T-Works have introduced a range of lightweight aluminium wheel nuts for the Mugen MBX series of buggies and GT cars. The wheel hex adapters are machined from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium and they come hard-coated for wear. Excessive machining greatly reduces the overall weight for lower rotational masses while adding a bit of visual impact at the same time. The wheel hubs are available as a 4-piece 0mm offset set and also as 2-piece +1mm or +2mm sets that help to increase the track width when conditions call for it. All three types are usable with kits such as the MBX8, MBX7/R, MGT7 and MBX6.
The 2018 April Fools Classic was recently held at Murf’s Intermountain R/C Raceway. After four competitive rounds of qualifying in 2WD Modified Buggy, Team Associated’s Dustin Evans was able to grab the TQ with Team Associated teammates Jake Mayo and Rob Gillespie starting 2nd and 3rd, both of whom also TQ’d in rounds of qualifying. Dustin went on the win the first two mains, with Jake Mayo winning the third main. Jake was able to secure second overall, while Gillespie rounded out the podium for a Team Associated/Reedy podium sweep.
1up Racing have introduced their all-new Pro Pit iron that is available for pre-order now. With its included 24V power source, the Pro Pit iron heats and is ready to use in under ten seconds. An easy-to-read LCD display offers accurate adjustment of the 100-400°C (200-750°F) temperature range. The 1up Boost mode offers a nearly instant temperature increase to 450°C (850°F) at the press of a button, making easy work of thick gauge wires. The iron automatically cools to 200°C after two minutes of inactivity to prolong the life of the tip, and shuts down completely after ten minutes of inactivity.
Last weekend the second round of the French 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring Nationals was held at the famous Ampuis track. The track offers a mixture of slow and fast corners with technical sections and a nice and flowing layout. The year the nats use a 4-minute rocket rounds format for qualifying and it was Leo Arnold who would take the overall TQ from Michael Derderian and Kevin Rasquin with the top 2 drivers proceed directly into the 45-minute A-main. Leo Arnold (Xray) would start from pole position into the final and he would hold onto the lead for the whole race to take the win some two laps in front of Capricorn’s Quentin Leroux. Behind the two Michael Derderian (Xray) had quite a comeback after suffering a flame-out at the start of the A-main to finish on the final podium spot. Leo and Michael were also the only two pilots to opt for two tyre stops whereas the remainder of the A-main only did one stop for new rubber.
Schumacher have introduced the new Contact Grip-R, a specially formulated tyre additive for rubber tyres for both carpet and tarmac conditions. It is a thin-style additive which is very good in low to medium traction conditions. Thinner additives have been finding favour on tarmac on the new style rubber tyres such as the Rush 32/36 and the BRCA Sweep tyres and this additive is an ideal solution to provide that extra grip. The tyre sauce comes in a large 100ml bottle with sponge applicator.
Coming soon from SkyRC is the B6 Nano 320W DC micro multi-chemistry charger. It measures a compact 76x85x37mm and weighs in at only 130g but packs a bunch of features such as a 50×37.5mm black screen display, touch buttons, up to 15A charging current, and 6S LiPo-compatibility. A LiHV mode allows to use the device with the latest generation of high-voltage LiPo batteries and thanks to Bluetooth connectivity the charger can controlled, monitored and upgraded using iOS or Android mobile device apps.
Hiro Seiko have made a running change to their range of 48 pitch and 64 pitch aluminium pinion gears that now come with a new hard-anodised surface and MoS2 treatment. The 48 pitch gears come in 31 sizes from 13T to 43T while the 64 pitch pinions are available in 43 sizes of 16T to 48T. All are cut from high-quality aluminium, they sport a hard-anodised surface for wear and are Molybdenum-coated for minimised friction.
The Euro Offroad Series will run it’s first ever outdoor race this weekend (20-22 April) with the German encounter set to decide this season’s champion or champions depending on the outcome.Added to the EOS calendar last season shortly after opening the doors to its new indoor facility, Arena 33 has subsequently added an outdoor astro surface track that has just been completed in time for the Season #7 finale, setting the stage for an extra interesting 2017/18 title showdown. Unlike last season, when both titles had already been decided before the concluding race, the defending buggy champions have challengers to them retaining their titles. After holding 28 championship races indoors, even the weather looks set to shine on the first outdoor EOS encounter, with temperatures in the high 20s forecast for Andernach.