Coming soon from Yokomo is their YRX-12 2019 Edition 1/12th scale pan car kit. Next year’s edition will feature a new front suspension design that allows either a king pin or coil suspension option to be used and it builds on a newly designed aluminium main chassis that is included as standard in the kit. The chassis comes strategically milled to provide a lower centre of gravity and an optimised torsional flex which is needed for high-grip circuits to prevent traction rolls. The steering response has been improved by moving the centre damper forward and in combination with the increased rear traction, a minimum of steering angle is needed to guide the car through the corners, resulting in an overall improved balance. The front body mount has also been moved further forward in order to provide better body support especially at high speed. In addition the body mounts are now mounted on a separate graphite plate on top of the main chassis to reduces chassis scrub when cornering and to improve speed and provide smoother turning. The 2019 kit will ship from end of August and should hit stores soon after.
Nemo Racing and Piranha Racing Fuels have announced that National, European and World Champion driver Neil Cragg joined their team. The Team Associated factory driver has chosen their 25% fully synthetic blend to power his nitro fleet. Nemo Racing and Piranha Racing Fuels are looking forward to work with Neil for the remainder of this season and beyond.
Schumacher have introduced their new Cactus Fusion 4WD front tyre for 1/10th off-road. This new tyre is a specialist carpet tyre, especially designed for the front of 4WD buggies to give great traction yet not be too aggressive on high grip surfaces. The tyre will be the new 4WD front tyre for the 2018/19 Euro Offroad Series and has been made to exacting requirements for championships such as these. The tyre is available in yellow, blue and silver compounds as tyre only and also as pre-mounts on universal rims.
7075 Special Parts have introduced their new Awesomatix-specific Kill Bill Air Killer vacuum pump. The tool was specifically designed for the roll dampers of the Awesomatix A700 and A800 cars and due to their design, the vacuum pump is of a much lower height compared to 7075’s on-road and off-road variants. The pump was developed to quickly and conveniently remove unwanted air bubbles from freshly filled or maintained dampers and gear diffs, making building, setup and maintenance a breeze. The tool is made of high-quality 7075 aluminium and it comes black anodised and machined and marked recesses for the dampers and diff.
The Norwegian National 1/10 IC Track Championship was held at the Valdres track last weekend. The track is known as one of the most beautiful and challenging tracks in Norway with its 4 meter elevation differences and tight turns. Anders Mikkelsen started from the 3rd position into the A-main and right after the start Mikkelsen got up to 2nd and chased down the leader for the next six minutes before he managed to get by to take over the lead. From that moment on, he kept the lead for the remainder of the race, taking the win with a comfortable margin in front of Christian Hovden and Petter Solvberg to become the 2018 Norwegian 1/10 IC Champion.
The 2018 IFMAR Electric On-road World Championships are held in Welkom, South Africa this week, hosted by the amazing Welkom RC Arena. The facility was built especially for the event and it is a true world-class one. The event kicked off with the 1/12th scale classes with an open Modified and supporting Stock 13.5T class being run at the event. Unfortunately only 29 entries were received for both categories, giving the feeling of a club race event with international participation. Despite the very low turnout racing was tight, however in the Modified it was Xray’s Alexander Hagberg who stood out by making a clean sweep in qualifying to take an easy overall TQ from Morotech’s Hideo Kitazawa and Xray’s Florian Joos.
T-Works have introduced their new yellow material clutch shoes for the 1/8th on-road kits of ARC, Mugen and Serpent. The high-quality material ensures reliable clutch performance even in long mains and great durability over a long time. The yellow clutch shoe is available separately for kits such as the ARC R8, Mugen MRX and Serpent S9xx series cars.
PSM from Germany have introduced their new carbon fibre chassis conversion kit for the Tamiya TA07 touring car. The carbon fibre chassis kit was designed to improve the TA07’s overall performance, adding a more precise handling and stiffer torsional flex for faster cornering. It is a complete new performance experience compared to the kit included plastic chassis design. Designed to work great on low to medium grip tracks, this conversion can also be used indoors and be upgraded with PSM’s forthcoming aluminium chassis. The kit includes the 2.25mm main chassis, upper deck, front and rear support braces, adjustable battery braces as well as all necessary hardware and it is recommended for use with the TA07 R version, but will work with the Pro version as well.