Traxxas have announced the release of new body reinforcement sets for the X-Maxx and E-Revo trucks. These tough ballistic nylon body reinforcements strengthen critical areas for increased protection during rollovers and hard landings. They install in just minutes and help prevent screws from pulling through the body under extreme conditions. The multi-piece sets are available separately for the X-Maxx and E-Revo body shells.
During this week’s IFMAR 1/10th Off-road World Championships in Trencin, Slovakia Yokomo are campaigning a prototype 4WD buggy. The shaft-driven vehicle is using the 2017 World Championship YZ-4 SF as a base, however it utilises a new motor mount and centre drivetrain layout with the motor sitting behind the servo while the shorty battery is placed on the left front side of the chassis, opposite the steering servo. The speed controller and receiver will find a new home in the rear part of the chassis that features long front and a short rear centre driveshafts. The suspension components are taken over from the previous YZ-4 SF, meaning the prototype features basically a weight bias and possibly chassis flex update. We bring you more details on the car as they become available.
The Racing Club Roeselare played host for the final round of the Belgian Electric On-road nationals last weekend. The RCR track recently opened their new track and it is considered to be one of the best facilities in Europe. The flowing high speed track with technical parts was highly welcomed by all the racers who attended the season finale. In order to prepare the 2020 season, two new demo classes, 13.5 blinky Touring and 17.5 blinky FWD, were added to the normal classes of 17.5 Fun, 13.5 ETS, Modified and Formula. Thanks to these classes – and a great raffle – there was a record entry of 45 drivers. Due to the illness of his mechanic, newly crowned Belgian champion Florian Joos decided not to take part in this race and Olivier Bultynck, the current 1/10 European 13.5 champion, decided to give the new 13.5 class a go. So everyone expected Mitchell van Ess to dominate the Modified class, but while his pace on Saturday was blistering, Sunday went horribly wrong for the young Dutchman. In qualifying, Mitchell had two DNFs. Young ARC driver Liam Van de Wouwer had the fastest single lap time, but it was multi Belgian champion Steve Lambrechts running an Xray who took the TQ in front of Liam, Dimitri De Baeker (Xray) and Mitchell.
Steel City R/C Speedway of Fontana, California played host to the Ron Paris Memorial Race last weekend. In 1/8th Open it was Chris Velez with the overall TQ from Jeff Hamon in 2nd. In the 30-minute A-main final TQ Chris ran into problems while up from Walter Diaz took the win with a 3-laps margin from Jeff in 2nd while Brandon Cho came in 3rd to round out the podium.
Kyosho have announced the release of new option parts for their Fazer series of on-road and off-road kits. First up is an aluminium servo saver kit that replaces the standard plastic parts for a more sturdy and precise construction. This results in a more accurate steering feeling and improved durability. The servo saver is usable for all Fazer Mk2 and FZ02 kits.
GForce have introduced their new Drift Special ACG super shorty LiPo battery pack specially designed for drift cars. The battery measures only 69×46.5×24.5mm, making it about 30mm shorter than a standard shorty battery, allowing to shift the pack forth and back in a wider range, helping to adjust the car’s weight bias more easily. The hardcase battery weighs in at 142g and it utilises 4mm connector tubes.
T-Works have introduced two new aluminium upper shock caps sets, coming for the Kyosho MP10 and MP9 range of cars as well as the Mugen MBX8 and MBX7 kits. Both are machined from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium and they come with a black colour hard-coated surface for improved durability. The sets include shock bushings as well as two types of volume compensators in soft and hard specification, allowing to adjust the shock action under compression. The Kyosho set is usable with the MP10, MP9 TKI 3 and TKI4 as well as the MP9E and MP9E Evo. The Mugen caps are usable with all MBX8 and MBX7 kits.
Coming from Rebellion-RC and made for the Serpent SF3 and SF4 formula cars is the Exotek swingarm adapter. The carbon fibre plate was designed for the use with the Exotek Team Associated F6 upper swingarm set #1823 and it allows to use these popular parts on Serpent’s SF3 and SF4 series formula kit. The adapter plate is machined from high-quality carbon fibre and it is available in twelve different weave colours.