Coming from STRC and made for Axial’s all-new SCX10 II truck is a range of aluminium option parts that add to the already existing range. Available are a CNC-machined aluminium heavy duty motor mount, front C-hubs, and heavy duty diff covers. The centre motor mount combines the once two piece plastic construction into one solid aluminium piece that will also help with dissipating heat from the motor. The front C-hubs greatly increase durability of the front axle along with the great looking diff covers as well. The alloy option parts also add a bit more desirable overall weight to the vehicle improving its stability over the trails and they are available in anodised black, gun metal, red and silver.
Schelle Racing Innovations have announced the soon release of an aluminium rear hub set for Team Associated’s B6-series off-road buggies. Fitting the B6 and B6D, as well as older B5M, T5M and SC5M, the 2-piece hub concept offers replaceable upper increases adjustment and durability and they allow to use the kit axle height inserts for 0, +1, +2, and +3 adjustability. The standard location “inside, +1mm shim” matched the kit standard upper row middle “B” hole. The upper cap design can space away from the main hub with ballstud shims, allowing racers fine “in-between” adjustments for the rear upper link. True to the kit geometry, the Schelle aluminium hubs are 0 degree toe-in when using the Associated inserts. The upper caps carry over from the B5M design, and are shared left and right with the upper cap design reduces leverage on the outer ballstud, as well as increasing shock clearance for the turnbuckle. The hubs come without the needed inserts and they are available for pre-order now.
Coming from Pro-Line are several new off-road tyres in the form of the Electron Lite 2.2″ rear buggy tyre, the pre-mounted 2.8″ Destroyer truck tyre as well as a range of Interco TLS SX Super Swamper tyres. Starting with the Electron Lite 2.2″, the tyre is similar in tread design to its big brother but has a lower profile carcass shape and smaller, more densely packed pins for improved performance on those pure clay tracks with little to no dust. Furthermore the tyre features connected tyre tread technology that improves traction and wear on even the most abrasive of indoor track conditions. The square centre pins laid out between the connected tread provide consistent forward and side bite. The tyre is available in M4 super soft and MC clay compound.
Pro-Line have introduced three new bodyshells in the form of the Predator design body for the HB Racing D815 as well as two 1985 Toyota HiLux scaler offerings. Starting with the D815 body, P-L’s Predator is now also available for HB Racing’s current 1/8th off-road buggy with the design taking features from the Phantom and Type-R bodies to create a whole new look and balanced performance in any condition. The body comes clear, it is a direct fit and also includes a high downforce nose piece for increased front traction along with a standard nose piece.
Tekno RC have announced the release of a revised shock cartridge set that further improves efficiency and performance the company’s shock absorbers. The shock cartridge set, with the part number TKR6146B has been revised from TKR6146 by reducing the height of the bottom guide to allow additional up-travel. This results in better bump handling and jump landing. Centre and top guides remain the same. Tekno RC recommends using the new cartridges with the EB48.3 and NB48.3 for increased up-travel and improved rough track handling. The standard TKR6146 set will continue to have the extended lower shock guide and is recommended for the ET48.3 and NT48.3 for increased shock shaft support.
Xray have introduced the new 2.5mm graphite main chassis plate for the XB2 2WD buggy. Usable with both the Carpet and Dirt Edition kits, the chassis was especially developed for low to medium bite conditions as its greater torsional flexibility makes for improved overall traction.
The 2016 Russian Nitro Off-road Championships were held in Russia’s “Northern Capitol” of Saint Petersburg. The race was hosted by the RC Orda track that featured a new layout for the event and it attracted the country’s fastest 1/8th off-road drivers. At the end of the A-main it was Xray’s Maxim Laverychev who took the win from TLR driver Stanislav Glebov and Team Associated pilot Dmitry Gribov in second and third respectively.
Round five of the Czech Senior Race was held in Horni Jeleni. Karel Hajek (Kyosho) was the man to beat with Otto Götzl (Xray) trying the best he could to follow but despite winning the opening round he had to settle for second after the qualifiers. In the main final Karel continued to dominate and he would bring home the win from Mira Fedeles (Mugen) while Otto Götzl took the final podium spot, coming from the 11 spot on the grid following issues in his semifinal.