Spanish brand SRP have introduced their new Ultra ceramic ball bearings. The ball races use high-quality and highly precise Si3N4 balls to ensure a low friction while the dual metal and rubber shields make for both reduced transmission drag and protection from debris. Currently two sets are available, a 14-piece kit containing eight 5x10x4mm bearings, four 10x15x4mm bearings and two 5x8x2.5mm bearings and also an 18-piece set with all of the above plus four 5x8x2.5mm ball races. Both sets are suitable for most of today’s electric touring cars.
JFT have introduce their new control foam tyre for 1/12th scale pan cars. Spec foam tyre are best known in 1/10th World GT racing where the purple-marked rubber makes for less guess work during scrutineering and they made a first step into 1/12th scale racing courtesy of CRC with JFT being another brand to offer “hand out” control tyres. The pre-mounted and pre-trued tyres come with a blue stripe for easy identification and they are mounted to grey standard off-set 1/12th scale rims suitable for most cars.
Japanese company ABC Hobby, best known for their extraordinary polycarbonate bodyshells, have introduced the Grande Gambado Nissan GT-R LM Nismo 1/10th scale FWD kit. The front wheel drive car is based off of the proven Grande Gambado 190mm chassis that uses a 2.5mm FRP main chassis plate, a front motor design with the power plant sitting behind the front axle and the chassis utilises a separate damper and spring setup. The car is topped off by a replica Nissan GT-R LM Nismo bodyshell; he full-scale counterpart was best known for its popular yet unsuccessful 2015 Le Mans LMP1 class appearance.
Serpent have announced the soon release of the Viper 977 Evo2 1/8th nitro on-road kit. The car will feature a revised rear suspension geometry and new shock absorbers with all parts also becoming available separately to upgrade existing 977 cars. The release is scheduled for the first week of September and more details along with images will become available shortly.
Spanish company MD Racing have announced the signing of Luxembourg’s Jaques Libar to their team. Having used a range of different brands this season Jaques now found a new home at MD Racing and he has the following to say about the opportunity:
I’m really excited to join MD Racing Rc Team to be running their brand cars. After several different cars that I tried over the season the MD Racing MDF14’16 got me the best feeling. I want to thank Vicente Machancoses at MD Racing RC and Thomas Schröder at RcTeile.de for the opportunity to represent the team, and look forward to achieving more great results with them.
The 2016 U.S. World Nitro Cup will be held from December 7th to 11th at Fullthrottle R/C Raceway in Kissimmee, Florida. The events starts off on Wednesday with open practice and the opening qualifier will be held on Friday morning while the day will end with a poolside social at the host hotel in the evening. 2016 classes are 1/8th Open, Masters, Sportsman and 2WD pan car as well as 1/8th GT 5-port, 1/10th Sedan and a 4WD 1/8E promoter class. More information about the event are available here.
Japanese company Team Bomber have released a first teaser image of their “US-style” front end for the Yokomo YRX12 pan car. Designed to replace the somewhat unique double shock front suspension with a standard reactive castor assembly the prototype of the conversion uses plastics similar to the ones Morotech is currently campaigning. We bring you more information and images as soon as they become available.
Coming from Tamiya are several new option parts for the club-level TA07 Pro touring car such as the 37T aluminium ball diff set and the front direct coupling set. Using the ball diff in place of the standard gear differential will make for a more stable handling while its durable construction allows to use both stock and modified motors. The front spool set gives the car a sharper initial acceleration and more stability under braking. It also contributes to a lighter-weight chassis. Also new are the aluminium steering arm set, the aluminium steering bridge as well as the front and rear carbon fibre damper stays all of which add rigidity, improve steering and suspension efficiency and up overall looks. The release is rounded out by an aluminium counter pulley, an 18T aluminium centre pulley as well as a titanium screw set.