During this week’s Nuremberg Toyfair Horizon Hobby introduce their new Losi 8ight petrol buggy and 8ight-T petrol truggy 1/8th scale kits. Both are based on the respective ROAR Gas Nationals winning platforms and they are tweaked to take a 5.1cc petrol engine, allowing them to run longer and require less maintenance compared to their nitro fuel powered counterparts. To better accompany the upgraded power and national championship driving characteristics both also come with AVC Active Vehicle Control technology that allows to drive faster with more control and to get the most out of the power and precision gas vehicles. Rounding out the packages is a 2.4GHz Spektrum DX2E transmitter, a 7.4V LiPo receiver battery pack, a starter box and waterproof Spektrum servos and electronics.
Losi have introduced the 1/5-scale 5ive-T Offroad RTR. This package comes equipped with an AVC enabled 2.4 GHz receiver on board which together with the included Spektrum DX2E transmitter, you’ll be able to push the limit of a 29CC Losi petrol engine and 1/4-scale servos even from a distance. A solid package, the car features large-bore threaded, aluminium shocks with over-sized 7mm shock shafts, a 5mm thick chassis plate based on the 8ight platform, precision cut or formed, heat treated steel gears throughout the drive train, a powerful 2-stroke 26cc petrol engine and an innovative clutch mount and housing that adds strength and durability and provides unmatched heat dissipation for increased longevity of the 8,000 RPM clutch
Bittydesign in collaboration with Team RC Pro and PRC announce the 2015 Asia Contest, an event born in 2013 and known to all drivers who attended the previous editions as “the funniest race they ever participated”. The 3rd edition of one of the largest independent off-road races will be held at the International Pattaya RC Power Boat World track from 24th to 26th of April 2015 and the entries are limited to 192 drivers for the Nitro Buggy class, split into a Pro and Open category. The 3-day event will see fee practice on Friday, qualifiers and an one-off “Thai vs. Foreigners” race on Saturday and the last change qualifiers, super pole and finals on Sunday. More information and sign-up can be found on the dedicated event page by clicking here.
Horizon Hobby introduce the Ten SCTE Troy Lee Designs RTR 4WD short course truck. Based on the 2013 and 2014 ROAR Nationals winning vehicle the kit offers a factory assembled 4WD shaft-driven chassis, sturdy suspension components and full RTR specifications with a 3900kv Dynamite 540-size 4-pole brushless motor, a 130A LiPo-compatible and waterproof Dynamite speed controller, a Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio set and waterproof Spektrum steering servo and electronics. The truck comes including a pre-painted bodyshell rocking the TLD logo and graphics, black and orange beadlock design wheels and grippy racing tyres.
Coming soon from Schelle are some new options for the Associated B5 and B44.3. For the B5 there is a new 2-piece aluminium rear hub. The new design helps prevent the ball being pulled from the upright in an impact, while at the same time being replaceable if it gets damaged. Only 1 gram heavier than the stock part it features molded bearing inserts and allows for fine adjustment of the link position, relative to the upright, through the use of shims. For the 4wd B44.3 there is a new 3mm shorter aluminium chassis plate with corresponding top deck. The new setup helps create more on power traction as well as make the car turn more fluidly in the corners. Finally from Schelle is a small bottle of synthetic bearing oil, which is the same oil used on their ceramic bearings, but can now be used on all your bearings for its very fine low drag characteristics. Comes in a handle bottle with fine tip for precise application.
New from Exotek come 7075 aluminium rear wheel axles that are usable on the Tamiya TRF419, 418, 417, TB04 and Evo6 as well as the Team Durango DETC410. The parts are designed for expert touring car drivers who seek for an extra advantage in spec class racing as the alloy axle scrubs weight on the expense of some durability. The parts weigh in at only 1.55g per piece and they greatly reduce rotating mass and unsprung weight but due to their aluminium construction they are not recommended for modified racing or tracks with hard track barriers. They are compatible with new G clip or older screw type TRF CVD axles and come polished and hard anodised.
After the mid-season Christmas break, the Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series visited the absolutely beautiful Oceanside city of Victoria, British Columbia, for round 5, the Speed Weekend hosted by IROCC and NRC. Both clubs hosted what has been described as the Crown Jewel in the WCICS series, drawing top racers from across Western Canada and the NW USA, including ROAR & WCICS champions. With 230 registrations all 8 classes were hotly contested, and as the series starts the second half of the season the championships battles are heating up.
Yokomo announce the signing of UK’s Tom Cockerill to their factory racing team. Working alongside Lee Martin in the UK, Tom will be a great asset to the team as a top-level driver, and he will bring vast racing and technical knowledge to further develop Yokomo’s racing platforms. Tom has the following to say:
I’ve been racing about 15 years, with my major results including a UK 2WD National title, Multiple Euro and EOS A Mains, 5x Belgium GP titles and the 2WD DHI Cup. I’m really looking forward to joining the Yokomo team. The cars have been really good in testing, and I’m excited to get into the racing season with them. I’ll be competing the UK National Championship, European Championships and the World Championships in Japan.