Schumacher have introduced the all-new Mini Dart 1/10th buggy tyre for carpet and astro turf tracks. The tyre features a new low-profile design to improve bump handling and reduce traction rolling tendencies on high-grip tracks. Midway in terms of the Mini Pin and Mini Spike the tread offers great versatility on both carpet and astro tracks while offering exceptional tread life and a BRCA legal width. The Mini Dart is available as 2WD front, 4WD front and general rear tyre in blue long life, yellow dry and silver wet compound and also as yellow compound pre-mounts.
Coming from T-Works and made for the new Serpent Project 4X touring car is a titanium turnbuckle set. Machined from high-quality 64-grade titanium the set includes a total of 13 links and a suitable 4mm wrench. Swapping the standard turnbuckles for titanium ones will reduce the overall weight without sacrificing strength.
RDRP have introduced the carbon fibre electronic mounting plate for the Team Associated B6 buggy. The part was designed to be a drop fit for the chassis’ machined pocket behind the steering servo and using it allows to easily remove the speed controller and receiver from the chassis for cleaning and maintenance purposes. It hardly adds any additional weight to the car meaning the buggy’s weight bias remains the same compared to alloy or steel parts. The mounting plate fits both the B6 and B6D and it comes including suitable mounting hardware.
Pro-Line have introduced the Transistor 2.2″ 4WD front tyre. Designed to provide good, consistent steering and being ideal for indoor clay and outdoor blue groove conditions the tyre makes for an easier to drive buggy when compared to the Electron front tyres. While the tyre looks similar to the previous VTR Transistor, the 2.2″ Transistor has been completely redesigned for improved performance and wear over the original. The tyre includes closed cell inserts and it is available in super soft M4 and clay-specific MC compound.
Coming from Arrowmax is the new O-ring grease. Specially formulated to prevent damages to the O-rings of shock absorbers and gear differentials the lube makes for super-smooth shock and diff action. The grease will keep silicone seals from swelling while also greatly reducing leaking issues and it is usable for on-road and off-road applications alike.
Italian company Hot Race Tyres have released a first image of their forthcoming Etere 1/8th buggy rim. A special design makes for a greatly reduced weight with the rim being about 6g lighter than the standard Hot Race rims for reduced rotational and unsprung masses. On top of this make optimised flex characteristics for improved overall traction.
Carisma have released first images and information on their all-new V70R sensored micro brushless speed controller and motor. Purpose-designed for 1/14th to 1/16th scale mini and micro buggies the speed controller is of very compact dimensions with the sensored design allowing for exceptional low-speed throttle smoothness and thus car control without sacrificing performance when it is needed. The software supports blinky and turbo timing options, meaning the speedo is usable in stock and open class racing and the throttle and brake settings can be fine-tuned to the driver’s liking. Depending on the gearing the controller can be used with up to 3S LiPo battery packs and it fully support Carima’s new Racing Mini sensored brushless motors that are available in a milder 4600kv variant and also as high-power 5350kv motor. The motors measure 24×43.6mm and they utilise a 3mm shaft. In addition a programming box is available separately for easy adjustment of the controller. The new motors already prove their performance by taking the top 3 spots at the recent MicroX race with the controller obtaining P2 and P3 overall in the hand of Craig Harris and Keith Robertson.
Pro-Line have introduced the Brawler solid axle monster truck wheels for vehicles such as the Tamiya Clod Buster. A perfect match for Pro-Line’s 2.6″ Destroyer tyres the Brawler is a 12mm hex glue up style wheel with a black hub cap that completely covers up the non-scale looking wheel nut, giving any truck the ultimate scale look. Available in two variants, the stock offset version has the same wheel offset as the stock Clod Buster wheels, while the wider offset version is 17.5mm wider per side making the truck 35mm wider overall than stock. The wheels come as pairs, including hardware and in white or grey colour.