The opening round of the Spanish 1/8th GT National Championship was held at the ARCA track in Madrid in the three classes of GT, GTE and Super GT. In the GT category it was Gustavo Gines with the overall TQ after the four qualifying rounds with Miguel Acosta and Jorge Revert coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the 45-minute main final however it was Toni Santana with the win some 13 seconds in front of runner-up, Jorge as Miguel rounded out the podium results in 3rd.
Japanese brand Zero Tribe have announced the soon release of new aluminium and carbon fibre option parts for the Xray T4 2018 and 2017 kits. First up is an upper aluminium floating servo mount plate that was designed to replace the standard carbon fibre item. Available in orange or black anodising the plate offers greater stiffness compared to the standard item for improved initial steering response and it is usable on both the current 2018 and older 2017 specification kit.
The recent 2018 IFMAR 1/8th Gas Buggy World Championship warm-up race held at the MORB club in Perth, Australia was also the second round of the Australian 1/8th off-road national championship. In the Sportsman class it was Christian Wolhuter with the win from Bradley Thaggard in 2nd and Darren Johnston 3rd.
Fenix have released a couple of teaser images of their forthcoming 1/10th 235mm and 200mm pan cars. Both are based on a slim carbon fibre chassis that allows for adjustable rigidity and the ability to run the cars in either V-link or pivot ball configuration. The front and rear end track width is easily adjustable and features damper-equipped Xenon front end parts and a long centre shock mount to ensure exceptional bump track handling. Different link length options and the ability to run a variety of battery positions – including inline and transversal shorty pack mounting – will round out the package. The kit is currently in development and expected to hit the track soon.
Yuki Model from Germany have introduced their new limited edition 3200kV B4 motor and controller combo set. The 60A rated power pack consists of a water-resistant 3S LiPo-compatible controller and a 3200kV sensorless motor. Both come pre-wired with a T-type battery connector and bullet-style motor plugs and the controller is programmable using Yuki Model’s optional programming box.
Coming from Arrowmax and made for Sanwa’s MT-44 radio is a 3.7V 3200mAh transmitter battery pack. The single cell LiPo battery measures 60x40x10mm and it comes pre-wired with a Sanwa-compatible connector. The battery is both light of weight yet offers massive capacity for long operation times.
Yokomo have announced the soon release of new short front A-arms for the YD-2 and YD-4 series of drift cars. The special design will allow for maximised steering angles which is important for counter steering setups and the overall construction greatly improves rigidity while the added weight optimises the weight bias and thus steering feeling of the car. In addition the mounting position of the shock absorbers is adjustable using shims for near endless set-up possibilities. The complete set, and also optional 27mm and 30mm lower rod end adapters, will hit stores from end of May.
T-Works have introduced a new set of front track width spacers for Mugen’s MBX8 and MBX7 based kits. The set includes both 0.5mm and 0.75mm shims with the washers being inserted between the arm and the suspension pivot ball. Included are a total of eight machined aluminium spacers that are conveniently marked for easy identification.