Following the full-blown race version Serpent now introduce a ready-to-run package based off of the competition variant. Using the same suspension geometry and composite tub chassis as the top-of-the-foodchain kit, the RTR comes with slightly simplified shock absorber units with plastic top caps, a gear differential unit and a solid slipper clutch with the kit being easily upgraded to a ball diff and slipper if conditions call for it. Also part of the RTR version is a 9T sensorless brushless motor with 45A speed controller, a 2.4GHz 10-model memory transmitter, pre-glued high-grip tyres and a pre-decorated bodyshell.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
VBC Racing Australia have first images of the forthcoming Wildfire D07 electric touring car kit available. The latest incarnation of the company’s touring car platform will be based on a 2.5mm carbon fibre main chassis with 2mm upperdeck and an innovative “floating” steering design that decouples the steering bellcrank posts from the chassis to allow for improved front flex characteristics. A sturdy aluminium centre pod still makes for accurate steering response while different flex settings help to fine-tune the setup. Also new to the D07 is an improved motor mount for optimised left-to-right flex characteristics of the rear part of the chassis while the new Zero Tolerance Pulley system makes for an ultra smooth drivetrain operation. Other new features include an updated anti-roll bar mount on the A-arms, a new suspension geometry using carbon composite parts, all-new 3.5mm carbon shock towers, new centre arm mounts with adjustable flex settings and more.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Axial introduce the full bodied version of the Axial Wraith Rock Racer, the Wraith Spawn. The kit retains many of the components that made this vehicle famous. The AR60 OCP axles are ready take the Spawn through its paces whether blasting through the wide open desert or hammering its way through the toughest rock trails. The Ripsaw 2.2 tyres wrapped around industry proven Method IFD beadlock wheels make for good grip in many track conditions while the 20T brushed motor and waterproof AE-5 speed controller propel the vehicle trough the track. Included with the RTR kit comes a water-resistant TSX45 MG metal gear servo as well as a two channel 2.4GHz radio system.
Friday, October 24, 2014
ARC introduce the latest version of their popular R10 4WD touring car in the form of the R10 2015 ATS kit. The vehicle features the newly developed ATS Active Toe System, a design seen on many current touring cars these days. The ATS allows to adjust the toe angle change of the rear wheels during cornering in a range of up to 1.5 degree to provide more on-power steering and better rotation through the corner in order to minimise understeer. Part of the kit is a special ATS base plate that not only holds the drag links but it also acts as a stiffening plate as it allows to use two or four mounting screws to fix the plate to the chassis, making rear flex adjustment possible. Included with the kit comes the ATS system with standard hardness A-arms, aluminium C-hubs, composite knuckles as well as all parts to run a standard arm rear setup. On top of that the ATS version kit comes with dual joint front driveshafts, and an aluminium front belt tensioner. For owners of the standard R10 2015 an ATS upgrade kit is available.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Following first teaser renderings VBC Racing now officially introduce the Lightning10 200mm World GT pan car kit. Based on a 2.5mm carbon fibre chassis the car offers a fully adjustable front end that allows for track width, caster, reactive caster and camber adjustments while two different servo mounts take standard or mini-size servos. The wheelbase is adjustable to suit US WGT or Europan pan car racing while special rear axle height adjusters make the usage of a wider range of tyre diameters possible. The suspension package is rounded out by dual roll dampers and two mounting positions for the side springs make adoption to various track conditions easy. The car can be run with shorty or 1S battery packs while chassis cut-outs allow the use of an optional brass weight system to fine-tune the balance. The car has already proven its performance by taking the win at the 2014 IIC in the hands of Max Kuenning and it becomes available by the beginning of November.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Schumacher introduce the latest incarnation of their championship winning SupaStox 1/12th scale GT12 kit, the SupaStox GT. Coming in two versions, with a S1 fibreglass chassis and rear differential or based on a carbon fibre chassis with fixed axle, the car is meant to be lighter, stronger and faster than ever. Included in all versions is a new low centre of gravity alloy motor mount and a pivot ball rear end with front to back tube damper for improved bump handling while new front and rear ride height adjustment options allow for improved fine-tuning. The car accepts a wide range of industry-standard bodyshells and electronics and it comes with pre-glued contact foam tyres front and rear.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
VBC Racing today released a teaser for the forthcoming Wildfire D07 electric touring car kit. No details are known but the car is meant to sport some unique features one of which is the newly designed ZTP spur gear mount with aluminium belt pulleys. The kit will hit the stores in November and we bring you more details as soon as they become available.
Source: VBC Racing [vbcracing.com]
Friday, October 10, 2014
Team HB are making their race debut here in Kissimmee with their all new Pro 5 platform. As to be expected it is somewhat of a conventional layout and configuration but as with almost all touring cars on the market it is the details that matter. With only the rear uprights and the front driveshafts carried over from its predecessor the car has been completely revamped. Up front the steering knuckles have keyed carbon levers for adjusting the Ackermann, the floating steering servo mount features an integrated antenna holder and battery stop.
Thursday, October 9, 2014