With China in the middle of hosting it’s first IFMAR World Championships, and doing a superb job of putting on the 9th 1/12th & ISTC Worlds in Beijing, the country is now set for its second World Championship as the venue for next year’s 1:10 Electric Offroad World Championships has been decided. The 17th running of the championships, the week long FEMCA block event will be held near the city of Xiamen, which in the south east of the country, at the ARC International Raceway. Having hosted this year’s Chinese National Championships, and with many touring car drivers using its asphalt track for pre Worlds testing, the impressive facility which is part of the 3-Circles battery factory, will build a new dirt track for the WC on the same location as it is current 1/8th scale offroad track. With Red RC having been to the facility to cover the Chinese Nationals and been impressed by the facility, and currently in Beijing for the ISTC Worlds where we have experienced first hand the high standard of event China can put on, we believe this will be an event to remember.
Coming from Team Losi Racing and made for the 5-series of large scale kits are several new aluminium option parts. First up is the centre diff and engine brace for the 5ive-B buggy. The part was designed to replace the standard composite brace for a more sturdy part that also adds some visual impact to the car. The brace is machined from high-quality aluminium and it is anodised in a gun metal colour. Also new are a range of off-set wheel hex adapters for all 5-series kits such as the 5ive-B, 5ive-T and the Mini WRC. The CNC-machined alloy adapters are available in +2.5mm, +5mm and +7.5mm specification to alter the overall width of the car, they include suitable cross pins and come in sets of two.
T-Works have introduced their new shock stroke and rebound gauge specially made for TLR’s 8ight range of buggies. The gauge features a 1/4″ hex head button that attaches to the upper shock cap and it allows to measure the shock’s stroke, rebound and also suspension droop for swift setup adjustments. The tool is made from high-quality aluminium and it comes with white colour markings for easy reading of the measurements.
Made for 1/10th scale monster trucks such as the Traxxas Stampede and HPI Wheely King is JConcepts’ new Ford F-250 Super-Duty SuperCab bodyshell. Resembling the 2011 variant of Ford’s popular pick-up truck, the body features the SuperCab design with recessed and sliding rear window treatment mated with spot-on wheel well size for a mini monster and fender flares that blend to form the unmistakable Super Duty look. The bed area is flat and resembles that smooth bed cover look of the full-scale monster vehicles. The structure of the bed features ridged detail, tailgate and rear roll-pan look with scale touches, finish off the design. Includes without the clear bodyshell come window masks and a full decal sheet.
Round four of the Irish 1/10th Off-road Championship took place in Dublin. In 2WD Dylan McBurney took the TQ and the win to finish the championship with a perfect score from Alan Thompson in second. In 4WD Dylan had to work for his victory as the race for the win and the championship went to the last leg of the A-final but ultimately Dylan would be able to take his second overall title of the weekend.
SkyRC have introduced their new Toro X8T V2 brushless motor for 1/8th scale E-truggies. The 6-pole 1950kv motor is of a 18-slot stator design for improved torque while high-purity copper windings and ultra-thin 0.2mm stator laminations make for high efficiency, resulting in reduced heat built-up and longer run times. The sensorless motor utilises a machined T6 billet aluminium can with heatsink ribbing and it measures 42.2x74mm including said heatsink.
Coming from Wild Turbo Fan is the version 2 BTA speed controller fan mount. Offering a revised fan angle and new carbon fibre guides the mount now channels the cooling air better towards the controller’s heat sink and the motor. The mount fits both 25mm and 30mm ESC mounting patterns and the whole assembly weighs in at only 2.7g without fan.
Schelle Racing Innovations have introduced the Lockout Buggy Set for Team Associated and TLR buggies as well as Pro Built B6 differentials. Starting with the Lockout set, the conversion was designed for all-out buggy 17.5 and 13.5 racing. The set removes the heavy slipper assemblies and sheds weight down to a bare minimum while allowing the use of Schelle’s Nova spur gears. A 69 tooth and 72 tooth Nova spur gear are included for all the tuning options a racer could need for tight or wide-open layouts. The kit is a direct fit to the B6, B6D, B5, and B5M and also fits the TLR22 3.0 and TLR family of cars, as well as older B4-based buggies.