Kyosho America have announced the release of some new items including these new shock towers for the Inferno GT. Made from 4mm thick aluminum, these new towers greatly increase the strength compared to the standard composite shock tower. The camber mounting holes are repositioned for a finer adjustment range of your roll centre and are also compatible with both the Inferno GT and GT2. Also new are a set of 8 durable high quality steel suspension bushings for the Ultima RB5 electric buggy.
HongNor have announced that production is now complete and that they will begin selling their new 1/8th scale truggy, the X2 CRT. The new car claims to have better balance due to the engine being moved forward on the longer wheel base and narrower chassis, which removes some unwanted body roll. Some of the materials have also been modified for durability and the front lower arms have been strengthened. The center diff has been replaced with a lower profile mount with a smaller spur gear, while the steel offset brake cams and center diff mounts, that were initially supplied as an optional extra, are now included in a durable nylon. Further changes to the transmission include the front and rear crown wheel and pinion that have been replaced by a smaller 45 tooth spiral cut crown wheel and a 10 tooth spiral cut pinion and this allows the diff to spool up faster and give smoother operation and acceleration. The outdrive cups have also been lightened to reduce the rotating mass.
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UK Mugen distributor Race Prep Longshaw Distribution, has CAD images of the latest Mugen buggy, the MBX6. According to the text on the site that describes the visible features on the car from the pictures, the first noticable thing is that shock absorber suspension cups are very deep to ensure the spring stays in place. Its a completely new car with what looks to have hardened aluminium parts throughout such as the main chassis, shock bodies etc. as well as what appears to be lightened diff-outdrive cups. The front drive shafts use a captured drive pin inside the bearing, and if you look closely at pic 3 below you can see the small grub screw which will allow you to tighten the drive shaft cup without pulling the whole drive train apart. In the final picture below, you can see that the anti-roll bar mounts are angled for easier tuning from the side of the car and for protection of the rear end parts, and to help keep unsprung weight down, the car is supplied with rear mud guards.
Chinese company VP Pro have been in contact to tell us about their latest off road tire release. The Cut Off tyre is a popular tyre in their buggy range and will be be brought across to their truggy line. A proven tread pattern, it provides the user with excellent grip and traction and will be available for sale soon.
Our mates at oOple, who are present at this weeks 1/10th EP Buggy European Championships, are reporting that defending champion Neil Cragg got off to a good start in the 2wd class, being quickest in practice and going on to win all five qualifying rounds to take an easy pole for the final. Over the three final legs Neil fought a hard battle with Paul Bradby for the title, a Nail biting fight on the last leg between these two saw Neil take the title, Paul Bradby second and Hupo Honigl third.
New from Associated by popular demand, the RC8 Clutch Shoe Shims are now available in packs of four. Dragging clutch shoes robs your engine’s performance, big time. The RC8 clutch shoe shims are made of PTFE and serve as a friction-free surface for your clutch shoes to slide on during clutch engagement and disengagement. Perfect for when you are servicing your clutch.
We received a report from Simon Reeves on the Belgium GP for 1/10th electric off road, which is always held the first weekend of July each year. Willy and Lilian who run the meeting always manage to run a relaxed fun meeting which for most is one of the best meetings of the year. This year saw more new additions to the track with a new wall of death and a new triple/double combination in the centre of the track. The 2wd event held on the Saturday was a mixture of sunshine and rain which on the MBV track proves a major challenge as the slightest of rain can make a massive difference to grip levels but we were lucky with 4wd & Truck to have sunshine all day with the odd cloud but most importantly dry all day.
HPI Racing were in touch to tell us about the First Annual Baja Nationals which will be heled November 8th and 9th at Milestone Ranch MX Park in Riverside California. Bring out your Baja for two full days of competition with the fastest Bajas in the country and have a chance to claim the #1 Baja driver in the country.
More information about this event can be found here.