Team Associated designer Kody Numedahl, who is attending the EOS season finale at the Nurburgring in Germany, talks us through his latest creation, the B6, which is making its competition debut this weekend.
Having been teasing a new 2wd buggy over the past week on social media, Team Associated have finally announced the new B6 and B6D 2wd buggies. Out of the box, the B6 offers racers a setup developed for high to very-high traction, whereas the B6D excels when traction is low to high. Racing at multiple tracks, or where traction changes throughout the day, has never been easier; setups and tuning parts are interchangeable between the two configurations, making the B6 platform extremely versatile. The most obvious differences between both cars is the transmission with the B6 featuring a laydown 3 gear transmission with lower CG and reduced polar moment while the Dirt version has a standup 3 gear transmission with the weight more to the rear for increased rear traction. The B6 also comes equipped with a gear diff as well as gull wing arms and a wide front tower for increased on power steering where as the B6D is equipped with ball diff, flat arms and a narrow front tower for more responsive steering and quicker release out of the corner.
Coming soon from Yokomo is the YD-2 rear wheel drive drift car chassis kit. Specially designed for RWD drifting the car features a specially designed chassis with an unique transmission and motor layout that reminds of 2WD mid motor dirt buggies with its high layshaft position. The somewhat higher centre of gravity makes for improved chassis roll during cornering while the front suspension parts allow for the high steering angles needed for drifting. Available as composite or carbon fibre chassis variant the car allows to use standard or shorty LiPo battery packs, it utilises new rear YD-2 hub carriers, YD-4 parts fit as a setup option, and the kit comes with a large rear diffusor. The YD-2 is set for a release this Spring.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the new Losi Baja Rey 1/10th scale 4WD ready-to-run desert truck. The vehicle builds on a Baja-inspired 4WD chassis with long-travel suspension. The foundation consists of a 3mm, hard-anodised aluminium chassis plate that is integrated with a realistic roll cage made of super-tough composite material. To this it adds a long-travel, independent front suspension and 4-link live rear axle that look and function exactly like their full-scale counterparts. The long-travel shocks are soaking up the energy from big bumps and jumps and they also feature threaded shock bodies with adjustment collars to fine-tune the pre-load settings of the coil-over springs. External bump stops provide plush landings on the hardest surfaces.
The rumour mill is spinning at high RPM when it comes to possible new Team Associated vehicles after first prototype images of the new Stealth 3-gear gearbox surfaced and (accidentally?) information on a possible sixth generation 2WD off-road buggy leaked earlier this week. On top of this Team Associated’s own Rick Hohwart released an image of a possible AE formula prototype that he raced to a win at a local race held at the Tamiya America Race Track this past weekend. In a comment Rick added “I won the main with the car. Thanks to Bob [Stellflue, Team Associated designer] for designing it and setting it up for me.” We keep you posted on new information in either of the cases.
Hot on the heels of the Tamiya TA07 Pro come first official images of Tamiya’s TRF419X and TB Evo.6 MS competition touring cars. Starting with the latest incarnation of the TRF419, the “X” variant is in development for some time now with the factory team having used prototypes of the car at several occasions such as the ETS and AOC races. The vehicle is a redesign of the TRF419 and it will feature updated front and rear bulkheads, a new motor mount as well as refined materials and component shapes in various areas. New for the “X” are also newly-designed low-profile big bore shock absorbers, new rear uprights, a multi-piece aluminium and carbon fibre servo mount as well as the 2.15mm carbon fibre main chassis and 2.0mm upper deck. The kit is set for a release at the end of June.
Following a first unofficial image of Tamiya’s TA07 Pro club-level touring car the Japanese manufacturer now officially revealed the all-new on-road platform. The kit makes use the lower TRF419 suspension with the chassis being a totally new design featuring a composite chassis plate to which an outer frame connects. The goal is to achieve optimised flex characteristics, compared to the class-standard tub chassis, while offering an easy to build and maintain platform. The transmission of the TA07 Pro is of a 1-belt design that allows to shift the motor and layshaft mount forth and back in order to alter the car’s overall weight distribution with the kit offering three different positions with a mid, mid-rear and rear motor position being possible. Other features of the Pro kit include high-performance TRF shock absorbers, TRF driveshafts as well as a range of blue anodised option parts such as ball studs, turnbuckles, and motor mount. More information and images will become available in time for the release.
To sum up our exclusive series of stories on Xray’s all-new RX8 2016 1/8th nitro on-road kit, including the making off part 1 and part 2 as well as the exclusive interview with designer Martin Hudy, we now have all details and images of the company’s all-new top-of-the-foodchain 1/8th kit available. The 2016 specification car received a massive make-over that starts with the all-new aluminium backbone in the form of full aluminium bulkheads, layshaft and radio plate mounts to ensure a strong yet lightweight framework while still allowing maximum flex characteristics for increased traction. Beside the bulkheads also the suspension mounts are made up using aluminium for maximised precision and durability.