American offroad brand Tekno RC has announced the release of its latest creation, the MT410 2.0 1:10 Monster Truck. The truck represents Tekno RC’s dedication to innovation and quality and over three years in development, it has undergone rigorous testing in diverse conditions, ensuring it meets the high standards set by its predecessor, the MT410. Designed as a smaller sibling to the original MT410, the MT410 2.0 promises a level of performance and toughness which Tekno say sets it apart in the world of remote-controlled vehicles.
Pro-Line has introduced their next generation of tyre for 1:10 Sprint Car dirt oval racing with the new Hot Lap 2.2″ Dirt Oval tyre. The tyre was designed from the ground up for consistency and long-lasting tyre wear and features a deep, geometric grooved tread that provides increased forward bite, a predictable, smooth steering feel, and great tread cleanout. It is available in either MC (Clay) or M4 (Super Soft) compounds to suit your track’s specific needs and comes complete with Pro-Line’s closed-cell inserts.
Kyosho Europe has announced today on its social media that after a decade of working with top Portuguese 1:8 Offroad driver João Figueiredo, the two parties will part ways at the end of 2023. In the post from both Kyosho Japan and Kyosho Europe, the manufacturer thanked Figueiredo and his father Jose for their contribution to the success of the brand and said they would always be part of the Kyosho family. Crowned Portuguese Cup Champion in October and finishing 6th this year on his 5th European Championship Final appearance, the 27-year-old is expected to announce his new 2024 plans shortly but first has two potential National titles to add to the Kyosho story. Figueiredo followed up the Kyosho announcement with an in dept review of their partnership which can be read here.
One of the greatest drivers of our sport, 14-time World Champion Masami Hirosaka and G-Force Hobby have collaborated for the release of a limited edition ‘Masami’ hoodie which comes with a special sticker set. Masami has been involved with the Japan’s G-Force Hobby in recent years following a hugely successful and historic 30-year stint with Yokomo that lead to him becoming one of the best known RC racers in the world. The zip-up light hoodie has a ‘Turn around Masami illustration’ drawn by Team Sealwith and comes with a set of 6 manga style Masami stickers.
America’s Avid Racing Concepts has released a second version of its shock parts box which is intended for 1:10 Buggy racers. Designed and produced by Bryan Badgett, the handy box takes your springs (12/13mm), pistons, rod ends, spring cups, and even your Avid Ringer cartridges and collars and transforms them into an organised wonderland. Giving you the perfect arrangement and effortless accessibility, the V2 box has an improved latch.
Kyosho America has announced that it has recruited up & coming 1:8 Offroad talent Phi-Long Nguyen. Having earned the nickname ‘Little Bump’, the 12-year-old joins the iconic Japanese brand having announced earlier this month after AMS 14.0 that he was departing HB Racing after 5-years. Nguyen will team-up with Ryan Lutz in representing Kyosho on the busy US Offroad race calendar.
American niche bodyshell producer BOKI Racing has unveiled a rare find to the vintage RC racing community with the release of the XX4 X5 Conversion Kit Body. Crafted to seamlessly integrate with the original kit, the XX4 X5 Conversion Kit Body offers an unparalleled fit. The kit includes a clear, uncut, unpainted body, complete with window masks and paint masking, all expertly constructed from .030 Lexan made in the USA. Designed originally by Josh Cyrul, the XX4 X5 body embodies the X-Factor philosophy of prioritizing function above all. Despite initial reservations about its aesthetics, the design’s prowess becomes evident when working with and painting the shell, ultimately growing on enthusiasts. Notable features include a prominent motor cooling hump, providing ample space for a motor heat sink beneath the shell. The driver’s cockpit is strategically positioned in the center, with a rearward swoop to enhance downforce. The team behind the XX4 X5 body asserts its significant contribution to the car’s aerodynamics, promising a noticeable performance boost on the track.
Former 1:8 Buggy World Champion Ty Tessmann has announced he has been dropped by Xray and their US distributor RC America. The Canadian driver will depart after a 7-year stint with the Slovakian manufacturer whom he joined after a lengthy stint with Hot Bodies. Posting confirmation of the much rumoured news, fuelled by the recent signing of his former HB team-mate David Ronnefalk, on his social media, Tessmann said, ‘There have been a lot of rumors about my future with Xray. For the last 7 years I have raced for and been committed to Xray and RC America, my Dad and I helped develop the Xray offroad cars, and grow the Xray brand in North America, and we have had a lot of successes over the last 7 years with their cars’. Listing his achievements with the brand which included the TQ & 2nd at the 2018 1:8 World Championships in Australia, he continued, ‘That being said I will not be continuing with Xray for 2024 and beyond, this was not my choice, but Xray and RC America have decided to not renew my contract. I would like to thank Xray and RC America for the opportunity and support over the past 7 years. Stay tuned for an announcement on what 2024 holds for me.’