Some weeks ago Team C released a first rendering of their upcoming TM4 4WD electric off-road buggy and today a first image of what appears to be the production prototype is available. The buggy makes use of the tried and tested T4 suspension components and big bore shock absorbers but everything in between is new. Given the photo the TM4 makes use of an aluminium main chassis with carbon fibre upper deck and the overall design sees the motor and speed controller as well as the shorty LiPo battery pack being located in the rear part of the chassis while the steering servo and receiver will find a home up front. The somewhat unconventional weight distribution is meant to calm the buggy down, allowing for higher corner speeds and a lighter overall weight. We keep you up to date with more information as soon as they come up.
New from King Headz for the Losi Ten SCTE is this steering top plate which has been CNC machined from 7075 aircraft grade aluminium. Black anodized it is designed to increase the rigidity between the top plate and the front shock tower. The upper shock tower bolts screw into the upper plate and will eliminate the chance of the upper plate screws being pulled out of the bulkhead in a bad crash.
The third round of the Kazuki Endo presented Speed King Tour East 2013 took place at the world famous Yatabe Arena in Japan. The meeting was held in Modified TC, Stock TC, JMRCA TC and Yokomo GT500 classes and it was young Yokomo driver Yugo Nagashima who won the 2nd round of the series and took TQ again in the modified TC class of round 3. TRF driver Akio Sobue captured the second spot after qualifying and Hayato Ishioka held the 3rd place with his Kyosho TF6SP. Making use of the usual ‘first corner chaos’ in the Modified A final Akio moved up to the first spot while Yugo lost a lot of positions. Yugo though recovered during the 5 minute run but was not able to catch Akio who took the winning honours with his TRF418 prototype. Yugo finished second, Kiyoto Kanno completed the podium. When it comes to the overall championship Yugo kept his top position after round 3 going into the series final that will take place at the Crest Speedway on the first weekend of November.
Following the release of first images of Tamiya’s upcoming TRF418 touring car tamiyablog.com captured some of the other Tamiya Fall 2013 news. First up is the highly anticipated 2013 Egress, the re-release of the iconic 1989 4WD buggy based on the Avante. The 2013 edition will feature some updated parts in order to improve the rigidity and durability of the drivetrain and suspension allowing to use modern motor and battery technology to power the vehicle. The kit will include updated ball differentials, universal driveshafts, new rear suspension mounts and some other refinements as well as the original Egress body shell and an updated decal sheet. There is no release date yet but expect the kit to hit the shops well before Christmas.
Last weekend the Czech Championship was held in Slavkov u Brna on a very fast high grip track. Saturday saw five qualifiers with the first heat of the Modified class being TQ’d by David Nemcek followed by a clean sweep of Marek Cerny who took the remaining four qualifying rounds. The young man was able to conserve his performance for the finals where he went on to win the first two legs in order to secure the 2013 title early with one A main to go. The second place and vice championship went to David Nemcek with Jaroslv Kopecky taking the last remaining podium spot. Elsewhere in the Stock class David Nemcek took the win and 2013 title after a hard fight with Pavel Martinec.
New from LRP comes the Screamer-93 1/8th off-road exhaust system. The 3-chamber EFRA2109 pipe is designed to make for a more linear power curve and more controllable throttle action while increasing fuel economy at the same time. Included with the set that works with most of today’s 1/8th off-road engines come a suitable manifold, silicone gaskets and mounting springs.
Coming soon from Team C are option parts for the TC10 touring car in the form of titanium turnbuckles and flanged aluminium wheel nuts. Starting with the turnbuckles they are made from titanium and designed to replace the kit’s steel links with lighter and more durable parts. They are available as 30mm version for the camber links and 40mm variant for the steering rods. Also new are M4 flanged wheel nuts. They are made from aluminium, come with a serrated surface that grips into the rim for secure fastening and not only fit the TC10 but all vehicles that use M4 nuts to hold the wheels.
The 4th round of the AE Cup EP 1/10 Offroad Championship was held in Jatibening-Jakarta, Indonesia. The race attracted a total of 33 driver who battled in the buggy and short course classes. The event saw triple five minute qualification rounds and triple seven minute A mains. In the 2WD class Wuzi Sevta took the win from Kris Heriyana and Rizky while Rama Tribudiman TQ’d and won the 4WD buggy class leaving Dimaz Arianto and Reza Sumendap behind. In 2WD short course Wuzi Sevta took the TQ and win from Rama Tribudiman and Dimaz Arianto. The 4WD short course class saw Jiriel K taking the TQ and win leaving Rizky and Haviedz in second and third position respectively.