Raceform have introduced a carpet and astro tyre conversion kit for their Lazer Jig 1/10th scale buggy tyre gluing tool. The set includes all needed parts to convert the jig from the original soft dirt tyre specification to utilise the somewhat harder artificial surface tyres. The set includes a new pressure plate and mounting hardware, it works with all standard carpet/astro 1/10th buggy front and rear tyres, and it is available separately or including the original Lazer Jig.
Italian company Hot Race Tyres have introduced a new sidewall design for their 1/8th buggy tyres. The updated design features a reinforced sidewall with the new structure greatly improving the tyre performance even in very hot ambient temperatures while reducing the tread wear at the same time. The update is a running change with the new tyres hitting stores this week.
Traxxas have introduced a range of optional parts for the 4-Tec 2.0 4WD on-road chassis in the form shock springs, transmission gears, centre driveshafts, wheels and more. First up are four optional spring rates that help to match 4-Tec 2.0’s performance to any track and driving style. The range includes 4.075, 4.4, 3.25 and 2.8 rate springs that add to the existing 3.7 rate, the latter is now also available in pink, green and blue colour whereas the additional rates come with a red coating and colour codes for easy identification.
Coming from JConcepts are the new 2.2” Rangers MT scale trees and Midwest 2.2” MT 12mm hex wheels. Starting with the tyres, the 2.2” Rangers resemble the iconic 48” tyres that started the monster truck craze back in the 1970’s. The 1/10th scale variant makes use of the popular 2.2” wheel dimensions and it features the popular the Zig-zag tread, scale depth and side-wall lettering. The included open cell React inserts fill the void inside and help stabilize the large contact patch of the famous looking tyres. The low-profile stance stays very flat during race course competition, speed-runs or general use. The tyre carcass profile holds the weight extremely low while the design of the tyre beads allow just the right amount of contact patch for gluing and application. The Rangers tyre is available in the soft “blue” compound which is recommended for dirt, grass and asphalt while “gold” compound feels harder to the touch and excels on carpet, AstroTurf and polished concrete surfaces and expands less during high-speeds.
Developed by Drew Ellis and Paul Lemieux are the new Gravity RC G-Spec Type F touring car foam tyres. A specially selected foam compound and wheel make it a true spec foam tyre for touring cars on both asphalt and carpet. Its ultra dense front foam and firm rear foam makes for very little tyre wear and great handling while the nylon spoke wheel is both racy and sturdy. The Type-F tyres were used at last weekend’s indoor champs in Cleveland, Ohio to provide an exhibition class for the event. The class was TQ’d by Xray’s Paul Lemieux and won by Team Associated’s Kevin Hebert. Both drivers used out of the package tyres with Paul even using his exact same car from the rubber tyre class with only adding rear camber to set the fastest laps of the weekend.
Capricorn have introduced their new line of pre-mounted foam tyres for electric touring cars. The tyres use the same wheel offset as as most pre-glued rubber wheels, making them a direct fit on most of today’s touring cars and the tyres come in medium or soft compound. Testing has shown that foam tyres can have more consistency over their whole lifespan compared to rubber tyres and they recently gained interest especially in Italy and the U.S..
Coming from Fenix and made for the Volante Formula tyres are new sidewall stickers. The pre-cut decals are a direct fit and they come in six different colours to personalise the tyres or to match with the body’s paint job. Each set includes four sidewall decals.
Pro-Line have introduced a set of tyre rubber bands that are made to make tyre gluing a breeze. The bands were specifically designed for holding tyres down during the gluing process while still being stretchy enough to work on multiple sizes of tyres; including 1/10th buggy and truck to SC and all the way up to 1/8th buggy. The bands come in Pro-Line blue with Pro-Line logos on the side and in packs of four.