Coming from Hudy are two new clamping design throttle servo arms. They are cut from high-quality aluminium and are available in a standard or off-set design, the latter being necessary for some nitro vehicles. The ultra-durable design with dual M3 threads allows for secure throttle and brake linkage mounting and the arm’s clamping design ensures it stays in place even after the main mounting screw became loose. In addition the standard arm is also available with plain, non-threaded linkage mounting holes. The arms come black anodised and laser etched and they are available in 23T, 24T and 25T specification.
Mugen have released first images and information on their new MRX6R 1/8th scale nitro on-road kit. The evolution of the successful MBX6 will offer greater durability, more traction and improved mid-corner steering and it builds on a redesigned aluminium chassis with an additional carbon fibre tray to fit balance weights underneath the tank area. The chassis was used at the 2017 World Championship in France where it has proven its performance with a podium finish. Also new is the multi-bearing clutch system whose design improves bearing life while the optimised clutch bell surface treatment, in combination with a new clutch shoe material, enhances durability and acceleration. In the rear the kit utilises new longer lower suspension arms for improved traction and drivability while up front a redesigned radio tray improves mid-corner steering thanks to a new shape and the ability to fine-tune the flex characteristics. Another new part is the updated front bumper that offers increased body shell durability and better ground clearance and last but not least comes a floating battery mount that utilises rubber grommets for less influence in natural chassis flex. No word yet on the kit’s release date but it is expected to hit shops soon.
The opening round of the Spanish 1/8th GT National Championship was held at the ARCA track in Madrid in the three classes of GT, GTE and Super GT. In the GT category it was Gustavo Gines with the overall TQ after the four qualifying rounds with Miguel Acosta and Jorge Revert coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the 45-minute main final however it was Toni Santana with the win some 13 seconds in front of runner-up, Jorge as Miguel rounded out the podium results in 3rd.
Japanese brand Zero Tribe have announced the soon release of new aluminium and carbon fibre option parts for the Xray T4 2018 and 2017 kits. First up is an upper aluminium floating servo mount plate that was designed to replace the standard carbon fibre item. Available in orange or black anodising the plate offers greater stiffness compared to the standard item for improved initial steering response and it is usable on both the current 2018 and older 2017 specification kit.
Fenix have released a couple of teaser images of their forthcoming 1/10th 235mm and 200mm pan cars. Both are based on a slim carbon fibre chassis that allows for adjustable rigidity and the ability to run the cars in either V-link or pivot ball configuration. The front and rear end track width is easily adjustable and features damper-equipped Xenon front end parts and a long centre shock mount to ensure exceptional bump track handling. Different link length options and the ability to run a variety of battery positions – including inline and transversal shorty pack mounting – will round out the package. The kit is currently in development and expected to hit the track soon.
Yuki Model from Germany have introduced their new limited edition 3200kV B4 motor and controller combo set. The 60A rated power pack consists of a water-resistant 3S LiPo-compatible controller and a 3200kV sensorless motor. Both come pre-wired with a T-type battery connector and bullet-style motor plugs and the controller is programmable using Yuki Model’s optional programming box.
Yokomo have announced the soon release of new short front A-arms for the YD-2 and YD-4 series of drift cars. The special design will allow for maximised steering angles which is important for counter steering setups and the overall construction greatly improves rigidity while the added weight optimises the weight bias and thus steering feeling of the car. In addition the mounting position of the shock absorbers is adjustable using shims for near endless set-up possibilities. The complete set, and also optional 27mm and 30mm lower rod end adapters, will hit stores from end of May.
T-Works have introduced a new set of front track width spacers for Mugen’s MBX8 and MBX7 based kits. The set includes both 0.5mm and 0.75mm shims with the washers being inserted between the arm and the suspension pivot ball. Included are a total of eight machined aluminium spacers that are conveniently marked for easy identification.