Coming from Xray and made for the XB4 line of vehicles are new 9 degree caster C-hubs moulded of graphite composite material. The rigid graphite material is suitable for most track conditions but especially for high to very high-bite surfaces while the overall design allows for easy CVD assembly swaps and no driveshaft jamming issues at high steering angles and during hard crashes. The hubs are available separately for the left and right hand side of the buggy.
JConcepts has added a new item to their Shapeways store for Yokomo YZ-2 owners using a laydown transmission. The elephant trunk style chassis brace replaces the stock unit and uses a single column support which promotes flex characteristics giving traction gains associated with these types of adjustments. With the single post, there is also increased clearance around the motor and tabs for easier soldering and wire routing. The built-in ledge helps minimise issues with the battery brace popping out during hard landings and crashes. The mount attaches at the top and bottom with stock hardware and it is available directly through JConcepts’ Shapeways store.
The 2017 Philippine Masters will be held from the 28th to 30th of April at the Circulo Verde race track in Quezon City, Philippines. The 3-day event will see Nitro Buggy, Nitro Truggy and E-Buggy racing with drivers from all over the world attending including Pro drivers such as Adam Drake, David Ronnefalk, Ty Tessmann, Kyle McBride and Atsushi Hara. More information can be found on social media here.
SpeedMerchant have new side dams and wing sets for Protoform’s Swift 235 Pro10 bodyshell available. Coming as carbon fibre or clear polycarbonate variant, the aerodynamic helpers will give the car much more rear grip than the stock pieces. The side dams are used for both indoor carpet racing as well as outdoors on asphalt. They make the car more predictable by helping it track straighter and hold its line better in high speed corners. Suited mainly for high speed asphalt racing, the rear wing is contoured to the back of the body so all of the air travelling over the shell is forced directly on to and over the rear wing for maximum down force. The 30 thousandths carbon fibre also has the benefit of making the rear of the Swift body more ridged and less likely to distort under the air pressure of high speed modified asphalt racing.
The 2017 Protoform Canadian Onroad Nationals, the 8th running of the race, which started its life as the Can-Am RC Challenge, took place in snowy Welland, Ontario, Canada just a short drive from the Canada/US border. A record 450+ entries have turned this from a local trophy race into one of the largest RC car races in the world. Always one of the most unique races of the year, this year’s event saw a major change. In past years, the race has been held in the Centre Court of the Seaway Mall, allowing the public mall shoppers to be exposed to high-end RC racing. Race organizers Mark Frechette and Mike Wilson wanted to continue to grow both the track size and the overall scope of the event. With Centre Court’s limited size only allowing a 85′ x 40′ space, it was decided to move the event down the hall to a former Target store that had since closed. With the mall food court only a short walk away, racers have convenience and selection not found at many other events. Pit space was abundant in the former department store, after years of cramming into other empty stores to set up pits. Mall shoppers were still welcomed in to watch the action and scope out the many full-scale race cars on display around the track area.
Italian company Montech have introduced their new F17 body shell for 1/10th formula chassis. Made from high-quality 0.75mm polycarbonate, the low-nose body features modern sculptured side pods and it comes including a black and red decal sheet for easy decoration. The body will fit most of today’s formula chassis.
Serpent have expanded their range of on-road springs for the Cobra GT line of vehicles by two hard variants. Available as hard 39.5 lbs and and X-hard 42 lbs variants, the springs are made from high-quality spring steel and they feature ground ends and corrosion inhabitant coating. The selected springs fit both the nitro and electric Cobra GT cars and also many other brands.
Coming from HB Racing are hard suspension parts for the D413 1/10th 4WD buggy. Available for the front and the rear, the arms are moulded from a harder composite material for increased overall stiffness and thus improved handling on high-bite surfaces while also reducing the buggy’s sensitivity to changing traction conditions.