May 28, 2023

Takahata Top Qualifier at Japanese 1:8 Onroad Nationals

Mugen Seiki’s Shoki Takahata will start on the TQ at the Japanese 1:8 Onroad National Championship which are taking place at this year’s IFMAR World Championship host circuit Infinity International RC Speedway.  The reigning World Champion and defending JMRCA Champion locked his OS powered MRX6 into the overall TQ when he made it three from three in the penultimate round which brought Saturday’s action to a conclusion.  Attracting a field of 63 drivers, with one last qualifier still to run on Sunday morning it is ISTC World finalist Hayato Ishioka who holds second ahead of the Infinity of multiple World Champion Naoto Matsukura and his team-mate Takaaki Shimo.

Image: Atsushi Hara [Facebook]

May 28, 2023

Gruber TQ’s ENS season opener

Capricorn’s Toni Gruber has TQ’d the opening round of the Euro Nitro Series in Germany.  With 2023 a big year for 1:8 Onroad with the return of the World Championship after a four year break,  this year’s ENS is an opportunity for Europe’s top drivers to get in some top level competition ahead of the trip to Japan in October.  The first of three rounds that make up this year’s series, Gruber secured the overall TQ in Ettlingen when he topped the final two qualifiers with his Ielasi Tuned powered C804.  Behind the German, former World Champion Simon Kurzbuch secured P2 for Mugen having TQ’d the opening qualifier.  Fastest in Q2, reigning European Champion Dominic Greiner will start P3 ahead of Capricorn team-mate Merlin Depta with Team Shepherd’s Lars Hoppe and Infinity’s Jilles Groskamp completing the Top 6.  In 1:10, Melvin Diekmann secured the TQ topping 3 of the four qualifiers for Capricorn with Q3 pace setter Milan Holthuis lining up second.

Image: Toni Gruber [Facebook]

May 26, 2023

MonTech M23 235mm Pan Car Body

Coming from MonTech is their new M23 235mm pan car bodyshell.   The new M23 has aggressive and sharp lines, which give it excellent stability and perfect cornering with lots of traction out of corners.  Molded from premium quality polycarbonate, the kit includes window masks and headlamp and grille decals.  The kit also includes the rear spoiler and the fixing screws.

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May 26, 2023

Matrix sign young Aussie talent Jak Parsey

Matrix Racing Tires has announced the signing of young up & coming Australian 1:8 Offroad talent Jak Parsey to its Junior team.  From Brisbane, the 13-year-old put in an impressive performance when he travelled to last month’s Philippine Masters in Manila for the first time.  Putting in a number of Top 6 qualifying runs among the international field who made the trip to Asia’s premiere Offroad race, the Mayako driver is going to be one to watch over the coming years.

Source: Matrix []

May 26, 2023

Xray X4F’24 FWD Touring Car

In a busy week for 1:10 Front Wheel Drive Touring Car kit releases, with the unveiling of the new Team Magic E4FWD and Schumacher FT8, Xray presents its new X4F’24.  All-new Feature of the car include a 2mm shorter wheelbase that improves steering and handling characteristics.  A Lower profile motor mount with more slick design eliminates collision with top deck when flexing.  New 3mm centering pins improve motor mount reliability when using limited mounting screws for flex tuning.  The car gets a narrower motor bulkhead insert which moves the motor 1mm inward for better chassis roll characteristics and provides more space for the pinion gear.  Durability is improved with heavy duty lower bulkheads while maintaining ultra-low weight with heavy duty upper clamps improve durability in hard crashes.  In the area of suspension 9mm shorter XLP shocks improve cornering speed, steering response, and stability for better control on all surfaces.  The 2.6g lighter shocks remove 10.4g from the ends of the chassis improving weight placement while retaining the same internal oil volume compared to ULP shocks for consistent dampening.  8mm lower front shock tower lowers CG with two optimised shock mounting positions while the rear shock tower is strengthened to improves durability in severe crashes and improves CG and optimise handling.  Also new is a redesigned servo mounting system with a bit more frontward servo position provides better weight balance and improves clearance between servo and pinion.  New 2x50g chassis weights relocated under the front driveshafts at the centreline of the front suspension improve on/off-power weight transfer for better balance and rotation.

View the full X4F’24 presentation here

May 26, 2023

T-Works ET410 Alu Spacer Set

Coming from T-Works is this new aluminium spacer set intended for Tekno’s ET410 1:10 4WD Competition Electric Truggy.  Machined from 7075-T6 Aluminium and finished in a black coating, the four piece set includes 6 x 10 x 2.8mm spacers which are intended to be used with 17mm wheel adapters.

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May 26, 2023

HUDY 1:8 Onroad Camber Tool

Slovakian tool manufacturer Hudy has released this very niche 1:8 Onroad camber adjustment tool.  The handy tool features the iconic Hudy tool handle and a rod that is inserted into the adjustable turnbuckle hole on the 1:8 on-road cars for camber adjustment.

View usage graphic here

May 26, 2023

JConcepts 1.9″ and 1.7″ Bar Codes, Step Spike & Taper Spike

JConcepts has added three specialty tyres for 1:10 Offroad with the release of the 1.7″ & 1.9″  Bar Codes, Step Spike & Taper Spike competition tyres.  The Code of Silence has been broken at JConcepts, and the Bar Codes are out. Like the name suggests, the alternating bar design combined with the addition of the Y side bars provide uncompromised support for blue and black groove conditions.  Bar Codes are a specialty tyre that when matched to the appropriate track can provide amazing results.  Each year, JConcepts performs several passion projects which allows vintage enthusiasts to take advantage of the latest technology.  The 1.7” bead mounting diameter of original off-road wheels centre this design.  The smaller wheel allows the use of a smaller tire appearing scale appropriate for earlier generation vehicles such as the RC10.  An entire group of vintage racers rely on a small selection of tires, but now can step up their grip game with versatile tyres from JConcepts.  With available compounds such as green for outdoor and slick track conditions, to the gold compound for indoor or clay track conditions, the Bar Codes are passionately involved. The bar design of the tire produces friendly forward traction while the Y bars on the outside help tame corners on blue groove and dry condition track surfaces.

View Step Spike & Taper Spike here