Newly released from Hot Bodies for the Cyclone 12 is a set titanium screws for the front end of the car. Sold in a pack of 4, these M4x10 screws are much lighter than the standard steel versions yet are extremely strong. Also new from Hot Bodies is a set of 5 battery boxes which are the original retail packaging from the HB cells and can each hold an assembled pack up to 6 cells.
Robitronic have released 2 new items for their 1/18th scale Scalpel, one of which is the Loletta body shell that sits very low to the chassis and features a big rear spoiler for lots of downforce. This body is suitable for the 4 cell kit and also works with the new 6 cell chassis. The new 2mm carbon fibre chassis comes with 6 battery slots, which sit very low for a better centre of gravity, while due to the increased number of cells the wheelbase has been increased from 130mm to 142mm giving better performance on long straights.
GS Racing has released the first spy image of the upgraded version of the CL-1 competition buggy, called the CL-1 Advanced. With only this picture to go on, the only thing we can see thats different so far are the big bore front shock absorbers that also feature a spring tension adjustment collar. More news about the car is expected to be released soon and we will bring it to you when we get it.
This weekend saw the indoor Yatabe Arena once more play host to the Japanese Nationals, this time for electric off road buggies, with the event open to both 2wd and 4wd classes. In 4wd it was Yokomo racer, and current 12th scale National Champion, Naoto Matsukura that took the TQ spot ahead of current 2wd World Champion Hayato Matsuzaki, racing for Hot Bodies in 2nd and Shin Adachi for Kyosho in 3rd. In 2wd qualifying it was Hiroshi Suzuki that took pole position in front of Akira Suzuki in 2nd and Hayato Matsuzaki in 3rd. The 4wd final saw complete domination for the young Matsukura who took wins in the first 2 finals, the second final seeing a winning margin of 12 seconds, to take the overall title ahead of Hayato Matsuzaki, who won the 3rd final, while Yokomo racer Hiroshi Suzuki took 3rd. In the 2wd finals Yokomo team driver Hiroshi Suzuki took 2 clear wins in the first 2 finals to secure his 2wd title, ahead of Tamiya racer Satoshi Maezumi in 2nd, who took the last final win, while Hayato Matsuzaki wrapped up a great day with 3rd overall.
Upgrade RC have added another skin design to their already extensive range with the introduction of the RC Ink style. Made in black and white, this is a very unique and stylish design and as its Upgrade RC you can also cutomise it to have your own sponsors logos where applicable. Available for the Radios, Soldering Irons, tool box, pit light, power supply, chargers and starter boxes.
HARD have released another great looking wheeled bag, as an addition to the previously released Compact line Touring bag. Made from the highest quality materials and constructed to last, each bag has 5 drawers (boxes) designed to hold any type of R/C gear available. The larger bottom box is capable of holding your 1/10th scale car, while the remaining boxes are ideal storage spaces for batteries, motor, spare parts, etc. One side of the 1/10th bag includes a large pocket ideal for items like setup gauges and documentation, with a large pocket on the back of the bag is big enough to fit even the largest setup board.
German firm, Ansmann have announced the upcoming release of a new range of 1/8th scale stadium trucks called the Terrier. No information about the vehicles is given, but we know it will be available in Kit version, Non RTR version and RTR version and will most likely be based on the company’s Virus 1/8th scale buggy.
KM Racing’s love affair with the Xray NT1 continues with the release of more new products this popular 200mm. First up are some new brake pads that have been mounted on 2mm thick carbon fibre plates and sport a premounted brake material that promises to deliver consistent fade free braking while also being very durable. Also new are two 2mm thick carbon fibre inserts for the cars servo saver, that offers 4 more Ackermann settings and adds strength to this area. Lastly for the NT1, for now, are a set of 4mm offset aluminum hex wheel adaptors that use a centrally located grub screw to attach itself to the wheel axle. Also new from KM, but for all on road gas cars, is a foam air filter that is suitable for .12 to .21 size engines and has a base made from super soft rubber for making it easy to mount to the carburettor.