Capricorn have introduced their new line of pre-mounted foam tyres for electric touring cars. The tyres use the same wheel offset as as most pre-glued rubber wheels, making them a direct fit on most of today’s touring cars and the tyres come in medium or soft compound. Testing has shown that foam tyres can have more consistency over their whole lifespan compared to rubber tyres and they recently gained interest especially in Italy and the U.S..
BMT have introduced new rear aluminium driveshaft dog bones for the 701 1/10th nitro on-road car. They are machined from high-quality alloy and come hard anodised for wear. The driveshafts weigh in at 3.4g each versus 5.5g for the original steel parts, scrubbing rotational mass for improved acceleration and brake performance.
Race 3 of the FSEARA On-road Series was hosted by Village Raceway in Royal Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend. The track was extremely high-speed, high traction, and slightly bumpy, which proved to be a tricky combination for most of the racers. Paul Wynn went on to TQ all three rounds of qualifying and lead wire to wire to take the win in the prestigious Pro Mod class. While privateer racer Troy Schafer TQ’d round one of qualifying in the Expert 17.5 Stock class. Troy had to settle for P3 on the grid after three rounds and in the A-main he had a small mistake on lap one that dropped him back to fourth, but he put his head down and quickly ran down the top three with the fastest laps of the race to go on to take the win.
Speedzone have expanded their range of high-performance competition LiPo battery packs by a 5000mAh and a 4000mAh variant. The standard voltage packs are built from 120C cells with the 5000mAh variant, weighing in at 216g, being best suited for modified applications while the slightly lighter 4000mAh pack, weighing 208g, excels in stock motor categories. Both sport shorty-standard 96x47x25mm dimensions and they use 5mm bullet-style connectors.
Coming from Yeah Racing and made for the 2018 variant of Xray’s T4 touring car are several carbon fibre parts. Available are 2.25mm and 2.0mm main chassis plates, 2.0mm or 1.6mm top decks as well as front and rear carbon fibre shock towers all of which are made of high weave carbon that offers high stability for less deformation during high speed cornering. However, the thinner 2.0mm chassis and 1.6mm top deck are best suited for lower grip conditions as they are slightly softer compared to the 2.25mm chassis and 2.0mm upper deck. All parts are available separately and they can be used in either combination.
Introduced back in January 2016 but only available now due to reasons is HPI Racing’s RS4 Sport 3 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn drift car. The 1/10th scale replica of Ken Block’s fire-spitting monster Mustang is based on HPI’s RS3 Sport 3 4WD shaft-drive chassis and it features a composite tub chassis, a sturdy drivetrain with gear differentials, adjustable suspension and of course a fully painted and decorated 1965 Ford Mustang body shell and replace wheels and tyres. The car comes factory-assembled, including a brushed motor, suitable speed controller, water-proof servo and a 2.4GHz radio system along all needed batteries and a wall charger.
Tamiya have released a first official image of their forthcoming TRF49XR 1/10th 4WD electric touring car kit. The latest incarnation of the popular 419 platform was introduced back in August but it took the Japanese manufacturer until now to finally release a proper body-off image. Changes from the previous 419X platform are updated front and rear bulkheads with ball-raced anti-roll bars, super-short shocks and shock towers, a new centre chassis stiffener for reduced pitch flex and an updated motor mount with more flex setting points. Back in August the vehicle was announced as a full kit for the Japanese market and as a conversion kit for all countries outside of Japan, however this information is missing in Tamiya’s product announcement so you might be able to buy a full kit too even if you are not visiting Japan. The kit is set for a release in mid-December.
Round 1 of the Swiss Indoor Championship was held at the Fama model exhibition in Bulle in the French speaking part of Switzerland. The event draw a total of 80 drivers from Germany, France and Switzerland and in the Touring Modified class the qualifiers were an extremely close affair between Michele Manzo and Simon Kurzbuch. In the end it was Michele with the TQ from Fabian Widmer and Simon Kurzbuch. Michele then also made a clean sweep in the finals to take the overall win while behind him the race for the runner-up spot was on between Fabian and Simon. Ultimately it was Fabian who would prevail, taking the overall 2nd place on the podium.