The highly popular Traxxas Slash 2WD short course truck is now also available with a Robby Gordon Gordini replica bodyshell. Known in the full-scale racing world for some time the orange coloured truck is now also available for RC car enthusiasts. The 2WD vehicle is powered by a powerful 550-size 12T brushed motor, it features the waterproof XL-5 electronic speed controller and a waterproof receiver box and steering servo. The metal-geared Magnum 272 transmission with Revo-spec torque-control slipper and grippy replica wheels and tyres help to get the power to the ground while the 2-channel 2.4GHz TQ radio system makes for reliable steering and throttle control. The set is rounded out by a 4A DC peak-detecting fast charger and Traxxas 7-cell NiMH battery with iD.
New from Ruddog come universal tyre glueing bands. The well-thought-out length allows to use these bands both on 1/10th and 1/8th tyres with the increased width of 25mm not only applying force on the carcass but also the whole tread. This ensures proper tyre fitment on the rim and thus a precise and reliable glueing job. The red-colour bands come Ruddog-branded and in packs of four.
New from Revolution Design Racing Products comes the Ultra heat shield tape, a special woven structure tape for the use in a variety of applications. The structure makes for ultra-high rigidity that is further upped by a foam-padded support layer. Overall the tape is nearly 1mm thick, making for exceptional protection against both heat and mechanical impacts. The extra-flexible tape is ideal to keep nitro fuel tanks from expanding due to exhaust heat, it keeps body shells from melting when applied from the inside and it also is usable to repair damaged body shells or to keep them from breaking. The tape comes in 100cm rolls and it is available now.
RPM have introduced coloured front bulkheads for most Traxxas 1/10th 2WD vehicles. Made from RPM’s renown nylon blend the bulkheads are not only much stronger but also about 15 percent lighter than stock. RPM also include a handy dust plate to cover the bottom of the bulkhead on vehicles such as the Rustler, Stampede and Bandit that leave the bottom exposed. The bulkhead is a direct replacement for the stock 2530 and 2530A parts, it fits the Slash 2WD, Nitro Slash, Bandit, electric Rustler, nitro Rustler, nitro Stampede and electric Stampede 2WD and it is available in the four colours of blue, green, red and black.
Round four of this year’s Jimmy Babcock Racing League Electric Series was held at OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, California. In the premier class of 2WD Open Buggy, Team Associated’s Steven Hartson would take the win in the A-main from the TLR duo of Blake Beyett in second and Radek Grammes in third.
This past weekend Nor-Cal Hobbies was over run with contestants coming from all across California battling for a chance to win a coveted boxing belt at the 8th running of the Northern California Off-Road Championships – The Nor-Cal Champs. The course was a challenge for both Spec and modified class drivers. The Spec drivers had to deal with a challenging right side drop down, with back section that only Modified drivers could only triple. After two days of qualifying and a fierce triple A main format, Mason Eppley from Tekno set the track record of 13.9. Derek Stepanson (TLR) won 2WD Modified and 2WD Short Course. Matt Olson (MIP) also took home two belts from the 4×4 Short Course Classes and 1/8th E-Buggy. Rudy Rico (Team Associated) took the 2WD 17.5 Expert Buggy while Rob Russel (Team Powers) took a belt in 40+ 17.5 Buggy and got a 2nd in Expert. Finally Newcomer Julian Jimenez took the 13.5 Stadium Truck belt.
Round two of the Victorian Drivers Series was held at the regional club on Mildura, around 550km northwest of Melbourne. Over 140 entries were received for the event, including close to 20 in the under 16 junior class, the first to be held at the famous club’s new facility which their members ha. With a very large red clay track with a unique diagonal centre straight, and winter desert climate giving freezing mornings and sunny afternoons, the event was a challenge for all racers. The surface was very cold and slick in the mornings but grooved up through the day, making tyre choice critical. With the large entries the meeting was run over 3 days, practice Friday and Saturday morning, qualifying Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, finals Sunday afternoon.
Arrma have upgraded their BLX range of 4WD vehicles such as the Typhon 6S buggy, the Kraton 6S monster truck and the Senton 6S short course truck. All three now include a new BLX185 brushless power system consisting of a 2050kV motor for massive torque and 60+ mph speeds, plus a waterproof, fan-cooled 150A ESC. The Tactic TTX300 radio is also new, providing fast and consistent car control. Standard features on all three vehicles are also full ready-to-run specifications minus batteries and charger, silicone oil-filled metal gear diffs, new hubs, and twin 2-3S battery trays.