Coming from Pro-Line are several new off-road tyres in the form of the Electron Lite 2.2″ rear buggy tyre, the pre-mounted 2.8″ Destroyer truck tyre as well as a range of Interco TLS SX Super Swamper tyres. Starting with the Electron Lite 2.2″, the tyre is similar in tread design to its big brother but has a lower profile carcass shape and smaller, more densely packed pins for improved performance on those pure clay tracks with little to no dust. Furthermore the tyre features connected tyre tread technology that improves traction and wear on even the most abrasive of indoor track conditions. The square centre pins laid out between the connected tread provide consistent forward and side bite. The tyre is available in M4 super soft and MC clay compound.
Yeah Racing have introduced their new nylon mesh chassis guard for the Traxxas Slash, E-Revo and Summit. Designed to protect the electronics from dirt and rocks the mesh cover fits like a glove around the chassis tub and it is easily fastened using velcro-backed tape. A zipper along the centre line allows for easy battery changes without the need to remove the whole cover.
X Factory have introduced their new Infinity carbon idler shafts for the RB5 and RB6 line of 1/10th 2WD vehicles. The shafts are exactly 5mm in diameter and they replace the somewhat undersized original parts that can lead to idler gear failures due to the bearings wobbling on the shaft. The Infinity items are made from high-quality carbon material and they are of a hollow design, making for slight weight savings.
Superior Hobbies Beachline Raceway was the host of this year’s ROAR Region 4 1/10th electric off-road championships. The large turnout and hot weather made for three long hot days of exciting R/C racing. Practice on Friday saw drivers from all over Florida and even a few from Georgia arrive to do battle for the coveted regional titles. Saturday started early with two hours of open practice starting at 7 am followed by three rounds of qualifying. Sunday was another early start with two hours of open practice before the start of the triple A-mains. In 2WD Mod buggy JR Mitch would start 2nd on the grid. JR put in a great run to win A1, but in A2 JR would retire early with a mechanical issue setting things up for an interesting A3. In A3 JR would capitalise on an early mistake and take over the lead, there he was able to hang on to clench the 2WD Mod title. In 4WD Mod Buggy JR Mitch would show in the mains why he was the top qualifier taking the win in A1 and A2 to take his second title of the weekend.
The 2016 ROAR 1/8 Electric Buggy/Truggy and 1/10 4×4 Modified Short Course National Championships were held this past weekend at Stateline R/C on the Michigan/Indiana border. In 1/8 E-Buggy TLR’s Ryan Maifield steered his buggy to the overall TQ in the class thanks to three round TQ’s while in 1/8 E-Truggy Ryan had to fend off attacks from TLR team mate Dakotah Phend who took Q2 but overall Ryan would take a second TQ that weekend thanks to also coming out fastest in Q4. In 1/10 4×4 Modified Short Course Ryan cemented his will to make it a triple by again taking the overall TQ and the pole position for the triple A-mains. With bad weather in the forecast for Sunday, ROAR made the decision to run the opening A-mains and some of the lower mains on Saturday which turned out to be a wise choice as indeed rain kicked in on Sunday, washing away any chances for more track time.
Coming from X Factory’s Infinity range of option parts are carbon idler gear shafts. They solve the problem of early transmission failures in modern 2WD buggies that are the result of the idler gear wobbling on the gear shaft as the latter is a tad too small in diameter to allow for easier assembly. X Factory’s carbon idler gear shafts are exactly 5mm in diameter, making for a press fit of the bearing on the shaft, resulting in an ultra-precise gear location and longer gear life. The shaft is available in a TLR 22-series and a Team Associated B6/5-series variant as a single item and without the gear and bearings you can see above.
Following up on first teaser images we now have all details and images of TLR’s new TEN-SCE 3.0 1/10th scale 4WD short course truck available. The kit builds on the proven 2.0 and features an optimised suspension to make the truck easier to drive in all conditions. Included are Gen II shocks, known from the 22 platform, to reduce overall weight and lower the CG. Machined shock internals, X-rings, TiCN shock shafts and aluminium bleeder caps provide a smoother, more consistent shock. The truck lands better, jumps better, corners quicker and has a lighter, more nimble feel.
Team Losi Racing will soon have their new TEN-SCTE 3.0 1/10th scale 4WD short course truck available, given first “leaked” images. So far nothing is known about the features and specifications but a first chassis image indicates new 22-style shock absorbers with short springs as well as lightweight carbon fibre shock towers. More information and images will become available in tome for the official release.