A round of the Colombian 1/8th Off-road Nationals was held at the Pista Piamonti track recently. In the Nitro Truggy class it was Joan Jose Serna with the win. Elsewhere in the Nitro Buggy class it was Juan would take the TQ position after the qualifiers but two unfortunate flameouts in the main final meant he wasn’t able to compete for a podium spot.
Coming from Infinity and made for the IF14 touring car are new Ver.B shock towers. Only launched at the beginning of the 2017 season, the IF14 has enjoyed great success being crowned Reedy Race Champion, German and Japanese National Champions, and most recently champion of the inaugural Chinese Electric Touring Car Championship. With drivers liking the car’s responsive feel, feedback however identified that they also wanted the option of being able to run a more stable set-up to suit various track conditions. The Ver.B towers offer different shock mounting positions which are perfect for when looking to make the driving feel milder than that of the standard kit set-up.
Coming from Radtec are new aluminium pan car side spring retainers for Xray springs. The parts are machined from aluminium, they come black anodised and with engraved markings to allow for a more precise setup. The retainers are designed to take Xray side springs and they are usable with a wide range of 1/10th and 1/12th pan car chassis.
Team Azarashi have revitalised their iconic Bravo wing set for 1/10th off-road buggies. The set includes a 4WD buggy front wing that makes for improved aerodynamics and front downforce while also protecting the shock tower, shock caps and carpet surface when the buggy is upside down. Also included is a low-drag rear wing that fits most of today’s 4WD buggies. The set is made out of thick heavy duty polycarbonate for improved durability and it is available now.
Former World Champion and veteran racer, Mark Pavidis has announced his split with tyre and accessory brand AKA. Along with Gil Losi Jr. and Joel Johnson, Mark was part of a World Champion trio whose developments for AKA lead to multiple National, International and World Championship titles. In a statement on social media Mark says:
I wanted to let everyone know that today I was let go from AKA Products. It was a very rewarding opportunity to start something from nothing. Along the way we won multiple National and World Championships all over the world. I want to thank all of the customers, racers and vendors I was able to work with along the way.
Exotek have introduced new titanium Puck bones for MIP bi-metal driveshaft systems as well as a heavy duty 81T POM spur gear for the B64 buggy. Starting with the driveshaft dog bones, they are available as 76mm front bones for the Team Associated B64 buggy and also as shorter 67mm bones for the TLR 22 4.0 and AE B6 67mm CVA/hub/axle sets. At half the weight of steel and twice the strength of aluminium the driveshaft dogbones increase durability and reduce wear and tear. The replacement parts for the MIP bi-metal bone puck sets are machined from polished and laser-etched Ti 6-4 titanium and they come as pairs and separately for the front and rear of the buggy.
Xray have introduced a lightweight foam front bumper for the GTX8 1/8th GT car. The high-density bumper is cut from a special, lightweight foam with the part weighing 19g less compared to the standard bumper. It is yet very strong to ensure exceptional chassis protection.
Coming from Team Associated is the Factory Team 4-shoe clutch gauge. The tool was designed to detect worn-out clutch shoes that can negatively impact the performance of the clutch and cause an engine to intermittently flame out even when tuned properly. The “Go or No Go” style gauge is placed over the clutch shoes and rotated in the direction of the arrows, the smallest internal measurement profile of the gauge, 23.40mm, determines if the shoes are too worn – with new shoes, it will turn only slightly. If the shoes are smaller than the tool, the shoes need to be replaced for optimal performance. The tool works with a complete clutch assembly either installed or uninstalled on an engine. This eliminates the need for expensive measuring devices such as callipers or micrometers. The tool is made from hard-anodised aluminium and works on Team Associated 4-shoe clutch (stock B3.1 #81370) and Losi 4-shoe style clutches (steel and aluminium).