Yokomo’s World Championship winning BD8 1/10th 4WD electric touring car will be released by end of October, according to the Japanese manufacturer. Successful at this year’s IFMAR Worlds in China in the hands of Germany’s Ronald Völker the car utilises a range of improvements over the previous BD7 platform with a new centre aligned front belt improving the car’s balance and smoothness during acceleration. The drivetrain features a 1-piece 20T centre pulley that takes both the front and rear belt while a new motor mount and flex system moves the motor more inboard, again to achieve an optimised weight balance. The motor mount is also smaller for reduced weight and a new lower mounting pattern improves chassis flex for increased grip and corner speed.
A feature carried over from the DB7 are the bulkhead X braces that give the ability to fine-tune the bulkhead flex to various track conditions while new insert suspension blocks replace the former rigid parts for easier suspension geometry changes. Included with the kit comes a new floating servo mount that runs along the centreline of the chassis and high-quality dual joint front driveshafts are also part of the package. New to the BD8 are also graphite-reinforced suspension parts that help the car to react better in different track conditions. The kit is rounded out by SLF 2 big bore shock absorbers and the RTC-named rear toe control system to allow further fine-tuning of the rear end geometry.