Xray have released a first teaser of the forthcoming RX8 2017 1/8th scale nitro on-road car. As usual no official details are available prior to the release, that is set for sometime in March, but we keep you up to date on all information as soon as they surface.
Italian company ZF Concepts have introduced their all-new Z4 1/8th nitro on-road car. Designed by Federico Zugno the car will offer some new-to-the-class features such as the extensive use of composite materials over aluminium and so the kit will feature a moulded rear mono block for perfect transmission alignment and an integrated body support, it sports an easily adjustable rear swaybar as well as a front suspension that allows for nine different roll centre settings. On top of this the gearbox axle will be supported by four instead of two ball races. The Italian-made kit will hit domestic stores early March and it will become available World-wide a bit later that month.
ARC have introduced the R8.1 1/8th nitro on-road car. The latest version comes with an all-new chassis design that utilises a sliding weight system in the front that allows to easily and conveniently adjust the weight bias using a sliding brass weight. Also new is the Flex Upper Deck that has become a standard part and that allows to adjust the front end flex by installing or removing a Y-brace. A similar system in the rear of the car helps to further fine-tune the overall torsional flex of the car.
Serpent have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming Cobra SRX8e 1/8th E-buggy kit. The Billy-Easton-designed buggy is based off of its nitro sibling and will make a first public appearance at this week’s The Dirt Nitro Challenge. The kit is set for a release in April and we bring you more information as soon as they surface.
Serpent have introduced the Viper 977-e Evo2 1/8th electric on-road kit. The latest incarnation of the 977-e platform utilises many features of the 977 Evo2 nitro car such as the narrow pivot rear end with long lower A-arms that make for improved traction. The car is based on a 5mm aluminium main chassis plate with 2.5mm carbon fibre top plate, its battery mount takes most 2S and 3S standard-dimension LiPo battery packs and the kit also comes with a 2-belt drivetrain with large belt pulleys for an efficient power transfer. Also part of the package are low-profile shock absorbers, and a sturdy 7075-T6 aluminium motor mount with aluminium fan holder. The kit will hit the stores by the end of February.
JQRacing have released first images and information on the forthcoming Black Edition THECar 1/8th nitro buggy kit. Optimised in all aspects, the 2017 variant will feature a new longer wheelbase 3mm Ergal chassis as well as a range of new suspension parts such as crash resistant hinge pins, an updated caster angle, an updated king pin angle, new carbon fibre steering plates, a new 2.0 Ackermann plate with steel bushings, and it the kit will include special laser-etched alloy parts and a new bodyshell. The buggy is available for pre-order soon with the official release date being set for the April 1st.
UK Team Corally distributors X-Factory UK have released first official information on the forthcoming SSX8R and SSX8S 1/8th electric on-road kits. The SSX8 series utilises a simple rigid suspension design that does away with complicated adjustments without sacrificing on-track performance. The 4WD cars were designed for the use with 4S LiPo battery packs, they feature a ball-type front suspension, adjustable pivot damping, adjustable caster and camber settings, hardened steel driveshafts and delrin 32dp main gears. The difference between the SS8R and the SSX8S are the bulkhead, chassis and suspension materials with the SS8R coming with carbon fibre chassis and suspension parts beside a bunch of aluminium goodies while the SSX8S utilises a carbon fibre and G10 fibre glass chassis, G1o arms as well as composite plastic bulkheads. Both kits come without electronics, tyres or bodies but 1/8th nitro wheels and bodyshells are a direct fit on both the R and S variant.
Xray have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming NT1 2017 1/10th 200mm nitro on-road kit. As usual official details will not become available until the release that is scheduled for March and thus just in time for the new outdoor season.