Tekin have announced the release of their new RS Gen3 and RS Gen3 Spec 1/10th scale brushless speed controllers. The RS Gen3, with an 8.5T motor limit, brings a suite of enhanced features including better power handling and improved tuning features that give racers a host of adjustments. Standard features include an updated HD solder post design for easy soldering, a high-voltage BEC and HotWire compatibility for extensive tuning. Next generation components put more power at the driver’s disposal and new firmware make the RS Gen3 Tekin’s smoothest, best-driving RS ever.
Tamiya have released a first image of their forthcoming Monster Beetle Trail truck based on the new GF-01TR chassis. The classic Tamiya Monster Beetle is an iconic RC kit and this version takes the classic body, shrinks it to a smaller scale, and mounts it on a variant GF-01 chassis called the GF-01TR. The GF-01TR fits the gear-driven GF-01 chassis with reduction gears, also known as portal axles. This modification allows the hobbyist to better transverse trail terrain as it lifts the bottom of the chassis to better clear obstacles that could high centre the vehicle and render it stuck. No word yet on a release date but as the box art seems pretty much done the kit should hit stores in the near future.
A round of the Xray Racing Series Poland was held at the Warsaw-based Serock track last weekend. The astro turf track offers a huge 22 metre long wall ride section as well as technical and high-speed sections, making it a real challenge for the drivers. In the 2WD Buggy class Sebastian Migal and Bartek Kramza were fighting for the overall TQ, with the better end for the young Xray driver. The finals then were dominated by Bartek (Xray) followed by Sebastian Migal (Xray) and Bartlomiej Gogacz (Schumacher).
JConcepts have introduced their new P2K body shell for the Yokomo YZ-2 2WD buggy. An evolution of the P2 body, the “K” is sleeker by removing rear down-force features to allow the buggy to turn on the tightest circuits and carpet and astroturf surfaces where traction is always plentiful. The entire centre section of the cab on the P2K has a channel based design to flow directly over the middle of the vehicle to stabilise the at-speed handling. The front of the cab, important to performance, includes the P2 position with heavily recessed front windshield. The JConcepts edge treatment remains on the side-capsule area for air-flow direction by the cab and pointing the force to the rear wing area. The chamfering stands out as a JConcepts design feature on every new shell, the P2K has those elements and in great positions for decals and paint allocation. The P2K takes into account, spur covers and drops over the kit supplied setup. Rear louvers tuck into the rear stance of the shell which can always be customer trimmed for a slight amount of heat escape. The body included two S-type rear wings for durability, rear traction and high-speed tracking.
Last weekend round 2 of the West German Electric Off-road Regionals was hosted by the Panik Team Troisdorf club and held on their huge astroturf track. Over 100 drivers defied the bad weather forecast and showed up on Saturday for some practice and the first out of three qualifiers. With rain almost the hole Saturday the track was pretty wet and slippery and made it a real challenge over the weekend. Nevertheless the sun came out on Sunday, however the track stayed wet and got even more slippery than the day before. Marcel Schneider made the best out of the conditions and took the TQ and win in the 2WD Modified class. Jens Becker followed in 2nd place after finishing on the runner-up spot in all three finals. Marcus Lubke completed the podium in 3rd.
Round 4 of the APCS Series was held at the WFO Raceway of Morgantown, West Virginia. Round 4 also marked the conclusion of the series with Matt Kirby taking the 2WD Buggy overall from Blake Brewer 2nd and William Dillon in 3rd. In the 4WD Buggy class it was again Matt Kirby from William Dillon 2nd and Dawson Kirby 3rd.
Coming from Modelix Racing are the updated Ultimate Racing EFRA 2141 and EFRA 2142 Off-road Super Strong exhaust systems. On both sets the location of the pressure tap has been modified for better performance and both come with the Fast-Lock pipe and manifold connecting system for easy and reliable connection of the exhaust pipe and manifold. Performance-wise the EFRA 2141 pipe provides a precise and linear throttle response in the low to mid RPM range with great top end speed while offering an easy to control power curve for very demanding tracks with sharp corners and hard to clear jumps. The EFRA 2142 set provides a precise and linear throttle response in the higher RPM range with a great top end speed, making it the perfect choice for big tracks with long straights where high top speed is needed.
Mugen Seiki Europe have announced the release of their new EFRA 2160 pipe and manifold set for .21 off-road engines. Designed to improve overall performance the exhaust set will also offer exceptional runtime over long distances. Developed by World Champion Robert Batlle, the exhaust system works on every race track, under any condition and it is suitable for all common nitro engines.