VP Pro USA is bringing back the original 1/8th buggy Turbo Trax tyre. Originally released by VP-Pro Racing in 2009 the small pin, super low profile tyre works best on hard packed blue groove tracks with or without dust. The tyre will now come with a new orange closed cell insert for added tyre support and fits all standard 1/8th wheels.
OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA hosted round 3 of the JConcepts Top Notch Winter Series, an 8-race points based series run at various tracks throughout Southern California. In attendance were Team Associated’s Kevin Motter, Nick Wautlett and Wayne Wyrick, TLR’s James Raschko and David Jenson, Tekno RC’s Rudy Rico, Mugen’s Tim Long, Serpent’s Matt Schreffler, and a number of very fast local racers. There would be two rounds of 5 minute qualifiers, followed by 5 minute A Mains. In the finals Lucas Sanford (Kyosho) took the win from Tekno RC driver Rudy Rico with Matt Scheffler (Serpent) completing the podium.
Team Muso introduce the LM-P Type 1 bodyshell for 200mm World GT cars. Designed to resemble modern LMP cars the body is tuneable with additional parts in the form of a nose section and rear shark fin to create a total of four body configurations that not only look different but change the overall driving characteristic. Both the body and the accessories come made from clear polycarbonate.
Team C Racing’s TM4 4WD buggy kit is known for some time now and while the first factory drivers got their hands on pre-production kits the actual production kits should hit the stores very soon. As reported before the buggy builds on a newly developed 7075-T& aluminium chassis with plastic side rails and it features a special layout designed around the use of 2S LiPo shorty packs. Having virtually nothing in common with the previous T4 platform the kit includes new gearboxes with updated anti-roll bar mounts, a new motor mount, updated big bore shock absorbers with upper composite caps, a newly designed slipper clutch with octagonal slipper pads, new A-arms with droop screws and updated steering parts for added agility. The kit is rounded out by 14mm aluminium wheel hex adapters and a cab forward body shell.
German Hobbywing distributor Hype announce the soon release of the Xerun 120A WP V3.1 speed controller. Building on the already known V3.1 the WP version is highly water protected making it ideal for on-road and off-road applications alike. The controller is made for 2S to 3S use, sports a 120A rating and it the ESC’s firmware is upgradable using the optional programming box. The other features such as the high airflow cooling head, all-aluminium case and build-in switch remain unchanged from the non-WP model.
Team Associated and Reedy Products welcome another talented youngster to the Scandinavian team. Jesper Rasmussen from Denmark is the latest junior to choose Team Associated and Reedy products. Scandinavia is becoming a hot bed for up and coming stars and Jasper’s fearless style and talent has already surprised many and it recently secured him a fantastic 3rd place podium finish at the hugely popular DHI CUP on his debut with his new cars.
Serpent introduce this lightweight SL8 2-speed layshaft for the Viper 977 car. The hollow axle is made from hardened, balanced and ground spring steel for a maximum in precision and durability. Two flat spots ensure a secure fit of the pulley adaptor grub screws. Being around 30 percent lighter than the stock part using the shaft makes for a lighter and more agile behaving drivetrain.
Team Losi Racing announce the signing of China-based driver Lin Le Lua for their 2014 race team. The A-finalist of the 2013 FEMCA Nitro Race and 2013 FEMCA EP podium finisher will be piloting TLR’s 8ight and 22 series of vehicles throughout 2014. Beside competing at all major events in China, Lin will also attend at a variety of races throughout Asia to represent the TLR brand. Le Hua had the following to say about the deal:
First of all, I will like to say a big thank you to Horizon Hobby-China for setting up the opportunity to represent TLR for the year 2014. TLR is a brand of Horizon with a long racing history and I am always amazed by their innovation on various off-road platforms. I am very much looking forward for the year 2014 and racing with TLR line of products.