RC Carbon Cavalieri have announced the release of their carbon fibre front scoops for many of today’s 1/8th scale off-road buggies. Made from high-quality carbon fibre the scoops help to adjust the aerodynamic balance during high speeds and jumping with the parts offering increased stability over standard polycarbonate front wings. The scoops are available from now on for many Agama, HB Racing, HoBao, Mugen, Serpent, SWorkz, Team Associated and TLR kits.
CML Distribution today released first pictures of HoBao’s forthcoming H4E pro touring car kit. The vehicle is designed for high-end competition use and offers a conventional weight distribution but one or the other unconventional design element such as vertically spilt front and rear bulkheads, tough looking suspension mounts, sturdy steering bellkcranks and a rigid servo mount as well as solid A-arms. The front steering knuckle and hub construction is of a reversed design meaning the steering knuckle is C-shaped with an oval-design hub – pretty similar to the design many 4WD buggy use. Another feature worth mentioning are the short aluminium big bore shock absorbers with large diameter springs, the very narrow carbon fibre chassis design and the self-centring anti-roll bars. We have no information on a release date but we keep you posted.
Hobao are showing off a number of prototype cars on their stand the first of which is a new 2wd electric buggy. Featuring a long wheelbase similar to that of the TLR22, it has an aluminium chassis and the ability to switch the motor from rear to mid motor while retaining the ability to use a full size stick pack. Details are not yet locked down but they are aiming for a mid summer release date.
Grid RC have announced that they will release a new motor mount for the Hyper 9e that will utilize the same eccentric style motor plate, as incorporated in their other mounts. This gives precise gear meshing and multi-hole mounting, and uses all six available mounting screws for a Tekin or four mounting screws for a Neu/Castle motor. What’s unique about this new motor mount, is the ability to gain access to the center differential without removing the mount and disturbing the motor.
DE Racing continue to extend their line of chassis skid and bump skid plates. The original manufacturer of this type of chassis protector, there is new skid plates for the Agama A8 Evo as well as the Hobao/OFNA Hyper 9 and bump skids for the Agama A8 Evo and the Serpent S811 Cobra.
HoBao have released 3 new molded foam inserts for off-road racers. Available in 3 different compounds the black (firm) insert is ideal for maximising control as the extra firmness allows the tyre to maintain its shape. This in turn means the tyre has increased traction and maneuverability. The grey (medium) compound is better suited for tracks which include jumps. There is more ‘give’ in the insert allowing it to soak up more of the impact when landing. For the best of both worlds you can always go for the more professional dual compound. While more expensive than the other single colour inserts, the dual insert has hardened shoulders with a softer strip in the middle. This means you get the added traction of the black insert with the improved dampening of the grey insert.
Hobao have released this race ready RTR Hyper 9 package. Based around the race proven Hyper 9 platform, the this version retains all the required race features to help you be competitive straight from the off. Coming factory assembled with HoBao’s new 2.4ghz radio system for crystal free running and the Hyper 21 3-Port RACE engine for excellent power and speed. The suspension is the ‘B’ type suspension as used on the top spec Pro UK competition kit, the version used by their top team drivers. Race options such as in-line tuned pipe, anti-roll bars and huge 20mm big bore oil filled adjustable shock absorbers all come standard on this race ready RTR.
Confirming many rumors surrounding his future, Italian Hobao distributors Schepis Model in Italy have announced that Davide Tortorici will race for the Hobao team in the 2010 season. Alongside his driving responsibilities the former Crono team driver and double European Champion will also manage the commercial and technical activities of Hobao in Italy. Expect an official announcement on his new engine deal with Sirio in the coming days.