Xray have new optional front anti-roll bar wires available for the RX8 1/8th on-road car. Coming as 2.2mm, 2.4mm and 2.8mm variant to complement the kit’s 2.6mm wire, they allow for fine-tuning of the car’s roll characteristics. The anti-roll bars are made from a special spring steel and they come laser etched for easy identification.
Speed Power have a new 200mm Le Mans endurance bodyshell available. The LM-P is modelled after Peugeot’s former Le Mans contender and adds to the already existing LM-A Audi style body. A direct fit on the Speed Passion LM-1 kit the body also fits other 200mm pan cars. The multi-piece body comes clear, including window masks and decal sheet.
Japanese company Morotech now have their latest 1/10th formula pan car kit available in the form of the Project43 Part2 conversion kit. The evolution step of the company’s original 6-wheeler, that made use of the layout of the iconic 1976 Tyrrell P34, features a redesigned carbon fibre main chassis, new simpler front ends with revised Ackermann geometry as well as a V3 power pod with red anodised aluminium parts. Unlike current formula chassis designs the Project43 Part2 relies on a classical T-bar rear suspension with upper friction damper pressure plates to adjust the side-by-side and overall damping characteristics. Other new features include a self-levelling front section, a flex top deck and a medium-soft T-bar. The kit does not include parts such as the needed F103-style rear axle and diff unit, centre shock, tyres, bodyshell and wings and several small parts.
Tamiya soon have a new bodyshell variant of their popular TT-02 entry level 4WD touring car kit available in the form of the Eneos Sustina RC F. The shaft-driven car features a moulded tub chassis, rigid double wishbone suspension, friction dampers and 10-spoke wheels with slick tyres. Included is also a replica RC F bodyshell with moulded rear wing and a large Eneos Sustina decal sheet. The kit will hit the stores around mid-October.
Hobby Haven in Des Moines, Iowa was the host of the 15th annual Shootout race. Practice was scheduled to be most of the day Friday but with the bad weather the area was having the track was not going to be ready. The track crew worked most of the day putting lime on the track to help dry it out. With almost a full day of track work, mother nature did not let up and the organisers were forced to close it down for the day.
Italian company AS Hobby Racing introduce their modified Max Phantom Chief 3.5cc on-road engine. The hand-tuned Max engine, based on the MP9, features a modified cylinder, crankshaft, crankcase, and carburettor in order to maximise the performance and fuel economy. Selected ceramic bearings further improve the power output and reliability.
This past weekend in Chico, CA A-Main Hobbies and The Dirt Racing put on the Labor Day Shootout and the last round of the US Pro Cup. For the US Pro Cup it came down to Ryan Lutz and Josh Wheeler to compete for the title and a $5,000 price. Qualifying started Saturday morning with great weather and the track looking good. In the Truggy class Josh ended up 3rd the first round with Ryan Lutz getting the TQ and Phillip Atondo with 2nd. The second and third round had Wheeler getting the TQ in both rounds which gave him the overall TQ for the Truggy class.
The new Solaris Magic Formula C traction compound for rubber tyres is specially designed for the use on dirty, low grip tracks in low to medium temperatures. When used on a hard compound tyre it is also good for the use in high temperature/high traction conditions. Its special formula prevents excessive tyre degradation while increasing tyre performance and lifetime at the same time. Anti-static ingredients make the tyre more resistant to dirt and debris allowing the tyre to come to life earlier in the race. The tyre sauce is also good for the use on indoor carpet tracks and it only recently proved its performance during the EFRA touring car European Championships when Bruno Coelho took the vice championship using Magic Formula C additive.