Coming from Xpress and made for their FT1 and FT1S FWD touring cars are new short shock conversion parts. First up is a front adapter set that will allow to use optional short low-profile shocks in the front of the cars. The adapters are machined from aluminium, they come black anodised, and feature three mounting positions for the upper shock mounting while attaching to the standard shock tower. Also new is a short shock rear shock tower for the FT1 and FT1S. Machined from 3mm carbon fibre the shock stay features a new geometry for the use with optional low-profile short shocks with multiple upper shock mounting positions being accessible. Using shorter shocks will lower the overall centre of gravity, making for sharper steering response and improved corner speed.
Xpress have announced the release of new optionals for the XQ10 touring car in the form of brass and graphite lower bulkhead plates as well as a 3mm chassis stiffener plate. Starting with the bulkhead plates, the set includes a brass and a carbon fibre plate that can be individually installed under the bulkhead’s diff or spool area. They help to limit overall flex if desired plus the brass plate adding a certain amount of weight if conditions call for it.
Coming soon from Xpress is their new XQ10 mid-motor 4WD touring car. In development for some time now, the vehicle builds on the proven XQ1, however split bulkheads and minor changes to the suspension geometry in combination with a pure mid-motor design make for a more neutral handling car that is suitable for a wider range of track conditions thanks to increased overall traction. New features include an adjustable top deck with flex inserts, the car utilises strong plastic parts which use 3.0mm suspension pins on the outside and inside hinge for less play and a more rigid construction, and new material X-rings for the shocks and differential make for smoother operation. Other features include a redesigned steering rack for a more linear and smooth steering reaction, a built-in rear belt tensioner in the motor mount, a lowered bumper foam for the use with modern touring car bodies, and bearing-supported anti-roll bars ensure smoother suspension operation. The kit is rounded out by lowered shocks for an overall lower centre of gravity. The kit is set for a release this February.
H2 Racing Development have announced the soon release of their limited edition Xpress XQ1 series carbon fibre chassis. Machined from highest quality 2.5mm carbon fibre the chassis is thicker than the stock chassis while being of a narrowed overall width, ensuring optimised flex characteristics while countering tweak issues that can occur due to the XQ1’s unique 1-piece front and rear bulkheads. The chassis also supports the use of shorty-style LiPo batteries with a front and a centre position being accessible. The chassis will be usable for the XQ1 and XQ1S kit and pre-order is available now.
Xpress have introduced new bi-colour aluminium main chassis plates for their XQ1 touring car in mid-motor configuration as well as their forthcoming new XQ10 mid-motor tourer. The chassis are machined from high-quality 2.0mm aluminium and they feature flex cut-outs to optimise their torsional flex characteristics. As with all aluminium main chassis, they are recommended especially for medium to high-bite traction conditions as they increase overall stability while lowering the centre of gravity due to their limited flexibility and higher weight compared to a carbon fibre chassis. The XQ1 specific chassis comes in a black and silver finish while the XQ10 alloy chassis sports red anodised edge details.
Xpress have introduced their new grey colour 4.8mm ball ends that are moulded from a new material. The updated composite material makes for smoother suspension action while preventing play to build up over time, keeping the suspension more precise for longer. The ball ends are of a flat design which allows to run taller camber link positions without having to fear wheel rubbing and they are available in 15mm, 13mm and 10mm variants.
Xpress have announced the soon release of their new 2.0mm aluminium main chassis plate for the Execute FT1 and FT1S FWD touring cars. Machined from high-quality alloy and coming with a black and red surface finish for wear and looks, the chassis will improve overall handling of the cars in medium-high to very high-traction track conditions. The main plate comes strategically machined for optimised flex characteristics and it is a direct fit.
Xpress have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming all-new XQ10 4WD electric touring car kit. The image reveals that the vehicle will make use of a mid-layshaft layout and it seems to utilise ultra-low profile shock towers as there are no shock absorbers visible in the image. Full details of the all-new XQ10 platform will become available in time of the release that however isn’t scheduled for now.