Coming from Maclan Racing is the new MRR Team Edition V2 brushless motor. The newly-developed power plant was designed with the latest stock racing rules in mind and it features an all-new design stator, sensor unit, motor case, and realigned rotor and sensor position for maximum performance. The motor will become available in 13.5T, 17.5T and 21.5T variants, it weighs in at a lightweight 150g, is 100-percent hand-built and will hit stores in late September.
Avid have introduced new front and rear carbon fibre shock towers for the Team Associated B6 series of buggies. Available are the “flat” front and “long” rear towers, both are made of 4.5mm carbon fibre material and Avid added material, pocketing, and bracing to the weak areas. The flat and long configurations are the most popular on dirt tracks and they require flat front A-arms and long 31mm shock bodies as the latter offer more volume and control in most conditions. The upper shock mount positions are in the same location as the stock geometry and the towers are available separately from now on.
The 3rd annual JConcepts Turf Nationals was held at RC Madness in Enfield, Connecticut this past weekend. The event is ever gaining traction – literally, and within just two short years has evolved into the nation’s biggest race on astro with entries now nearing 300. Without a doubt, the North Eastern drivers have embraced astro racing with both arms wide open and with it, has created the first of the “Astro Classics” type races here in the United States.
The final round of the French 1/10th Electric Off-road Championship was held in Grenoble over the weekend. The full astro turf track had a fast and flowing layout but the weather would be difficult. Ultimately it was Xray’s Armand Lantheaume with the win in the 4WD class from TLR’s Renaud Savoya while Mathieu Briere (Xray) rounded out the top 3 podium result.
RC Guacu track of Sao Paulo played host to the Brazilian 1/8th Off-road Nationals with the 4-day event having over 100 entries. Mugen’s Adam Drake was the top qualifier in all four rounds of qualifying for nitro buggy and nitro truck. Adam then went on to win both the 30-minutes semi final and also the 60-minutes nitro buggy main final and he would also come out on top of the 20-minute truck semi and 40-minute main to round out a perfect weekend. However, as Adam was a guest driver and the Brazilian championship standard does not allow a foreign driver to win, Drake wasn’t rewarded with the respective titles and it was Marco Roseria Amaral (TLR) who took the 2017 championship titles in both the Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truggy classes.
ST Racing Concepts have introduced new CNC aluminium option parts for the Traxxas TRX-4 Defender scale crawler. First up are front and rear shock towers that are CNC machined out of high-quality aluminium in the same geometry as the stock pieces. The front shock tower also features the panhard mounting point all in one piece aluminium. The shock towers also provide better support for the body post cross members on the TRX-4 and they are available in anodised black, blue, gun metal, red and silver.
Coming from RPM and made for the Team Associated B6 series of 2WD buggies are gull wing front A-arms. They add to the recently released straight-type arms and are designed to have less slop around the hinge pin area while also offering improved durability thanks to RPM’s renown nylon material. The arms replace the stock AE #91673 arms and are sold in pairs.
Following a couple of teasing features Tekno have now released all information on their forthcoming EB410 1/10th 4WD buggy kit. The company’s first ever 1/10th buggy kit sports a range of new-to-the-class features such as an unusual forward-biased weight distribution, and a reverse bellcrank steering system known from the current breed of 2WD buggies. Other goodies included are large diameter 13mm shock absorbers with 3.5mm shock shafts, quick access differentials, heavy duty 6mm stub axles, as well as a hard-anodised 3mm aluminium chassis, a sliding design aluminium motor mount and full aluminium suspension hangers. The kit is set for a release in October.