Just in time for the forthcoming indoor season Xray have introduced the 2017 variant of their successful X12 1/12th scale pan car kit. Building on the multi-time national and European Championship winning X12 platform, the 2017 variant features a sensible amount of refinements and new features with the car being based on a new 2.5mm carbon fibre chassis that is of a narrower design to reduce chassis scrub during hard cornering and to achieve a more centralised weight distribution. Despite its narrow width the chassis still allows for transversally or inline mounted battery packs, giving a range of weight distribution options for both lower and higher bite tracks.
The latest vehicle to receive JConcepts’ chassis protective sheet treatment is Xray’s XB2 buggy. The chassis wrap comes made from tough material and it sports flashy JC graphics while protecting the chassis bottom from becoming damaged or overly scratched when running on very abrasive surfaces. Coming in sets of two the stickers are pre-cut for a perfect fit and included is also a replacement rear skid decal.
RC-Mission have introduced new aluminium rear driveshaft dogbones for the Xray T4 and Yokomo BD7. Machined from high-quality material and coming with a hard-anodised surface the dogbones reduce the drivetrain’s rotational mass, resulting in quicker spool-up and improved braking. Both the 50mm Xray and 44mm Yokomo dogbones are a direct fit and they come in sets of two.
JConcepts’ popular S2 1/10th 2WD buggy bodyshell is now also available for the Xray XB2 buggy. Slammed overall height allows the S2 to whisk through the turns with a low centre of mass while the progressive cab design provides plenty of front-end force for balance and steering. A channeled roof directs the flow through the centre of the body while also increasing the rigidity of the cockpit. The dual side-window design that has become famous on the JConcepts bodies remains to bring a traditional feel to the layout. The upper side-pods feature distinct vents used to help relieve hot air build-up inside the body for those high-powered runs or hot days at the track. Carved and detailed side-pods edge the body giving the highly aero unit a stylish look with a tight fit and finish. Cut-lines are included on the body to accommodate the standard, stand-up 3 gear transmission and 4 gear lay-down transmission layouts giving all out versatility. The body is available in a standard and lightweight variant including two Aero rear wings.
Modify have introduced specially designed 5g chassis balance weights for Xray’s T4 series of touring cars. Made to use the chassis’ pre-drilled holes underneath the steering assembly, but also fitting other brand’s cars, the dumpbell-shaped weights are a snug fit and they come with suitable mounting hardware.
Xray have announced their new Xray Racing Series for the 2016/17 season. The events will be run in multiple countries and classes and all information about dates, rules and more will become available shortly.
Coming from JConcepts and made for the Xray XB2 buggies are the Aero front wings. Already available for a range of 2WD buggy the tailor-made wings help to fine-tune the buggy’s aerodynamic behaviour. The Aero front wing mounts in “clean air” and is quite easy to trim, use and test without sacrificing all important track time. Available in two widths, the driver can choose either the “narrow” for a lighter feel or “wide” for heavier down force. Each set includes two narrow or two wide wings.
Team EA Motorsports have introduced their Energy Absorbent touring car front bumpers. Offering a 6mm extended design the foam bumpers do away with the need to add material in order to better support the bodyshells and keeping them from dragging on the racing surface. In case a less forward position is desired, the specially designed foam is very easy to sand down to whatever distance is needed. The highly supportive are also very light, preserving excellent steering response compared to heavier parts. The bumper is currently available in three different configurations, solid, pre-cut with inserts, and cut-out, with the solid bumper giving the least amount of steering and the cut-out one being the most corner-hungry, and it was designed to fit the Xray T4 but it also is usable on Awesomatix, Team Associated TC7 and Gizmo cars with some minor trimming.