Stafford in the heart of the UK was the venue for round two of the BRCA Touring Car series. Heading the Modified challenge was an on-form Olly Jefferies who had enjoyed a dominating win at round one while his domestic challengers in the form of Elliott Harper and Chris Grainger struggled and both these drivers needed a good round two result to get their 2018 challenge back on track. Zak Finlay was also looking to make it two out of two after a win at Cotswolds and he led away the drivers in the 13.5 Boosted Stock class. Blinky 13.5 looked pretty open and now on a track that wasn’t so reliant on power this class looked like it was going to be a close affair with Colin Jackson, Billy Fletcher and pole man from Cotswolds Markus Askell all in the mix.
The warm-up race for the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 Gas Buggy World Championship was held in Perth, Australia this week. The event saw the attendance of some of the world’s fastest racers with also a strong European contingent making the trip to down under. At the end of a long week it was HB Racing’s David Ronnefalk with the overall TQ and the win in the hour-long A-main event. Team Associated’s Kyle McBride came in 2nd, some two laps down as Kyosho’s Elliott Boots rounded out the top 3 another lap down.
Coming from Pro-Line and made for the Pro-MT 4×4 monster truck are three new heavy duty aluminium and steel upgrades. First up is a set of aluminium shock caps that add strength, durability and style to a very important part of the truck. The caps are made from CNC machined aluminium and come gunmetal anodised to perfectly match the rest of the truck and have large laser engraved P-L logos on the front and back of the caps. The shock caps come in a pack of two with new inner diaphragms and they are a direct stock replacement upgrade.
Schumacher Racing have introduced the new Aerox Razor high performance 190mm touring car body shell. Developed in cooperation with a leading Formula 1 aerodynamicist the body offers exceptional aerodynamic efficiency with the maximised double front splitter creating a pressure differential that provides front aerodynamic grip. An uniquely adjustable curved rear wing helps to adjust downforce, balance and drag while the upturned leading edge on the wing allows airflow to remain attached, improving its efficiency for more downforce and less drag. The maximised length of the body improves two aspects; firstly more surface area for developing load and thus downforce and reducing lift, and secondly drag reduction, as the air passing over the body has to work less hard, deviating at a lower angle than normal, reducing drag and increasing speed. The BRCA and ROAR approved lightweight body is supplied clear and it includes a wing and mounting hardware, overspray film, a lights and decal set as well as an instruction sheet.
Made for the Traxxas X-Maxx 1/8th scale monster truck is Pro-Line’s new Trencher 4.3” Pro-Loc all-terrain tyre. The Trencher 4.3” is wider and taller than the popular Badlands 4.3” for more aggressive looks and performance and it comes in a super soft compound for exceptional grip on loose or hard-packed dirt, sand, snow, grass or gravel. The tyre features Pro-Line’s proprietary Pro-Loc technology that creates an ultra-secure bond to Pro-Line’s Impulse Pro-Loc X-Maxx wheels while still being removable when required. The reinforced tyre bead fits into a uniquely shaped channel on the wheel and the bead-loc screws actually pass through the tire rubber before being pinched by the outer bead-loc ring to create the maximum possible mounting security. The tyre comes as part including foam inserts.
VP-Pro have introduced their new composite rear wing for the Mugen MBX8 buggy. The adjustable wing features an optional wickerbill to adjust the overall downforce and drag generated and it comes pre-drilled to make it a direct fit on Mugen’s latest 1/8th buggy. The side dams measure 98x59mm, allowing to attach 40x50mm race numbers at sanctioned events. The wing is available in black, yellow and white colour from now on.
A new addition to Arrowmax’s Honeycomb line of tools is their new black and golden bearing meter. Designed to measure the inner diameter of metric ball bearings from 2mm up to 15mm, the tool also comes in handy when checking the condition of ball races or re-lubing them after cleaning. The tool tips comes anodised in a golden colour and laser-etched with white markings while the Honeycomb-design tool grip features a black and golden surface treatment.
Mugen have introduced a new 1-piece aluminium motor mount for the MBX8 nitro buggy. The item is machined from high-quality aluminium and it comes with a grey surface finish for wear and looks. Using the 1-piece mount over the original multi-piece part will improve crankcase support for improved engine and ball bearings durability while also increasing chassis strength and reducing torsional flex. The mount is a direct fit and it will hit stores from end of May.