MIP have some new products available in the form of hex driver wrench sets, thread lock and grease portions as well as a sticker set. Starting with the tools, MIP’s legendary SAE standard hex drivers are now also available as a 4-piece set containing .050, 1/16, 5/64 and 3/32 inch wrenches all of which come with no-slip amber-toned polycarbonate grips and hardened tool steel tips. Also coming as a complete set are metric hex wrenches of 1.5mm, 2mm and 2.5mm dimensions. The next somewhat new part is MIP’s blue thread lock gel and red MIP driveshaft grease. Formally part of their CVD driveshaft packages the chemicals are now also available in a handy snap-lid cup ideal to have it handy when building or maintaining CVD driveshafts. Last but not least comes a 6-piece set of new design MIP logo stickers to decorate cars, chassis, bodies, radios, charger and more.
Team Orion introduce the new CRF RS Edition ABI 3.5cc buggy engine. The long stroke engine was used to win the 2013 European Championships and features a new stronger crankcase, a new piston and liner assembly for improved power and durability as well as a redesigned lightweight crankshaft that increased RPM. The 3-port RS Edition comes factory-tuned, with a rear ceramic bearing and a black anodised cooling head for best heat dissipation. The limited edition engine that is issued to celebrate David Ronnefalk’s and Reno Savoya’s success at the ’13 Euros is available as combo set including a suitable pipe or as engine only.
Two-time World Champion Atsushi Hara has announced that he has left long time main sponsor HPI/HB Racing following 13 years with the team. Widely regarded by many as the best all round driver in the history of the sport, the 2 world titles in both touring car (2000) and 1/8th offroad (2008) are just the highlights of a very successful career which has included countless podiums in all the major classes both onroad & offroad at World, International and National level. The decision to part company with HPI was mutual and for now the Japanese ace has yet to make any decision on a replacement chassis sponsor. We chatted with Atsushi some weeks back, when he flew to Slovakia for the ETS Finale, and he hinted back then that something was about to change.
The non-profit Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series (WCICS) has a proud history of almost 25 years of RC racing and for this year expanded to eight races with an estimated 1500 entries. Many top name drivers have already been enjoying the series for years such as Paul Lemieux, Ty Tessman, Brian Bodine and Peter Robinson. The races take place in Western Canada and are run in Tamiya Mini, 1/12th stock and modified, GT, CTA and World GT classes as well as touring car stock and modified. The three day events, hosted by 8 different clubs, are over the winter months of September to March and the 2013/14 season kicks off at the weekend of the 29th of September in SarCar, Saskatoon. Find more information, dates, rules and many more on the series’ homepage by clicking here.
Tekno RC introduce the EB48.2 electric 1/8th off-road buggy kit. The vehicle features many performance and durability enhancing parts such as XT suspension arms, 1.5 degree rear toe plate new 0.5 degree offset insert, new shock cartridges and updated shock bushings. The differentials have been overhauled with new cross-pins and internal gears as well as new straight cut CNC diff ring and pinion gears. The new gears are quieter, smoother and more efficient than previous gears and feature lightweight cutouts to reduce rotating mass. Lightened differential outdrives and the lightened aluminium centre driveshaft are now standard as well. Tekno’s new angled rear gearbox and larger bearings round out the driveline improvements. Up front the EB48.2 features a new HD servo saver spring which helps to keep you pointing in the right direction. Lightened steering posts as well as lightened suspension sleeves help reduce weight without any sacrifice in durability and aluminium hard anodised pivot balls are used throughout in the kit that is available now.
Reedy have a new 14.8V battery pack available in the form of the WolfPack 4S 4500mAh LiPo. Made with the basher and club level racer in mind the pack is build from 25C cells and offers a capacity of 4500mAh for long run times and exceptional performance. With dimensions of 139x47x35mm the battery fits nearly every car that can handle 4S brick-type hardcase packs and it comes pre-wired with a JST-XH balancer port and a genuine Deans Ultra Plug connector.
Duratrax have new option parts for the club-level 835 1/8th buggy platform available. Designed both for the 835B nitro and 835E e-buggy is the carbon fibre front brace that adds rigidity and a cool look to the chassis. Made for the nitro variant only is the second new graphite part, a brace for the centre differential. Again the parts scrubs some weight and adds durability. Mmade for both types of buggies are the new optional springs. Available as soft 4-piece set as well as separate front and rear packs in medium/yellow and hard/cyan the springs help to fine-tune the suspension to various track conditions and driving styles.
Arrowmax expand their honeycomb design tool line by several metric and inch size nut driver sets. The 2-piece metric set includes 5.5mm and 7mm variants while the imperial set comes with 3/16″, 1/4″, 5/16″, 11/32″ and 3/8″ drivers. All sport Arrowmax’ distinctive honeycomb design aluminium handles and high quality 100mm long tool tips.