Hobbywing have introduced their new XeRun series Axe brushless power system for crawlers and trail trucks. Featuring the new FOC Field-oriented Control technology, that is understood to match the motor RPM with the throttle position, the system allows for greatly improved car control especially on downhill sections while making the system more silent, higher performing and more reliable. The motor, with a newly developed staggered pole design, ensures consistent deceleration, smoother power supply, smoother brake control and an overall greatly improved throttle feeling. The whole system is IP-67 waterproof for go-everywhere capabilities right out of the package and the controller is programmable using Hobbywing’s iOS or Android apps and using the speedo’s build-in Bluetooth module.
Round two of the BRCA 1/8th E-Buggy and Truggy National Championship was held at the North West Nitro track this past weekend. Agama’s Darren Bloomfield would take the TQ in the E-Buggy class and he would also come out fastest after the A-mains to take the win, however he was challenged all the way by Agama teammate, Joni Skidmore who had to settle for 2nd ultimately. Team Associated’s Mike Lewis would round out the top 3 podium result.
This weekend the JConcepts Spring Indoor National Series series was held at the TRCR track in Tacoma, Washington. The tight and technical track layout made for fun and challenging racing conditions. Racing kicked off with a seeding practice round on Friday evening and after the qualifiers on Sunday morning it was Ryan Maifield (Yokomo) with the TQ in 2WD Mod Buggy from Team Associated’s Dustin Evans 2nd and Ty Tessmann (Xray) in 3rd. 4WD Mod Buggy had Ty Tessmann taking the TQ from Dustin Evans 2nd and Ryan Maifield 3rd.
The warm-up race for the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 Gas Buggy World Championship was held in Perth, Australia this week. The event saw the attendance of some of the world’s fastest racers with also a strong European contingent making the trip to down under. At the end of a long week it was HB Racing’s David Ronnefalk with the overall TQ and the win in the hour-long A-main event. Team Associated’s Kyle McBride came in 2nd, some two laps down as Kyosho’s Elliott Boots rounded out the top 3 another lap down.
Coming from Pro-Line and made for the Pro-MT 4×4 monster truck are three new heavy duty aluminium and steel upgrades. First up is a set of aluminium shock caps that add strength, durability and style to a very important part of the truck. The caps are made from CNC machined aluminium and come gunmetal anodised to perfectly match the rest of the truck and have large laser engraved P-L logos on the front and back of the caps. The shock caps come in a pack of two with new inner diaphragms and they are a direct stock replacement upgrade.
Made for the Traxxas X-Maxx 1/8th scale monster truck is Pro-Line’s new Trencher 4.3” Pro-Loc all-terrain tyre. The Trencher 4.3” is wider and taller than the popular Badlands 4.3” for more aggressive looks and performance and it comes in a super soft compound for exceptional grip on loose or hard-packed dirt, sand, snow, grass or gravel. The tyre features Pro-Line’s proprietary Pro-Loc technology that creates an ultra-secure bond to Pro-Line’s Impulse Pro-Loc X-Maxx wheels while still being removable when required. The reinforced tyre bead fits into a uniquely shaped channel on the wheel and the bead-loc screws actually pass through the tire rubber before being pinched by the outer bead-loc ring to create the maximum possible mounting security. The tyre comes as part including foam inserts.
VP-Pro have introduced their new composite rear wing for the Mugen MBX8 buggy. The adjustable wing features an optional wickerbill to adjust the overall downforce and drag generated and it comes pre-drilled to make it a direct fit on Mugen’s latest 1/8th buggy. The side dams measure 98x59mm, allowing to attach 40x50mm race numbers at sanctioned events. The wing is available in black, yellow and white colour from now on.
Mugen have introduced a new 1-piece aluminium motor mount for the MBX8 nitro buggy. The item is machined from high-quality aluminium and it comes with a grey surface finish for wear and looks. Using the 1-piece mount over the original multi-piece part will improve crankcase support for improved engine and ball bearings durability while also increasing chassis strength and reducing torsional flex. The mount is a direct fit and it will hit stores from end of May.