LMR, the brand of UK frontrunner Lee Martin, has released a teaser image of their forthcoming off-road bodyshell. The way the photo is taken makes the scale hard to guess as it could be easer a somewhat bulky 1/10th scale or a slim 1/8th scale shell. We bring you more information on the subject as soon as they become available.
Indonesian manufacturer Golem has introduced the Golem R-2 low centre of gravity 190mm touring car bodyshell. Designed to make for an aggressive and precise handling, the body will also up cornering speed with its overall lower centre of gravity. This was made possible by reducing the thickness of the roof section from 0.45mm down to 0.2mm. Golem have also moved the body about 4mm to the front compared to the predecessor R1 which makes for a more aggressive steering feeling. According to Golem the body is about 20 percent lighter while keeping exceptional strength in the bumper and side skirts section. As a compensation for the more forward position the body features larger and lower wing mounts to allow for a taller wing to be used while still complying with the rule books. On top of this the wing mounts were reinforced for less flex and vibration and the default wing positions is now 3mm further to the back compared to the R1 which is meant to provide less drag and more effective downforce.
Coming from Exotek are titanium wing buttons for 1/8th and 1/10th scale vehicles. The 1/8th XL wing buttons offer the same design as their aluminium counterparts but they are made using the somewhat exotic titanium material. Measuring 22mm in diameter the XL buttons are ideal for 1/8th buggy and truggy wings and they offer a polished and laser-etched finish. Also new are the 16mm diameter Flite series titanium wing buttons for 1/10th scale vehicles. Made from high-quality titanium, coming polished and laser-etched, the buttons, that use 3mm countersunk screws, are ideal for off-road and on-road vehicles alike.
Coming from Exotek are the 1/8 XL aluminium wing buttons. The heavy-duty polished and anodised alloy wing buttons are of an extra large 22mm diameter and thicker than 1/10 buttons to securely hold any 1/8th scale wing while offering protection from crashes. They use a 3mm countersunk screw and are available in a range of colours including red, orange, blue, black and gun metal.
Leadfinger Racing have announced the release of the pre-cut Hammer 1/8th off-road wing. Designed to withstand even the hardest of crashes the wing features a special design as, by smoothing out the surface on the top of the wing, durability increased dramatically. The same theory was applied to the rear. By eliminating the bolt on wicker bill, no holes need to be drilled. Instead, LFR has created a built in wicker that is moulded into the design. The last step was to make it look more characteristic to an 1/8 thawing, and get away for the 1/10 look. This was accomplished by dropping the side dams which in turn helped to create some serious down force. To make things easier for the racer the wing comes pre-cut, doing away with the hassle to cutting the ultra thick polycarbonate.
Teamsaxo have introduced their new carbon fibre wing washers. Made especially for on-road wings the teardrop-shaped carbon pieces make for a sturdy and durable wing fitment, resulting in improved aerodynamic efficiency and a more secure wing mounting even at high speeds. Included in the package are two lightweight wing washers.
JConcepts have introduced the 1999 Ford Lightning bodyshell for Scalpel converted Slash 4×4 trucks. The SVT F-150 Lightning body is built low and wide and excels when converted to the Scalpel speed run configuration. The high-speed shell features a short-wheelbase giving the scale look but with extra width to clear the wide-body tires for optimum handling and acceleration. Exterior elements that distinguish the Lightning from the regular F-150 include new upper and lower front grilles with a horizontal design that is unique to the Lightning in the F-Series line. The headlights, taillights, side-marker lights, and the signature round fog lights all match the full-scale counterpart found only on the Lightning, which give the exterior a clean, jewel-like appearance. The cab’s center high-mounted stop lamp also is unique to the Lightning, and is created with a simple detailed decal.
LMR have introduced their all-new 27 wing for the use with 1/10th off-road buggies. Designed with high-traction racing in mind the wing weighs in at only 17 gram while its low-profile design significantly lowers the car’s centre of gravity. For lower grip racing conditions the wing has a recess where an optional 1mm carbon fibre plate can sit and act as a stiffener, making this wing produce the maximum amount of downforce and still weighing less than 20 grams in the process. The pre-drilled plate, currently only available for Yokomo buggies, has three hole placements so the wing can be moved forward or back depending on the level of traction required.