Coming from Schumacher and made for their Cougar Laydown, KD, KR and SV2 kits is an aluminium diff conversion. The alloy case gives super precision and strength and has a larger oil volume for more consistency during a run while also helping with temperate management. The main large shim also thicker for more reliability. The conversion includes all parts necessary and the externals are also available separately so drivers can use donor parts from their current diff.
Ruddog Distribution have introduced their new Tire Glue line of CA super glues. Available as thin and medium viscosity variants the glues are ideal to securely bond on-road and off-road rubber tyres to their wheels with the thin variant being ideal to let the glue flow into even the smallest of gaps while the medium variant is also usable to seal tyre sidewalls in order to counter traction rolling. Both glues come in 20g bottles and they include angled glue tips to make application even more convenient.
Coming from PR Racing and made for the S1 series of off-road vehicles are several updated or new parts. First up is the 2020 S1 front chassis top plate. The bulkhead was optimised and now incorporates a front swaybar mount that allows for easy attachment of the optional 2020 S1 front swaybar set. The front chassis top plate kit is also usable with the V3T and SC201 trucks and the optional anti-roll bar kit includes all needed hardware as well as 1.3mm and 1.4mm wires. While being at optional front swaybar kits, PR Racing also releases a truck compatible kit, again using 1.3mm and 1.4mm wires and including all needed mounting hardware. Last but not least come two new wishbone sets, a front gullwing lower arm set for the PRS1V3 Type R and a ST1 and SC201 compatible full arm set. Both include updated arms that feature anti-roll bar mounting positions.
TDK have announced the release of their new Gen 2 tyre traction compound. The next generation of the brand’s safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable tyre sauce has a tweaked formula to work better with both on and off-road tyres. For off-road TDK Gen 2 has been designed to work with modern synthetic compounds and provides improved tyre and foam life for all compounds. For On-Road, TDK Gen 2 will work best on gray carpet or asphalt tracks. The traction compound is a nearly odourless, yet extremely effective sauce that provides a quick break-in and gives tremendous traction all while offering greater tyre life.
Coming soon from JConcepts is their new Ellipse tyre for 1/10th scale short course trucks. The tyre is making an appearance at this week’s RC Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it was designed to compete on smooth high-grip indoor and outdoor surfaces and it will hit stores in March 2020.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the new TLR 8ight-X Elite 1/8th scale nitro buggy kit. The buggy builds on the championship-winning heritage of its predecessors with updates to the suspension geometry and drivetrain as well as the chassis layout that make it both easier to drive and tougher to beat. This version of the popular 8ight-X includes all of the desired factory team option parts and many updates in a one-box purchase, such as a carbon centre diff brace, 3.5mm shock shafts, aluminium front brace, front universals, 10mm wing riser, quick change engine mount, wider hexes, new pistons, carbon fibre arm inserts, poly-carbonate wing, and updated rear CVA axle. The drivetrain as well as the chassis layout have been completely redesigned making it easier to drive on the track and work on in the pit. The Elite chassis moves weight forward and decreases wheelbase is to give the car more overall grip. An updated radio tray now puts the throttle servo near the engine to eliminate additional linkage. The updated radio tray will ensure the throttle servo is rigidly mounted to avoid any flex by floating the servo off of the centre differential.
Reds Racing have released first teaser images of their forthcoming new VX3 540-class competition brushless motor. Of a minimalistic design with only a front and rear endbell and an exposed stator the motor is set to offer a low weight and exceptional heat dissipation. Full details will become available in time of the release.
The 6th round of the HNMC Winter Series was held at the Herts Nitro Model Club in the UK last weekend, attracting nearly 75 entries. The mild January weather made for good racing conditions and the qualifying went to Less Reeder in Truggy, Richard Miller in E-Buggy and Callum Niblett in Nitro Buggy. The 20-minute Nitro Buggy A-main event was won by Team Associated’s Lewis Jones some two seconds in front of Xray’s Callum Niblett while HB Racing’s Simon Reeves came in 3rd, already a lap down.