Coming from Pro-Line and made for the Traxxas X-Maxx monster truck is the pre-cut Ford F-150 Raptor bodyshell. Resembling the 2017 variant of the popular pick-up truck the body is a direct fit to Traxxas’ big gun monster truck and it comes clear, including window masks and decal sheet. On top of this the body will be delivered pre-cut, minimising preparation time.
Coming from Pro-Line are the new Pro-Forge 1.9″ aluminium bead-loc 6-lug wheels. CNC-machined in the USA the wheels are designed to not only look scale, but to perform in even the toughest conditions. They feature the industry standard 6 Lug hex mounting design and pair with Pro-Line’s new 6-lug 12mm standard offset hex adapters, which are sold separately. The overall wheel width of the Pro-Forge is 2mm wider than both the FaultLine and Denail 1.9″ wheels but maintains the standard wheel offset. Black die-cast bead-loc rings and hardware are included to hold 1.9″ crawling tyres onto the wheel. The rims are available in clear and bronze anodised finish.
LRP have announced the signing of Spanish up and coming driver, Dani Batlle. Brother of record national and former IFMAR World Champion, Robert Batlle, Dani will use LRP electronics in his upcoming 1/8th nitro and electric campaign and he has the following to say about the deal:
I am really happy about the collaboration with LRP. I think LRP is one of the best brands in RC with high-quality products and exceptional service and that’s why I have chosen to run for Blue is Better. I hope I can celebrate many victories with them both in nitro and electric racing.
Coming from Pro-Line are three new off-road tyres in the form of the ElectroShot VTR 4.0″ 1/8th truck as well as the Blockade and LockDown 1/5th truck tyres. Starting with the ElectroShot VTR 4.0″, the tyre comes from the mind of Ty Tessmann and is designed to perform just like a Hole Shot 2.0 while lasting significantly longer. The ElectroShot is a combination of Pro-Line’s Electron and HoleShot tread designs with connected bars in the centre where the heaviest tyre wear occurs and Holeshot pins everywhere else for maximum traction. The tyre will become available in M3 soft and X3 soft compounds.
Coming from SWorkz and made for the S35 series of off-road vehicles are brass front-rear arm mounts. Machined from high-quality material and sporting a shiny finish the parts help to add weight to the front end for improved steering response and optimised jump landing. The FR mounts are available as lighter 25g or heavier 35g variant.
Available now is ProTek RC’s new Euro LS-5 3.5cc 5-port competition nitro off-road engine. Developed by top AMain and Novarossi pro drivers the engine will provide optimal power, run time and ease of tune. The power plant comes with a composite carburettor that resists heat and holds a consistent idle while the crankshaft and 5-port sleeve have been paired to provide linear power that produces a level of drivability that shreds lap times—throttle response is consistent throughout the entire RPM range. The setup of the long stroke engine allows for nine and a half to ten minutes of run time and to comes including a C6TGC turbo-style glow plug.
Serpent have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming Cobra SRX8e 1/8th E-buggy kit. The Billy-Easton-designed buggy is based off of its nitro sibling and will make a first public appearance at this week’s The Dirt Nitro Challenge. The kit is set for a release in April and we bring you more information as soon as they surface.
Coming from Factory RC is the ROAR motor tech plate. This go/no go tech plate allows for quick inspection of any ROAR-approved motor for physical dimension requirements. The plate is machined from 2.25mm carbon look plate to the maximum tolerances allowed by ROAR. This allows the individual inspecting motors for legality to use a non magnetic tool to inspect the rotor and can for dimensions to assure legal racing. The rotor can be inspected using the length and diameter slot which also inspects for the 7.00mm internal OD shaft. There is also a pass through hole for the rotor body as well. Notches help to inspect the can diameter and length, as well as the 14.5mm “plug” go/no go gauge for the can/stack. This leaves only the stack length for inspection with a pair of digital callipers to finalise inspection which is easy to do since the stack is not magnetic. All measurements are clearly marked and the plate has so far been successfully used at various races.