He wasn’t kidding
How is your New Year going? Are you as busy as the Tessmann family? Check out their impressive timeline.
Dec 30, 2016: Ty releases a statement addressing rumors when he confirms that he will not re-sign with HB Racing for the 2017 season, thus ending a twelve year relationship. – Tessmann issued statement on departure from HB Racing
Jan 3, 2017: Team XRAY announce Ty Tessmann as their latest driver for the 2017 season. – Ty Tessmann joins XRAY
Jan4, 2017: Ty puts in his first official laps with the XRAY XB2. – Getting the 2wd dialed in, the car feels really good
Jan 4, 2017: XRAY also announce the appointment of Gord Tessmann as XRAY’s North America Off-road Team Manager. – Gord Tessmann – North America off-road manager
Jan5, 2017: Pro-Line announce the contract extension of Ty Tessmann thru the 2018 season – Pro-Line Team Driver Ty Tessmann
Jan 7, 2017: Ty gets his first chance to shake down the XRAY XB2 and XB4. – XB2 CE17 and XB4 17
Congrats to Ty and Gord Tessmann we wish you and the First family of Canadian RC Racing all the best in 2017. Keep making us proud.
XRAY have released details on the All- New XB8. The 2015 version of their 1/8 Nitro Off-Road Buggy, the XB8 incorporates numerous refinements and improvements to make it stronger, better performing, and even more reliable over the 2014 version. Some of the new features include
- New aluminum chassis
- New side guards
- New aluminum front shock tower
- New aluminum rear shock tower
- New diff outdrive adapters
- New shock pistons 6 & 8 & 10-hole
- New steering ball-joints
Check out the XB8 Release Sheet for more details
XRAY teases a Luxury Formula1-style chassis, called the X1. Details to be released soon, but you see it in action in the video below.
It seems like just yesterday that XRAY released details on the 2014 version of the XB4, but it turns out that was October of last year. Today, XRAY released the details on the 2015 version of the very popular and successful 1/10 electric buggy. The 2015 XB4 platform is built on a 2-in-1 concept, that lets you change or reposition components on the car to use a short LiPo battery pack -or- saddle packs. Smarter chassis weight balancing options support the 2-in-1 concept, allowing repositioning of battery packs, motor, electronics, and servo on different sides of the car. Continue Reading
As promised, Xray have released the details on the all new XB8E. They have really step up and brought a bunch of new goodies.
- All-new chassis
- All-new side guards
- All-new motor mount
- All-new XPBS(tm) suspension
- All-new I.S.S.(tm) rear suspension holders
- All-new suspension arms
- All-new SFA(tm) graphite stiffeners (option)
- All-new steering blocks
- All-new king-pin plates
- All-new rear uprights
- All-new suspension additional weights (option)
- All-new big-bore shock absorber
That is just some of the features check out the XB8E Release Sheet for the complete details. Continue Reading
One More Lap is a brief recap of some of the RC related happenings from this past week, that we didn’t feature for one reason or another. Lets take One More Lap and try and do a better job of hitting our marks.
The Toyz turned us on to some upcoming releases from McAllister Racing. New 1/10th, 2014 Nascar Truck Bodies.
The Toyz Blog, featured a really interesting 3D-Printed ‘Scorpion’ Micro-Crawler, from CTM Projects. This is a great read and it is always interesting to see how technology can play a role in our hobby. Also check out 3D-Printed Micro R/C Crawler. Continue Reading
Hudy Racing Arena, Trencin, Slovakia
This week we are off to Trencin, Slovakia for this weeks Featured Track Hudy Racing Arena. The Hudy name is very well known in the RC community around the world, from XRAY to their relationship with Serpent RC not to mention the countless tools and parts that carry the Hudy name. The Hudy Racing Arena is the world’s largest RC car racing facility, the purpose built facility boast a size of approx. 25000m2 (270 000 sqft). It has four different tracks, a large outdoor 1/10 to 1/8 on-road asphalt track, a indoor carpet 1/10 electric touring car track, a indoor asphalt 1/10 electric touring car track and a indoor carpet 1/10 off-road track. They have a permanent pit area for 70 drivers and another 150 drivers can be housed in a temporary pit. The facility has free Wi-Fi, 15 large LCD & plasma screens for live race results and so much more. I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I didn’t metion the fact that they also offer Premium Slovak drafted beer.
On April 26, the Hudy Racing Arena will be hosting the Vintage Tour 1/8 on-road series. The Vintage Tour is a throw back to a time when drivers made their own cars. This type of racing is bound to produce a lot of excitement and some good memories for the
older not young generation.
For more details check on Hudy Racing Arena on Facebook or Hudy Arena
This is truly an impressive facility and it is nice to see where my money went when I bought a Hudy Wheel Nut Tool.
This morning Team XRAY released an update on the availability of the 2014 version of the NT1. When the latest version was announced in Feb 2014, it was thought that the NT1 would be available in short order. It has bee almost two moths and Team XRAY are doing their best to keep everyone informed of the reason for the delay.
Taken for the XRAY site:
The NT1 2014 Specs is completely produced and is being packaged except few last parts which are finished and have been waiting for the last operation of heat treatment. The heat treatment is the only operation which is made externally in a specialised company using XRAY’s own very special techniques. Unfortunately the externally company has had some troubles and has dramatically delayed the production. At this moment it is not even clear if and when they will be able to finish the heat treatment for the NT1 parts. As such we have been already working on some alternative solutions but at this moment we are unable to advise anything exact. We will keep everyone updated about any news once available. We apologize for any troubles and kindly ask you for your patience and thank you for your support.
Juraj, Martin & Mario Hudy
PS: Already few weeks ago we have ordered own heat treatment technology but unfortunately it will take at least another 4 months until it will be in work. In future this kind of delay will not happen anymore.
NT1 2014 Availability Update
This isn’t great news and is tough if you are one of the people waiting on the new version of the NT1. Sadly this stuff does happen and all you can do is exercise patience.
New XB8 Brass Weights
XRAY announces 15g Brass Weights for the XB8 line-up. The CNC-machined weights mount to the steering block or rear upright and are designed to further lower your center of gravity and increase stability. The weights are sold I pairs, look for XRAY Part # 351181 for the front and Part # 351182 for the rear. They are available now.
XRAY rolls out new Aluminum Servo Mounts for the XB4 line-up. The CNC-machined mounts are made from Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum and will add to stiffness and reliability. The mounts are sold as a pair and will be in stores soon. XRAY Part # 366201
XRAY Alu Servo Mount for more details.
XRAY have released a Composite Rear Mud Protector for the XB8. They are easy to mount and are designed to protect the rear driveshaft and shocks from the elements you may encounter on a muddy or loose surface track. Check out Part# 353192 for more details.
Exotek has released some new upgrades for the XRAY XB4. The new parts are designed to improve the shocks and will add some style points.
The Exotek Shock Caps for the XB4 are heavy duty and made of alloy. The included bushings snap into the shock cap ensuring great movement. They will come in black or orange at a MSRP $39.95. Check Part# 1407ORG for more details.
XRAY XB4 1.6mm Graphite Front Lower Arm Plate
One of the great features of the XRAY XB4 2wd and 4wd platform is the fact that they share many of the same parts. So when XRAY released new XB4 Graphite Arm Stiffeners for the XB4 platform they were able to “Kill two birds with one stone.”
The new SFA graphite stiffeners allow for a quick lower suspension flex adjustment so you can easily adjust the traction of the car under various or changing track conditions.
Graphite Front Lower Arm Plate 1.6mm. Part# 362190
Graphite Rear Lower Arm Plate 1.6mm. Part# 363190
No release date as of yet, but they should be available for pre-order at most hobby stores.
Check out the XRAY Press Release for more details.
The All New XRAY XB8 is shipping today to distributors across the globe. It is now just a matter of time until they are available to us locally. The first shipment appears to be limited, so if you want a first run XB8, make sure to pre-order.
Look for an initial price point of around $690.00. Part# XRA350009.
More XRAY News
Within a few hours of this announcement, XRAY released a teaser for a All-New RX8. Details at this point are few, all we can tell you is it is coming soon.