Coming from JConcepts are the new Swaggers and Pin Downs carpet and astro turf stadium truck tyres. Starting with the Swaggers, the 2.2″ front tyre has a multitude of heights and angular ribs for cornering speed, consistency and straight-line tracking ability. The ultra low-profile carcass keeps a truck very predictable and consistent in high-grip conditions while pointing the vehicle in the correct direction. Side-wall ribs in a circular pattern to the exterior of the tyre support high-grip racing and the tyre, made from medium soft material, includes open cell inserts for the best performance in a variety of conditions.
Contact Racing Tyres have introduced a new range of tyres for GT12 and LMP12 classes. The new compounds give more options for varying carpet and additive conditions and they include the T and World Championship winning Team Bomber foam, mounted on stiffer black wheels. Starting with the T foam, it is the most complete in the range. It benefits from performance and lap times equal or better than Q foam, with the added benefit of being easier to drive, less twitchy and easy to attack the track with. It also has much better durability, lower wear rates, close to A foam, and when using the non-oil type additives, keeps grip to the end of the race much better than Contact’s other options, making it a choice on all carpet types.
Sweep Racing have released a first teaser of their forthcoming carpet and astro turf tyres for 1/10th scale buggies. The front tyres feature a common split rip design with a connecting outer bar making them directional while the rear tyre sports a stubby pin design. It is understood that the tyres are being tested as we type and depending on the results they will hit stores soon.
JConcepts release three popular 1/8th off-road tyre tread patterns in the long-wear, warm weather double dot compounds. The “2” compounds made popular during events such as the Silver State Nitro Challenge and ROAR Fuel Nationals give racers an option that provides better wear characteristics, less rolling resistance and performance during warm weather or long main events. The R2 compound labelled as medium soft is the first long-wear option a racer will turn to as the track conditions groove out and heat up. Next in the compound line-up, the O2, labelled as the medium compound is the next selection as weather continues to get warmer and the track gets more abrasive. Finally, the Y2, the medium hard compound is the favourite for the most outrageous track temperature range and more importantly, the most abrasive. All double dot compounds are intended for more demanding conditions and work well when paired to the appropriate track.
Coming from HRC Racing is the Basic tyre warmer set. A budget-friendly solution the set includes four tyre warmers that can be fastened using hook and look straps, making them usable for 1/10th and 1/12th on-road tyres alike and it utilises a simple control unit that is powered by 7.2V to 14V DC power sources. The temperature can be set in a range of 30°C to 80°C using a dial knob on the control unit and the set is available now.
AKA have announced the release of the pre-mounted 1/10th buggy 2.2 Chainlink and Crosslink rear tyres. The pre-mounts use AKA’s red foam inserts and 2.2 Hexlite wheels and both tread patterns are available on yellow or white wheels and in clay or super soft compounds. Clay 2.2 Crosslinks were used to dominate the CRCRC Midwest Champs with TQ and 1st in both 2WD Mod and 4WD Mod.
Pro-Line have new 1/10th buggy and 1.9″ crawler tyres available in the form of the Positron 2.2″ buggy front and Interco TSL Bogger 1.9″ G8 Rock Terrain truck tyres. Starting with the buggy tyres, the Positron tread is already available as 2.2″ rear tyre – it is the 4WD buggy rear control tyre at weekend’s Reedy International Offroad Race of Champions – and it now also comes as 2WD and 4WD front variant. The tread design pays homage to the Electron and ION tyre. Connected bars shoot off at angles that have been specifically designed to provide ideal steering feel when combined with the Positron rear tyre and it is also directional, which adds another tuning option for the racers always looking for that extra edge. The tyre is available as dedicated 2WD and 4WD front variant in M4 super soft and MC clay compounds including blue closed cell inserts.
Coming from HRC Distribution’s HRC Racing brand are the inflatable HRC Crawler XL 2.2″ tyres. Designed to fit nearly all 1/10th scale 2.2″ crawlers, the tyres come on 12mm hex beadlock rims that allow to adjust the tyre pressure by using the supplied inflating tube and a bicycle air pump. The tyres come in sets of four including an inflating tube and with red or silver beadlock rings.