Pro-Line introduce the Phantom design body for the Team Associated B5M and the Trifecta 1/10th buggy rear wing. Starting with the body whose design elements sport the finger prints of Pro-Line’s Lee Martin who first brought the shape to the Tamiya TRF201 buggy. Now the Phantom is also available for the B5M and while being aggressively shaped for a unique look, the body also sports several performance elements such as a forward-biased cabin, sweeping body lines that flow back to a single point and an optional centre fin that makes for additional high-speed stability. As usual the body comes made from clear polycarbonate and includes window masks and a decal sheet.
This past weekend was the Ice Breaker at Indy RC World, a venue that features an indoor off-road track. The layout for the Ice Breaker was very technical and had lots of jumps. Qualifying was dominated by TLR’s Adam Drake. He TQ’ed all three round of qualifying in both Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truck. The track grooved up throughout the weekend and was high bite for the mains on Sunday. In the 45 minute Truck final, Drake slowly pulled away and won the final. Second place went to Josh Glancy making it a TLR/Novarossi/Pro-Line 1,2. In the 45 minute Buggy final most of the guys switch to a harder compound tire and the race was on between Drake and Glancy. Both drivers were pitting at 11:30. They exchanged the lead throughout the race and finished only 1-2 seconds apart. In the end, Josh Glancy took the win followed by Adam Drake and Taylor Peterson finished third a lap down to the leaders. TLR’s Cody Hollis took the win in Electric 1/8th Buggy as well.
Team ORCA announced the signing of European Junior Champion Mikael Johansson to their team. Mikael is a 1/10 2WD and 4WD European Off-Road Junior Champion as well multiple Swedish cup winner and has finished on the podium at various Nordic Championships. Mikael will race all important off-road classes with the ORCA electronics and has this to say about the deal:
I am very happy to be a part of team ORCA and their development of great products. I really feel trust in my ORCA electronics and I know that this can help me to get the results that I want. Thank you for this opportunity and special thanks to Joey of ORCA and Henrik Gustafsson of Minicars Hobby Distribution AB, the new Swedish ORCA distributor.
Available from end of March is SWorkz’ new Performance chassis conversion kit for the S104 EK1 1/10th scale buggy. The kit will include a new aluminium lower chassis plate with venting holes in the motor area, it comes with a new motor and centre drivetrain mount, new saddle pack locators to relocate the battery to a side-by-side configuration and the kit will also include a new rear topdeck and new front and rear arms. Also supplied are several new plastic parts and a new bodyshell.
New company Samix introduce their first option part in the form of a chassis conversion kit for the Tamiya TRF418. The kit is based on a 82mm wide and 2.35mm thick carbon fibre chassis that is slightly softer and narrower than the TRF kit part to make for more torsional flex and higher corner speed without having to worry about the chassis plate bottoming out during heavy cornering. Included with the matte-finish chassis is also a blue anodised aluminium steering post stiffener, a blue anodised aluminium floating motor mount, battery positioners and a spring steel layshaft. The kit already prove its performance by making the Modified TC A-main at the recent TITC event in the hands of Nicholas Lee. Samix are currently working on launching their company website and in the meantime you can find more information on their Facebook page.
Xray have new linear springs for the XB4 line of 1/10th off-road buggies available. The new ‘hard’ 4-dot springs offer a C=0.80 rating for the front and C=0.50 rating for the rear, making them the firmest XB4 springs so far. Sold as pair each set is measured and matched to provide identical damping characteristics and they come laser-engraved for easy identification. The springs fit the XB4, XB4’14 and XB4 2WD buggy alike.
Ghea now have this handy storage box for 1/10th and 1/8th shock pistons and other small parts available. Measuring 98x40mm the box offers a total of 10 compartments that make storage and transportation of small parts easy. The box is topped of by a sliding transparent lid.
We recently brought you first CAD rendering of the Spanish MD Racing MDF14 1/10th formula 1 chassis and now a first pre-production image os available. Based on a carbon fibre main chassis the vehicle will feature a U-shaped top deck that connects behind the battery compartment, a front aluminium bulkhead makes for step-less caster angle adjustment while a rail-type rear pod design allows to adjust the ground clearance with the help of grub screws located in the rear axle inserts and motor mount. The depicted car is a prototype with the actual kits will contain gold-anodised aluminium parts, aluminium body mounts, aluminium preload nuts for the side springs and thumb screw supported battery mounts from what is understood.