Following a two year stint with Hot Bodies following his departure from Kyosho, Shin Adachi has now signed a contract with Yokomo, the Japanese manufacturer announced today. Shin will not only supervise the development of their off-road buggy program he also race the company’s latest touring cars. This is what Yokomo President Tom Yokobori had to say about the deal:
With the 2015 IFMAR Electric Offroad World Championships to be hosted by Yatabe Arena approaching, Yokomo is getting into high-gear to further improve our competition offroad cars. To accelerate this effort, we’re continuing to assemble an international team of World-class drivers. Team Yokomo, including Naoto Matsukura, recently joined British ace Lee Martin and many highly-skilled team members, will continue actively participating in races around the World. In addition, our experienced team will work together to actively develop leading-edge designs. Yokomo will continue its tradition of exceeding the expectations of our customers by designing the best R/C cars, participating in competitive racing with great sportsmanship, and being active as a team to provide assistance and support.
Radiosistemi have announced the signing of former European B Champion Riccardo Acciari to their factory team. After a small hiatus he is back running the RR8 chassis as well as the complete Modelix package with Ultimate Racing products, Ultimate Engines, ProCircuit tires and Nitrolux fuel. Ricky will compete in this year’s Italian Naionals as well as the European B Championships and other major races such as the Pierrefeu GP and Italian Job.
US top off-road driver Josh Wheeler will continue to race with the Xray team in 2014, the Slovakian company announce. Josh will race the XB8, XB4 and XT9 in 2014 while attending several high-class races such as the Dirt Nitro Challenge, the Psycho Nitro Blast, the ROAR nationals and of course the IFMAR 1/8 Buggy Worlds. This is what Josh has to say about the deal:
It has been great working with a top notch company like Xray for many years. I look forward to many more years of great racing and good times with Xray and the Hudy family. Xray’s commitment to perfection and making the best parts possible has allowed me to chase my dreams and compete with the top drivers in the world. Xray and the Hudy family works nonstop to provide the best parts and constantly push the RC industry. I want to say Thank You for all the support and the friendships that have been made. 2014 is going to be the best year yet.
Having recently announced he was joining Capricorn, Kyle Branson is also changing his brand of engine for the coming 2014 season. He will be running the new XRD line of engines alongside team mate Dario Balestri. Kyle had the following to say:
I would like to thank Gino Voghera and his Son Lorenzo for there amazing support over the past years and I am looking forward to continuing my 7th year with them!
Seen for the first time at the recent Nuremberg International Toyfair in Germany, Serpent now officially announce the Spyder SCT-2 2WD short course truck. Based off the Spyder SRX-2 buggy the truck features a long wheelbase composite chassis, redesigned shock towers, long-stoke big bore shock absorbers, aluminium suspension mounts and it will come as a rear motor truck. Specially designed nerf bars with lexan inserts help to keep as much air out of the bodyshell for improved jumping abilities and a reduced “parachute” effect. The truck is set for an April release with a ready-to-run version coming soon after.
Horizon Hobby introduce the Dynamite Prophet Sport Duo AC charger. The device offers two independent 50W outputs for up to 6A charge current and up to 6S LiPo battery packs. The charger is housed in a sturdy, red colour case, features integrated balancers, short circuit, over temperature and low voltage protection plus an additional on/off switch and charge monitoring using three colour LEDs.
KO Propo introduce the RSx2 series of high-performance digital servos. All feature reworked amplifiers for a more linear feel with today’s high-response radio systems plus the case and gear tolerances are now even tighter for the ultimate in precision. Available are the RSx2 Response HC (0.06s/17.6kg-cm), RSx2 Power HC (0.11s/31.6kg-cm), RSx2 Response (0.06s/17.6kg-cm) and RSx2 Power (0.11s/31.6kg-cm) with the HC variants coming with an upper aluminium case for added rigidity and durability while the standard items come with reinforced composite upper cases. All servos feature mixed aluminium and steel gears, they are 7.4V compatible, come with gold-plated leads and double ball bearings.
PSM introduce two new option parts for the Team Associated B5 and the forthcoming B5M in the form of these carbon fibre shock towers. Coming as “standard” V1 and “pro-tune” V2 version the shock stays are CNC-machined from 5mm glossy finish carbon fibre, they are of an impact-proven design and sport two (V1) and five (V2) optional upper camber link mounting positions for added adjustability. Included with the shock towers comes suitable hardware.