WRC Racing keep updating their range of nitro and electric on-road kits with the latest being the GTX 1/8th car that has received a make-over and is now called the GTX 1.4. Subtle changes were made to areas such as the radio plate that sports an innovative floating design up front to optimise the chassis’ flex characteristics. Also new are redesigned servo mounts for a lower centre of gravity, the belt tensioner underwent an update and the kit features reinforced belts for greater durability. Last but not least comes a new, adjustable rear body mount. The GTX 1.4 is available now.
Team Associated have introduced the latest RC8T3.1 nitro and RC8T3.1e electric Team Kit competition truggy kits. Both have been overhauled with the latest upgrades. Many of the same winning features of the B3.1 have been integrated into this latest generation of the Team Associated T3 platform. The updates make the trucks easier to drive and more consistent lap after lap thanks to a refined suspension framework while also increasing durability and consistency on the track. An expansive line of option parts allows the RC8T3.1 and T3.1e to be tuned for specific driver demands and varying conditions. Both kits are set for a release in February.
Traxxas have introduced the TRX-4 trail truck chassis kit. The new kit combines the same innovative features as the RTR vehicle with the fun and excitement of building your own kit. The TRX-4 Chassis Kit arrives ready to assemble with a full-colour instruction guide, TQi 4-channel 2.4GHz radio system, and complete waterproof electronics including servos, XL-5 HV ESC, and Titan 21T motor. Key parts like shocks and suspension links come pre-assembled to make building easy and fun. Modellers need to choose their own body, battery, and charger – sold separately – to complete the custom ride.
WRC Racing from Italy continue to update their existing line of on-road kits with the latest being the STX 1.5 1/10th 4WD electric touring car. The latest incarnation sports improvements in many areas such as a symmetric chassis for improved car balance, the rail-type steering system was lowered and the tourer now also features a central transmission system. Furthermore allows the STX 1.5 to run two different types of top decks, in standard vertical or traditional horizontal orientation.
Coming soon from Tamiya is the Lancia 037 Rally on the iconic TA02-S short wheelbase 4WD chassis. The 1/10th scale model resembles Lancia’s monstrous Group B rally car that graced the 1983 rally scene and the moulded body captures the dashing 037 Rally form with distinctive spoilers front and rear. Separate parts depict windshield wipers, side mirrors and quad front fog lamps; recreations of lights use metal-plated and clear lens parts for superb realism. Also included are interior parts including driver and co-driver as well as a large Martini sponsor decal sheet. The shaft-driven 4WD TA02-S chassis offers great performance with 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension, CVA oil dampers, realistic semi-gloss plated wheels and racing semi-slick tyres. The kit will ship by mid-March.
WRC Racing have introduced the NTX 1.2 1/10th 200mm nitro on-road kit. The evolution of the NTX 1.1 features some subtle updates such as new front and rear driveshafts, flanged aluminium wheel nuts, redesigned carbon fibre steering knuckle Ackermann plates, as well as reinforced drive belts, and new aluminium roller belt supports. Otherwise the kit was left untouched and it should hit stores soon.
Traxxas have officially introduced their forthcoming TRX-4-based Ford Bronco Ranger XLT ready-to-run scale trail truck. The truck features portal axles for enormous ground clearance and a scale appearance, heavy duty steel frame rails, floor pans, heavy duty steel links, a dual battery track, and aluminium scale shock absorbers. The power comes from a Titan 21T 550-class brushed motor and it is controlled by the new XL5 VH brushed speed controller, a waterproof metal gear servo and the TQi 4-channel radio system that allows to access low and high speed transmission settings as well as the diff lock capabilities right from the transmitter. Scale chrome-plated rims, grippy multi-terrain tyres and the stunning Ford Bronco body shell, available in two designs, round out the package. The truck is set for a release at the end of February.
Coming from Team Associated are the ProSC10 RJ/Rockstar and AE Team 1/10th 2WD RTR short course trucks. The truck features a rear motor short-course chassis that utilises many of the same parts from the widely successful RC10SC5M platform. Adjustable aluminium big bore coil-over shocks, a sealed-gear differential, and heavy-duty CVA driveshafts are all features that come standard. A powerful water-resistant Reedy electronic speed controller and 3300Kv electric motor power the ProSC10 for high-speed fun. To handle the power, the truck comes equipped with realistic wheels and multi-terrain tyres specifically made to handle any off-road condition. A 2.4GHz 2-channel radio system featuring a DVC (Dynamic Vehicle Control) receiver also comes standard. Protected by the water-resistant enclosed receiver box, the DVC system improves stability in all terrain conditions by automatically counter-steering when the vehicle starts to slide. With a metal-gear high-torque Reedy servo rounding out the electronics package, the ProSC10 is nothing short of a success in RC off-road racing. The truck is available in two body shell variants, one resembles RJ Anderson’s RJ/Rockstar truck while the other comes in the AE Team livery. Both will become available by March as RTR and also as full RTR combo variants including a Reedy Compact Balance charger and Reedy 7.4V LiPo battery.