Schaffner Racing Products have introduced their new front shock tower plugs for the Team Associated B6.1 buggies. 3-D-printed the plugs fir snuggly into the shock tower saver and prevent the unused upper shock mounting holes from clogging with dirt. Each package contains two sets of plugs to cover all standard hole positions and the plugs are available in black, blue or orange colour.
Coming for the Xpress XM1 and XM1S M-class touring cars are low profile aluminium shock towers. Both feature 1mm lowered shock mounting holes for improved stability throughout the corner with the sturdy alloy material providing less lateral flex compared to carbon fibre shock stays which further adds to improved stability during cornering on high-grip surfaces. The front and rear shock towers are available separately and they come with a black and red surface finish.
The third round of the Winter Series was held at The Ohio RC Factory track in Jeffersonville, Ohio this past weekend. The event attracted nearly 110 entries for the 1/8th off-road and 1/10th SCT classes and in Pro Nitro Buggy it was Collin Weatherholt with the TQ and also the win in the 20-minute A-main, leaving behind Brandon Hogan in 2nd by a 12-seconds margin. Scott Kuchler would round out the podium a lap down.
The annual Rumble in the Rockies race was held at MHOR RC Raceway in Aurora, Colorado this past weekend. The race attracted some of the region’s fastest electric off-road racers and in the 2WD Mod and 4WD Mod classes it was Team Associated’s Dustin Evans who would lead the way, taking the TQs and wins in both categories. The 2WD Mod podium saw Xray’s Zac Gastelum finishing in 2nd and TLR’s Tyler Whitt coming in 3rd while Zeke Ballinger (TLR) and Andrew Kurtchi (TLR) completed the 4WD Mod Buggy top 3.
Monaco RC have introduced their all-new Diff Check Plus, an updated design of the company’s original Diff Check differential hardness checker. The Plus variant is of a more versatile design thanks to its internal 9V batteries that allows to use the tool without the need of an additional power source, making for much easier diff action checks even in the starting grid or directly after a run. In addition to the internal battery, the Diff Check Plus is also usable with an external power source. The device was developed in Italy and it is housed in a sturdy case, machined from a single piece of aluminium and coming anodised for looks and wear. High-quality graphics make the Diff Check Plus stand out while a high-quality protective case ensures the tool stays nice and shiny. The diff checker comes with an adapter that allows you to measure stand-alone diff units while an array of optional adapters, from 1/12th up to 1/8th scale also makes diff checking of installed units possible.
Last weekend’s Saint Brieuc International Indoor Grand Prix not only was held in 1/8th scale but also a 1/10th 200mm class. The special conditions of an indoor nitro track required some unusual adjustments and it was Shepherd’s Basile Concialdi who quickly found a good setup to win the opening qualifier ahead of Kévin Rasquin who came back to win Q2. Basile got it all together to win the the third and final round, improving Kevin’s time by over two seconds. In the half-hour long final Basile, despite the ever increasingly difficult track conditions, pulled a gap and took a strong win in front of Capricorn’s Thomas Guillon and Xray’s Anthony Stephan who completed the podium.
Coming from Muchmore is a long belt type tyre warmer for 1/10th off-road and 1/8th GT tyres. The proven CTX-W tyre warmer unit offers 4-button navigation, an easy-to-read LC display and it is usable with with 12V DC power or an optional 11.1V LiPo battery pack that makes for a stand-alone unit that allows to carry the heater around even when heating the tyres. The included warming belts measure 440x60mm, large enough for 1/10th off-road and 1/8th GT tyres.
Team Associated have announced the released of the new Reedy Zappers SG2 competition LiHV 4S battery packs. Zappers SG2 batteries continue to utilise silicon-graphene construction but with an emphasis on reducing internal resistance and increasing cycle life. They also feature HV chemistry, which means that with a suitable charger, the battery can be safely charged to 4.35V per cell. However, even when the typical 4.2V per cell charging limit is enforced, the batteries still offer advantagew thanks to a flatter discharge curve, which results in more voltage deeper into the race. The batteries are available in two versions: as 5200mAh low-profile variant (138×46.8×38.2/472g) for improved handling and as 6400mAh high-capacity (138×46.8×47.5/542g)for conditions that require maximum run time. A high-quality durable hard case helps prevent damage while embedded socket connectors keep power-robbing resistance to a minimum. Male ESC connectors and a 4S balance lead are included.