Japanese company Kawada have released first information on their forthcoming F501WS and NS 1/10th formula car kits. Both base off of their respective F500 variants with the WS being the 200mm wide foam kit and the NS representing the 180mm rubber tyre variant. Included in both kits is the KF200 cross battery chassis conversion that was designed with transversal battery mounting in mind that helps traction in low to medium-bite conditions while an in-line battery placement is also possible. Both the F501WS and NS kits will hit the stores in late April.
HRC Distribution have introduced the Team Magic E5 HX ARR Special Version monster truck kit. Based off of the recently announced E5 HX the ARR comes factory-assembled and with a range of option parts such as titanium-coloured aluminium body posts, CNC-machined aluminium shock towers, aluminium big bore shock absorbers, a centre differential set, CNC-machined stainless steel front and rear chassis guards as well as a heavy duty 46T main gear. Other features include a clear bodyshell, a rear wing including tail light and a wheelie bar. Not included are the motor, speed controller, batteries and RC equipment. The truck will hit stores soon.
Team Associated have introduced the new RC8B3.1 nitro and electric 1/8th scale buggy kits. Both built on the proven third generation RC8 platform and feature new H.T.C. High Torque Capacity differentials with increased fluid capacity and a more consistent feel even in long mains. Precision CVA drive shafts are included front and rear to keep suspension travel free through the entire stroke, and the suspension and drive-train package is bolted to a hard-anodised 7075-T6 aluminium chassis designed for optimum weight distribution, ground clearance, and better overall handling. As a result, the RC8B3.1 Team Kits changes directions faster, and are more compliant and stable in rough terrain. Part of the new RC8B3.1’s package is also an all-new, easy-to-maintain, 4-shoe clutch.
Losi have introduced the Desert Buggy XL-E 1/5th scale 4WD electric RTR buggy. The all-wheel drive ready-to-run buggy builds on its nitro sibling but features a revised shock package with new O-ring and shock guides to provide improved feel, enhanced performance and upgraded tunability. The 4WD chassis is equipped with an aluminium centre differential for added strength and durability while new chassis brace plates add rigidity and stability. The Dynamite 800kv brushless power system with 8S Fuze brushless controller is good for speeds of up to 80km/h when on 8S power and the built-in Active Vehicle Control system and Spektrum DX2E transmitter keep things in control no matter how intense the action gets. The package is rounded out by MAXXIS Creepy Crawler tyres, a bright LED light bar and your choice of grey or black bodyshell designs.
VBC Racing have introduced the Lightning10M-235 Pro10 chassis kit. Taking design features of the Lightning12M and LightningFXM chassis, the 235mm wide car features a redesigned chassis that is narrower than the one used in the previous kit. It still allows for standard inline, shorty inline as well as transverse shorty battery positions but does away with the numerous side cutouts for optional weights, meaning an overall stiffer chassis construction. Also part of the package are new composite X Silver front upper and lower arms, a hardened steel diff axle, the True Big Bore centre shock as well as hardened spring steel turnbuckles. The kit is rounded out by 7075-T6 aluminium steering knuckles.
Xray have revealed the 2017 version of their RX8 1/8th nitro on-road kit. It features some subtle changes compared to last year’s car, one of which is the updated aluminium chassis that sports repositioned engine mounting holes for easier gear mesh adjustment while also incorporating milled sections for additional carbon fibre stiffeners and add-on weights.
Coming this June is Tamiya’s new Konghead 1/18th scale 6×6 monster truck kit. Based off of the GF-01 the all-new G6-01 6-wheeler chassis utilises three gear differentials, a front-mounted 540-size motor and an independent double wishbone suspension with optional 4-wheel steering capability. The 420mm long truck is compatible with many GF-01 option parts and it comes including a Bullhead-inspired bodyshell and chrome plated wheels.
Team Associated have introduced the B64 Team Kit 1/10th scale 4WD kit. Sharing the design as well as most features with the already released B64D buggy, the B64 is aimed towards racing on medium to high-bite surfaces, excelling on high-traction surfaces with the buggy’s adjustable axle height and roll centres result in a stable yet nimble platform. With a new and improved centre slipper using Low Coefficient Friction LCF pads, the B64 rewards the driver with maximum drive out of all four wheels on artificial turf and carpet surfaces. Other features include V2 12mm big bore shock absorbers, front and rear anti-roll bars, strengthened front and rear suspension with hard anodised caster blocks and carbon fibre shock towers as well as a Team Associated bodyshell and a JConcepts-made screw-on rear wing.