Coming soon from VBC Racing is the all-new Wildfire D09 4WD electric touring car kit. Featuring a redesigned suspension geometry the D09 will be VBC’s most competitive touring car kit to date. The kit is set for a release in October and more information should surface in time for the release. Update: In the meantime we were able to dig up a list that describes the D09’s new features as well as get our hands on a couple of – pretty rough – renderings. We bring you more information as soon as they surface.
Arrma have introduced the Big Rock 6S 1/8th scale ready-to-run monster truck. Featuring a tough twin vertical plate chassis backbone the shaft-driven 4WD vehicle is built to excel both on-road and off-road with the laydown aluminium shock absorbers soaking up even the roughest of terrains. Three all-metal gear differentials help to get the power to the ground with Arrma’s Beast Modes allowing to individually lock up the diffs, resulting in four different drive modes of Blast, Wheelie, Climb and Drift, all accessible on-the-fly by the turn of a transmitter-mounted dial. The BLX200 brushless system is 6S LiPo compatible with the dual battery trays allowing to mount either 2S or 3S hardcase battery packs. The included 2000kv BLX brushless motor propels the truck to speeds of up to 96km/h while the factory-installed metal gear servo and Tactic TTX300 2.4GHZ transmitter keep control of things. The truck finished off by a stealthy looking all-black extended cab truck body and grippy dBoots all-terrain tyres on black chrome wheels.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the ECX Barrage 1.9 1/12th scale 4WD ready-to-run crawler. Smaller than most 1.9″ scalers on the market the Barrage is considered more of a 1/12th scale model than a 1/10th scale rig and it utilises licensed 110mm Falken tyres and it is loaded with features such as a 4WD drive train, multi-link suspension, 370-class high-torque motor, locked differentials, four LED lights, waterproof electronics, and more. Metal ring and pinion gears, oil-filled shock absorbers, and a composite aluminium frame make for a lot of durability even when the going gets tough. The kit is rounded out by a 2.4GHz transmitter, 900mAh NiMH battery and a suitable charger.
Yokomo’s World Championship winning BD8 1/10th 4WD electric touring car will be released by end of October, according to the Japanese manufacturer. Successful at this year’s IFMAR Worlds in China in the hands of Germany’s Ronald Völker the car utilises a range of improvements over the previous BD7 platform with a new centre aligned front belt improving the car’s balance and smoothness during acceleration. The drivetrain features a 1-piece 20T centre pulley that takes both the front and rear belt while a new motor mount and flex system moves the motor more inboard, again to achieve an optimised weight balance. The motor mount is also smaller for reduced weight and a new lower mounting pattern improves chassis flex for increased grip and corner speed.
Schumacher have released a first teaser of their new, Eclipse called project. More information will unfold soon but looking at the graphic elements we would guess it is a car project and possibly an electric-powered GT or LMP vehicle, with our bet being either a basic 1/8th electric or competition 1/12th scale kit.
Based on Axial’s new SMT10 1/10th scale 4WD monster truck chassis comes the Max-D Monster Jam truck. Since 2003, the full-scale MAX-D has won 11 Monster Jam World Finals championships and brought crowds to their feet with daredevil manoeuvres and non-stop excitement. Amongst a lineup of Monster Jam trucks, the low slung futuristic SUV body with yellow, red and silver paint scheme combined with chrome spikes is an instant grabber. Coming back to its 1/10th scale sibling, the kit was developed for maximum strength and an extremely detailed appearance. The chassis offers many pivot points for suspension tuning while realism and strength are achieved through triangulation of the chassis tubes, making it ready for maximum attack and hardcore Monster Truck bashing. Part of the package are also the AR60 OCP-Axles that are constructed from high strength composite material which has a low flex rate but is not as brittle as standard glass filled nylon. The combination of these axles and a true 4-link suspension gives optimal performance for any terrain with the look of a real full-scale vehicle.
Serpent’s long-awaited Project 4X 1/10th 4WD electric touring car kit is finally ready for release. The revolutionary car that finished third overall in the hands of Serpent’s Viktor Wilck at this year’s IFMAR Electric On-road World Championships utilises many unique features that make for a very low centre of gravity while being easy to work on and reliable at the same time. The car makes use of a new suspension design that allows to adjust chassis roll and pitch independently for increased corner speeds and exceptional bump track handling. Sporting only one heave/pitch damper in the front and rear, the pull-rod actuated units are very small and thus light of weight while their mounting position just above the chassis makes for a low centre of gravity. The heave dampers affect mainly bump and on/off-throttle handling and they are easy to reach from the bottom of the chassis for convenient setup and maintenance tasks. The ride height settings are performed using a simple one-screw setup. The rocker and pull-rod system is ball-raced for highly precise damper action and a low wear.
Just in time for the forthcoming indoor season Xray have introduced the 2017 variant of their successful X12 1/12th scale pan car kit. Building on the multi-time national and European Championship winning X12 platform, the 2017 variant features a sensible amount of refinements and new features with the car being based on a new 2.5mm carbon fibre chassis that is of a narrower design to reduce chassis scrub during hard cornering and to achieve a more centralised weight distribution. Despite its narrow width the chassis still allows for transversally or inline mounted battery packs, giving a range of weight distribution options for both lower and higher bite tracks.