Schelle Racing Innovations have introduced the 0.5mm offset steering bushing set for the Team Associated B5M buggy. The 0.5mm-Up setting was requested by many team drivers as their go-to, so Schelle made this special set of bushings to get the hot setup without using any shims or washers. The set is usable with the T5M and SC5M as well, with the 0.5-Down position being advised for trucks.
Made for Team Associated’s 1/10th scale off-road vehicles are the new ProTek clamping design servo arms. The horn has been machined to the exact specifications and dimensions of the plastic Team Associated ASC9180 servo horn, but provides the precision, rigidity and durability required for the latest generation of high-performance RC vehicles. The horn also weighs a mere two grams while providing the insurance of the clamping design to ensure the horn remains in place even if the retainer screw comes loose. The arms are available for 23T, 24T and 25T spline servos and in black or blue anodising.
JConcepts have introduced the 1999 Ford Lightning bodyshell for Scalpel converted Slash 4×4 trucks. The SVT F-150 Lightning body is built low and wide and excels when converted to the Scalpel speed run configuration. The high-speed shell features a short-wheelbase giving the scale look but with extra width to clear the wide-body tires for optimum handling and acceleration. Exterior elements that distinguish the Lightning from the regular F-150 include new upper and lower front grilles with a horizontal design that is unique to the Lightning in the F-Series line. The headlights, taillights, side-marker lights, and the signature round fog lights all match the full-scale counterpart found only on the Lightning, which give the exterior a clean, jewel-like appearance. The cab’s center high-mounted stop lamp also is unique to the Lightning, and is created with a simple detailed decal.
Trinity have introduced the WWHD laydown transmission conversion for the Team Associated T5M and SC5M trucks. The Humpty Helms developed conversion will improve the truck’s corner speed especially in high bite conditions with the set including a machined laydown transmission case, carbon fibre motor plate, carbon fibre camber link mount, carbon fibre battery brace and two truck-specific shock towers along mounting hardware.
JConcepts have introduced the yellow-colour Dirt Racing Products Dirt Bands rubber tyre glueing bands. A uniquely moulded design, specifically developed for tyre mounting, the rubber band is produced in a high-elasticity material capable of stretching to a full assortment of different sized tyres including 1/10th, SCT and 1/8th buggy tyres. A finely detailed array of ergonomically shaped handles allows the user to adjust the rubber band to the sidewall of each tyre to apply the pressure where it is needed. The Dirt Bands are coloured in Dirt’s signature yellow colour and will include four bands per package.
Tekno RC have introduced new CNC-machined flat/tapered 3×2.1 shock pistons for the company’s line of 1/8th and 1/10th scale vehicles. The pistons excel when used with the NB48.3 and EB48.3 vehicles on bumpy tracks where less pack than the original 4×1.8 pistons is needed. They produce more side bite and make the vehicle more consistent on ruts and bumps. The pistons are made from self-lubricating Delrin material and they utilise a new tapered shape. The CNC pistons have triple 2.1mm holes and the total piston hole area is 10.4mm² and they can be used with all Tekno RC and other vehicles that use 16mm bore shocks.
Coming from McKune Design are new FR4 high-bite slipper pads for the Xray XB2, XB4’16 as well as TLR 22-series vehicles. Made from FR4 epoxy fibreglass laminate and offering a vented design the slipper pads are specially developed for all high-bite carpet, astroturf and clay tracks as they show now fading or glazing for a consistent feel throughout the run. The Xray set is a 3-piece package while the TLR 22 specific set, for the 22 3.0, 22 SCT 2.0 or 22-4, includes two pads.
The season opening round of the Belgian SCT Cup was held at the RC@CZ club whose track is located within the full scale Zolder Circuit. A big track surrounded by pine trees the facility made for a perfect place to start the new season that also attracted a record entry of drivers. In the Pro2 class, Samuel Castel (TLR) took the opening qualifier with Géry Ledocq (Kyosho) coming out fastest in the second round while Nicolas Evens (TLR) TQ’d the third and final qualifier. Overall the pole position for the finals would be taken by Nicolas with Géry and Samuel lining up in second and third. The three drivers had quite a similar pace with Tom Pierard (TLR), Laurent Halluin (TeamC) and Philippe Hautecoeur (Team Associated) battling for the 4th spot.