Coming from Xray and made for the XB4 line of vehicles are new 9 degree caster C-hubs moulded of graphite composite material. The rigid graphite material is suitable for most track conditions but especially for high to very high-bite surfaces while the overall design allows for easy CVD assembly swaps and no driveshaft jamming issues at high steering angles and during hard crashes. The hubs are available separately for the left and right hand side of the buggy.
JConcepts has added a new item to their Shapeways store for Yokomo YZ-2 owners using a laydown transmission. The elephant trunk style chassis brace replaces the stock unit and uses a single column support which promotes flex characteristics giving traction gains associated with these types of adjustments. With the single post, there is also increased clearance around the motor and tabs for easier soldering and wire routing. The built-in ledge helps minimise issues with the battery brace popping out during hard landings and crashes. The mount attaches at the top and bottom with stock hardware and it is available directly through JConcepts’ Shapeways store.
The 2017 Philippine Masters will be held from the 28th to 30th of April at the Circulo Verde race track in Quezon City, Philippines. The 3-day event will see Nitro Buggy, Nitro Truggy and E-Buggy racing with drivers from all over the world attending including Pro drivers such as Adam Drake, David Ronnefalk, Ty Tessmann, Kyle McBride and Atsushi Hara. More information can be found on social media here.
Coming from HB Racing are hard suspension parts for the D413 1/10th 4WD buggy. Available for the front and the rear, the arms are moulded from a harder composite material for increased overall stiffness and thus improved handling on high-bite surfaces while also reducing the buggy’s sensitivity to changing traction conditions.
Losi have introduced the Desert Buggy XL-E 1/5th scale 4WD electric RTR buggy. The all-wheel drive ready-to-run buggy builds on its nitro sibling but features a revised shock package with new O-ring and shock guides to provide improved feel, enhanced performance and upgraded tunability. The 4WD chassis is equipped with an aluminium centre differential for added strength and durability while new chassis brace plates add rigidity and stability. The Dynamite 800kv brushless power system with 8S Fuze brushless controller is good for speeds of up to 80km/h when on 8S power and the built-in Active Vehicle Control system and Spektrum DX2E transmitter keep things in control no matter how intense the action gets. The package is rounded out by MAXXIS Creepy Crawler tyres, a bright LED light bar and your choice of grey or black bodyshell designs.
HRC Distribution have introduced a machined spur gear for the Team Magic E5 series of trucks. Of a heavy duty design the part is especially useful when running high power brushless motors. The 46T gear is usable with the all E5-series trucks including the new E5 HX.
Exotek have introduced a range of new option parts for the Team Associated B6 and B64 buggies. First up is an aluminium motor plate with POM spur gear cover for the B6. The vented 7075 motor plate for the 3-gear laydown gearbox is of a lightweight design for a lower centre of gravity with venting openings adding airflow and cooling. Included with the motor plate comes a machined POM spur gear cover that keeps the body from running and tearing up both the spur and body paint.
TVRC track in Nampa, Idaho recently held a round of their Saturday Carpet Series and in the 2WD Buggy class it was Ben John that took the overall TQ to start the A-main from pole position. With the narrow track offering only one fast line Ben was sure to get the thing done if he wouldn’t make any mistakes. Right from the start he was getting pressure from the second place driver but he wasn’t able to find a way past. After holding off his initial charges the runner-up made a mistake at the three minute mark which allowed Ben to cruise to the win with Gary Ovitt coming in second and Kevin Klein rounding out the podium.