Having been teasing a new 2wd buggy over the past week on social media, Team Associated have finally announced the new B6 and B6D 2wd buggies. Out of the box, the B6 offers racers a setup developed for high to very-high traction, whereas the B6D excels when traction is low to high. Racing at multiple tracks, or where traction changes throughout the day, has never been easier; setups and tuning parts are interchangeable between the two configurations, making the B6 platform extremely versatile. The most obvious differences between both cars is the transmission with the B6 featuring a laydown 3 gear transmission with lower CG and reduced polar moment while the Dirt version has a standup 3 gear transmission with the weight more to the rear for increased rear traction. The B6 also comes equipped with a gear diff as well as gull wing arms and a wide front tower for increased on power steering where as the B6D is equipped with ball diff, flat arms and a narrow front tower for more responsive steering and quicker release out of the corner.
Coming from Xray and made for the XB2 and XB4 line of buggies are 21mm composite shock ball ends. 4mm longer than the standard parts they offer increased suspension downtravel, something that can be beneficial especially on bumpy tracks. The ball ends come in sets of two and fit both the front and rear shock absorbers.
Divide and conquer! In today’s racing, traction dictates your setup — period! With both B6 and B6D configurations available, getting to the top of the podium has never been easier. Out of the box, the B6 offers racers a setup developed for high to very-high traction, whereas the B6D excels when traction is low to high. Racing at multiple tracks, or where traction changes throughout the day, has never been easier; setups and tuning parts are interchangeable between the two configurations, making the B6 platform extremely versatile. Both versions come with the speed, durability and lineage expected of a true champion. Choose the configuration that suits your track and conquer the competition!
Coming from TLR and suitable for the 22 range of off-road vehicles is a 3-gear conversion kit. It fits the 22 2.0, 22T 2.0 and 22SCT 2.0 and allows to run the somewhat ageing vehicles with a more modern 3-gear setup as it is preferred by most mid motor drivers today. Included in the set are the gearbox halves, suitable waterfalls, a new idler gear and a spacer tube. The kit will become available in June.
Coming from Schumacher is the Contact Oval engine for 1/8th scale oval stock cars. Made in collaboration with legendary nitro engine manufacturer Picco the engine was specially designed to meet with the requirements of 1/8th stock car racing with a lot of bottom end torque and power with relatively low RPM. The new Contact engine achieves that with this engine due in part to its low exhaust port.
JConcepts have introduced the Aero front scoop for Team Associated B5-series buggies. Usable on all buggies with flat front arm tower setup, the option part is a simple yet effective way to gain some response in the front-end in high-speed situations. The scoop provides a more neutral feel low-speed and tends to numb out the steering in 180 degree corners while providing great holding power in high-speed sweeping corners typically associated with larger track layouts and conditions. Cut lines are included for easy trimming while dimples are located on the wing itself to indicate where to mount to the front shock tower. The wing uses 2x8mm screws for mounting but the needed screw holes need to be drilled by yourself.
Available from May is Radtec’s new aluminium main chassis for the Xray T4’16. Featuring a very common design with herringbone-shaped cut-outs under the battery and electronics compartments the symmetrical chassis is machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and it comes black anodised and with silver edge details. As with all alloy chassis it is intended for the use on high-bite tracks as it offers less torsional flex than a carbon fibre chassis, making the car easier to drive.
Coming soon from Yokomo is the YD-2 rear wheel drive drift car chassis kit. Specially designed for RWD drifting the car features a specially designed chassis with an unique transmission and motor layout that reminds of 2WD mid motor dirt buggies with its high layshaft position. The somewhat higher centre of gravity makes for improved chassis roll during cornering while the front suspension parts allow for the high steering angles needed for drifting. Available as composite or carbon fibre chassis variant the car allows to use standard or shorty LiPo battery packs, it utilises new rear YD-2 hub carriers, YD-4 parts fit as a setup option, and the kit comes with a large rear diffusor. The YD-2 is set for a release this Spring.