Coming from Trinity is the new 7.4V 2S 5000mAh Turf Tuff Pack LiPo battery. Offering standard shorty dimensions of 96×46.7×24.7mm and being built from high-quality 5000mAh cells the battery is aimed towards racing on high-grip carpet and astro turf tracks whose increased traction can make it tough to not dump the battery towards the end of a run. With the increased capacity making five or even seven minute races with low-turn modified motors is no longer an issue. The battery weighs in at 222g and it utilises 5mm tube-type connectors.
Available now from French brand Rusti Design are two carbon fibre ESC fan guards. Cut from 1mm high-quality carbon fibre and thus in most cases usable with the original fan mount hardware, the guards not only look good but they can also prevent damage to the fan’s blades by shielding them from larger debris or the speedo’s wires. The guards are available for 25mm or 30mm fans.
Tekin’s proven RX8 1/8th brushless speed controller has received the Gen3 treatment, featuring a programmable high voltage BEC, data logging capabilities, timing profiles, voltage cutoffs for LiPos, HotWire 3.0 Bluetooth connectivity and more. Utilizing Tekin’s D2 Dual Drive Mode Technology, the RX8 runs both Sensored and Sensorless motor drives seamlessly while the small footprint makes install on any chassis easy with the option of mounting with included hardware for extra security. The controller is usable in a variety of classes including 1/8th off-road and on-road, 1/10th 4WD SCT and even rock crawling. New to the Gen3 are HD Gold-plates solder posts, adjustable torque control, adjustable throttle and brake frequencies, as well as the 6V/7.4V 8A heavy duty BEC system.
Yokomo have introduced the new Racing Performer M3 series of electric 540-class competition brushless motors. Of an all-new design the motor features a redesigned stator, magnet and rotor for an optimised balance between RPM and torque with Yokomo’s top drivers Naoki Akiyama and Christopher Krapp being responsible for the fine-tuning of the overall package. The M3 series is available in 3.5T to 8.5T modified and 13.5T, 17.5T and 21.5T stock windings from April on.
Japanese Nosram distributors Active Hobby Products have first information on the all-new Nosram HD competition brushless speed controller available. The controller is housed in a black-coated all-aluminium case, it features heavy duty internals and is good for up to 200A constant current. Like its sibling, the LRP FlowX, the speedo comes as TC Spec variant with a short receiver wire and v4.1 firmware for improved overall performance while the Offroad specific controller utilises a long receiver wire and the v3.1 firmware with advanced timing features and four brake modes. Both controllers sport all-black wires for a stealthy factory look, they can be equipped with optional fan units and they will become available by April.
Coming from SkyRC is the e660 60W AC/DC multi-chemistry charger. The compact device features 60W of charge power which is good enough for up to 6A of charge current with 1S to 6S LiXX or 1 to 15-cell NiXX packs. When the charger is running on AC input voltage an additional 13.8V DC output allows to connect optional power distributor boxes in order to power or charge DC equipment such as pit lamps or mobile devices. Other features include a dedicated LiHV charge mode, ten charge/discharge profiles, a back-lit display and convenient 4-button menu operation.
Elangears have introduced their new Elan AI 100W multi-chemistry DC compact charger. Housed in an all-metal case and featuring a blue back-lit display and single knob operation, the device is good for charge rates of up to 10A with up to 6S Lithium batteries. The charger features the AI Charge battery management that ensures short charge times without stressing the battery for increased battery life while a 1-click start function makes using the charger easy and convenient while also ensuring LiXX packs are charged using suitable parameters in terms of charge current and charge end voltage. A dedicated LiHV mode makes the charger, that will become available shortly, future-ready for the new generation of high-voltage LiPo batteries.
Muchmore have introduced the new Impact 2700mAh 7.4V LiPo receiver battery pack. The pack sports the industry standard “hump” design and 60x32x31.5mm dimensions, making it usable with a wide range of 1/8th off-road buggies and trucks. The battery is made using high-quality cells, it comes pre-wired with JR-style receiver and XH-type balance connectors and it is usable without an additional voltage regulator when coupled to high-voltage compatible receivers and servos.