Kyosho Europe have introduced the Inferno MP9 TKI4 10th Anniversary Special Edition 1/8th nitro off-road buggy kit. The car is based off of the previous TKI4 kit and includes a number of option parts, as run by the Kyosho factory team, such as HD-treated shock bodies, lightweight shock bushings, aeration shock caps, 1.3×8 shock pistons, serrated wheel nuts, a short hard front shock tower, hard front upper A-arm mount, HD-treated aluminium differential gears, 17.5 degree C-hubs as well as a 47T main gear and new-style brake pads. The kit will hit stores very soon.
Xray have introduced a graphite front wing mount for the XB2 series of 1/10th 2WD buggies. The CNC-machined mount is made from high-quality carbon material and it includes all needed hardware. The optional wing will be mounted in a low and more forward position which helps to fine-tune the aerodynamics for improved cornering and jumping.
Coming from Scorpion is their new Platinum Series 3400mAh 2S shorty LiPo battery pack. It measures 92.8×46.5×18.3mm, weighs in at 136g and it is built from high-quality 65C cells, making it ideal for both competition modified and stock racing. The hardcase pack utilises 4mm bullet-type connectors and it is available now.
Reds Racing have released their new clutch retainer kit for TLR and Tekno vehicles as well as heavy duty clutch bearings. Starting with the clutch retainer, the set includes an alloy steel washer and high-quality screw that allow to use the Reds Racing Durabell and Tetra clutch systems on TLR and Tekno RC kits. The set captures the bearing and clutch bell to keep everything in place, even in the event of a bearing failure. Also new are 5x13x4mm heavy duty metal-shielded clutch ball bearings. They are made in Japan and offer exceptional durability even in severe racing conditions.
RC Speed Secrets have introduced their new Next Level 6-hole Cheater shock pistons for the Tekno RC EB410 buggy. The CNC-machined delrin pistons are of a 2x 2.0 + 4x 0.9mm 6-hole design and they are made to offer more grip and a pillowy soft feel through the rough stuff, keeping the buggy’s tyres on the ground longer than stock pistons. They are recommended for the use in the rear with 1.7 front pistons and 450cSt to 475cSt oil all-round. The pistons come as pairs and are a direct fit on the EB410.
The annual JConcepts Winter Indoor Nationals was hosted by SmacTrac in St. Louis, Missouri last weekend. The anticipation flies high for one of the best races of the year and for 2018, there was massive improvements to the clay surface that was welcomed by all. With the four extra, tandem dump truck loads of clay mixed in, the crew at SmacTrac was able to add more elevation to the layout making it, even more, three dimensional along with upping the grip by a lot. Friday practice was a lot easier to manage with the cars having extra grip and by Sunday, the track came around nicely with more than adequate amounts of traction that made for high-speed, close racing all weekend.
Following a first teaser image MCD Racing have officially introduced their new RR5-Max Pro large scale gas buggy kit. Based off of the popular RR5, the Max Pro variant includes performance parts such as a Barracuda G performance exhaust, a 1-piece CNC-machined 7075-T6 lightweight aluminium V5 long wheelbase chassis, softer spare A-arms to complement the standard fibre-reinforced items, anodised aluminium shock bodies, gear differentials with planetary gears as well as an improved front chassis stiffener, a CNC-machined engine carrier, a rear aluminium stiffener as well as the new CF Max body shell to match with the long wheelbase chassis. The kit comes without engine and radio gear and it will hit stores very soon.
This past weekend was the sixth round of the Worksop Series, there was once again a great entry of 14 heats of drivers, this was across the three classes of 2WD, 4WD and a vintage buggy class. As always it was round by round qualifying as the racing format, with the best two results from four rounds of qualifying counting towards the final position. Qualifying in 2WD was dominated by Craig Collinson who took TQ in three out of four rounds, so therefore he would line up on pole.