Tekno RC have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming all-new EB410 1/10th 4WD buggy kit. A first for the company, the vehicle is set to showcase some unique features, an exclusive chassis layout and a pretty uncommon front end geometry. The buggy is set for a late-September release and Tekno will shorten the time until then with some in-depth features that delve into the design features and philosophy.
Coming from Yeah Racing are the new Hackmotor Mobster 540-size electric brushless motors. Featuring thicker stator wires the “outlaw” motors will offer greatly improved performance and lower running temperatures compared to motors build after the rules of the major sanctioning bodies. The motors utilise premium-quality ball bearings, high-purity copper wires, high-power neodymium magnets and the aluminium endbell makes for improved heat dissipation. Available now are 4.5T and 7.5T modified as well as 10.5T, 13.5T, 17.5T and 21.5T stock variants.
PR Racing have introduced a ball-raced carbon fibre steering Ackermann plate for the SB401 buggy. Machined from high-quality graphite material and utilising dual ball bearings the plate also offers two steering Ackermann position for the inner steering links, that allow to fine-tune the steering characteristics of the buggy.
Ongoing speculation about the destiny of the formerly very popular Team Durango brand has ended following a somewhat hidden statement on social media this week. In the past month Team Durango drivers had to cope with parts shortages and diminishing support, something that sort of found its beginning with the cancellation of all team activities for the 2015 season. Hobbico states that their ARRMA RTR brand, whose 1/8th electric buggies and trucks were the platform for Team Durango’s last generation of competition kits, is still alive and kicking with more to await from the proactive brand. Hobbico’s “official” statements reads like this:
Due to market conditions, the Team Durango product line has been discontinued and we will receive no further product shipments. (We do have some parts inventory remaining and available for a limited time.) We thank all Team Durango customers and team members for their dedication to Team Durango.
Arrowmax have introduced their new 4mm and 5mm low-profile battery connectors. Utilising a 6-point design and 24K Gold-plating, the plugs will offer a very low resistance for best possible performance while their pre-shaped design will make soldering nice and tidy. The low-profile button head improves clearance so the head will not interfere with the low top decks of today’s electric touring cars. The connectors come as pairs and they are available now.
Coming from Samix are the universal clutch bell gear pliers. They were designed for easy and convenient assembly and disassembly of on-road clutch bells while also allowing to measure clutch bell distance in a range of 0.3mm to 0.7mm. In addition the tool offers a 3 and 4-pin flywheel wrench for off-road-style clutches. The pliers are made of high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium, they come black anodised and including a 2.2mm retaining pin, making it usable for all current Serpent, Mugen, Shepherd, Capricorn, KM Racing and WRC Racing 1/8th and 1/10th nitro on-road kits.
The 2017 ROAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road Nationals were held at The Track in Gaithersburg, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. last weekend. As a facility that doesn’t have a signature event, most of the competitors had never been there before. With an evolving surface and unknown preparation, it was a new challenge each day. In the up-and-coming and very competitive class of 13.5 4WD Buggy, Team Associated supported driver Dreighton Stoub started on pole. After a rough A1 from Stoub that saw privateer Jackson Brunson, also driving a Team Associated buggy, take the win, the race was on. In A2 it was another AE privateer, Will Cushing who got the win while Stoub finished second. This set the stage for a winner-take-all scenario in A3 among the three drivers. After the dust settled and the times were posted, it was a three-way tie for the win. Utilising the ROAR tiebreaker system of combined laps and times of the two best points, Stoub won the National Championship by just four seconds over Cushing, who beat Brunson by just a second while Team Associated’s AJ Maasco finishing fourth.
The Noeux le Mines track in France played host to the “The Nocturne” 1/8th off-road night race recently. The race format would see two practice and three qualifying rounds followed by three finals for each main with the event kicking off on Saturday afternoon and ending on Sunday afternoon. Classes run were 1/8th Nitro Buggy and 1/8th E-Buggy and both categories were swept by Xray’s Jean-Pierrick Sartel who took the Nitro win from TLR’s Jerome Sartel while Felix Kogler (TLR) rounded out the podium in 3rd.