range of vehicular interests, however I do have a soft spot for Chevrolet’s Corvette.  Now Corvette bodies for the most part are fairly hard to find apart from the 5th Generation version, but recently Vaterra added to the mix with a 3rd Generation body on their V100 chassis, and today I have discovered that they have expanded that line once again with the 7th Generation Corvette releasing details of their 2014 Corvette Z51 Stingray on their V100-S chassis as a RTR.

One thing that I found interesting was that some photos show no front body mounts.  No i’m not sure if they are simply not fitted, or if Vaterra are stepping up their scale realism by incorporating some stealth body mounts of some kind.  I have not found any mention in the blurb for the vehicle at all about it, and maybe it was something they toyed with but never made to production.

For more details and photos head over to the Vaterra website http://www.vaterrarc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdId=VTR03011

 

Kyosho FO-XX NITRO

Did I forget to mention in my last post that the fantastic looking new FO-XX from Kyosho comes in a Nitro flavor as well for those that need to hear the scream from their truck engines!

Kyosho FO-XX VE

Kyosho USA has released their 1/8 scale, Brushless-Powered, 4WD FO-XX VE truck today with a few limited details about what is an impressive looking vehicle!

Kyosho’s new FO-XX based Formula Off-Road truck is based on the Mad Force Kruiser chassis, powered by a strong, torquey monster of a motor, the brushless version of the Fo-XX is going leave destruction in its wake. It’ massive 1/8 size not only makes it imposing to other trucks, they should be downright afraid! 😉
So basically it is big, brutal and looks like a pile of fun! It certainly is a step into Axial territory in one respect, but the size of this vehicle really puts it in a different class to the offerings from Axial Racing.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.720512391343493.1073741846.277838672277536&type=1

Schumacher Mi5evo Review: Built and Raced by Scott G

There are a lot of companies out there making fantastic Touring Cars, and Schumacher from the UK is no exception.  We have posed before about their latest version of the Mi line of TC’s, the Mi5evo and now you can read about just how good it is in a very in depth review from Scott G over at Action RC.  Head over to Action RC to read the full review of the Mi5evo from opening of box through to hitting the track –  http://www.actionrc.com.au/?p=9519