Team Losi Racing have introduced the new 2017 Tuning Kit for the 8ight 4.0 1/8th nitro off-road buggy. Throughout the 2016 racing season Team Losi Racing Team and engineering staff was evolving their chassis setups on the buggy and all of this culminates into the 2017 Tuning Kit. The key improvements allow the buggy to better cope with bumpy tracks, they enhance braking, and improve durability. Part of the package are the Ultralite chassis that is not only lower in weight but it offers more flex for a more responsive vehicle in bumpy conditions. With this chassis the gear box now has the ability to move 3mm forward, in conjunction with the included offset rear adjustable hinge pin braces, to give the rear end less bone angle for less mechanical bind which allows the car to adapt quicker to rough terrain.
Also new are the heavy duty brake pads and disk whose full CNC design now keeps the brake disc true with the out drive and minimizes the possibility for it to skew. Now the brake plates have material glued in for a much more stronger and consistent brake feel after a hour long main event. Front and rear universals reduce the mechanical bind in the drive train to allow the suspension to adapt to the surface quicker while the new front aluminium spindles are required with the front universals to allow for the correct bearing depth. These also add significant durability to the most vulnerable part of the car if it comes under heavy impact. Next up is the Gen II wing mount that allows for the new polycarbonate or the standard plastic wing to be used by allowing 5-40 screws, aluminium support washers and nuts to secure it to the mount, but as an added feature drivers can install the new, included, machined post to continue to use the body clip method for attaching the wing to the mount. Also new is the clamping servo saver nut that replaces the stock nut and now uses a clamping feature via a screw. This removes the chances of the servo saver nut backing off during long main events. Another 2017 feature are magnetic wheel nuts that include a steel screw and nut in the centre which holds to TLR’s new magnetic wheel wrench. This makes tire changes during main events much faster and minimizes risk of loosing a nut during a tire change. The kit is rounded out by a new high downforce body shell and polycarbonate rear wing that add traction, steering and overall downforce. The update kit will hit stores by end of May.