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Http:// An IFMAR-approved and EFRA-homogulated pipe does not have to come at a high price. In a market spoilt by the sky high prices of approved pipes by OS Engines, Nosram, Nova Rossi or LRP. The Jammin JP-4 EFRA-2062 pipe is available for less than $100. In fact, less than even $80. Yet, it shares all the great pluses and even has a reinforced exhaust outlet to guard against hard, bad landings that may wreck another pipe altogether.

This is because EFRA classifies not by make or model, but by exhaust shape. This means pipes from different manufacturers sharing the same EFRA number do share the same features. The Jammin JP-4 EFRA-2062 manifold by Hong Nor Racing was designed for high torque and high rpm – just what buggy and truggy racers need to win.

This is going to join my SH 28 8-port racing engine on my second-hand Inferno MP9 TKI


Ryan Lutz writes on: How much does a Pro RC Driver make?

Ryan Lutz writes on: How much does a Pro RC Driver make? Pictured: 2011 Psycho Nitro Blast Double Victory + Buggy TQ

by Ryan Lutz
via How much does a Pro RC Driver make? – R/C Tech Forums

I have seen this question pop up quite frequently in the last couple of days and i’ve seen assumptions and criticism thrown around with reckless abandon as well in regards to the topic. Without diving into full on details (of which I am unaware outside of my own situation anyways) let me try to explain why and how some drivers are able to make a living doing what most consider a hobby.

First lets make some bullet points as to what the top Pro Drivers contribute to a company who sponsors them and perhaps gives them a Salary. I would say most Pro Drivers have about 80% of what I’m going to list below. Very few have the entire package and those that do are Highly sought after.

-Approximately one of the fastest 10-20 drivers in the world in their respective class.

-Name recognition that is known well throughout the Hobby that can be used in advertising and marketing of said company.

-The knowledge and ability to test new products and provide feedback to help improve the car of said company.

-A Personality that can do one of many things including attract attention when said driver is racing, or being known as uber helpful off the track to anyone with a question or needing assistance.

-The ability and willingness to endure long hours of traveling either by plane or by car to reach said event. (I for instance flew over 125,000 miles last year attending events).

-Much of what a top driver offers a company can be summed up in a few key words. Marketing, Advertising, Personable, Knowledgeable, Fast as all Get Out!

Now that we know what a Pro RC Driver offers a company who sponsors them lets figure out whet the Pro RC Driver Looks for in a company to sponsor them. (because it is a two way street)

-If they are an elite driver then yes, salary is important because to be able to race 40-46 weeks out of the year it takes a full time commitment. Thus they must be able to support themselves and perhaps their families as well.

-Top drivers also want to run something they can believe in and that they can win with. Most top drivers get a majority of their pay based on contingency (winning races). Their Salary may be just enough to squeak by on during the year but if they can win races they can earn much more from contingency. Thus the smart elite drivers will not only look at salary but at what companies they feel provide them with the best shot at winning (and thus winning contingencies). You may go with a company that offers 25% more salary but hasn’t ever proven its self yet. In that instance if the car isn’t quite up to par you can end up loosing out on contingency moneys from all of your other sponsors because you can’t win a race. So picking companies you believe in is very important as well. Also consider this….If you are one of the best in the world, how long is it going to sit well with you if you can’t win a race. The top drivers are all Extremely competitive people and their favorite thing to do is Win Races! Why compromise that??

-How the company does business is also important for some drivers. Each company does things differently. When booking travel some companies have someone in house that does all of it while other companies leave it up to the driver who then gets reimbursed. So taking into consideration personal preferences about travel can be a factor. Some companies also expect wins wins wins and are very tough on their drivers to perform. Other companies are more concerned about public image and putting their best face forward and realizing that things happen and that wins will come when the rest is put into place.

So now we know what a company looks for and what the driver looks for. This now may be self explanatory to some of you at this point but lets decipher why these drivers may or may not deserve to be paid.

-Most of these drivers become the face of the companies they are representing. Thus they become an ‘icon’ so to speak. They are used by said company for marketing and advertising of that companies products. They are expected to adhere to strict codes of conduct and represent the company to their fullest ability.

-These top drivers give up a lot in their personal lives to race these cars. Some of the top drivers have families and as i’ve mentioned before, racing 40-46 weeks a year can be quite hard on a family. Racing R/C cars Full time is not a normal occupation. It’s not a 9-5 M-F line of work. Schedules are hard to schedule and your home for a week then gone for 2 or 3. It can be taxing.

-The top pros are also ALWAYS under the Microscope. They have given up the hobby that they grew up loving and have made it into a job. A job where they are scrutinized and berated on their every move. No longer can a Top pro driver go to a race track and just throw down their dirty car and bash around and have fun. Every time their car hits the track they are expected to win. If they do not win ‘there must be something wrong’ ‘the car must not work good’ ‘the engine must be junk’ and on and on and on. It doesn’t matter if they just flew for 20 hours the night before and it’s their first time on a new track to them. They are expected to be perfect and if they are not then the critics come out and the forums blow up and the snowball effect begins!

Let me finish by saying that while some may not consider R/C racing a viable job or occupation, to a handful of people it is. Also to the companies in our industry it’s also important to have Top drivers who can help further develop their cars as in any form of racing. If your not developing your products further to stay ahead, your falling behind. Some may think that hiring top drivers makes the company have to raise their vehicle pricing to compensate. If the money wasn’t spent on hiring drivers it would instead be spent on other forms of advertising, marketing, and hiring people to help develop the cars. So why not get all of those aspects in a top driver or two and get some results while your at it! 🙂

<->Lutzinator Out<->

What I saw when I visited the Pattaya Powerboat RC Track was a rosy front- a large complex with ample cleaning facilities and workshop area, and not forgetting the great, undulating track with one of the tallest jumps around. I thought it was possibly the best offroad rc track in the world. However, this field journalist from RC Car Action obviously did a better research and walkabout, and revealed a couple of areas that could have done with more planning.

2010 1/8-scale Off-road World Championships Days 1, 2, & 3 RC Car Action.

Nov 10, 2010 No Comments by RC Car Action
Timed practice and opening ceremonies
Its 8am here in Pattaya as everyone is walking the track to see the maintenance performed last night. What was assumed to be concrete patches on the track look like a mixture of sand and oil. Almost all of the off camber corners have a fresh coat of this concoction and the rest of the track looks like it has a new coat of oil. Most drivers are happy to see the ruts smoothed over but I see a lot of people scratching their heads wondering if this is going to last.
Race format update: Each driver will run two 10 minute practice heats. Each heat will have a 3 minute warmup. The best 3 consecutive  laps will combine to seed the driver for tomorrow’s qualifying events.
After the first 5 heats of practice, once again, Jared Tebo is setting the pace with a blistering 44.8 second lap.  Other notable heat winners from round 1 are Ryan Maifield, Travis Amezcua, and Cody King.  The track is holding up rather well so far but the corners are looking more like oil slicks than dirt.

Few choice tires: Proline M3 Snipers, Jconcepts Green Sub-Cultures
Every heat had a handful of cars limp off the track with broken camber links, a-arms, shock stand-offs and missing wheels.  It turns out that full speed triples and epic concrete capped doubles take its toll on these cars even with the world’s best drivers.
The oil was soaked into the track for round 2, traction picked up and lap times dropped. Lines around the track have essentially stayed the same with the exception of the 4 staggered bumps section. As soon as traction picked up many of the drivers started to double the inside set and it took off almost a second per lap.

Cavalieri struggled a bit in his first round of practice today. After making a few changes to his setup and switching to Proline Holeshots, it looks like he was back to his old ways and running up top. Maifield has been putting down fast laps all day long and definitely brought his A-game to the worlds this year. Tebo’s car looks absolutely dialed. His confidence is high being fan favorite and it doesn’t look like he is going to disappoint anyone quite yet. Drake didn’t set any laptime records but is Mr. Consistent and definitely deserves his higher seed. Top seed honors goes to Matt Castellano. He was putting down clean lap after clean lap with his Losi car.

Top overall times:
Matt Castellano
Jared Tebo
Ryan Maifield
Adam drake
Mike truhe
Jesse robbers
Ryan cavalieri

The track is looking fast and got a few much needed cement patches last night. The dirt doesn’t look like it got anymore oil but isnt super dry quite yet. Traction is really good and I would guess drivers will start going to harder compound tires for tomorrow as the track will most likely dry out. After the first 5 heats of round 1:

1 Ryan Maifield 14/10:37.89
2 Cody King 14/10:45.12
3 Renaud Savoya 13/10:04.36
4 Adam Drake 13/10:04.684
5 Robert Batlle 13/10:08.18
6 Jorn Neumann 13/10:08.20
7 Jared Tebo 13/10:08.80
8 Ryan Cavalieri 13/10:11.73
9 Matt Castellano 13/10:12.32
10 Miguel Matias 13/10:12.69
11 Taylor Peterson 13/10:12.86
12 Joseph Quagraine 13/10:13.17
13 Darren Bloomfield 13/10:16.1
14 Ty Tessmann 13/10:16.40
15 Mark Pavidis 13/10:16.70

Ryan Maifield is on fire setting the early TQ to beat. Fast lap braggin rights of round one go to Cody King putting down a blistering fast 43.77. The Kyosho cars of Tebo and King are looking fast around the track. King had one costly crash and Tebo made a few mistakes. Keep an eye on those cars to stay up top. Top seed, Matt Castellano ,made quite a few mistakes but still finished up with a respectable run. Renaud Savoya is the top European driver sitting in the 3rd qualifier.

Day 2 in Pattaya was not off to a good start for many of the drivers.
The scene outside the Zign Hotel was a mob of drivers and mechanics waiting for the already late shuttle to transport them to the track. What was supposed to be a 25 minute ride turned into an 1:25 scenic drive since the driver made a few wrong turns. Many of the racers arrived a matter of minutes before their races and scrambled to grab their cars in a rush to the staging areas.

Track conditions started off well oiled but quickly deteriorated to dry and rutted. Pot holes and ruts became more and more prevalent throughout the day. Faces of jumps became rough and it showed as cars were flying in every which direction and car chassis were wearing thin. Saying this track is difficult is definitely an understatement.  The giant double in the back right corner of the track was always a spectacle to watch.

Jared Tebo threw done some unsurprisingly fast laps throughout practice and looks great going around the track. Frenchman Jarome Aigion set the fastest pace in today’s practice but many drivers are still trying out different tires an setups and not running the entire ten minute runs. Ryan Maifield, Atsushi Hara, Reno Savoya and Ryan Cavalieri were also throwing down some blistering fast laps in practice.

After watching many rounds of practice today, I must say that this is truly anyone’s championship. The only prediction that I’m going to make now is the winner isn’t going to be the fastest around the track. They will be the one who crashes the least and car stays in one piece. The track is absolutely brutal on both the drivers and the cars!

Tomorrow has another 2 rounds of practice in store for us. These will be timed rounds and determine seeding for the qualifiers.  The track will be getting some much-needed maintenance tonight. Once the racing starts tomorrow, the track will have to remain as-is for the rest of racing. This is getting good…

On the agenda today: registration, tech inspection, setup pits and walk the track.

There are two different pit areas. Tables setup outdoors underneath easy-ups or the air-conditioned storage containers adjacent to the track. The  weather in Pattaya is in the high 80’s and very humid. The teams setting up shop in the climate controlled containers definitely had the upper hand.

All of the drivers were required to check in and have their cars go through technical inspection. The IFMAR officials would test the overall dimensions of the car and wing in a custom-built stainless steel box, then it would be off to the next official to check the weight and fuel tank capacity. The last inspection would be to make sure all of the parts on the car follow under IFMAR guidelines and the pipe, manifold and chassis would be marked with paint or engravings after they passed. Once the drivers completed this task it was off to prep the car for tomorrows practice runs.

The track layout remains the same as the warm ups with a few exceptions. Most noticeably the dirt has been coated with a layer of oil. Many of the drivers were relieved to see this as tire wear should be greatly reduced. One other noticeable feature of the track that has been changed is the absence of carpet. All of the carpeted jumps have now been capped with a layer of concrete. After walking around the track with some of the Team Associated drivers, I had a feeling chassis wear may be more of an issue than tire wear. When speaking with Team Associated’s Richard Saxton and Kyosho’s Lanis Thern (both whom did not attend the warm up), Lanis said “I just hope I don’t break on my first lap.” Im sure this will be a thought going through many of the driver’s minds as they fly over many of the new concrete capped jumps.

>After making my rounds in the pits, I noticed a few new products being brought out today for the first time. Ryan Maifield and JR Mitch both are sporting the new JConcepts “Punisher” modular wing. I must say, this is a pretty cool new and innovative part. The center of the wing is a flat, lower down-force style wing with removable sides. They had three different choices of sides, one standard side, a vented side and one set that was bent in towards the center of the car on the bottom half.  Also creeping its way around Ryan Maifield’s pit was two new sets of Jconcepts tires, the “IFMAR 3D” and “Hybrid.” Proline had a new version the Revolver out dubbed “Revolver 2.0” which had slightly more squared pins and looks like the spacing has been changed up a bit. All of which look like they can be very promising on the hard packed, fast track here in Thailand.

I caught up with Jared Tebo while walking the track and asked him what his thoughts were with being favored to win from the online crowd. After a slight chuckle, replied, “It doesn’t get to me. I’m here to have fun. I can tell you this though, I’m going to give it my best shot.” Jared also mentioned how well his car worked during practice and seems pretty confident in himself for the race to come. This is live-recorded RC Nitro Buggy Race footage from the IFMAR 2010 1/8 Buggy Off-Road World RC Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, at the Pattaya Powerboat RC Track. In a Team Orion-dominated final, taking top positions were Cody King, Jared Tebo, Kyle McBride and Jeremy Kortz.

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Who is running what in Pattaya


Who's Running What @ IFMAR 2010 1/8 Off-Road Buggy World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand?


1:8 Buggy is a hugely important market for the r/c industry as it enjoys massive popularity and the World Championships is the best place to showcase your products. Walking around the pits here in Pattaya one can see the importance of being able to call a brand the World Champion by the huge presence of the big manufacturers. Of the capacity 180 entry, the majority of whom are customers paying for products with their own money, it is Kyosho that is the most popular chassis with 18% of the line up using their MP9. This is no real surprise considering the Japanese company is by far the most winning manufacturer with 7 World Championship titles to its credit.

The only other manufacturer to have won the World title more than once since its inception in 1986, with victory in 1990 and 2004, is Mugen and they are the second most popular brand with 17% of drivers using their MBX-6. Losi are the third car of choice on 16%. Interestingly Team Associated a company which holds the most IFMAR World titles, none of which are 1:8 Off Road, makes up just 8% of the field sharing fourth with European manufacturer Xray. Reigning World Champions Hot Bodies are the fifth most popular chassis with 6%, or 10 cars, running here. Interestingly the smallest team here is from the best known r/c company in the world, with Tamiya having just a single entry driven by European 1:10 Off Road Champion Lee Martin.

In terms of engines Italy’s Novarossi is the most used engine with 24% just ahead of defending champions OS on 21% who have 5 World titles to their credit. Securing the Top Qualifier honours here yesterday, Team Orion are the third engine of choice with almost 12%.

via 2010 IFMAR 1/8th Buggy Worlds Thailand » Red RC – Events.

Bringing you pics of the thrills and spills of the just-over IFMAR 2010 1/8 Off Road Buggy World Championships Thailand, held at the very well-put-together Pattaya Powerboat RC Racetrack (or Pattaya PRC in short). The event ran from 7-14 November, and consisted of many heats of 10 minutes to select the fastest drivers, culminating in a 60-minute final. Weather was fairly cool and low in humidity – excellent for such a tropical location. The cars entered for this race mainly consisted of Kyosho Infernos, Mugen Seki MBX 6, Team Associated RC8s, Hot Bodies D8, and there were also a few CEN Racing Matrixes and some Ofna Hyper 7s. Quite honestly… I feel like either resurrecting my Inferno DX or getting an Associated RC8

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