RS5 have release first renderings of their forthcoming XF large scale formula car. Designed for full compatibility with both Zenoah and Beast engines, the car furthermore features a monoshock front suspension for better accessibility, a monoblock front suspension rocker holder for maximum stiffness as well as a ball-centring servo saver, fully adjustable suspension including castor and also an easy diff change system using four screws. The kit also comes with steel or brass-steel balljoints for the A-arms and an all-in-one radio plate that houses the servos and receiver box for easy setup, cleaning and maintenance.
Yokomo have introduced the BD7-2016 Japan Edition kit that is specially aimed at asphalt racing. The limited edition is based off of the standard 2016 but it features some asphalt-specific option parts such as aluminium steering limiter screws, a front belt tensioner set, 43.5mm FR aluminium suspension mounts, SLF short II shock diaphragms, pink SLF short II springs, a titanium turnbuckle set as well as aluminium steering bellcranks and the 44mm C-clip rear universal shafts. Also included is a dedicated asphalt spec carbon fibre chassis. The Japan Edition kit will be in use by the Yokomo factory team at the forthcoming JMRCA nationals in July.
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 soon from Tamiya is the TG10-Mk.2 FN 190mm 1/10th 4WD nitro chassis kit. The car builds on a 3mm aluminium chassis with composite upper deck and it was designed to utilise standard 190mm touring car bodyshells thanks to more narrow suspension components compared to the standard TG10. The car’s shaft-driven drivetrain is equipped with front and gear gear differentials and the kit makes use of front and rear CVA shock absorbers as well as a front double wishbone suspension. Included is also the 2.1cc FS-12FN glow engine with tapered sliding carburettor, die-cast cooling head and TM-4 exhaust.
Arrma have upgraded their BLX range of 4WD vehicles such as the Typhon 6S buggy, the Kraton 6S monster truck and the Senton 6S short course truck. All three now include a new BLX185 brushless power system consisting of a 2050kV motor for massive torque and 60+ mph speeds, plus a waterproof, fan-cooled 150A ESC. The Tactic TTX300 radio is also new, providing fast and consistent car control. Standard features on all three vehicles are also full ready-to-run specifications minus batteries and charger, silicone oil-filled metal gear diffs, new hubs, and twin 2-3S battery trays.
Vaterra have introduced a new variant of their popular Ascender 1/10th 4WD trial and scale truck. The 1972 Chevrolet K10 Pickup Ascender comes with a scale bodyshell with functional spare tire and wheel, waterproof electronics, aluminium panels and more. The 4WD chassis offers adjustable wheelbase and it is equipped with licensed Super Swamper tyres for all-terrain performance. A metal gear transmission with locked differential further adds to the truck’s go-everywhere attitude as do the oil-filled moulded shock absorbers. Finally the ready-to-run package includes a genuine Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system with everything needed for completion are just a battery pack for the truck and a suitable charger.
Following a first image and only brief information Tamiya have announced all details of the forthcoming shaft-driven TB Evo.6 MS touring car kit. The competition car is based on a 2mm aluminium lower chassis to make for improved performance especially in high-grip conditions while a 2mm carbon fibre upper plate ensures optimised flex characteristics with the car also featuring an updated aluminium centre bulkhead to create an efficient and long-lasting drivetrain. Included in the kit are also the tried-and-tested TRF418 suspension arms, big bore TRF shocks, a 20 percent lighter aluminium centre driveshaft as well as 1-piece stabiliser stoppers.
Spanish company MD Racing have released a first teaser image of their MDP12-2017 1/12th scale pan car kit. Designed to make setup as easy as possible without compromising performance the vehicle will feature many unique ideas such as a highly adjustable front end that offers a total of seven track width settings, the reactive castor is adjustable between 2.5 degree and 7.5 degree using two shims and the castor can be set between 0 and 14 degree by loosening two fasteners. Furthermore the front end allows for wheel axle height adjustments and the car is equipped with a flex adjustment feature and a floating servo mount. Last but not least the chassis allows for four different electronics placements, the roll dampers are of a 4mm big bore design and the rear power pod offers quick adjustment ride height settings. More information about the kit should become available soon.