Xtreme Racing have introduced new carbon fibre shock towers for a range of vehicles including the Mugen MBX8, MGT7 and Arrma Talion V3. The MBX8 front and rear tower are machined from 5mm carbon fibre while the MGT7 on-road shock stays are cut from thinner 4mm carbon fibre. The Talion V3 items are again cut from thicker 5mm material to up durability for bashing conditions. All items are designed to match the respective standard kit geometry, they are made in the USA and are available separately.
Sanwa have released a first list of features of their forthcoming M17 ultra response high-end radio system. The follow-up model to the popular M12S will be about 21 percent lighter, it utilises a colour display, touch pad, it is compatible with Micro SDHC memory cards and uses a 1-cell LiPo battery as standard equipment. The transmitter will be using Sanwa’s new ultra-fast FH5 transmitting system and it is understood to make a first public appearance at the forthcoming Shizuoka Hobby Show in May as is the new FH5-supporting RX-491 receiver.
Coming from Pro-Line is their all-new BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 1.9” G8 Rock Terrain truck tyre for scale trucks and rock crawlers. Pro-Line was given early access to the design of the just announced full-size BFG Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tyre and recreated it for the Scale Crawling community in 1.9” size. Its aggressive tread lugs bite into loose or muddy surfaces and climb over slippery rocks which is further helped by the soft G8 rubber compound. Based on the BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX symmetric tread design, the Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 features deep, self-cleaning independent tread blocks and linear transverse flex zones to provide the grip that you need to get over the toughest obstacles. Pro-Line’s scaled-down variant fits most 1.9” crawler rims and it comes including suitable foam inserts.
The opening round of the SRS was held this weekend with the series visiting South Coast. A great astro turf track and some fantastic weather meant there was some awesome and close racing in the 1/8th rally cross class. Ultimately it was Jon Hazlewood (Agama) the win by the narrowest of margins, some 0.03 seconds, over Kevin Brunsden (SWorkz) in 2nd and Mike Daniel (TLR) in 3rd.
This past weekend was the start of the NitroXCross Summer Series with the series’ opening two rounds being held at Ledbury Model Car Club. The schedule saw two days, one round on each day and Saturday’s round one had James Harrold (Team Associated/LRP) taking the win from Michael Lewis (Team Associated/Alpha) and Jon Howells (Team Associated/Rex). Over on Sunday’s round two it was Michael with the win, Jon 2nd and Matt Lewis (Team Associated/Alpha) 3rd.
Vision Racing Products have released their new carbon fibre rear shock tower spacer for the Mugen MBX8. This spacer goes between the rear bulkhead and tower to space the whole tower back by 3mm. The spacer re-positions weight reward to accommodate the advancement in light weight wings and wing mounts, in addition to moving the upper shock mounts back to reduce shock bind. All this results in more rear grip that the new MBX8 can benefit. The spacer includes the camber mounts so there is no shimming necessary to keep them in the correct location. The item is made from 3mm carbon fibre and it is available now.
The highly-anticipated first race at the brand-new Steel City RC Speedway went down this weekend, and it did not disappoint. The inaugural PROTOform Nitro Grand Prix attracted nearly 150 entries in six classes from all-across the United States, including factory drivers JJ Wang, Joaquin De Soto Jr. and Mike Swauger. Built on the grounds of Auto Club Speedway, home of NASCAR, Indycar, drag racing, autocross and karting tracks, the racing atmosphere at the new facility is second-to-none. The Goodwine family has created a world-class track that provided close racing all weekend long under the California sunshine.
The Boisset St. Priest track in France held their nationals warm-up race this past weekend. Most of the national front-runners opted to attend in order to prepare for next month’s third round of the Elite class nationals. Eliot Marcon (Mugen) would bring home the win in the Nitro Buggy class from Xray’s Yannick Aigoin 2nd and TLR’s Vincent Meertens 3rd.