Xray are currently developing a XB8-based 1/8th GT nitro on-road car. The prototype already made a first public appearance at the recent EFRA 1/8th GT Euros where the car finished on the runner-up spot in the hands of Fabio Callegari, behind new European Champion Toni Santana Yanes. No official images are available yet beside a couple of body-on podium photos. We bring you more information as soon as they surface.
Coming from Techra are several aluminium and carbon fibre option parts for a range of kits. First up are aluminium body height adjusters for Yokomo, Xray and VBC touring cars. Machined from 7075 aluminium and coming black anodised and with machined silver details, their design allows to use the parts with Yokomo-style 2mm and Xray/VBC-style 2.5mm body post pins. As usual with these type of adjusters the design of the parts allows for virtually step-less body height adjustments.
Japanese company Pro-Spec have announced the release of their new Racing Belt line of drivetrain belts for a range of touring cars. Available for most of today’s kits such as the Xray T4, Kyosho TF7, Tamiya TRF419X, Yokomo BD7-2016 and 2015, Awesomatix A800 and the R11, the Bando belts ensure a high efficiency and durability for a reliable low-drag drivetrain.
Xray have introduced carbon fibre shock towers for the XB8 1/8th off-road buggy. The front shock stay is cut from 4mm material while the rear variant is made using slightly thinner 3.5mm material, adding to the already existing 4mm variant. All offer an extra-strong heavy duty design, they allow the use of multiple inner ballstud positions in the rear and the standard composite inserts in the front and the 3.5mm rear tower is especially recommended for lower traction surfaces due to being softer in flex than the standard shock stay.
Xray have announced the signing of young swedish talent, Alexander Landen to their junior racing program. The 10-years old will race 1/10th electric off-road at events such as the EOS, the WBC races, the Swedish National Cup and more and he has the following to say about the deal:
I am very happy for this opportunity and I am of course very proud. I have been running Xray cars for the last 2 years with a great success. The quality and attention to details in the products are top notch and the performance and reliability of the products are superior. With the recent release of the new 2WD platform we believe the Xray overall package currently is the strongest in the 1/10 off road racing market on all surfaces. Therefore this seems as a perfect time to join a very successful team and I will do my best to represent the team.
Xray have announced the 2016 variant of their XB8E 1/8th E-buggy kit. Building on the successful XB8 platform the 2016 kit makes use of many of the improvements and refinements introduced with this year’s XB8 nitro buggy, such as an updated suspension package, a new chassis and some redesigned drivetrain parts. Starting with the chassis, the 7075-T6 aluminium part makes for an optimised weight balance thanks to being 4mm shorter to move the weight forward. A more narrow front end is meant to improve steering while the rear and is wider for increased stability. Excessive machining keeps the weight of the 3mm plate at a minimum. Part of the new chassis package are also updated side guards that are mounted from above as well as newly designed chassis braces with the rear one allowing to mount an optional graphite brace to stiffen the rear end.
Xray have announced the signing of Shanghai based JJ Wang to their electric team. The young Chinese-American, who recently won the AOC season opener in Shanghai, is considered to be one of the most talented drivers at present and he will campaign Xray’s line of 1/10th scale electric on-road and off-road kits at major national races in the USA as well as at selected international events. The former HB driver has the following to say about the deal:
After the departure from my previous team, I had the opportunity and freedom to try almost every platform in the market. After several extended testing with most of the brands, Xray was by far the most consistent in performance and quality. I am very happy and thankful to join Team Xray and be a part of the family for years to come. Special Thanks to Hudy family for this opportunity.
Exotek have introduced new carbon fibre and aluminium option parts for the Xray XB2 2WD buggy. First up is a 2.5mm carbon fibre bottom plate fitting both the carpet and dirt spec kits. Quasi weave construction insures proper stiffness while the lightweight material makes this chassis weigh in at only 84 grams, 42 grams lighter than stock. The bottom plate is a direct replacement for the stock part.