Xpress have introduced a carbon fibre bumper support plate for the Execute XQ1 and the forthcoming XQ1S touring car. The part is machined from high-quality cabin fibre and it is a direct replacement for the standard moulded composite item. Included beside the upper plate are also suitable bushings and mounting hardware.
T-Works have introduced a range of lightweight aluminium wheel nuts for the Mugen MBX series of buggies and GT cars. The wheel hex adapters are machined from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium and they come hard-coated for wear. Excessive machining greatly reduces the overall weight for lower rotational masses while adding a bit of visual impact at the same time. The wheel hubs are available as a 4-piece 0mm offset set and also as 2-piece +1mm or +2mm sets that help to increase the track width when conditions call for it. All three types are usable with kits such as the MBX8, MBX7/R, MGT7 and MBX6.
Last weekend the second round of the French 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring Nationals was held at the famous Ampuis track. The track offers a mixture of slow and fast corners with technical sections and a nice and flowing layout. The year the nats use a 4-minute rocket rounds format for qualifying and it was Leo Arnold who would take the overall TQ from Michael Derderian and Kevin Rasquin with the top 2 drivers proceed directly into the 45-minute A-main. Leo Arnold (Xray) would start from pole position into the final and he would hold onto the lead for the whole race to take the win some two laps in front of Capricorn’s Quentin Leroux. Behind the two Michael Derderian (Xray) had quite a comeback after suffering a flame-out at the start of the A-main to finish on the final podium spot. Leo and Michael were also the only two pilots to opt for two tyre stops whereas the remainder of the A-main only did one stop for new rubber.
Schumacher have introduced the new Contact Grip-R, a specially formulated tyre additive for rubber tyres for both carpet and tarmac conditions. It is a thin-style additive which is very good in low to medium traction conditions. Thinner additives have been finding favour on tarmac on the new style rubber tyres such as the Rush 32/36 and the BRCA Sweep tyres and this additive is an ideal solution to provide that extra grip. The tyre sauce comes in a large 100ml bottle with sponge applicator.
Hiro Seiko have made a running change to their range of 48 pitch and 64 pitch aluminium pinion gears that now come with a new hard-anodised surface and MoS2 treatment. The 48 pitch gears come in 31 sizes from 13T to 43T while the 64 pitch pinions are available in 43 sizes of 16T to 48T. All are cut from high-quality aluminium, they sport a hard-anodised surface for wear and are Molybdenum-coated for minimised friction.
Coming from Team Powers is their limited edition on-road car stand that is an updated version of their already available carbon and aluminium car stand. Changes made include an aluminium top plate for an improved appearance and the included turnbuckle wrench is now of an aluminium design rather than carbon, making for improved durability. All other features, such as an arrangement of setup tools like chassis blocks, a droop and a ride height gauge are understood to remain unchanged.
Arrowmax have introduced their new Graphene Pro series 6200mAh 7.4V low-profile touring car LiPo battery pack. It is made using high-quality 65C/130C cells for a super-low internal resistance and a high average voltage, making it ideal especially for stock racing classes. The hardcase battery weighs in at 288g and it is available from now on.
Reds Racing have announced the soon release of their new TX2 1/10th scale brushless speed controller. The 160A-rated ESC will be usable for Modified and Stock racing alike, it is 2S LiPo-compatible, measures 31x40x19.5mm and will feature a switchable 6V/7.4V 6A BEC system. A build-in on/off switch and black receiver wire round out the package. Full information on the features and specifications will become available in time for the release.