New from JTP, the brand of multi-time US National and 2013 IFMAR World Champion Jared Tebo, comes a carbon fibre front shock tower for the Kyosho RB6 as well as two new T-shirts. Starting with the shock tower, the part was designed and tested by Jared himself and it is of slightly other dimensions than the stock shock stay to allow for an alternative front geometry. The part is machined from high-quality carbon fibre and it was designed to offer a better front end feeling through corners and over obstacles as it improves the uptravel of the suspension. The shocks need to be converted to LA43 long shock ends and the tower is up for grabs now. Also new are two T-shirts, the black Race To Win and the blue Strike shirt. Both 100 percent cotton premium Next Level tees are screen printed in the USA and, like the shock tower, available here.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Coming soon from Kyosho is the 2015 specification Ultima RB6 1/10th scale electric 2WD buggy kit. Based off of the 2013 IFMAR World Championship winning car the latest incarnation features some subtle modifications such as UM713B rear suspension arms with additional shock mounting positions and XGS013 rear springs for improved traction. Also included is the LA373 Step Wing 3.0 for improved cornering and durability. The other key features such as the 7075 aluminium chassis, the interchangeable 3-gear and 4-gear transmission with reinforced idler gear as well as the ability to run multiple battery configurations remain the same on the ’15 kit.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Kyosho America have released first information and images of the Inferno ST-RR Evo.2 1/8th scale nitro truggy kit. The evolution of the successful ST-RR Evo is making use of newly designed front and rear shocks stays that suit high-grip surfaces while offering an optional radio box set and also a lightweight clutch bell. The tough straight cut bevel gears and small flywheel from the 1/8th buggy World Champion MP9 deliver increased reliability while the dial-adjustable big bore shocks allow for precision setting. The low-profile form of the new forward cabin design body combines with the MP9 wing to produce sure-footed rear grip and manoeuvrability. There is no official release date yet but it is understood that the kit will hit the stores soon.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The latest vehicle to receive the JConcepts Silencer bodyshell treatment is the Kyosho ZX6. The body features a profiled, Finnisher stance cockpit and forward raised side-pod to give the Silencer an immediate fighting appearance. A smooth, high-speed transition around the cab keeps the body heading in the right direction and a slight recess just behind the cab with channelling out the rear provides rear-end stability. The Silencer side-pods have a clipped rear-end, narrowing the rear by angling in just in front of the rear tyres. The rear side-pods angle sharply toward the shock tower and wing, enhancing the force placed on the rear pods during high-speed acceleration. The body is capped off with a cockpit shark fin for more high-speed tracking stability and increased roof stiffness. The package includes two 6.5″ Hi-Clearance wings pre-marked for the ZX6 for the easiest application.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Exotek introduce the new strap and twist nut shorty LiPo mount set for the Kyosho RB6, RT6 and SC6. It includes adjustable twist nuts for precise battery holding and that factory team look while the battery strap is shaped for extra room around the LiPo plugs. Included is a USA-made carbon fibre strap and polished and anodised factory red posts and twist nuts. The set is usable alone or with Exotek’s optional rear carbon brace set.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Kyosho America have announced first details on their all-new Syncro EX-6 Mini-Z radio system. The newest and most advanced radio ever built for use with the Mini-Z cars from Kyosho is based on the EX-2 radio system just introduced by KO Propo. It takes advantage of the “KIY” (Kustomize It Yourself) system that allows modular expansion and modification of the radio system, and it has a new ultra-fast hybrid mode that is faster than any system currently available. The Syncro EX-6 features a high level of adjustability via precision digital settings that remain stored in the radio’s memory. Most of the settings are adjusted via the two-position LCD display, which can display data in line with the radio for more conventional viewing, or it can be rotated to a transverse position, which makes it easier to view settings and data from the side of the radio.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Kyosho is set to re-release one of their “holy grails” in the form of the 1980’s Tomahawk 2WD buggy. Following the original Scorpion and the re-release of the legendary Beetle, Kyosho introduces the third release in the retro line, the Tomahawk. The buggy, as it was back then, is an evolution of the Scorpion design that includes subtle enhancements to increase its off-road performance. Not being an exact replica the 2015 kit will feature several refinements to make adapt it to modern running gear. It will feature the unique double deck design, though made using tough 6061 alloy, it will come with slightly larger red anodised aluminium shocks with improved ride height adjustment clamps as well as an upgraded gearbox with gear differential. The body is made from the exact same mould that was used to make the original body all those years ago. Also part of the package are stylish brushed-aluminium looking wheels with black insets as well as soft, imprinted tyres. The kit will become available in June.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Pro-Line have introduced 1/10th buggy versions of their Pro-Spec high-performance shock absorbers. Previously only available for 1/10th short course trucks the shock Pro-Spec dampers now also come for today’s most popular buggies. They are of a 12mm Big Bore design with a single low friction X-ring seal while the pistons and shaft guides are made from smooth white Delrin for low stiction. The threaded aluminium bodies house 3.5mm thick shock shafts with hard chrome coating, just like full scale racing shocks. The shocks also feature an easy access bleeder cap screw for consistent shock builds every time and each pair includes three different piston options of 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8 sizes as well as a blank piston for drilling to a custom size. Custom shock tightening tools and optional shock limiters are also included. The dampers accept most 12mm big bore buggy springs and included are also several upper and lower shock pivot balls as well as optional +2, +4 and +6mm spring perches to fit a wider range of vehicles right out of the box. Coming as separate front and rear sets the shocks are known to fit the Team Associated B5, B5M and B44.3, the Kyosho RB6 and ZX-6, the TLR 22 2.0 and 22-4 as well as the Yokomo B-Max2 and B-Max4.
Friday, April 17, 2015