Coming soon from RCON is the R4WRC WorldRX and TCR body shell for short wheelbase M-type chassis. The body is made of 1.0mm polycarbonate material and it is usable for rally or touring car applications as it can be used as a WRX rally or TCR on-road body shell. The lid offers a 208mm wheelbase and at a width of 168mm and it comes including window masks, a decal sheet and an add-on rear wing.
LRP have introduced their all-new ZZ.21C Davide Ongaro Edition 3.5cc nitro off-road engine. The power plant was developed in cooperation with Team Associated’s Davide Ongaro and it was used by the young Italian talent to win last week’s IFMAR 1:8 Nitro Off-road World Championships in Perth, Western Australia. The O.S. based engine was developed to deliver smooth power supply in the lower RPM range combined with exceptional mileage and great overall power, resulting in LRP’s unique crankshaft design and porting. The 14mm precision-balanced crankshaft is DLC-coated for wear and sports a silicone insert for optimised mixture flow. A rear ceramic ball bearing ensures a lower overall weight and also higher peak RPM. Other features include a long stroke design for best possible power and torque, a LCG engine head and specially designed carburettor needles for improved throttle response and mileage. The engine will hit stores by the time you read this.
The opening round of the Winter Race Series was held at the RAP Carpet indoor track in Pianbosco, Italy. In the Touring Stock 13.5T class it was Nicola Di Palma with the win from Paolo Smorgon 2nd. Luigi Buffagni would round out the top 3 podium result, making it an Awesomatix 1-2-3.
Exotek have introduced new optional parts for the TLR 22 SR and Tekno EB410 1/10th scale off-road buggies. First up is a set of Puck diff outdrives for the TLR 22 SR. The conversion outdrive cups for the SR diff allow to use the diff with the popular MIP pucks and roller bones. The parts replace the stock plastic outdrives of the 22 SR diff with heavy-duty hard-anodised 7075 aluminium cups for longer lasting stock racing performance when combined with optional MIP pucks or rollers. The stock TLR 22 bones are not compatible and 67mm length Puck bones are recommended for the 22 4.0.
Tamiya USA have announced the RC replica of the Toyota GAZO Racing TS050 Hybrid. The World Endurance Championship race car competed throughout the WEC 2018-2019 season and this specific kit celebrates Toyota’s first ever win at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Tamiya replica sits atop the 2WD F103GT Chassis, which is easy to build and maintain, thanks to its simple 2WD direct drive system with grippy rubber tyres that supply plenty of traction. The chassis’ FRP double-deck frame employs 1.5mm upper and 2.5mm lower decks, cushioned by link-type arm and coil spring left/right independent front suspension. An FRP T-bar is the centrepiece of the rigid rear suspension setup, working in tandem with the friction plate and coil spring unit to provide a smooth drive. The height adjustable gear case allows a range of ground clearance settings, and contains a high-performance ball differential. Front uprights give a 3 degrees caster angle, and are equipped with 850 ball bearings. The kit is set for a release in January 2019.
Xray have introduced their eccentric ball bearings clamps for the X1 and X12 cars. The rear axle mounts allow to adjust the wheelbase for a short and a long setting, differing by 1mm. The black-coated alloy parts do not use composite hubs for the bearings and generally a shorter wheelbase car rotates faster in slow corners and has improved forward traction whereas a longer car is freer in high-speed corners and will feel more linear, especially during fast direction changes. The clamps fit the X1 and X12 cars and they come in pairs.
This past weekend saw the latest round of the NXC Winter Series held at NWN near Blackpool. In 1/8th Nitro Buggy it was Chris Sharpe-Simkiss with the win from 2nd placed Ben Billing. Alan Ward would round out the top 3 podium result.
The second round of 2018/19 Mibosport Cup was held last weekend in Hrotovice, Czech Republic. The event attracted both national and international drivers of which over 200 made their entry. The most popular classes would be 2WD and 4WD Buggy along a very strong 43 entries for the increasingly popular Formula class. The weekend kicked off with free practice on Friday followed by timed practice and an hour of open practice on Saturday morning for all drivers that missed Friday’s action. In the premier Touring Modified class Oliver Havranek, Matej Sulc, Patrick Gollner and first round winner Zdenko Kunak looked quick from the get go. The biggest challenge was between Oliver and Matej. Oliver did make the pass on Matej in A1, but did not manage to score a good result in A2. Matej however grabbed the important victory in second final and at the end he was the lucky one to stand on the top of Modified ranking list. Patrick Gollner kept Zdenko behind and took at least the 3rd spot while Zdenko Kunak had to satisfy himself with 4th place overall. The top 5 was completed by Andreas Stiebler.