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.
Hiro Seiko have introduced a lightweight aluminium screw set for the Futaba 7PX radio system. The kit contains five fasteners to replace the standard steel screws of the steering wheel and the upper case in order to scrub some weight while adding visual impact. The screw kits are available in several colours including orange, gold, purple, dark blue, light blue, red, and black.
Coming in December is Tamiya’s new CC-01 based Landfreeder 1/10th 4WD pickup truck kit. It features an upgraded CC-01 chassis with chrome-plated rear axle housing and it comes with a pre-painted, matte black 1980’s style pickup truck body shell. The highly detailed kit also includes a chrome-plated grille guard and roll bar for added looks.
Coming from JQRacing and made for the brand’s Black Edition 1/8th buggy are new fine-tune tear toe plates. The parts are machined from high-quality aluminium, they come black anodised, with white graphics and they are available in 3.25, 2.75 and 2.50 degree variants to increase or decrease the rear toe-in setting in order to adapt the buggy to different track conditions.
Revelation Raceway hosted round 4 of the Top Notch Tour this past weekend with the event attracting nearly 80 entries. In the Pro Buggy class Mugen’s Adam Drake set the pace in both rounds of qualifying and started first in the 30-minute final. Drake went on to win the 30-minute final followed by the HB Racing duo of Tyler Brown and Chad Grana.
Round 7 of the FORCE Series was held at River Rat RC Raceway. In 1/8 Pro Nitro Buggy Mitch Zeck was able to take TQ in round 1 and take a 3rd in Q2 which gave him the overall TQ. In the 35 minute A-main, Gene Hickerson took the early lead and started to check out. Zeck worked his way up from last to 3rd before having a receiver pack fail, causing a DNF. A great battle ensued between Hickerson, Jordan Singletary, and Julien Oliveras for the next 25 minutes. With five minutes to go, Hickerson got stuck on a pipe and flamed out, handing a 1-lap lead to Oliveras who went on to win. Hickerson rejoined in 4th but quickly worked his way back up to finish 2nd by just 0.07 seconds over Singletary in a very exciting photo finish.
Round 2 of the British LMP National series took place at Birtley, just outside of Newcastle in the North East of England. Racing took place over two days, with Saturday seeing all drivers competing in the 13.5 fixed timings class. Sunday saw drivers split into 6.5, fixed timing, Modified and 13.5, fixed timing, Sports Modified. The Birtley team laid out a very challenging high-speed track, with a very narrow racing line and limited grip. Most drivers struggled to find a set-up that carried speed whilst also having the stability needed for the high speed direction changes.