RC-Aurora have introduced a multi-functional gauge to determine the rim offset and motor pinion size of Mini-Z cars. Made from carbon fibre the tool helps to measure the wheel offset and it also does away with the need to tooth count pinion gears as four different grids allow to measure the pinion gear size of popular mini-size cars such as the ones from Kyosho and Atomic/AMZ. Printed graphics help to easily read the different settings and at 32x130mm the gauge is also easy to carry and store.
Team BootsCradock have announced a full race spec Kyosho MP9 TKI4 pre-built by double European number 1 mechanic, Mike Cradock. The kit will come with a Reds Racing R7 Evoke V3.0 engine, Reds Racing 2112 pipe, Reds Racing M manifold and Reds Racing Quattro clutch. The buggy comes built using a range of option parts including IF346-04L, IFW406, IFW456, IFW453, IFW445, IFW436, IF491KR as well as a red rear wing. Each chassis will be hand-engraved with the build number and Mike Cradock’s signature and each kit also includes a card that will show the build number, date, final check and signatures from Mike and Elliott. Furthermore the kits display the same setup Elliott Boots ran at the European Championships in Spain. The Celebration kit is limited to 100 pieces and it is made by request. For more information and to order, contact Elliott Boots at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyosho’s own Yuichi Kanai had released first images of forthcoming option parts for the MP9 1/8th off-road buggy. First up are the new aluminium hard front shock stays in S and MS configuration and incorporating a high mounting position for the upper arm mount. The shock stays come CNC-machined, hard-anodised and with laser-etched markings for easy identification. The short shock tower has to be used with S-size shocks while the medium-short tower is to be used with MS-size shocks. Both offer updated mounting positions for the third new part, the high mount front upper arm holder. The alloy part lifts the upper suspension pins by 2mm, resulting in improved yet smoother steering. All three parts will become available in September.
Following first teaser images released yesterday, Kyosho have issued more detailed photos of the forthcoming RB6.6 1/10th 2WD off-road buggy. Based off of a longer wheelbase chassis the car’s most important feature is the very versatile gearbox layout with a rear motor and a total of three mid motor configurations, – including 3-gear, 4-gear, and laydown – being usable right out of the box. Beside the changeable transmission design the buggy also allows for a range of battery configurations to be run as are inline or transversally mounted shorty LiPos in mid motor as well as straight and saddle packs for the mid and rear motor layouts. The suspension components are taken over from the previous RB6 by the looks of things and the kit comes with a new high-downforce body to fit the 13mm longer chassis.
Kyosho have released first information on the forthcoming Ultima RB6.6 1/10th 2WD buggy. The follow-up version of the World Championship winning RB6 will feature a new wide 7075 aluminium chassis in a long wheelbase configuration, adding 13mm on length compared to the standard RB6, making for improved stability. Right out of the package the 6.6 comes with a total of four gearbox configurations: rear motor and three mid motor layouts including stand-up 3-gear, stand-up 4-gear and low rider 3-gear. The battery tray system is usable with a range of battery configurations including straight type, shorty and saddle packs batteries. Also part of the package is a new steering crank design, Velvet-coated shock absorbers, front straight and rear gull-wing A-arms as well as a new high downforce cab forward bodyshell. We bring you more information and images on the car as soon as they become available.
Sweep Racing have introduced the Muzzle design bodyshell for the Kyosho MP9 1/8th off-road buggy. Sporting the ever popular cab forward design the body is meant to improve steering reactions while the distinctive rear wing provides improved traction in low-grip track conditions and on bumpy surfaces. The body is made from thick 1mm polycarbonate and it comes clear, ready for your favourite paint job.
Kyosho have introduced a range of option parts for the Optima 2016 re-release buggy. First up is an aluminium servo mount that makes for improved stiffness and cooler looks. The part comes gun metal anodised and it includes mounting hardware. Also new are hard-anodised 7075 alloy main chassis rails for improved looks and durability. On the performance side of things, Kyosho have soft compound pin tyres to offer. Measuring 43x86x40mm the tyres fit the Optima’s kit rims and the softer rubber compound improves traction and side bite. Finally comes a 2-piece set of 5-spoke rims for the Optima re-release buggy. Matching the kit’s design the rims come in black colour to make for a different visual appearance.
T-Works have introduced a range of hard-coated lower shock mount pins for a range of 1/8th off-road vehicles. Machined from aircraft-grade 7075 aluminium and sporting a hard-coated surface for wear the lightweight pins reduce unsprung weight and they are available in four piece sets for the Kyosho MP9, HB Racing D815 and the Serpent S811 and GT.