RedWorks from France have introduced new carbon fibre optionals for the Xray XT2 and XB4 kits. First up are front and rear shock towers for the XT2 truck. The parts are of an updated design that is both stronger and also cooler looking thanks to several machined sections and a heavy chamfer that ensures greater durability. The front and rear tower are available separately. Also new is a 2mm gearbox and suspension spacer for the XT2 and XB2 that raised both the gearbox and suspension which comes in handy especially when running with low ride heights and in high-grip conditions. Last but not least is a carbon fibre top plate for the XB4 4WD buggy that connects the front gearbox and the steering posts. Like the shock towers the top plate features heavy machining for looks and durability.
The second round of the Nitro West Masters series was held at the demanding Genk track in Belgium, attracting nearly 70 drivers. The Genk track was a first for the championship and thankfully the rain stayed away all weekend, making for good racing conditions for the drivers. In the premier 1/8th IC Track class it was 1/10th scale specialist, Thilo Tödtmann with the TQ and win at one of his rare excursions in the swift 1/8th class. Yves Zoma came in 2nd in the half-hour long final from John Lenaers in 3rd.
The annual Michigan State Championships were held at Dirtburner Racing in Livonia, Michigan recently. This race typically brings out a few heavy hitters and this year didn’t disappoint. In 2WD Mod Buggy it was Allen Horne with the TQ from Mike Legue in 2nd. 4WD Mod Buggy and 1/8th E-Buggy then saw Mike Legue taking the overall TQs over Ayden and Allen Horne. The 2WD Mod Buggy A-mains then saw Allen and Ayden Horne coming out on top as Mike Legue had to settle for 3rd overall as the grip had come up and he wasn’t able to push his car as desired.
Xpress have released first renderings of their forthcoming new mid-motor conversion kit for the Execute XQ1 touring car. A design that is gaining popularity recently, the motor will be placed more towards the centre of the chassis with the optimised weight bias and equal length drive belts making for improved acceleration and more stable cornering. Full details will become available at a later stage.
T-Works have introduced two new screw sets for the Serpent 750 1/10th 200mm nitro on-road kit. Available now are a 134-piece UFO head titanium and a 174-piece gold-colored steel screw kit with the titanium kit helping to lower the car’s overall weight while the gold-colored fasteners mainly add bling and corrosion resistance.
The third round of 2019 Czech Open series took a place last weekend at the Horni Jeleni track. With rain on Friday morning the track grooved in nicely for the afternoon practice and was in a nice shape for the race on Saturday. Local hero, Max Götzl would take the double TQ in both Nitro and Electric Buggy with Tomas Kapicka taking 2nd in Nitro while Martin Vins rounded out the top 3. In E-Buggy it was Jiri Benes in 2nd and Michal Binder in 3rd.
The opening round of the Greek 1/10th 4WD Buggy Nationals was held at the North Park track in Thessaloniki. Xray’s Anastasios Paparegas set the pace all weekend long by taking the TQ, win and fastest lap, leaving behind his Xray teammates, Panagiotis Mpolimenis in 2nd and Ioannis Mpelesis in 3rd.
RC-Carbonstore have introduced their new Rebellion-RC carbon fibre and aluminium optionals for the Serpent SF4 formula car. First up is the symmetrical main chassis plate that ensures equal left-to-right flex characteristics. Also new is an upper deck with the MST multi sidetone position feature that allows to shift the side tubes forth and back to fine-tune their damping action. Next up are carbon fibre side plates with 2mm higher cutouts and spacer plates for raised side bearing positions – again an option to fine-tune the car’s geometry. Also new is a wing holder option for an up to 20mm forward-shifted wing position, optimising the car’s aerodynamics and weight bias. Last but not least come front swing arms in -7.5mm (SF3 standard), -5mm, -2.5mm, 0mm (SF4 standard) and +2.5mm offset to adjust the front track width as well as the Xray gear diff conversion whose redesigned Wing-to-Chassis mount makes way for the wide gear diff assembly. As usual with Rebellion-RC all carbon fibre parts are available in a large variety of carbon fibre weave colours in order to personalise your ride.