Our US Magazine partners R/C Car have the first pictures of the new Kyosho Stadium truck that was spotted in secret testing at one of the magazines local tracks in Southern California. The RT-5, as it is currently being called, is a 1/10 scale off-road electric stadium truck, which Kyosho reps stress is still highly pre-production and in full testing mode. The RT-5 is based upon Kyosho’s popular RB-5 electric buggy and in fact shares RB-5’s transmission and tranny ratio. The car, as you would expect has a longer chassis, longer suspension arms, and longer shocks than the RB-5 and the double-thick carbon-fibre shock towers seen in the photos are still undergoing testing with production versions perhaps being molded, fibre or carbon fibre. There is no official release date yet, but Kyosho will debut the RT-5 in mid-March at the Cactus Classic in Phoenix, Arizona, where a Kyosho engineer from Japan will join the team to help with further development.
GRP have announced their new line up of air filters for use on both on road and off road cars. First thing you will notice is that each air filter set is supplied in an orange plastic box, with the on road version supplied with 5 foam air filters and oil, while the buggy filter is supplied with 12 filters and 2 bottles of special oil. Made from high quality material, these parts are low priced as they are meant to be replaced often.
Losi have released their new 1/8 Eclipse buggy tires offering drivers a tread pattern forgiving enough to tackle the most challenging track conditions, while maintaining incredible grip across a wide variety of track surfaces. Supplied with moulded foam inserts, they are contoured to match the profile of the tire so that no trimming or modifications are necessary. Developed specifically for 1/8 buggy racing, these tires are available in Losi’s exclusive silver or red racing compound and are durable enough for hour-long mains while still providing consistent handling.
More new parts for the Associated RC8 from Reckward Tuning with the release of these 2 new lower wishbone suspension brackets. Made by Vita Tuning, the new pieces have been machined from aluminium and feature plastic inserts to allow you to adjust the angle of the included spring steel pivot pin and in turn the geometry of your suspension. As well as being able to adjust the roll centre settings, on the rear the user can also adjust the toe settings in 0.25 degree increments to achieve 2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75 & 3 degrees.
Following on from the release of the first generation shock towers for the 2wd Kyosho RB5, Diggity Designs have now released the second version of the rear shock tower. Made from super strong 4mm thick carbon fibre, and coming supplied with all the necessary hardware, this new shock tower has more material across the top than the previous version and the upper camber link mounting holes are separated, not all connected as on the previous type.
oOple have a report from last weekends sixth round of the Schumacher Indoor Off Road Masters, held at the indoor track in Worksop. With the ‘National Indoor Finals’ held at the save venue in a months time – it was a chance for drivers to get some practice in before that event, so there were 12 heats in total. The 4wd class saw the win go to the Richard Lowe driving the JConcepts BJ4 WE, who had qualified 2nd behind X-Factory racer Ellis Stafford, while in 2wd the victory went to pole man Mark Stanley racing a Losi. Contained within the same report, is a review of the new range of TrakPower hard cased LiPo packs.
Carson have released the Stormracer Extreme, a 1/10th scale buggy based on their new CV-10 chassis which is sold in ready-to-run form. The chassis features lots of adjusting possibilities to optimise the cars handling over rough terrain including camber and toe setting as well the inclusion of optional springs for use on the cars oil shock dampers. The car has shaft driven permanent 4WD and is powered by the included pull start 2,5 cc Force engine.
Team Orion racer Ryan Cavalieri has dominated the 9th running of the Dirt Nitro Challenge in Arizona winning both the buggy and truggy classes, but in qualifying it was Team Losi racer Adam Drake, using the new GRP motor that TQ’d in both classes. In the truggy final it was Ryan Lutz that took the early lead and looked like he would take the win, but a rear differential problem saw him drop out and this leaving James on his roof which meant he had to settle for 3rd. The buggy class final saw and early lead for the Drake who was followed by O’Donnell racer Jared Tebo, with Mike Truhe and Ryan Cavalieri catching. Two thirds of the way into the race Truhe had managed to gain a lead of 6 seconds from Cavalieri who was closing and with 1 minute to go he made the pass and was able take the win, by just over 1 tenth of a second in front of Truhe with Adam Drake taking 3rd.