TeamSR have announced the release of redesigned XB4 shock towers. Not just a typical carbon copy of the original stock part, TeamSR have redesigned the thicker towers to be more durable with an aesthetically pleasing shape. The XB4 Shock Tower Set comes with both the front and rear towers and included hardware to install on the kit. The carbon is constructed from 4mm thick quasi-isotropic chassis grade carbon fiber. Both towers come with pre-glued wet look edges to cut down on the much dreaded preparation time.
ROAR have announced some of the dates for their National Championships for 2013. Mikes Hobby Shop and Gulf Coast Raceway in Porter, Texas, hosts of the 2010 IFMAR 200mm Worlds, will play host to the 1/8th Offroad Nationals at their covered dirt track from the 13th to the 16th of June. The Fuel On-Road Nationals will be run from the 14th to the 18th of August by the Greater LA RC Racing Club in Gardena, CA, while the Carpet Nationals will be run at Horsham RC Raceway in PA from March 14th through to the 17th. The last of the confirmed dates is the 1/8th Electric Off-Road Nationals which will be run at LCRC in Oakland Mills, PA from the 1st to the 4th of August. We expect a complete list of dates in the coming days.
Serpent have released this handy aluminium ball-cup tool for use with the larger Cobra buggy and GT balljoints. The tool makes it easier to quickly mount and dismount the balljoints. Anodised in strong orange, with engraved Serpent logo.
Edam have released details on their new 1/8th scale belt drive 4wd electric buggy called the Zoom. More known for their on road exploits, this is the company’s first attempt at the offroad market. Unique in the sense that it uses a fully covered 2-belt system instead of a shaft drive in a 1/8th scale, it looks more like a blown up 1/10th scale. The car can be configured to accept 4 different battery systems, single or double 7.4V packs or single or double 11.1V packs, has a 5mm thick aluminium motor mount and shock towers and 13mm diameter metal shock absorbers.
Castle Creations have introduced their new Mamba Monster 2 and Sidewinder 3 ESCs. The Monster 2 is just as mean as his older brother but is now waterproof meaning you can power your 1/8th buggy or truck through just about any conditions. It is intended for on-road, buggies, truggies and monster trucks running up to 6S LiPo and tipping the scales at up to 15lbs. The innovative new case allows for fan changes, if necessary and solder posts now permit users to change battery wire length and direction as needed. The Sidewinder ESC, the 1/10th scale sport brushless ESC, is also now waterproof. The Sidewinder 3 is a great fit for 1/10th off-road, on-road, and rock crawlers running up to 3S LiPo. It sports updated circuitry for faster response time and improved reliability. As always, the Sidewinder 3 offers industry-leading software functions and USB programming capability via Castle Link USB adapter.
3Racing have released their new Sakura 54mm touring car shock which has been given a complete overhaul in terms of design and materials used. Can be used on most high performance touring cars thanks to the long 11mm shaft stroke, the new 7075 hardened aircraft grade aluminium shock body complete with PTFE coating gives the shock body the smoothest operation and superior durability. The newly designed shock cap now includes a bleeder hole for easier release of excessive shock fluids while the spring preload adjuster has been given a hex shape instead of the usual round shape for easier grip. The pistons and shaft liners have been upgraded to CNC machined POM for the best fit and durability and complimented with titanium nitrite coated shock shafts for the smoothest stroke actions.
Speedtech RC have announced their new line of 1/12 tyres called MobGums Trueruns. After countless test sessions the result is an outstanding performance on the track. Their new wheel will be fluorescent yellow for maximum visibility with the offset on the rear wheels has only changed slightly compared to their old tyre line, while the front wheels will be smaller to increase steering and to allow faster cornering. The rubber donuts are now cut in a special way that improves traction overall which during their test session proved to be an advantage. Aside from their already existing rubber shore structure, a new pink soft compound will also be added.
Last Saturday IERC Raceway hosted their Inaugural Toys for Tots race which attracted a total of 165 entries. The weather in southern CA. was cold and rainy so Team Losi Racing / Pro-Line driver Adam Drake grabbed his electric vehicles and headed indoors. Drake competed in and won the 4wd Short course class as well as the 1/8th buggy class.