Pro-Line have introduced the Transistor 2.2″ 4WD front tyre. Designed to provide good, consistent steering and being ideal for indoor clay and outdoor blue groove conditions the tyre makes for an easier to drive buggy when compared to the Electron front tyres. While the tyre looks similar to the previous VTR Transistor, the 2.2″ Transistor has been completely redesigned for improved performance and wear over the original. The tyre includes closed cell inserts and it is available in super soft M4 and clay-specific MC compound.
Coming from Pro-Line are the new Hyrax 1.9″ G8 Rock Terrain truck tyre as well as two rock crawler foam inserts. Starting with the tyre, designed from the ground up for maximum grip on the toughest terrain, the Hyrax features an aggressive and open tread pattern with each tread block containing multiple spies for optimized tread flex. The highly detailed connected tread on the sidewall of the tyre extends out for exceptional side-hilling performance. Made from G8 material the tyre also features futuristic stepped tread blocks that create even more forward gripping edges that dig into slick rocks. The tyre fits most 1.9″ wheels and it comes including open cell inserts.
Coming from Yokomo are two new tyres for 1/10th scale AWD and RWD drift cars. First up is the asphalt-specific DRA tyre made from polycarbonate. By reducing the weight of the tyre greater control and smoothness was achieved while cut shoulders give better fender clearance for that stylish, flush look. The second new tyre is the DRC moulded from HDPE and made for carpet and polished surfaces. An increased contact patch improves overall grip and performance. Both tyres are available in 4-piece sets with the DRA being selected as the control tyre for the FEMCA Cup that is held in the Yatabe Arena in October.
JFT have introduce their new control foam tyre for 1/12th scale pan cars. Spec foam tyre are best known in 1/10th World GT racing where the purple-marked rubber makes for less guess work during scrutineering and they made a first step into 1/12th scale racing courtesy of CRC with JFT being another brand to offer “hand out” control tyres. The pre-mounted and pre-trued tyres come with a blue stripe for easy identification and they are mounted to grey standard off-set 1/12th scale rims suitable for most cars.
BSR distributors Hoeco have introduced the new M-Pin and Lilly 1/8th buggy tyres as well as BSR’s new tyre compound. Starting with the M-Pin tyre, the unique medium pin tread was developed for racing on astro and carpet tracks. It comes in a new astro turf compound best suited for dry tracks while the tyre is also available in the proven, soft S compound for wet conditions. Also new is the Lilly called modern long-wear and multi-directional tyre. Designed to excel in all track conditions ranging from rough high-bite to polished low-bite tracks the tyre is meant to offer exceptional traction and a long tread life. The tyre is available in soft, super-soft and the all-new xtra-soft compound. Both tyres come pre-glued and in a zip bag for easy storage and transportation. View more images here
Sweep have introduced their new Defender-T tyre for 1/8th scale truggies. Based off of the Defender buggy tyre the truggy-specific variant builds on the new V2 carcass with a reduced width and rounder shape, providing a more constant driving feeling on bumpy tracks while also creating more forward drive. The square-type tread along with refined pin spacing will create tons of side-bite and the tyre is available soon in YX, SX, BX, RX, and WX long-wear compounds.
During last weekend’s ROAR Electric Off-road Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska, JConcepts have introduced the new Space Bar front and rear 1/10th scale buggy tyre. Based off of the popular Dirt Webs, the Space Bar offers a slightly more open tread which will break in quicker while the front tyre’s tread spacing and thickness offers an improved contact surface, making for a nice and direct steering feeling. Adding to the 2WD front and general rear tyres will also a 4WD front variant with all tyres becoming available soon.
Coming from Pro-Line are several new off-road tyres in the form of the Electron Lite 2.2″ rear buggy tyre, the pre-mounted 2.8″ Destroyer truck tyre as well as a range of Interco TLS SX Super Swamper tyres. Starting with the Electron Lite 2.2″, the tyre is similar in tread design to its big brother but has a lower profile carcass shape and smaller, more densely packed pins for improved performance on those pure clay tracks with little to no dust. Furthermore the tyre features connected tyre tread technology that improves traction and wear on even the most abrasive of indoor track conditions. The square centre pins laid out between the connected tread provide consistent forward and side bite. The tyre is available in M4 super soft and MC clay compound.