Trinity have introduced their new D8.5 electric brushless motor for 1/8th scale vehicles. It features a new high-torque stator design and an all-new 4-pole rotor with multi-point rotational sensor pickups. Dual sensor ports ensure easy wiring as do the heavy duty low-resistance solder tabs. The grooved can design allows for more surface area and thus colour running temperatures and the motor is available in 1700kV, 2000kV and 2300kV variants from now on.
Coming from RPM and made for the Traxxas E-Rustler is a green rear bumper kit. The bumper is designed to protect the rear of the chassis, the motor and the body, all while still allowing the use of a stock Traxxas wheelie bar. Additionally, if the owner decides to run without the wheelie bar, the rear bumper is so versatile, it’ll adapt and allow either configuration. The part is made of green heavy duty nylon and requires an optional Traxxas or RPM bumper mount to install. The assembly works with most known Traxxas Rustler bodies, however aftermarket or non-standard bodies may require trimming for proper fit.
The third round of this year’s Catalan Championship were held at the Montbrió track in Tarragona last weekend. The Nitro Buggy class saw Alex Valls walking away with the win some 15 seconds in front of Pol Hernando Ors on the runner-up spot. Dani Batlle completed the all-Mugen podium in 3rd. Over in the E-Buggy class it was Alex Martinez with the win from Jaume Figuls 2nd and Juanma Lerma in 3rd.
Round 2 of the NorCal On-road Summer Series was held at Nor-Cal Hobbies last weekend. EJ Evans took the TQ in the Touring Modified class as Eric Vasutin came out fastest in Nitro Touring Car. In the single 5-minute Touring Mod A-main it was again EJ who lead the field with Lex Tyler finishing only 0.15 seconds behind in 2nd place. Aaron Lewis would round out the top 3 some further 5.7 seconds back.
ARC have released first images and information on their forthcoming R8S1/8th scale electric Stock class pan car kit. The kit was developed to use the same body and tyres as a standard nitro 1/8th scale and it can utilise a wide range of LiPo batteries specifications such as 2S stick style or 2S shorty packs. In this configurations the battery packs can be installed horizontally flat in order to lower the centre of gravity, or they can be placed vertically, standing in the centre of the chassis, making way for the electronics. The chassis can also accept a 4S brick pack, making it a total of five battery configurations that provide the ability to alter the car’s weight distribution to match the driver’s likings or the track conditions but they also allow to use more budget-friendly batteries. Suspension-wise the rigid suspension car provides easy maintenance and yet still retains many flex joints that allow fine tuning for different track conditions and handling. The kit is set for a release in August.
The 2018 ROAR Fuel Nationals was held at Southside R/C Raceway in Lake City, Florida last week. With over 10 inches of rain on the days set aside to build the track, the crew at Southside were up against Mother Nature and Father Time, but they never gave up and were able to complete the build literally hours before scheduled open practice. The weather was hot and humid. It rained every day, but thanks to the crew at Southside, everyone were racing shortly after the rain delays and the track stayed very similar to how it was before the rain.
Ruddog have introduced their new range of fixed timing spec racing electric brushless motors. The powerplants utilise the same design as the RP540 stock motors but feature a fixed timing sensor plate, meaning they are the perfect hand-out motor for club races, sanctioned championships and long distance races. In addition to the new motors Ruddog are also offering a separate timing insert to outfit existing RP540 motors to the new fixed timing specification, allowing racers to use the same motor in open and sanctioned races. The PR540 fixed timing motors are available in 10.5T 13.5T 17.5T and 21.5T specifications.
Following a couple of teaser images Xray have finally introduced their all-new pan car gear differential sets for 1/10th and 1/12th on-road cars. The lightweight gear diff will increase on-power steering and traction especially in high to very high bite conditions while being virtually maintenance-free due to a complex sealing system. In addition the whole assembly is super efficient and smooth, which further improves the car’s overall performance. The diffs come as complete kits to replace the standard ball differentials, with no extra parts needed and they are available for Xray’s X12 1/12th pan cars, X10 200mm 1/10th kits as well as the X1 1/10th formula chassis.