RC Vision, the organiser of the King of Clubs RC Series, has announced a new partnership with CML Distribution to provide a free “arrive and drive experience” for children and young people at each race meeting. With the aim of promoting the benefits of RC racing to the next generation, the series will be offering an exciting and educational experience to young people in 2023. “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with CML Distribution and FTX,” said Andy Hyde, RC Vision Director. “The King of Clubs RC Series has always been about promoting the exciting and educational aspects of RC racing to children and young people. With this partnership, we are taking things to the next level and providing a unique opportunity for young people to experience the thrill of RC racing.”
Now available from FTX for the DR8 buggy are a number of precision CNC machined aluminium upgrades. Available in both blue and red, the new items include front and rear chassis braces, 5mm front and rear shock towers as well as FR and FF front suspension braces.
Inspired by the classic pick-ups from the 1940’s and 50’s the new FTX Texan blends old school retro looks with the latest in RC crawler chassis design. The classic cab body features scale exhaust stack, external airfilter, moulded grill, mirrors, wipers and a moulded flat-bed rear roll cage with spare tyre, they have even included two different decals for the rear flat bed, choose either a panel wood or checkerplate finish. The Texan features no body clips or posts, with a magnetic fixing at the front and hinged rear for smooth, uncluttered scale looks and easy, quick chassis access. Underneath the Texan features a low profile, cantilever rear shock absorber set-up to provide the platform for a flatbed rear assembly. Moulded internal wheel arch lining and side floors add further scale realism, along with beadlock wheels and dust cap.
Fresh from FTX for their DR8 1/8th scale desert racer ready-to-run buggy comes these aluminium rear suspension mount blocks. Available in either anodised red or blue, these rear/rear blocks give the car -3˚toe-in, offer some aftermarket bling and their beefy structure improves the durability over the stock part. Matching front blocks are said to be coming soon.
New from FTX is the semi-scale Torro 4WD desert trophy truck. Featuring trailing link rear suspension just like the desert trophy trucks racing in the New Mexico deserts, the Torro is ideal for any fan of extreme trucks. For something a little different FTX have added a bit of colour to the Torro EP, with some blue moulded suspension parts and roll cage accessories, just to liven things up a little instead of bland old black. The full featured brushed truck is a perfect entry in to 1/10th scale RC and includes a 60A speed control, Etronix radio system and Voltz 1800mAh battery pack. Other features include blue anodised aluminium shock absorbers front and rear, metal differential and crown gears and sealed 4WD shaft drive transmission. The truck will hit stores in mid-August.
FTX have introduced their new portal axle conversion kit for the Hi-Rock and Fury trail trucks. Creating an increase in distance between the axle housing and the ground for improved clearance, the portal drives also feature a different drive ratio that improves the crawling performance over obstacles via each wheel. The axles feature all alloy axle housings, painted alloy diff covers, CNC machined steering knuckles, front CVA driveshafts, CNC C-hubs, CNC portal housing and CNC steering bar. Heavy duty hardened, drive gears are used throughout and all shafts are ball bearing supported. A Panhard bar finishes off the set. The conversion can also be mounted on the Element RC Enduro platform if the steering bar is mounted at the front.
FTX have introduced the Outback Hi-Rock, an evolution of the Outback trail chassis. As trail and crawler fans continue to crave both scale performance and scale looks, FTX have looked to address both with the Hi-Rock. Featuring a new split transmission, the motor is now mounted directly above the front axle alongside the steering servo providing extra weight up front for better traction when climbing ascents. The steering angle has been increased to a 45 degrees angle for further improved trail manoeuvrability. An adjustable drivetrain slipper can be set to protect the transmission and driveshafts in the event of a lock up, while internal axle and gearbox metal gears provide long term durability. The split transmission layout provides a much lower centre section allowing for aftermarket interiors to be mounted for added scale realism. The moulded side chassis plates have aluminium plates on the exterior while the inner plates provide protection from the elements as well as mounting receiver and Hobbywing speed control. The moulded receiver box features additional plug in ports for LED lights and aftermarket winches. The classic pick-up inspired body shell comes complete with moulded accessories such as front grill and LED light buckets, snorkel, mirrors, wipers, roll bar cage and spotlights for optional LEDs. Front and rear bumpers feature mounted LED lights and tow hooks to top off that scale look. The ready-to-run truck will hit stores in mid-February.
Coming from FTX RC is their new DR8 1/8th scale desert racer ready-to-run buggy. Big, brutal and fast the DR8 is sure to capture the attention of electric powered brushless fans looking for a fast performer with the added bonus of some scale realism. Featuring the a 6S compatible Hobbywing speed control and 4274 2000kv brushless motor, the true test will be finding enough space to unleash the DR8 to its full potential of up to 100kph. At these speeds a solid base is required and the DR8 features heavy-duty materials and a proven design. 3mm heavy-duty aluminium front and rear braced main chassis, 5mm thick front and rear aluminium shock towers and reinforced moulded suspension components come as standard to help soak up any high speed tumbles. The 4WD drivetrain features sealed oil filled metal-geared differentials coupled with spiral toothed output gear and pinion and is finished off with a hardened steel spur gear for a near bulletproof transmission. Fully adjustable pivot ball suspension, front and rear anti-roll bars and big bore adjustable oil filled shock absorbers all contribute to provide race like handling and adjustability for different terrains. The DR8 is topped off with a classic, desert buggy inspired moulded tubular roll cage frame with printed lexan panels and spare wheel. A detailed interior driver cockpit, painted fire extinguishers are all rounded off with super bright front and rear LED light bars.