New from Italian engine builders Reds Racing is this new limited edition 721 Superveloce off-road engine to celebrate the company’s success at the 2023 Euros in Redovan, Spain last month. The new ‘Euros Edition’ 1:8 Offroad engine is a limited edition of only 300 pcs built to the same setup as used by Top Qualifier and Champion Juan Carlos Canas and Elliott Boots who took 2nd place at the 2023 European Championship. The engine comes with their revolutionary RTX Rotating Backplate that aims to increase engine power and improve stability at idle speed thanks to a drastic reduction in friction between the connecting rod and backplate. This time Reds Racing engineers have invented something unique in RC model market, destined to be considered one of the most innovative solutions of the last 30 years. Contrary to what happens for traditional RC engines, where the connecting rod slides on the backplate producing sliding friction, in the RTX Backplate the connecting rod is in contact with a special steel plate that can rotate together with the conrod thanks to the fact that it is mounted on two special high speeds ball bearings.
New from British conversion kit manufacturer Willspeed is their chassis conversion for the Team Associated B74.2 4WD 1:10 Buggy. Machined from a single piece of T6 aircraft grade aluminium, the RF74.2 design replaces the original multipart chassis. A sturdy, tweak free integral platform in which will really allow you to get the suspension geometry working uninfluenced by not only removing tweak, but unpredictable chassis flex. By adding the included carbon inserts to the chassis side rails, the overall weight has been reduced while keeping the strength. The kit includes – Chassis, Carbon Side Rails, Battery Mounts and requires Team Associated B74.2 Kit to complete. It also comes supplied with our O-Ring battery mount. The conversion will only be available pre-order with Willspeed making a one off batch of chassis.
International 1:8 Offroad racer Marco Baruffolo has announced that he and chassis sponsor Tekno are to part ways with immediate effect. The Italian joined the American manufacturer in December 2021 and during the almost 2-year partnership enjoyed some strong results including winning 1:8 Nitro Buggy at the blue ribbon Silver State race in the US and making the final at the 2022 World Championship in Spain. On his Facebook page Baruffolo posted, ‘With immediately effect, Tekno and I decided to part away! I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, we achieved some great results winning the SilverState and made the final at the Worlds! Thanks to Daniel and the entire Tekno team for the opportunity and the time spent together where I learned a lot! Can’t wait to show you my new adventure.’
T-Works has released a number of carbon parts for the new Sparko S8 1:8 nitro buggy. Machine from 1.5mm carbon fibre, the range of parts include Front Upper A-arm Stiffeners, Front A-arm Stiffeners and Rear A-arm Stiffeners as well as a Wing Mount Plate and a Rear Brace Plate,.
Last year at the Japanese Grand Prix we saw Lewis Hamilton at the controls of a Tamiya Lunchbox and Esteban Ocon having some fun with a Kyosho buggy thanks to RC Legend Yuichi Kanai and now the two F1 drivers have teamed up at Suzuka this year for a bit more 1:8 Nitro Buggy fun at the event. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team shared photos and a video on social media of the pair driving the two buggies up and down the pit lane with both drivers clearly enjoying the experience before they get down to the more serious business of this weekend’s F1 Grand Prix which starts tomorrow. Clearly F1 drivers also need to be marshalled too with a photo of one of the cars upside down. It also appears that Lewis shares something in common with our own 1:8 Buggy and now 1:10 4WD World Champion Davide Ongaro in using a stick radio!!
It’s that time again with RC Cars Köngen e.V. hosting its annual Halloween Race over the weekend of November 4/5th 2023. With over 150 entries, the Halloween Race in Köngen has become one of the largest national electric offroad events in Germany. In the past, drivers from all over Europe have come to Köngen to compete with drivers like Jörn Neumann, Micha Widmaier, Burak Kilic and Moritz Lautenbach from Germany, Clement Boda from France, Senne Pauwels from Belgium and Rik Haemers from the Netherlands. Racing will take place in the classes 2WD and 4WD Modified and Stock as well as Mod Truck according to the regulations of the DMC. On the Friday of race weekend there will be practice at the venue. If you want to be there, you have to be fast with the entries opening via myrcm.ch on 25.09.2023 at 20.00 o’clock.
As part of their ongoing 60th anniversary celebrations in 2023, Kyosho has announced another special limited edition Legendary series kit with the Optima Mid ’87 WC Worlds Spec 60th Anniversary Limited edition. A replica of the 1987 Optima Mid prototype which the team drivers were using with special custom parts, the new limited production run is packaged in a special small size box with package handle. The kit features gun metallic finished aluminium cylinders on the oil shocks which are equipped with titanium coated shafts that increase wear resistance. The main gear shaft, which transmits the power from the spur gear to the gearbox, is made of 7075 extra super duralumin with hard anodised finish. It is significantly lighter than the conventional steel, contributing to the improvement of throttle response. Ball differentials on both front and rear provide smooth operation and maximum traction with slip action when excessive load is applied for improved driving stability. Front Universal swing shafts deliver excellent drive efficiency and minimise vibration during steering for improved control.
Coming off the heels of successful designs such as the Landmines, Scorpios, and Tusk, JConcepts presents the Megalithic crawler tyre. Built to the popular 4.75” outside diameter competition dimension, the Megalithic is the most detailed JConcepts tyre ever produced. When JConcepts R&D sat down to conceptualise ideas and celebratory projects for its 20th anniversary, the team decided to produce an intricate crawling tyre. A whole new layout of lug arrangement, terracing, and recessing provides a footing capable of distorting to just about any terrain. The large “bat lug” centre section can pull in either direction and can be tested in vertical lug direction forward, or with the stepping forward. Next to the centre, the “club lugs” with recessed areas define the outside of the tread. The “sharks’ mouth” ties an arrangement of the centre structure together and the Megalithic pyramid drops right into the centre giving surface area at various angles.The sidewalls include heavy traction bar placement, removed sections to add pitch and flex grip characteristics. Several “pencil push” plots array the sidewalls with heavy carved and shaved sections in each rotation. A “liquid rope” finalises the sidewall tread detail to separate where the tread ends, and the tire lettering begins. Recessed JConcepts logo with inner hatching takes position in multiple areas while the 20th Anniversary logo looks strong.