Zen Racing have introduced their new RXGT12 pan car kit for the popular GT12 racing class. With a focus on a simple and easy to work on design the car features simplifications where needed while maximising the important aspects to improve handling and performance. The car utilises a black-anodised aluminium main chassis for a low centre of gravity, a low CG rear pod design and a 3-bolt rear diff assembly with thrust bearing. The front ride height is easily adjusted using supplied shims with the front suspension also featuring spring steel axles and flanged ball bearings. Rear tweak adjustments are performed using side springs inside the damper tubes and the fully adjustable rear ride height can be fine-tuned using the included adjusters. A delrin pivot hole makes for bind free rear pod action and also part of the package are hard-coated pivot and stud balls, aluminium servo posts, black aluminium turnbuckles, a Kimbrough servo saver and a 66T 48 pitch spur gear. The kit is rounded out by a set of wheels and tyres.
Kyosho have introduced the Mini-Z MR-03VE Pro MM2 chassis set. With its performance defining midship motor mount, new MM2 motor case allows the longer (94mm) wheelbase to be used. The existing MM motor case design can be used with the LL/98mm, 3L/102mm and 4L/106mm wheelbases, but the new MM2 motor case can be used with L, LL and 3L wheelbases. Also, compared to the existing RM motor case, mass balance is optimised to improve cornering performance and minimise tipping due to high side on hybrid surfaces. These performance features provide a huge advantage in the JSCC class with the narrow body required by the regulations. In addition, axle adjustment spacers allow changes to the rear axle shaft height and together with the new plastic friction shock, precision setting according to road surface conditions are possible. The kit, that comes without tyres, wheels and bodyshell, utilises the MHS2.4GHz system, which is usable with the optional KO Propo-made Synchro EX-6 transmitter, making for ultra-fast response.
Yokomo have officially announced that the all new BD8 1/10th touring car is coming. The Yokomo factory team are running prototypes of the new car in Beijing, China this week at the IFMAR Worlds, and we are told that the new platform is scheduled for an October release. Stay tuned for more information.
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Pro-Line have introduced their new Ambush 1/25 mini scale crawler. The palm-sized vehicle features full-time four wheel drive with solid axles and true leaf spring suspension, allowing it to tackle even the toughest climb. A 3mm steel ladder frame forms the solid base for the transmission and suspension and the black oxide coating makes for long lasting protection against the elements. Sleek chassis-mounted bumpers cap off each end for added protection. Each corner of the truck has a 3-leaf pack with working shackles and attaches to plastic friction shocks that limit down travel. The truck comes factory assembled with a Micro Torque brushed motor, a G9000 micro servo and an integrated ESC/receiver with an open 3rd channel port allowing for unique customisation or future 3rd channel option parts. Included is also a full proportional 2.4GHz radio and the package is rounded out by an open rollcage bodyshell, available in three designs, and Mini Flat Iron tyres mounted on Denali wheels.
HRC Distribution have introduced the Team Magic B8ER HRC Version 1/8th electric buggy. Based off of the standard kit the HRC Version features a new waterproof 16kg-cm high-torque steering servo, an upgraded 2500kv brushless motor as well as HRC Racing BullDog tyres. The buggy will become available in a yellow/black and red/black bodyshell variant from September on.
Coming from Serpent is the 1/8th scale Cobra E-Truggy RTR kit. Based off of the high-end Cobra E-Truggy the RTR variant offers slightly lower specifications without sacrificing performance and durability, making the truck an ideal everyday basher while also allowing a first step into competitive racing. Coming factory assembled the truck features a 4WD drivetrain with three fluid-filled gear differentials, big bore shock absorbers with protective rubber boots, machined aluminium shock towers, springsteel transmission components and turnbuckles as well as front and rear CV-style driveshafts. Also part of the package are front and rear anti-roll bars, battery compartments with velcro straps for easy and secure battery mounting and the kit also comes with a 150A 6S LiPo-compatible speed controller, 2000kb brushless motor as well as 20kg-cm metal gear steering servo and a 2.4GHz digital radio system. The kit is rounded out by a pre-painted bodyshell in orange, red, green or blue colour and it is even available with a clear body.
Serpent have released a first “official” image of their forthcoming 1/10th 4WD electric off-road buggy. In use by Jörn Neumann and other drivers during last weekend’s German Nationals, the shaft-driven and SDX-named buggy is still in prototype stages, making use of both already available Serpent parts such as lower A-arms, shocks while the remainder of the buggy is a mixture of prototype and externally sourced bits. So far the vehicle makes use of a common design with aluminium front and rear bulkheads, and a simple, lightweight mid section. We bring you more information on the project as they become available.
Xray is busy teasing their forthcoming 2017 kits with the latest being the ’17 edition of their popular T4 1/10th 4WD touring car. No details are known yet nor is an official release date but expect more information to surface shortly.