Traxxas’ 4-Tec 2.0 all-wheel drive chassis is soon also available with a Mustang GT body shell. Taking the proven 4-Tec name to the next level the shaft-driven 4WD chassis is of a modular design, making maintenance and tuning a breeze. The wide tub chassis allows for massive space for the sealed receiver box, waterproof motor, speed controller, steering servo and battery while rigid suspension parts with pre-set geometry make the best out of the semi-slick high-grip tyres. The sealed, hardened steel bevel limited slip differentials allow the use of high-performance option motors with the kit coming with a standard 550-size 12T brushed variant. Included in the ready-to-run package is also a TQi 2.4GHz radio system and a Traxxas 7-cell NiMH battery. The kit is rounded out by an officially licensed Ford Mustang GT body shell.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the ECX 1/12th 4WD Barrage Doomsday 1.9 RTR crawler. Looking like coming straight out of a Mad Max movie, the vehicle packs a bunch of features such as a 4WD drive train, 4-link suspension, a high-torque motor and waterproof electronics. Locked differentials make for go-everywhere capabilities and with a 900mAh battery over 30 minutes of runtime are possible. The ready-to-run vehicle is rounded out by a 2.4GHz radio system, grippy tyres and a pre-painted pick-up truck body shell.
Coming from PR Racing is the S1v3 FM Sport 2WD buggy kit, the lower spec version of the S1v3 FM competition buggy. Although sporting a lower price tag the kit is stacked with features such as carbon fibre shock towers and battery strap, a sealed gear differential, and an alloy chassis. Also included are threaded oil-filled plastic body shock absorbers, rear composite hubs, over-sized RF and RR suspension mounts, as well as plastic steering posts and a bearing/plastic bushing steering assembly. The kit shares lots of parts and all geometry from the race proven competition kit, meaning it can be outfitted with additional performance parts if required.
HB Racing have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming E817T 1/8th E-Truggy kit. No official word on features and specifications is available yet but given the CAD rendering the truck will use links to connect the front, centre and rear bulkheads over the more conventional and class-standard bulkhead-to-chassis braces while also utilising a clamp-style motor mount. We bring you more information on the kit as soon as they surface.
During this week’s second round of the 2017 Euro Nitro Series Serpent are showing off their all-new 988 1/8th on-road platform. With only the transmission, shocks, fuel tanks and some minor plastic parts taken over from the previous 977, the new car is pretty much a complete redesign – although a quite traditional one. New to the 988 are the aerodynamic lower a-arms which are solid and can accept different inserts to change the flex characteristics of the arm, which is just one of a number of various flex tuning possibilities in this new car. Along with a modified main chassis to accept the new parts, the car also comes with the newly released Viper Flow front bumper.
Following yesterday’s semi-official announcement of the forthcoming TB Evo.7 competition touring car, Tamiya now also introduced a new entry-level kit. Coming soon is the Tamiya TT-02 Subaru WRX STI NBR 4WD touring car based on the simple and proven TT-02 4WD on-road chassis. It features a shaft-driven transmission and it comes with a highly detailed Subaru bodyshell including moulded mirrors and rear wing. The kit is rounded out by grippy slick tyres on dark multi-spoke rims and it will hit stores in August.
Coming from Team Associated are the SC10.3 Lucas Oil Brushless and JRT Brushless RTR short course trucks. Features include a water-resistant high-power Reedy brushless speed control, Reedy 3300kV brushless motor, and a water-resistant enclosed receiver box. The suspension received an upgrade with the addition of adjustable blue anodised aluminium V2 coil-over shocks while the gearbox now comes with a heavy-duty sealed gear differential and the externally adjustable V2 slipper clutch. The short-course hex-drive wheels come standard on the SC10.3 with high-traction racing compound rear tyres for more grip.
Following a first official teaser another image of Tamiya’s forthcoming TB Evo.7 has appeared on the interweb. The photo shows what is understood to be the production version of Tamiya’s top-of-the-foodchain shaft-driven 4WD touring car. Said car features pretty bulky front and rear gearboxes with polycarbonate covers and ball-raced anti-roll bars, TRF419X-ish bulkhead covers and camber link mounts, short shock absorbers and also an aluminium main chassis but no top decks. The most noticeable change compared to the previous TB.Evo kits though is the mid motor design with the motor and electric such as speed controller and receiver swapping positions while the main gear also made a move way towards the front end. This also results in the main battery positioned much towards the backend. Much like the bulkheads, the aluminium floating servo mount is of a pretty bulky design. The reversed steering bellcranks are attached directly to the front transmission box to reduce the influence of chassis flex. The latter is controlled by a 6mm centre spline that allows for adjustable torsional flex but limited pitch flex. Furthermore the chassis allows for three different motor positions of front, mid and rear while the suspension components are a mix of TRF418 arms and TRF419 uprights. We bring you more information on the kit as soon as they surface.