Japanese company Kawahara have released this new ultra cool 1/8th scale on road brake disk. Suitable for use inside Mugen, Kyosho and Serpent chassis’, the disk has been made from special steel and due to the many holes in the surface, has great heat dissipation and is super lightweight.
Japanese company Kawahara are playing with the concept of introducing a new class based on the 1/10th 200mm class, called GPR. Essentially they are saying that due to the power of modern .12 engines that the cars have become more difficult to control. What they are suggesting is to use new wheels and tires that see the front increased to 30mm wide and the rear to 40mm wide, which will help get the power to the track and make the cars easier to drive. To compliment this they have also proposed a new 220mm wide Group C bodyshell, with a GT and Saloon car also planned, and a new wider front bumper which protects the new wider car that will be available for the Mugen MTX-4 and Kyosho V-One RRR. I’m not too convinced by the idea, as a major part of the skill of racing is to be able to handle that power, and also remember that the world had a class like this already – 235mm.
Mugen Seiki Racing have announced the exclusive distributor rights for Kawahara Racing product in the USA for 2008. Starting in February 2008, MSR will carry the complete line of 1/10th and 1/8th scale on-road foam tires plus all the high quality option parts that Kawahara is known for making. This new deal will also see top Mugen racer Mike Swauger, who recently switched to JP Racing engines, run the Kawahara tires at all races. Contact MSR for further information regarding all Kawahara products.
Japanese Novarossi distributor, and after market parts maker, Kawahara have released 2 new team t-shirts in time for the summer. Show your brand loyalty with these black and light grey t-shirts which feature the Kawahara Racing and ZAC Project logos on the front and a more colourful logo, with web address, on the rear. Available now in all the usual sizes.
Back in February we showed you some CAD images of the new optional chassis plate made by Kawahara for the Mugen MRX4-R. This 5mm chassis plate is now available for sale and, similar to the optional Serpent chassis plates, features carbon inserts to enable you to stiffen or soften up the chassis plate. Furthermore the chassis comes with 3 different weights of 10, 18 and 26 grams to allow you to meet minimum weight requirements while for perfect setup it also comes with front and rear setting blocks that fit into the corresponding holes in the chassis.
Not exactly revolutionary but i like what Kawahara are doing with their ZAC Project tires, which you can now buy in a box set of 5, which not only saves you money but gives you a great little tire box to use along with it. This system of packaging will be available for all their tyres including both the 1/8th and 1/10th scale versions, now i wonder if Novarossi, who import these tires into Europe, will do the box set too?
Kawahara, the Japanese tuning company, have shown these drawings of their upcoming release for the MRX4-R. This PRO chassis is narrower than the standard version and features inserts for stiffening up the chassis, similar to the LCG chassis from Serpent. It mentions something about being able to use weights in place of the plates, which could make sense, and also they offer droop blocks with pins that correspond to holes in the chassis so you are sure that your car is always sitting flat when applying your setup. This chassis plate is available as a complete set or as individual parts and should be available in the middle of March.