The RC Land 23 track played host to the all-Japan 1/8th Nitro Buggy Championships this past weekend. In the Expert class Yusuke Sugiura and veteran racer, Atsushi Hara battled for the overall TQ with Yusuke ultimately holding the upper hand as Hara had to settle for 2nd after the qualifiers. Kenji Tsuruta would come in 3rd and as the organisers had to cancel the finals due to rain, the qualifying results would also determine the overall standings, handing Yusuke the 2017 championship title.
French brand Rusti Design has released a new shock tower spacer for the Team Associated B6 series of 2WD buggies. The 3-D-printed part allows to mount the rear shock tower in a more rearward position, such as found of the AE B5M buggy. The updated shock tower and rear wing position will improve the buggy’s balance and traction on lower grip surfaces, which was proved by Antoine Rosetti’s 3rd place at last weekend’s French Cup, and the conversion requires four M3x40mm button or socket head as well as two M3x25mm button head screws for completion. The spacer is usable on both the B6 and B6D buggy.
Coming from Capricorn are new flat and curved bill hats. First up is the red colour flat bill cap that offers a snapback feature to adjust the hat to different sizes while sporting a white, embroidered Capricorn logo on the front portion. The black colour, round bill had however is size adjustable using a hook and loop strap and it sports a grey Capricorn graphic. Both hats are available now.
Available now from Tekno RC is a range of optional parts for the EB410 1/10th 4WD electric buggy. Made to replace the standard parts are items such as carbon fibre front and rear shock towers, including a -2mm rear variant, a carbon centre diff top plate and fan mount, carbon fibre battery strap, titanium-nitride coated shock shafts, a full range of shock springs as well as a complete front sway bar set, rear sway bars and also several wheel hexes made of composite plastic or aluminium.
VP-Pro have introduced a set of aluminium wing buttons for 1/8th off-road vehicles. They come machined from aluminium, sport a black anodised surface for looks and wear and additional machining creates a silver teardrop design to lower the button’s weight and add visual impact. The wing washers come in sets of two and they are usable for most screw-type wing mounts.
The opening round of the popular 2017/18 Mibosport Cup kicked off in Hrotovice with 225 entries for the eight on-road and off-road classes. New for this season are a 2WD Stock Buggy and the 1/10th Pan Car class to offer the drivers even more possibilities to show their potential. The weekend started off on Friday afternoon when drivers were able to set up their pit areas and later free and controlled practice was offered to seed the drivers for Saturday’s qualifiers. On Saturday morning a couple of runs were reserved for the drivers who did not made it to the track on Friday and soon after the event officially kicked off.
Coming from Pro-Line is the all-new Pro-MT 4×4 1/10th scale 4WD pre-built monster truck roller. Known for their body shells, tyres, accessories and also a range of 2WD vehicles, Pro-Line have now entered the 4WD market with this 4×4 monster truck. Designed to handle the abuse of high-performance 1/8th scale motors and 4S LiPo battery setups the 1/10th truck utilises design features known from 1/8th scale buggies to combine durability, performance and a high degree of tuneability. Included option parts do away with the need to purchase expensive aftermarket parts and so the features list include items such as a 3mm 6061-T6 alloy chassis with 3mm thick hardened steel spine, front, centre and rear sealed gear differentials with oversized bearings as well as hardened steel Mod 1 gears for the drivetrain.
3DRC have expanded their range of 3-D-printed Formula Fan Boosters and diffusers by making these parts accessible for Serpent SF3 and YR-10 owners also. The Fan Boosters are available for 30mm fan units, which are intended for Formula racing classes, while the 40mm variant targets the new 200mm LMP class. The fan mounts attach to the rear motor pod and the 30mm variants are available with or without integrated diffusor while the 40mm booster is a non-diffusor affair.