German TOP Racing distributors RC-Kleinkram have issued first preview images of a forthcoming single belt 1/10th electric touring car. Available from end of October will be a conversion kit for the Sabre S4 with full kits following in the very near future. The conversion is based on a carbon fibre main chassis with extensive machining around the centre line while the upper deck is of a pretty slim appearance. The drivetrain utilises dual aluminium belt pulleys and the steering system can be built as chassis mounted or floating assembly. More information and images become available in time for the release.
McFactory have introduced their all new Type L 1/12th scale conversion kits. The “L” is in honour of National Champion Donny Lia, who was instrumental in the development of this new car. The kits were designed for the new high-bite black CRC carpet and feature inverted sidelink mounts to allow for a narrower chassis that in turn makes for more undisturbed chassis roll on the high-grip carpet without dragging while also moving weight closer to the centre of the car. Also included are raised front carbon bumpers that remove nose weight and solve the dragging issues everyone has on the new carpet. Finally a recessed tape slot in the centre does away with the battery tape getting cut or caught. The Type “L” conversion will be made for the CRC, Team Associated, Serpent, TOP, SpeedMerchant, Roche, and Xray cars with the later will also come with the rear pod moved 2mm towards the diff and a new top plate. Another cool option is the ORCA shock mount with the speedo screwing into the chassis and an upper heatsink carbon fibre brace acting as shock mount. Non Orca kits will utilise the standard shock mounts from whatever chassis is converted.
McFactory have introduced more aluminium chassis conversions for 1/12th scale pan cars. The range will also include chassis and power pod sets for the TOP Rebel 12 v2, the Serpent S120 LTR, Team Associated R12 5.2 and the CRC XTI WC. All are made using high-quality aluminium and they help to settle down the cars when running in high-bite track conditions.
T.O.P. Racing have first images of their forthcoming Rebel F1X formula pan car available. No detailed features are known yet but looking at the preview images the car is based on a class-standard carbon fibre chassis with link-type rear suspension. The chassis seems to allow the use of inline or transversally mounted shorty LiPo packs and it sports an adjustable low-profile servo mount whose mounting angle can be altered using several mounting points for the aluminium mount. Up front the car features fixed lower A-arms with the upper arms being attached to the front aluminium bulkhead using pivot joints. Both the upper and lower arms are made of carbon fibre sheet material that use composite adapters to mount the steering knuckles to. More information and images should become available in time for the release.
CML Distribution, CML France and Novarossi have announced that former French Champion and European Finalist Jerome Sartel has chosen to use TOP Elite engines as his power for the 2015 1/8th nitro off-road season. Being free to select any engine for his TLR 8ight chassis, Jerome was in an enviable position to test and research a number of motors before committing to a final manufacturer. After extensive testing Jerome felt that TOP Elite engines were the perfect partner, and the ideal power package to allow him get the best performance from his 8ight buggy and truggy platforms.
New from Novarossi comes the 2015 Elite range of TOP engines for off-road and on-road applications. Starting with the top-of-the-foodchain Elite 8 Off Road, the engine is of a long stroke design and features an 8-port sleeve. Coming with a turbo glowplug combustion camber insert and 14mm turbo crankshaft the engine is available with standard steel or high-quality ceramic ball bearings.
T.O.P. introduce this optional steering post mount for the Sabre S4 touring car kit. Machined from aluminium and coming red anodised the part mounts atop the steering bellcranks and allows to stiffen the front end of the chassis by coupling the mount and the top deck. Included comes mounting hardware and a spacer that places between the Y-shaped mount and the top deck.
New from T.O.P. Racing and made for the Sabre S4 touring car is an improved gear differential housing set. Design changes and new O-rings for the outdrives and pulley minimise oil-leakage and increase the efficiency of the diff.