Coming from Jared Tebo’s JTP brand are carbon fibre shock towers for the Kyosho RT6 and SC6 trucks. The front shock tower was designed to dramatically change the front end geometry to improve the steering feeling. The shocks will be directly mounted to the arm, helping to taking out the twitch and over aggressive front end and giving more confidence in corners. Also new is a rear shock tower that offers the standard geometry with the inside three holes being available. The tower must be used with the RB6.6 rear bulkhead and it changes the body mounting positions. Both the front and rear shock tower are made from high-quality 4mm carbon fibre and JTP also offers a set of front and rear RT6 and SC6 arms with the front arms coming pre-drilled for the required new shock mounting location.
Exotek have introduced three new Flite-series topshafts the most popular 2WD buggies as well as a Flite ultra light direct spur mount. Starting with the topshafts, the parts have been drilled and the teeth narrowed for increased acceleration and a cooler running motor. Less than half the weight of the stock topshaft and slipper assembly and lighter still than Exotek’s standard spur mount set, when combined with the special light weight spur mount, the assembly weighs in at 9.5g complete with hardware and 72 spur. The topshaft is available for the Team Associated B6, Kyosho RB6.6 and the TLR 22 3.0.
Coming from T-Works and made for the Kyosho MP9 TKI3 and TKI4 kits is a carbon fibre centre gearbox plate. Designed to replace the standard aluminium part the carbon fibre plate is of a very low weight and it adds some visual impact to the centre part of the buggy.
Coming soon from Kyosho is the Inferno MP9 TKI4 Spec A 1/8th nitro buggy roller. The pre-assembled kit out of Kyosho’s Spec A range is built by experienced staff and the kits are individually checked by Inferno designer Yuichi Kanai. Areas such as shock absorbers and diffs are built to very high standards to guarantee best performances as are details such as ride height and suspension geometry that all come pre-set and race-ready. On top of this the bodyshell is pre-cut, reducing preparation time significantly. As for the specifications the Spec A kit comes with the same features as the standard TKI4 kit and it will hit the stores beginning of March.
Kyosho have introduced the PureTen FW-06 GP Audi R8 LMS Red ReadySet 1/10th scale nitro on-road kit. The proven, shaft-driven FW-06 4WD chassis offers mild control responses, making it the perfect introduction to GP touring cars. A 2-speed automatic transmission and the high-power GXR15 engine combined with the same rear suspension as the World Champion V-One RRR also meet the demands of expert-level drivers, making the car race-worthy as well. Included with the ready-to-run package also comes a 2.4GHz Syncro KT-231P transmitter with failsafe function and the kit is decked off with a red Audi R8 LMS bodyshell.
Coming from Mckune Design and made for the Kyosho RB6.6 2WD buggy are three new carbon fibre shock towers. Machined from high-quality 4mm USA-made carbon fibre, the towers are available in stock geometry as well as a plus 2mm front tower for more up travel. The parts are a direct fit and they are available now.
Long-time Kyosho factory driver and 2010 1/8th Off-road World Champion, Cody King, has announced his departure from the Japanese manufacturer. The news comes only days after Cody issued a first, slightly cryptic, statement about his future at Kyosho on social media and now things have clarified, ending doubts whether a change is ahead or not. Cody has yet to announce a new chassis sponsor deal but in the meantime he has the following to say:
Wow, where do I begin? The decision is final now, I won’t return to Kyosho for the 2017 season after all. Our relationship was very long, 14 years to be exact. It was a great ride, and we went a long way. From begging John Stokes and Alex Kong at Great Planes for support back in the day, to watching the creation of Kyosho America near my house in Southern California, to meeting Joel Johnson and Steve Pond at that time, as well as all the Kyosho America staff. Then going all the way to the Worlds and winning the race. What great memories. Then having my car and paint scheme on the Inferno box for many years, that is something that I never could have dreamed would happen. I want to thank Aki Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Sasai, and Mitsuo Yoshimaru at Kyosho Japan. Mr. Sasai was very supportive and really believed in me. I’m very grateful for that. Also Futoshi Ishihara and Steve Pond at Kyosho America, thank you very much for all the years of support. It has been an absolute great ride and great experience. They say the only thing constant in the universe is change. Indeed it’s true. On to the next chapter…
Exotek have introduced an aluminium rear bulkhead for laydown converted Kyosho RB6.6 buggies. A heavy duty 1-piece design and high-quality 7075 aluminium material mean improved durability and less chances to strip a ball stud mounting hole in hard crashes. The part matches the stock geometry and includes mounting points for the RB6.6 sway bars and at 10g the bulkhead is also about 1.5g lighter than the stock nylon part.