KM Racing introduce new option parts for the World Championship winning H-K1 Meen Version 200mm nitro touring car in the form of red steel driveshafts and wheel axles. Starting with the driveshafts, the parts are of a super light weight and incorporate red steel wheel axles and 7075-T6 aluminium shafts. The steel axles received a special heat treatment to increase hardness and lifespan while the aluminium shafts come hard coated, again to increase durability. Also made for the Meen Version car are the red steel Evo2 rear axles. Made from the same durable steel the parts are used in combination with dogbone driveshafts.
The 2013 King of the Hill race in White Rock, NM saw FTW’s Scottie Brewer TQ’ing both Nitro Buggy and Truggy and he also qualified 2nd in both 4×4 SCT and E-Buggy. Come the finals he went on to win the Nitro Buggy class in front of Scott Harrell and Carter Altman. In 4×4 SCT Tony Hinojosa won the race followed by Scottie Brewer and Jason Kennedy while in the Truggy class Scottie had a bit of bad luck as he suffered a flame out following a crash when leading most of the race. He still managed to come in third place behind winner Jose Carillo and second placed Mike Cisneros.
After launching the TM2 2WD mid-motor off-road buggy Team C Racing now takes the platform to the next level by announcing the TM4 4WD buggy. The TM2, simply spoken, is a mixture of a 4WD rear end combined with the front end of a 2WD buggy and is designed for 2S Shorty LiPo battery packs only. The motor is located on the opposite side with the steering servo and receiver being mounted in the front “2WD part”. By the looks of things the upcoming TM4 will make use of the exact same weight distribution and design concept: Shorty LiPo pack in the rear together with motor and speedo while the servo and receiver sit in the front. Given the CAD rendering the chassis will be made from aluminium in a long wheelbase configuration while the motor mount and suspension brackets are also being made from alloy. Other features one can spot are big bore shock absorbers and possibly large 14mm wheel hex adapters. No word on a release date yet but maybe we can spot prototypes at next month’ IFMAR World Championships in California.
Yokomo Europe introduce a new option part for the B-Max2 buggy in the form of a brass insert for the aluminium front bulkhead. Incorporated into the optional bulkhead is a pocket that takes the new 11g brass insert to add more weight if needed. The weight is a direct fit and available now.
When I began racing in the late 1990’s, the racing scene was (as you’d expect!) very different from what it is today. One of the biggest differences I’ve seen has been the evolution of supported and sponsored drivers. Back then, I wasn’t aware of any “full time” drivers. There were a number who worked for a manufacturer or distributor, and sponsorship was something that drivers aspired to achieve. Outside of the top echelon of drivers, someone may have been fortunate to get a bit of money off with their local model shop, but that was usually the best you could hope for.
New from HPI Racing comes the Nitro Star F3.5 V2 3.5cc pullstart engine. it features a new crankcase and heatsink design with larger heatsink fins for improved cooling. The new design makes the engine 22g lighter and 4mm taller compared to its predecessor. The updated pullstart utilises a one-way bearing encased in a large 14mm hex for increased durability. The race-legal .21-size engine features a true ABC construction, with a chrome-plated brass piston and cylinder surrounded by the lightweight aluminium case. Included with the engine comes a suitable air cleaner and R5 glow plug.
Team Magic introduce a new tool line called Black Magic. Available are several metric and imperial tool tip variants including Phillips, flathead and hex drivers all of which are made from HSS material for a long life and high precision. The grips are machined from aluminium, come black anodised and with lazer-etched size markings for easy identification while their design allows for easy tool tip changes if needed.
Available from end of August is Tamiya’s latest front-wheel drive kit called the FF-03 Evo. The high-end FWD touring car makes use of a gear transmission and features a new 2.5mm carbon main chassis and 2.0mm upper deck. The IFS front damper layout with inboard shock absorbers makes for a low centre of gravity and an optimised weight distribution while the new chassis has the drive battery mounted in-line of the left side with the servo and electronics being located on the opposite side of the chassis. Included with the kit come many option parts such as a heatsink motor plate, rear aluminium bulkhead, blue anodised turnbuckles and TRF shock absorbers.