Tamiya America today released first information on the Egress 2013 4WD electric off-road buggy. The re-release of the 1989 buggy builds on a long wheelbase Avante-type carbon fibre chassis and includes newly designed parts such as ball differentials, universal driveshafts and fibre-reinforced parts in order to make the buggy ‘2013-ready’ in terms of durability and overall rigidity. Included with the kit comes a full ball bearing set, a clear polycarbonate body shell with Egress sticker sheet and black lightweight rims with pin tyres. There is no official release date yet but according to Tamiya America the item is ‘coming soon’.
New from Capricorn come additional option parts for the LAB C02 and the LAB TE01 chassis. Starting with the parts for the C02, available now are carbon fibre reinforced front and rear differential cases. The harder material increases durability and improves drivetrain efficiency compared to the standard parts. The cases are a direct replacement for the stock parts. New are also 50 shore and 60 shore shock volume compensator membranes. Available for Capricorn’s standard and big bore shock absorbers the different hardness membranes help to adjust the damper’s rebound effect. Last but not least comes a new steering system for the LAB TE01 electric touring car. It allows the adjustment of the Ackermann effect by using a different steering plate, making it easier to adapt the car to different surfaces from asphalt to carpet.
After releasing first teaser images Serpent now have body-off images and additional information on the Spyder 2WD buggy available. Thought out by Cobra 1/8 buggy designer and former World Champion Billy Easton the Spyder is a purpose-built rear motor buggy with a composite rub chassis, 3-gear gearbox with 3-pad slipper clutch and adjustable differential height. The differential itself is a ball-type unit with large balls for improved power transfer while retaining good drivability on slippery surfaces. The suspension is highly adjustable and allows for easy castor changes using 0° to 2.5° inserts while at the rear toe-in, roll centre and anti-squat settings are adjustable inboard with the rear hubs allow also outboard toe changes. Included are 12mm RCM-type big bore shock absorbers, carbon fibre shock towers, metric hex hardware, lightweight yet durable spring steel driveshafts and an aerodynamic cab forward body shell. A dedicated mid motor buggy for high-traction surfaces will follow soon.
Multiple Portuguese National Champion, former European Champion and multiple European and World Championship podium finisher Miguel Matias recently joined the Vampire Racing factory team through to 2014 to run the company’s 1/10th and 1/8th brushless motor and speed controllers along the Vampire Racing line of high performance LiPo battery packs. Miguel already used the components during the 1/10th Buggy Euros and the recent Neo Race with great success.
Team Titan introduce their first ever Formula 1 body shell in the form of the Blitz F101. Incorporating a modern high nose design, it includes an integrated moulded driver figure, and it is made from 1.0mm polycarbonate for high rigidity while being light of weight at the same time. The body fits most of today’s formula 1 chassis, comes clear, including a decal sheet and without front or rear wing.
Yokomo now have the SD Sport 4WD sport-level touring car kit available. Based on Yokomo’s drift chassis the SD Sport features standard drivetrain and suspension components making it ideal for cost-efficient touring car racing. The car is based on a moulded composite tub chassis and features an efficient shaft drivetrain, aluminium die-cast motor mount, front spool axle, rear ball differential, double wishbone suspension, moulded shock absorbers, and full ball bearings. By using optional drivetrain components and drift tyres the chassis can also be converted back to a drift car. The kit comes as rolling chassis without electronics, tyres or body shell.
Ride introduce the Pro Matched short big bore springs for electric touring cars. With the current trend of using low-profile shock towers and shorter shock absorbers conventional 25mm springs are too long to achieve a proper ride height. Therefore Ride now have 23mm long offerings available with an inner diameter of 15mm and an outer diameter of 18mm. The colour-coded springs come with plastic spacer rings for a wobble-free fit, are individually checked and matched to guarantee an equal spring rate and fit a wide range of touring car chassis. Ride advises that owners of cars that use 20mm springs may have to with check ride height compatibility.
Sweep Racing soon have their Birdie design body shell for Kyosho’s MP9 line of buggies available. Sporting a radically shaped cabin section the body that TQ’d the 2013 FEMCA race is meant to offer a direct steering response because of the aggressively angles windscreen and side pods while offering good engine cooling at the same time. The body is made from high-quality polycarbonate and comes clear, ready for your favourite paint job.