Coming soon from Yokomo is their new line of linear SLF front springs for the BD9 touring car. Developed in cooperation with Axon, the springs offer a linear characteristic which will lead to a more aggressive steering feeling compared to the standard progressive front springs. In addition they are 1.5mm shorter, allowing for easier ride height adjustment when running smaller diameter tyres. The individually-marked springs come in 2.6 to 2.8 hardness and according to Yokomo they are also worth a try in the back of the car.
Xray have announced the addition of multi-times Austrian and Slovenian IC track champion, Nejc Mihelic to their team. The former ARC driver will campaign Xray’s RX8 platform at national and international events including the Austrian and Slovenian Nationals, the XRS as well as the ENS and he has the following to say:
I’m super happy to join team Xray. I look forward working with the whole team and learning the new cars. I want to thank Xray for this opportunity to be a part of a very strong team. The quality of the products and team speaks for itself. See you all very soon at the race track. I want to thank ARC for the last 5 years. In the past we achieved great goals and claimed many wins.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the new 1/18th scale Yeti Jr Can-Am Maverick X3 T 4WD brushed RTR off-road vehicle. The Yeti Jr RTR takes everything modellers admire about the 1/10th scale Yeti chassis and shrinks it down to 1/18 scale – then tops it off with a licensed Can-Am Maverick X3 body for a fun 4WD that anyone can handle. Out of the box, this tiny terror is ready for scale adventures. Before the Yeti, the only place to find an independent suspension with floating solid rear axle was in full-size off-road vehicles. Axial carried its advantages over into RC rock racers and crawlers. The suspension design give the Yeti Jr responsive handling, increased clearance, and improved stability at high speeds. Its included 380-size motor adds the perfect amount of speed and torque, controlled by the Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires, the Spektrum brushed speed controller and the Spektrum STX2 transmitter. The package is rounded out by a 7.2V 1300mAh NiMH battery pack, a USB charger and AA batteries for the transmitter, making the vehicle a true ready-to-run kit.
HRC Distribution have introduced the HRC Racing 68110DMG digital standard size servo. Developed for 1/10th scale on-road and off-road classes, the servo features double ball bearings, sturdy metal gears and it comes with a heavy-duty 22AWG receiver wire. The servo’s waterproof case allows the use in unfriendly environments, making it ideal as a replacement for standard RTR kit servos.
First seen at the recent Nuremberg International Toy Fair in Germany, Kyosho have now revealed more information on their forthcoming new re-release Turbo Optima 1/10th scale 4WD vintage buggy. Based on the iconic mid-1980’s Optima buggy, the original Turbo Optima back in the days featured race-proved optionals such as larger diameter tyres, larger volume shock absorbers, front and rear anti-roll bars as well as the 8.4V compatible Le Mans 240S brushed motor. Many of these features now also found their way into the re-release model that in addition sports a full assortment of gold-colour chassis and suspension parts, modern threaded aluminium shock absorbers, a slipper clutch, as well as newly designed 50mm/2.0” block tread tyres for improved traction. The Turbo Optima’s body shell was faithfully recreated and the updates, such as the 48 pitch drivetrain gears and the belt drivetrain, allow to use today’s powerful brushless motors and LiPo battery packs. The buggy is set for a release in March.
Xray’s 4S super short touring car shock springs are now also available in a hard C=3.0 variant. Adding to the already available 2.3 to 2.9 linear springs, the super hard set comes in handy when running in high to very high bite track conditions. Like all other Xray springs, the 3.0 are manually measured, selected and matched into pairs to guarantee equal length and damping characteristics and they not only fit Xray cars but many other brands.
Japanese brand Zero Tribe, known for their popular Xray T4 FWD conversion, have released first renderings of a mid motor conversion for Xray’s T4 electric touring car. The design is inspired by Tamiya’s TA05 car and Awesomatix’s A800 MMCX mid motor conversion, with the equal length front and rear belts making for quicker and more even throttle response while the placement of the somewhat heavy motor creates an optimised overall balance. The kit will allow the use of shorty-type LiPo batteries as it is a developing trend when running indoors. We bring you more information on the kit as they surface.
Coming from T-Works and made for Kyosho’s Inferno MP10 and older MP9 buggies are several aluminium centre driveshafts that were developed to reduce the drivetrain’s rotational masses. The MP10-specific set includes 117mm and 85mm alloy dogbones while the MP9 TKI4/3 and MP9E compatible set comes with 115mm and 87mm long variants. Last but not least is a set specific to the MP9E Evo with 149mm and 56mm long driveshafts. All all made of high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium, they come with a black, hard-anodised surface for wear and also include high-quality outdrives. All dogbone driveshafts are also available separately for spares or repair.