Yeah Racing have introduced their new TC4 grade titanium screws that are meant to offer an high strength-to-weight ratio. The fasteners are not only light of weight they also add some visual impact due to their shiny finish and they are highly corrosion resistant, making them ideal for on-road and off-road kits alike. The screws come in 5-piece packs and they are available as flathead or button head M3x6mm, M3x8mm and M3x10mm variants.
Made for Xray’s 2020 specification kits of the XB8 and XB8E are several new optionals from T-Works. The range includes items such as a 20-piece set of hard-coated aluminium suspension balls to scrub some weight, rubber/metal-shielded ball bearings sets offer protection and low natural drivetrain drag and titanium turnbuckles reduce overall weight while adding style and corrosion protection. Also available are titanium or gold-colour steel screw kits.
Coming from Avid and made for of the latest 1/10th 2WD and 4WD buggies are new chassis protector sheets. Made by Stickit1Racing the chassis skins come pre-cut for easy installation and they help to protect the chassis bottom when running on highly abrasive surfaces or on track with large jumps. They include an extra removable tail piece when the first gets worn out and the stickers are available in black or white designs and for the B6.2 with +3mm chassis, for the TLR 22X-4, the Xray XB2C/D’20, the Xray XB4’20 and the Yokomo YZ2 DTM3.
RC Maker have announced the release of new optional parts in the form of A800MMX GeoCarbon battery mounts for the use with slim-type battery packs as well as a slim LCG brass weight. Starting with the battery mounts, slim batteries are narrower and require smaller hooks for installation. RC Maker have modified their original GeoCarbon battery hook design for the narrower batteries, giving drivers a stylish option for securing the new range of slim battery packs. The set includes a 2mm spacer to raise the hooks for increased support, are adjustable left to right for correct balance and fitment, and also support integration with RC Maker’s floating battery mount sets for Awesomatix/Xray or Yokomo.
This year’s Australian Off-Road National Championship was held at the Melbourne Off Road Radio Car Club this past weekend. In the Nitro Buggy class it was Team Associated driver, Alex Bernadzik with the overall TQ, however after the 60-minute A-main event, that saw some close racing between Alex and Kyle McBride (Infinity), it was the latter that would excel while Alex had to settle for 2nd overall, just a couple of seconds behind. In 3rd it was JQRacing’s Aaron Dexter who would round out the podium result.
The latest competition LiPo battery pack releases to Speedzone’s Evolution brand include a 2S slim pack, 2S shorty pack and a 4S pack. The 5500mAh 7.4V 130C slim pack measures 139×37.3×24.8mm and weighs 238g, the 5000mAh 7.4V 120C shorty pack measures 96×46.5×24.5mm and weighs 212g, and the 6000mAh 14.8v 120C pack measures 139x47x48mm and weighs in at 534g. All packs were designed to produce high voltage with low internal resistance and utilize 5mm bullet connectors.
Following first impressions of their forthcoming new nitro off-road buggy SWorkz have fully unveiled the S35-4 1/8th scale kit. The buggy is designed for pure racing with the geometry of the car providing optimised corner speed paired with easy handling and maximum traction. The S35-4 is based on a new T7075 hard anodised and lightened aluminium chassis that sports a wide layout while the newly developed HET differentials being also included to provide an amount of traction that wasn’t possible with the previous systems. The kit also comes with a lower shock tower layout in the front and rear and the construction of the shocks is adapted to that new optimised layout. The steering geometry, with new Ackermann and steering plates, gives the driver the feeling of total control over the buggy. Also part of the kit are new suspension mounts that utilise new square inserts, allowing the buggy to be adapted to a wide range of track conditions. The lower front and rear arms are moulded using a newly developed composite material and they are of an updated design to fit the new chassis geometry. The side guards were redesigned in the same way. Another development are the totally designed rear hubs. Composite material combined with carbon plates gives drivers the possibility for various setups. The newly developed composite material is working perfectly together with the HET differentials to provide maximum traction. With the new lightened wing support owners can adjust the position and angle of the wing to give the buggy perfect on-track balance and together with the optimised new body shell, the aerodynamic system is working perfectly together. The kit is set for a release in the first half of April.
JConcepts is further growing their range of Street Eliminator drag body shells with the latest addition being the 1955 Chevy Bel Air. Since the late 1980s the 1955 Bel Air body has been an icon of fast door slammer racing since it first appeared on the scene. A decade ago, the body style was refined to an even more radical updated version of the classic American icon for modern day 240+ mph pro modified use. Taking on this project was not an effortless task, doing a great deal of R&D, the team went for the more race inspired style and decided to split up the design into 3 different parts. First, the main Bel Air shell has been carefully crafted via CAD and hand shaped and finish to realize the many details found on the 1955. The stunning looks, slightly modified for drag racing, create a low-profile build, racy, laid-back front grille and unmistakable front headlight section. JConcepts has designed the entire race body with the shoebox look as it was called in the 50’s. Along with the flatter straighter panels, the ’55 also has modern cues like wrap-around glass on the windshield, and tail lights that jut outward. The body shell has built-in trim along the main panels which can be painted and detailed by the user to emulate the real steel. In the rear, the drop-dome roof glides toward the trunk deck which allows the 2-piece spoiler package to drop into place. Sculpted and abbreviated, race-style, bumpers are molded with the body and just like all the rest, can be painted as desired. The front hood-scoop is a separate polycarbonate piece which has a special form just to under-cut and look the size and shape as a 1:1 counterpart. Slight fender flares give the user a hint of trimming direction for the 13” wheelbase and wheel well openings. The trim lines throughout the body provide a low-profile appearance and steady guide for a clean overall look. Included in each body set is a 1955 Chevy Bel Air decal sheet, rear wing option including lower support and upper wing spoiler and the paint mask for all windows. A front hood-scoop is also part of each body set and ready for trim, fit and finishing.