Team Associated have unveiled their new B6.2 and B6.2D Team Kit 2WD buggies. The B6 platform introduced the use of two separate chassis configurations and the new B6.2 continues this theme. The B6.2 will be the buggy of choice for high-grip carpet or turf track surfaces with its 3-gear Laydown transmission assembly and anti-roll bars for optimal mass balance. The B6.2D includes both 4-gear Layback and Laydown transmission assemblies to fine-tune mass balance to track conditions; add to that the addition of +1 Ackermann plates and gull wing suspension arms to tune the steering for razor-sharp feel and control. Both cars share many great features, such as an easy-access differential, outer rear hinge pins captured with bolt head and locknut for increased durability, new symmetric rear arms that can be flipped to allow an in- between rear shock mounting position, and a new slipper assembly. The setups and tuning parts remain interchangeable between the two configurations.
Absima have introduced their new Revenge CTM V3 540-size electric brushless motor. It is of a new design for an overall lower weight of around 165g and improved heat dissipation, ensuring fading-free performance over the whole run. The CNC-machined lightweight can houses a high-torque stator, a balanced high-strength rotor and stainless steel ball bearings. Silver-plated heavy-duty solder tabs, adjustable timing and, for the stock motors, a set of aluminium motor screws for improved overall performance, round out the package. The motor is available in 3.5T, 4.0T, 4.5T, 5.0T, 5.5T, 6.5T, 7.5T, 8.5T and 9.5T modified as well as 10.5T to 21.5T stock variants.
Coming from Marc Rheinard’s MR33 brand is a new single bellcrank steering system for the Xray T4 series of touring cars. The set makes use of a machined aluminium centre bridge that mounts onto the chassis using the original dual bellcrank mounting holes with the new single bellcrank steering promising a very precise steering feel without having too much overall slop. To change the Ackermann position on the steering rack, simply undo the centre ball stud and move the steering arm forward or backward. The available positions are laser marked for easy identification and due to the rippled surface the steering arm will always stay in the correct position after the ball stud got tightened again. The set comes with two different aluminium inserts to adjust the inner ball stud distance at 8.0mm or 8.5mm settings and three carbon fibre braces on top of the centre part ensure a reliable steering end point adjustment. For the perfect stealthy look all aluminium parts come black anodised.
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.
IGT8 have introduced new adjustable caster blocks for their line of 1/8th vehicles. Made out of 7075 aluminium, the caster block system solves the eternal and expensive problem of having to swap the blocks in order to change the caster angle in the most popular RC suspension design. The adjustable C-hubs use delrin inserts to change the angle of the caster and they have been extensively tested in off-road and on-road applications, being capable of angles from 6 to 22 degrees.
HB Racing are currently developing the follow-up model of their Pro5 electric touring car kit according to an image that surfaced on social media. Utilising what appear to be Pro5 suspension components the chassis is of a mid layshaft design, meaning the motor still remains in the rear part of the chassis with the layshaft and main gear shifted further towards the middle of the car. This however is just one of several different designs HB Racing and Zero Tribe founder Kagayama are currently working on. We bring you more details on the project as they become available.
Vigor RC have introduced their new rear belt tensioner with integrated battery stopper for the Xray T4 2020 touring car. The machined aluminium part offers a milled centre section that allows for a height adjustment of the ball-raced belt tensioner in order to finely adjust the tension of the rear belt. On the opposite side a round head screw and bushings form a battery stopper that ensures the LiPo pack stays away from rotating parts. The belt tensioner is a direct fit, using existing chassis holes.
Coming from Reflex Racing’s RSD brand and made for the new Serpent X20 mid-motor touring car is a new Quasi carbon fibre top deck. It offers an updated design for increased response, gear selection range and belt clearance while also offering improved durability compared to the stock version. The top deck is available as a 2.0mm variant for high traction surfaces and in a thinner 1.5mm variant for medium to medium-high traction conditions.