During last weekend’s JConcepts Winter Indoor Nationals at SmacTrac in St Louis, Missouri, we had Jason Ruona of JConcepts talk with Ryan Maifield and Brent Thielke about their new Associated B4.2 and T4.2 rides and had them go into detail about how they set-up their cars for indoor racing.
Italian company Matrix, known for their successful line of foam tires, has released this rendering of what appears to be an 1/8th on-road body shell. No details are known yet other than the body in questions sports the EFRA number 31535 and it should therefore be legal for racing in 2013. We bring you more details as we get them.
RB Products introduce two new goods to make your life easier. First up is the RB Big Bag, a storage bag that holds up to 30 pairs of 1/8th buggy tires. Robust and stylish the storage and transportation bag has an internal briefcase and and additional handle. It is also ideal to store other stuff like your RC-Car, charger, power supply, batteries, and more. The second new part is the RB tire holder, a plastic poll that comes in pairs and holds up to four 1/8th buggy tires for easy bundling and storage of your precious wheels.
Schumacher Racing soon have new option parts for the Cat K1 buggy as well as Core RC aluminium servo arms available. Made for the Cat K1 4WD buggy are two new optional chassis plates. They are available in carbon fibre or S1 fibre glass material and designed to replace the stock alloy chassis plate. Both are softer in twist for added traction and a more forgiving character of the buggy especially on rough and slippery surfaces. The carbon fibre option also is significantly lighter. Also new are the Core RC short-type alloy steering servo arms. They are ideal for the Cougar SV2 and SVR as well as many other vehicles, they feature a clamp design for secure fitment and are available as 25T/Futaba and 23T/Sanwa variant.
Tekno RC introduce new option parts for the SCT410 short course truck. Available are different spring sets, an aluminium centre driveshaft, lightened motor mount, as well as lightened diff couplers and differential outdrives. Starting with the springs, they are made from corrosion resistant steel, come in black colour and are colour coded for easy identification. Available are three different 65mm front and three 80mm rear springs. Next up is an aluminium centre driveshaft made from 7075 material and coming gun metal anodised. With only half the weight of the stock shaft the part makes for less rotating mass and therefore quicker spool-up and acceleration. Also new are lightened diff couplers that weight 5g less compared to the stock part. They are made from hardened steel and designed to withstand the rigours of modified short course brushless motors. Other new drivetrain parts are the lightened differential outdrives. They save 12g, are made from hardened steel for ultimate durability and are sold as pair. Last but not least comes the new lightened motor mount insert. Made from lightweight aluminium and coming gunmetal anodised the insert will save another 5g and will fill out the gunmetal look of the truck.
New from Avid comes the shock and turnbuckle tool for 1/10th Kyosho vehicles. The wrench made from 6061 aluminium fits the lower shock cartridges on Kyosho’s 12mm big-bore shocks while the large handle is easy to hold and won’t slip or spin like the kit’s plastic tool. The ends have a 3.5 and 5.5 mm wrench built-in which fits both size Kyosho turnbuckles as well as 5.5mm hex nuts.
AKA introduce their famous closed cell inserts for the 1/10th stadium truck class. The insert was designed to decrease the lateral deflection of the tire while at the same time increasing the vertical impact absorption therefore providing better handling in the bumps. Lateral grooves allow the insert to flex vertically to absorb the large impacts while still maintaining lateral stability and overall durability. The inserts are usable in the front and the rear.
Montech Racing from Italy introduce a new touring car wing made from 1.0mm polycarbonate. Designed to give great stability the wing sports two cutting lines for 40x25mm and 40x20mm dimensions and comes including hardware in the form of screws, nuts and conical large diameter washers.