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.
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.
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.
The 2019 IFMAR 1/10th Off-road World Championships are held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin, Slovakia this week. The event kicked off with 2WD racing that saw a 3-horse race for the overall TQ. In the end 2015 2WD World Champion Spencer Rivkin took three round TQs for the overall from Italy’s 1/8th Nitro Buggy World Champion, Davide Ongaro. Japan’s Yusuke Sugiura, with a steady performance, snatched P3 on the grid from 2015 4WD World Champ, Bruno Coelho who would also take a single round TQ. The opening A-main then saw Davide taking the win by 0.6 seconds as Spencer had a bobble in the opening stages of the race. Bruno Coelho would end A1 in 3rd.
The final round of the French 1/8th Electric Off-road Championship was held at the Apamat Troyes track last weekend. In the E-Buggy class it was HB Racing’s Romain Valter with the top qualifying position, however in the end it was TLR’s Jerome Sartel with the overall win and also the 2019 title while Cyrille Baldini (Team Associated) and Romain Valter came in 2nd and 3rd respectively at the final round. Over in E-Truggy it was again Jerome with the TQ and win, sealing his second overall title.
During this week’s IFMAR 1/10th Electric Off-road World Championships, that are being held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin, Slovakia, Team Losi Racing are showing what is expected to be their forthcoming new 1/10th scale 4WD buggy. By the look of things, and especially the front gearboxes and chassis design, the new buggy is shaft-driven, doing away with the belt drivetrain of the ageing 22-4 kit and being up to par with the latest 4WD buggy designs. Detailed specifications are hard to spot in the images, however the kits run at the Worlds and in the hands of Dakotah Phend, Tom Rinderknecht and Reno Savoya look pretty much production ready and more details should surface very soon.
The Finnish 1/8th Off-road Championship recently concluded and it was Mugen’s Ari Heinonen with the overall win in the Nitro Buggy class. Tomi Salonen came in 2nd with Simo Ahoniemi rounding out an all-Mugen podium.