Serpent have introduced a 2.5mm carbon fibre main chassis and lower pod plate for the S120 LTR 1/12th scale pan car. The new chassis is meant to improve high speed steering at corner entry, the car will feel smoother throughout the corner while also carrying more corner speed. Driving feel through chicanes is also improved while rear wheel lift is reduced, making for faster acceleration and a more efficient drive at the expense of slightly harder working rear tyres, which can be overcome by moving the battery forward or using a softer centre shock spring. The chassis and pod plate are available now and they will be a running change for all S120 LTR kits from April on.
Coming from Xray and made for the XB4 line of vehicles are new 9 degree caster C-hubs moulded of graphite composite material. The rigid graphite material is suitable for most track conditions but especially for high to very high-bite surfaces while the overall design allows for easy CVD assembly swaps and no driveshaft jamming issues at high steering angles and during hard crashes. The hubs are available separately for the left and right hand side of the buggy.
JConcepts has added a new item to their Shapeways store for Yokomo YZ-2 owners using a laydown transmission. The elephant trunk style chassis brace replaces the stock unit and uses a single column support which promotes flex characteristics giving traction gains associated with these types of adjustments. With the single post, there is also increased clearance around the motor and tabs for easier soldering and wire routing. The built-in ledge helps minimise issues with the battery brace popping out during hard landings and crashes. The mount attaches at the top and bottom with stock hardware and it is available directly through JConcepts’ Shapeways store.
SpeedMerchant have new side dams and wing sets for Protoform’s Swift 235 Pro10 bodyshell available. Coming as carbon fibre or clear polycarbonate variant, the aerodynamic helpers will give the car much more rear grip than the stock pieces. The side dams are used for both indoor carpet racing as well as outdoors on asphalt. They make the car more predictable by helping it track straighter and hold its line better in high speed corners. Suited mainly for high speed asphalt racing, the rear wing is contoured to the back of the body so all of the air travelling over the shell is forced directly on to and over the rear wing for maximum down force. The 30 thousandths carbon fibre also has the benefit of making the rear of the Swift body more ridged and less likely to distort under the air pressure of high speed modified asphalt racing.
Italian company Montech have introduced their new F17 body shell for 1/10th formula chassis. Made from high-quality 0.75mm polycarbonate, the low-nose body features modern sculptured side pods and it comes including a black and red decal sheet for easy decoration. The body will fit most of today’s formula chassis.
Serpent have expanded their range of on-road springs for the Cobra GT line of vehicles by two hard variants. Available as hard 39.5 lbs and and X-hard 42 lbs variants, the springs are made from high-quality spring steel and they feature ground ends and corrosion inhabitant coating. The selected springs fit both the nitro and electric Cobra GT cars and also many other brands.
Coming from HB Racing are hard suspension parts for the D413 1/10th 4WD buggy. Available for the front and the rear, the arms are moulded from a harder composite material for increased overall stiffness and thus improved handling on high-bite surfaces while also reducing the buggy’s sensitivity to changing traction conditions.
Losi have introduced the Desert Buggy XL-E 1/5th scale 4WD electric RTR buggy. The all-wheel drive ready-to-run buggy builds on its nitro sibling but features a revised shock package with new O-ring and shock guides to provide improved feel, enhanced performance and upgraded tunability. The 4WD chassis is equipped with an aluminium centre differential for added strength and durability while new chassis brace plates add rigidity and stability. The Dynamite 800kv brushless power system with 8S Fuze brushless controller is good for speeds of up to 80km/h when on 8S power and the built-in Active Vehicle Control system and Spektrum DX2E transmitter keep things in control no matter how intense the action gets. The package is rounded out by MAXXIS Creepy Crawler tyres, a bright LED light bar and your choice of grey or black bodyshell designs.