Having teased this Mirage SS through photo releases over the past week Pro-Line have finally released this Limited Edition body for the Associated RC10 Classic. Over 25 years ago Pro-Line began producing Championship winning accessories for the Original RC10 that serious enthusiasts could not live without. Now, Pro-Line, with permission from Team Associated, has reproduced the legendary Mirage SS for the RC10 Classic. The Mirage SS was the first racing body designed by Cliff Lett of RC Performance Specialties (RCPS) for the RC10. Many of the top Team Associated drivers used the Mirage SS exclusively. Brian Kinwald used the Mirage SS to win the 1993 IFMAR World Championship in Basildon, England. With a super low slung nose section and the iconic side pods and cab, the Mirage SS will make your buggy look good on and off the track. Pro-Line notes that this replica Mirage SS has minor alterations to keep the value of the Original Mirage SS bodies intact.
Expanding their current tyre line-up Italian brand Hot Race Tyres now produce 1/12 tyres. Developed through extensive testing by their team drivers, the wheels feature a 2mm offset with shores from 25 to 45 and they are available in two versions, for carpet and asphalt. The tires will make their race debut this weekend at the Xray challenge in Scandiano.
Shepherd have added Euro “B” and German national finalist Bernd Rausch to their team. Already testing the Velox V10 Pro at the German Open Indoor Masters and qualifying third behind Dominic Greiner and Patrick Schäfer he is eager to run the full 2014 season with the German car powered by Sonic engines. Bernd is going to attend the Euros in Valencia, the German Championship and various race of the ENS series as well as regional events like the Nitro West Masters and the West German Championship. He had the following to say:
First of all I would like to thank Kenny from KM and Adrien from Orion for the good times we had. I’m really looking forward to joining Shepherd and being a part of a team with some of the best racers in the world. Especially after their innovations on the V10 Pro it will be a pleasure to attend some big international races in 2014.
New from Serpent for their F110 1/10th scale F1 car is this rear axle made from spring-steel and featuring an aluminium flange. Super-true, it is less prone to deform in a side impact and due to the additional weight gives a different, more smooth, driving feel.
To save weight in the drive train of the Velox V10 Pro Shepherd have released an aluminium shaft for the middle bearing block. Compared the the standard shaft the weight saving is about 65% resulting in improved performance and for better durability and wear resistance the shaft comes hardcoated.
Team Associated and Reedy have announced the re-signing of young Norwegian driver Daniel Kobbevik for 2014. Daniel is already captivating crowds throughout Europe and Scandinavia with his fantastic results and stylish driving. At 8 years old he is one of the youngest drivers to ever be signed and already into his second year with the team he is a popular character with his racing buddies. Team Associated is back with a new approach and Daniel is part of the grand plan as Craig Drescher explains:
Kids bring many more attributes to the team other than lowering the average age. Our plan is to develop these guys through various means to not only better the drivers but learn from what they can teach us. We offer on and off track help along with many years experience and bring a family feeling back to the race track. Making the team a fun and professional group that can also give something back. We aim to have a group of juniors that learn about what it takes to win but also what it takes to be part of a team that enjoys what they do and help others. A calm and youthful team is something we are building for the future. Kids are the future and this is the part where Team Associated is rebuilding something towards that future. We are delighted with the response to the team and look forward to working more completely with these guys. Its brought a lot of fun and spirit back to the group.
LMR introduce the Avior 1/10 2-piece buggy rear wing. The second wing designed by LMR features design cues seen on the company’s Electra wing but now the centre section has been moulded flat so that it can house the 2nd piece of the wing. This small duct wing acts to force air onto the rear gurney when at speed and has proved to make the car feel very controllable at high speeds when sometimes they can feel on the edge. Also the side plates have been formed so they can be much taller, with cut lines to help you choose the perfect amount of side bite for your track. The wing is made from durable 1.5mm lexan material and it is available now.
Team Orion introduce the new Vortex R8.1 Pro 1/8 competition brushless speed controller specially designed for sensored BL motors. The 2S to 4S LiPo-compatible ESC is based around the World Championship winning R10 Pro speedo and features the same advanced programming features, dual sensor ports and machined aluminium case design. The controller is equipped with a strong 6V/7.2V BEC system, an improved cooling fan protection and it works with both sensored and sensorless motors. It comes with Factory-installed Deans-type connectors while additional programming can be performed using Team Orion’s DSB-R programming box. The controller will be on show at the upcoming Nuremberg Toyfair at the end of January.