Coming soon from Serpent is the latest incarnation of the popular 411 platform, the 4.1. Intended to be a more conventional alternative to the somewhat complex Project 4X touring car, the 4.1 offers a class-standard design and features such as a centrally mounted 7075-T6 aluminium motor mount, an upgraded rear differential with new internal gears for smoother operation as well as big bore shock absorbers with pre-oiled X-rings. Also part of the 4.1 package are hard compound suspension parts, a 2mm carbon fibre main chassis and flex-type top deck, ball-raced anti-roll bars as well as a centrally mounted floating servo mount along low friction belts and pulleys. The kit will hit stores about mid-June.
Japanese brand Spice, know for their Yokomo BD7 single belt conversion kit, have released first images of a new FWD M-size car they are working on. No details are known yet but the prototype images show a car that used a belt-driven transmission as well as select Yokomo parts. The car will be used at the forthcoming IRCC race in Japan and given the results it may go into production very soon.
Xray’s latest off-road kit to receive the 2017 treatment will be the forthcoming XT8 1/8th nitro off-road truggy. No details are available yet but expect the kit to hit stores very soon with the full presentation with all photos and information becoming available in time for the release.
Fenix have introduced the 2017 variant of their Mistral 1/10th formula pan car kit. The evolution of the successful car features a new 16-ball ball differential with 1/4 inch Grade 5 titanium rear axle, triple ball bearings, thrust bearing and triple pressure springs for improved handling on all surfaces. The ball diff furthermore features a CNC-machined 84T 64 pitch main gear, large support plates for the diff rings and thanks to its design there is no axial load on the bearings which results in much longer life of all parts involved. The 2017 kit also comes with full titanium turnbuckles, a new front arm geometry, dual side dampers, inline/trailing front axles, longer titanium kingpins to accommodate after market springs and a special shock absorber with dual speed stroke improves traction. The car is available with a 2.5mm carbon fibre chassis or a 2mm 7075-T6 main plate.
Coming from VBC Racing is the Dynamics Edition FF17 belt-driven 1/10th FWD touring car kit. Based off of the standard FF17 the DE kit features a range of option parts such as new low-profile TBBS big bore shock absorbers, suitable front and rear shock towers as well as a belt-driven gearbox over the standard 3-gear transmission for a more linear throttle response and improved overall handling. Also included are Yaiba Racing double joint front driveshafts and a 23.5g low CG rear brass weight.
Xray have introduced the 2017 edition of their XB2D dirt spec 2WD off-road buggy kit. Based off of the popular XB2 mid motor platform, that also includes a carpet spec kit, the buggy was specifically designed for the lower traction outdoor and indoor dirt tracks with the 2017 edition featuring some subtle changes to further improve handling and traction especially on lower grip tracks. First up is a new chassis with optimised flex characteristics thanks to an increased amount of longitudinal grooves that make for an overall softer chassis, resulting in improved overall traction and a more forgiving handling. New Multi-Flex points further increase the ability to adapt the overall chassis stiffness to suit a range of track conditions.
Coming from SWorkz is the all-new S35-GTE 1/8th electric GT car kit. Based off of the S35-3E platform the car carries over the buggy’s features such as the Ackermann steering system, the front and rear suspension design as well as the transmission with the GT kit also featuring a centre differential. Part of the package are furthermore short GT BBS shock absorbers with Silver Line springs and emulsion shock caps as well as aluminium low-profile shock towers, a fully adjustable suspension using inserts and also a protective front bumper. The kit was developed for 325mm to 330mm wheelbase body shells and it will hit stores very soon.
SWorkz have introduced the Fox 4×4 1/10th scale ready-to-run buggy. It utilises a multi-piece chassis that is constructed from 2mm aluminium side plates and composite material chassis guards while the outer roll cage makes for improved protection of the electronics. The drivetrain features durable front and rear differentials and the suspension’s unique shock absorber positions lowers the overall centre of gravity. The buggy comes pre-assembled, with a pre-decorated body shell and it is propelled by a Hobbywing-made 3652-series brushless motor and a 50A brushless speed controller. The set is rounded out by a 2.4GHz radio system with USB charger.