Azarashi introduce a prototype aluminium chassis plate for their Kyosho ZX-5 Redseal conversion kit. Made from 6061 aluminium and coming black anodised the limited edition part is designed to replace the stock carbon fibre main chassis plate with a stiffer part that offers less torsional flex, making it ideal for all high-grip surfaces. The machined chassis features several milled-out pockets for the battery and electronics in order to lower the weight and centre of gravity and it is available through Azarashi’s webshop for a limited time.
The Rebels Race 2014 was held last weekend in Trutnov, Czech Republic and the meeting marked the end of the national indoor season, attracting driver from all of the country. In the Touring Car Modified class five drivers battled for the top position with the best end for Jirka Vysin who took the pole position for the finals. In the A mains, Vitezslav Hola shifted into second gear as he was able to win the first two finals thanks to clean and fast driving. Jirka Vysin had to settle for second while Martin Korinek took the final podium spot to make it a 1-2-3 for Xray.
Kyosho America have released first details of the forthcoming Scorpion re-release vintage 2WD buggy. The long awaited release of the Scorpion, which was the cornerstone of the Kyosho off-road program during the late 70s and early 80s, is designed by the same designer as the original Scorpion. This new version is very faithful to many of the details that make it virtually identical to the original car, but there are some changes to increase the durability and performance. The shocks are higher quality with much smoother operation, and the spring pre-load collars will not snap like the old ones and the transmission is upgraded with 48-pitch gears and nearly an all-metal construction except for the compound counter gear. A sealed gear differential is driven via a modern slipper clutch to smooth out power delivery. It is understood that the kit will become available by June.
MIP is busy adding more Pucks drive systems to their portfolio. This time a full load of kits is available for the Kyosho RB6, both for standard ball diff and optional gear diff equipped vehicles. The Modified “Shiny” ball diff variant includes new diff gears, outdrives and thrust race along durable “Shiny” steel C-CVD driveshafts while the 17.5T gear diff set includes aluminium outdrives suitable for Kyosho’s optional gear differential. Also available is a Shiny set for RB6’s with gear diff and a dedicated 17.5T set for ball differential equipped RT6 trucks. All sets improve durability, make for quicker acceleration and a smoother running drivetrain.
JConcepts introduce the new Dirt-Tech closed cell tyre inserts. Gray in colour, the new inserts are designed in conjunction with tyre insert guru, Brian “Dirt” Kinwald to bring the ultimate touch and feel while providing the best possible durability. The 2WD/4WD rear and 4WD front insert has alternating shallow and deep cuts on the outside which touch off against the tire inner carcass providing a cushy response and feel. The 2wd front insert has 3 relatively deep cuts spaced across the width giving a subtle feel to front tyres for precise steering control. The inside has horizontal channels cut in a 360 pattern to soak up the large impacts and help create forward bite and increase acceleration. The inserts are made from a newly developed material providing racers a durable option capable of being used in medium to extremely high-traction conditions.
German company CS Electronic have released first images of their forthcoming Rocket V4 120A brushless speed controller. Making use of a common design the ESC will feature an aluminium case with low-profile heatsink, an optional fan unit, an easily replaceable receiver lead and heavy duty solder towers. There are no information about the software features yet but the controller will come including an USB adapter and possibly also a programming box.
Canada’s Ty Tessmann (Hot Bodies) had an amazing Easter weekend at the Neo ’14 in the UK, leading almost the entire 45-minute A Final to win the main event, plus winning not just the electric buggy race but the Dash for Cash race as well. On Day 2 after 3 rounds of qualifying that saw different drivers and cars taking the top spot, Team Tessmann started cranking up the pressure, starting with the ‘Dash4Ca$h’ race, a single 10-minute race with a fat cash prize. Ty waited for the crashes to sort themselves out and from second place on the track homed in on the leader, who was powerless to stop the young Canadian from running off into the distance. Ty then took his first victory of the Neo.
U.S. BlackArt distributors CRC introduce the new Toyota TS030 and Lola B10 1/12th scale bodyshells. Starting with the Toyota, the pink and green body in above image, the shell is designed to deliver increase downforce for high speed tracks while the centre spline makes for added stability. The body already proved its performance by winning at the recent European Championships in Italy. Also new is the Lola B10, the red and black body, that offers a bit less downforce making it perfectly suited for slower tracks, tight and twitchy circuits or Stock class racing. Both bodies are made from genuine GE 0.5mm Lexan and come clear.