Japanese brand Zero Tribe, known for their front and mid motor conversions for the Xray T4 touring car, are currently developing a mid motor conversion kit for the Yokomo BD9 tourer. In the very early stages of design, the release of the actual kit may take some time but it is nice to see the proactive brand caring for the needs of Yokomo users. We bring you more updates on the project as they become available.
Japanese brand Zero Tribe, known for their popular Xray T4 FWD conversion, have released first renderings of a mid motor conversion for Xray’s T4 electric touring car. The design is inspired by Tamiya’s TA05 car and Awesomatix’s A800 MMCX mid motor conversion, with the equal length front and rear belts making for quicker and more even throttle response while the placement of the somewhat heavy motor creates an optimised overall balance. The kit will allow the use of shorty-type LiPo batteries as it is a developing trend when running indoors. We bring you more information on the kit as they surface.
Zero Tribe have introduced a stock conversion kit for the Yokomo BD9 that was developed to reduce natural drivetrain drag. Based on the experience gained with the T4 stock conversion kit, the BD9-aimed variant features a larger 22T centre pulley design for less belt pinching and thus a more efficient drivetrain. Included in the kit are also the necessary, longer front and rear belts as well as a redesigned narrow design 2.0mm carbon fibre top deck that will improve overall grip and traction in lower grip track conditions or when running hard compound handout or spec tyres. The upper deck is also available separately for the standard BD9.
Zero Tribe from Japan have introduced new flex type shock stays for the Xray T4 2019 and 2018 cars. They are machined from Japanese high-quality carbon fibre and their updated shape provides increased grip and stability when running in high-grip track conditions. The shock stays utilise the standard kit geometry and they are available separately for the front and rear.
Zero Tribe from Japan are currently developing new carbon fibre option parts for the all-new Yokomo BD9 touring car. First up are updated front and rear shock towers whose design allows to use the shock absorbers with increased overall length, making it easier to use aftermarket shock springs and achieve proper ride height settings with these. Also under development is a narrow design top deck that carries over Zero Tribe’s T4 design for optimised chassis flex characteristics.
Zero Tribe have introduced new ultra low shock towers for the Yokomo DB8-2018 touring car that allow to run Xray’s ULP or Axon’s High Big Bore shock absorbers. The shock stays are cut from high-quality carbon fibre and using them in combination with the ultra short shock absorbers will lower the car’s overall centre of gravity for improved handling especially on high to very high bite surfaces.
Zero Tribe from Japan have introduced their new Stock conversion kit as well as a hard chassis and narrow upper deck for the Xray T4 2018 and 2017 kits. Starting with the Stock racing conversion, the set includes new large diameter middle layshaft pulleys as well as new standard and low-friction belts to ensure full compatibility with the standard spool and diff gears. Also part of the package is a 2.0mm carbon fibre upper deck. Using the conversion will make for reduced drivetrain drag thanks to the larger centre pulleys which can lead to 0.1s lower lap times, better rolling feeling in corners and also improved drivetrain efficiency.
Japanese brand Zero Tribe have announced the soon release of new aluminium and carbon fibre option parts for the Xray T4 2018 and 2017 kits. First up is an upper aluminium floating servo mount plate that was designed to replace the standard carbon fibre item. Available in orange or black anodising the plate offers greater stiffness compared to the standard item for improved initial steering response and it is usable on both the current 2018 and older 2017 specification kit.