Bittydesign have introduced the new Striker-SR 2.0 190mm body which has been developed over the past months, with several tests on the “RC Landia” Italian Indoor facility. The result is a really fast bodyshell that combines steering efficiency together with the highest rear stability. It comes supplied with a big EFRA spec rear wing, however the body is not EFRA homologated, that provides the best balance between the front and rear of your car. Produced and sold only in a lightweight 0.75mm version, it comes complete with decals, windows masks, protection film and screws to fix the wing.
The first major event of the new 2013 season kicked into life this morning with a record entry descending on the town of Langenfeld, Germany, for the second round of the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’. Getting the New Year off to a promising start as they chase their first EOS win for the TLR22, Team Losi Racing set the early practice pace with Darren Bloomfield heading the time sheets ahead of team-mates Dustin Evans and Otto Ausfelt with Tamiya’s Lee Martin the best of the rest with the fourth fastest time over three consecutive laps.
Capricorn have released some new option parts for their TE01 EP touring car. First up is the new aluminium double steering horn with bearings which replaces the original plastic steering horn to ensure more accurate steering and increased durability. Capricorn have also released a titanium turnbuckle set which is 12 grams lighter compared to the standard steel turnbuckle set.
X Factory have released their new X-60CF stadium truck, an all carbon fiber Conversion Kit which transforms an AE T4.1 or T4 into a mid-motor X-60CF. A second Kit is also available to convert an existing X-60 to the new carbon fiber version. The new X-60CF has been seen testing at races all over the United States for three months now, and Team drivers love it. Both X-60CF Kits are complete with everything needed to convert the T4.1 or T4 to the new mid-motor truck or to convert the X-60 to carbon fiber. The conversion for the AE truck includes the great JConcepts designed and supplied body. The Kit to convert an X-60 is the lowest price Kit X-Factory has ever sold because so many parts are carried over; most drivers will do this conversion in less than two hours. The T4.1 conversion usually takes a bit over two hours.
A Main Hobbies have announced that two-time World Champion, Atsushi Hara, will be racing for A Main Hobbies and ProTek RC. For the 2013 season, Hara will be racing with ProTek’s Supreme Power LiPo batteries, Prodigy chargers and ProTek’s complete line of RC accessories. “Hara’s presence will elevate our race team. He is one of the most complete RC racers and an all-around good guy. We are excited to have him race for us. His decision to compete with ProTek RC products is a testament to the brand’s quality and heritage,” said A Main Hobbies CEO Kendall Bennett. Hara’s first race with A Main Hobbies and ProTek RC will be the Reedy Race of Champions held at West Coast RC Raceway in La Mirada, California. “I’m excited to be on the A Main Hobbies race team and to be competing with ProTek RC equipment. A Main Hobbies and ProTek RC have been leading the industry, which was important in my decision,” said, Atsushi Hara.
Sweep Racing have released their second 1/10 buggy tire called the Square Armor. These new rear tires are developed for outdoor racing in Europe and come in four compounds, silver, blue, red and white. Team driver Reno Savoya helped develop the tires for better forward bite and traction on dusty surfaces. Available in late January.
World Champions KM Racing have announced that 2006 World Champion and multiple Japanese National Champion Keisuke Fukuda has joined their team. Fukuda will not only join as one of their international team drivers, but will help with the development of the H-K1 as well as the development of the KM 1/8 GP on road car project which is expected to be ready in time for the upcoming IFMAR world championships in Japan. He had this to say:
By the end of last year, I was with the Mugen team for quite a long period, and I really appreciated Mugen team for such great support. However, I want to challenge something new, therefore I decided to join the KM team from this new year 2013. KM Team is quite new and still growing up so I also want to grow up together with KM Team. In KM Team, I do my best not only as a Team Driver, but also I do my best to support R&D staff. In fact, I want to cooperate to produce their new 1/8 racing car from the beginning at KM Team by using my experience of 1/8 racing. As my new challenge, I will do my best to make good race result at new team, and also produce good machine together with KM Group. So, I hope that you will be good enough to continue assistance to me in KM Team.
TeamSR have introduced this optional battery brace set for the Xray XB4 1/10th scale 4wd off-road buggy. The product is constructed out of high quality carbon fiber in 2mm thickness and is CNC machined to give you a straight and clean cut for a smooth edge. The carbon fiber provides a more rigid mounting position thus increasing durability over the existing factory plastic braces.