Pro-Line have new 1/10th buggy and 1.9″ crawler tyres available in the form of the Positron 2.2″ buggy front and Interco TSL Bogger 1.9″ G8 Rock Terrain truck tyres. Starting with the buggy tyres, the Positron tread is already available as 2.2″ rear tyre – it is the 4WD buggy rear control tyre at weekend’s Reedy International Offroad Race of Champions – and it now also comes as 2WD and 4WD front variant. The tread design pays homage to the Electron and ION tyre. Connected bars shoot off at angles that have been specifically designed to provide ideal steering feel when combined with the Positron rear tyre and it is also directional, which adds another tuning option for the racers always looking for that extra edge. The tyre is available as dedicated 2WD and 4WD front variant in M4 super soft and MC clay compounds including blue closed cell inserts.
Coming from Picco are the new V1 Race and V1 Star intro off-road engines. Starting with the Race engine, the power plant shares many design features with the higher-ranked Team engine such as a 5-port cylinder and long stroke design in combination with a new, stiffer crankcase but the Race edition sports a slightly different exhaust port that leads to a different power response. With the only other differences from the higher end version being a steel rear bearing instead of the ceramic one and a non DLC-coated crankshaft, the V1 Race addresses all levels of racing. The engine also features the new double bottom-end adjustment carburettor that allows for a finer tuning.
UK Intellect distributors Schumacher have introduced the 2017 range of LiHV batteries. The new Silicon-Graphene series offers improved cycle time when charged at 1C rates and they can be charged at higher C rating, with less risk of damage to the pack. The LiHV technology has the ability to be charged to 4.35V per cell, but they can also be charged to the standard 4.2V if required. The batteries are built to meed BRCA, EFRA and ROAR rules and they are available in a range of specifications including a 4200mAh shorty (24.8mm/186g), a 5000mAh shorty (24.9mm/211g), a 6000mAh shorty (25.0mm/222g), a 3600mAh LCG shorty (18.7mm/150g), a 8200mAh 1S shorty (18.5mm/152g), a 5200mAh LCG standard size pack (22.1mm/248g), a 6000mAh LCG standard size pack (22.0mm/272g), a 8400mAh standard size pack (24.9mm/333g), as well as a 6000mAh saddle pack (24.8mm/276g) and a 6000mAh 4S stick (543g).
Following a first teaser, HB Racing have released first images of the production prototype D817 nitro buggy, run by David Ronnefalk. A hybrid D815V2/D817 buggy was used by David to win the 2016 IFMAR Nitro Buggy World Championship and it is understood that the forthcoming production version of the D817 will share many design ideas with the Worlds winning car. Definite information about the features and specifications will become available soon.
175RC.com have introduced their new Money carbon fibre front shock tower for the TLR 22 3.0 buggy. Machined from green “Money” carbon fibre the tower features added material for increased overall durability. A centre rib adds strength and looks of the shock tower that is understand to mimic the standard kit shock geometry.
With the 2017 Nuremberg International Toy Fair only a few days away, Team Magic have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming new monster truck that is set to make a first public appearance at the show. Known for their popular E5 and E6 trucks the vehicle may set a new benchmark for the Asian company and full details and images are awaited in time for the Toy Fair which will take place in the first week of February.
ORCA have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming R32 competition brushless speed controller. Follow-up model of the VX3, the speedo will feature new hardware in the form of a high-speed 32-bit processor, lower resistance MOSFETs and a redesigned circuit board for overall higher performance. In addition the controller, that is set for a release early this year, will come with a new firmware that offers a more user-friendly design, the ESC will have stronger brakes and will allow for simple firmware updates using a MircoSD card. More information and images become available in time for the release.
Coming from Reedy are three new Zappers LiHV battery packs for a range of applications. All are made using high-voltage LiPo cells with a nominal voltage of 3.8V, which is 0.1V higher than standard LiPo cells, resulting in more overall power. Also the cells can be charged safely to up to 4.35V per cell over the standard 4.2V. While all this only applies to outlaw racing classes the Zappers high-voltage packs can also be charged to the standard 4.2V per cell for sanctioned racing where the packs show a flatter discharge curve compared to standard voltage cells. Available now are 6000mAh standard-size and 3600mAh shorty-style 2S packs. The standard-size pack is of 23mm low-profile specifications while the shorty pack is only 18.5mm high. They weigh in at 276g and 156g respectively, and thus offer great power to weight ratio. Also new is a 8000mAh 1S pack of 18.5mm height. The 1/12th scale specific battery weighs in at 153g.