XRAY’s Alexander Hagberg is one of the
Slovakian company’s top on-road specialists.
He’s lethal in all on-road racing disciplines
and has a 2014 IFMAR 200mm Nitro On-Road
World Championship title to his name. He’s
also meticulous with his testing and preparation, and is one of
the most professional and approachable people you will ever
meet. We sat down with this mild-mannered driver to talk RC.
RC Car Action: Now that you are calling the UK home, what is
your home track?
Alexander Hagberg: I don’t really have one. When I do practice in the
UK, I go to Cotswold Model Car Club in Kemble. It’s a little far away for
me, but a good place to go when I need to test and do other things.
When did you start racing?
When I was nine years old. Now I’m 27, so 18 years ago.
When did you decide it was time to go pro?
;e turning point was probably right after I graduated from high school.
I figured I would have to go to school full-time or race full-time, so I
decided to turn pro for XRAY and I’ve been doing it ever since.
What’s your favorite class to race?
1/12-scale. I like how the car drives with foam tires—there’s lots of
traction. It’s more fun to drive in my opinion. You don’t have to be as
gentle on the throttle as touring car and it’s faster and more fun.
You won an IFMAR World Championship in 200mm nitro touring car.
Did things change for you after that?
To be honest, no, but, since then I’m actually racing less nitro. Our
market developed and XRAY wanted us to focus on electric, as the
electric classes are where they make their money. ;ey don’t really
spend a lot of money sending the team to nitro races anymore. I do just
a few nitro races per year. Probably 80% of my time is electric touring
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When you race nitro, do you have a di;erent approach then electric?
I don’t have as much time to practice nitro these days. First of all, my
mechanic doesn’t live in the same country as me and we only meet up
a few times a year. ;ere’s so much to do with materials, engines, and
breaking in engines, and I leave that stu; up to him. He usually prepares the
engines, and I prepare the cars.
How has that changed since when you first started racing?
Touring cars have been my primary class throughout my career. ;e way
we race touring cars has changed a lot over the years, but it has always
been my number-one class.
What do you like about it that makes it so unique?
;ese days it’s very easy to put a car together; put electronics in it, and
go and run, and it will work decently well. You don’t have to do that much
e;ort. ;e equipment these days is so good. You can go to a hobby shop
and purchase stu; that is good enough to win a Worlds. ;at’s the part that
I really like. ;ere’s not that much maintenance needed. Brushless motors
and LiPo batteries last a really long time. Now, with spec tires, it makes the
racing really close and the big events the top drivers are all really close to
each other. It’s so competitive and I really like that.
If you could change one thing in racing, what would it be?
Tires. If we could get tires that worked a little better and lasted a little longer,
even if they were a little more expensive it would be worth it. ✇