HPI announced at last weeks Toy Fair that the Firestorm will soon be available with a super-fast brushless motor system. The new HPI Flux Brushless System features the Motiv brushless speed control and the Warp brushless motor for the ultimate in speed, giving the E-Firestorm the power to break speed limits everywhere. Supplied in RTR form, the E-Firestorm Flux will be factory-assembled with the Flux Brushless System installed.
JConcepts have released the Force-1, a medium hardness molded 1/8th buggy insert that is perfect for any 1/8th buggy tire or wheel combination. The Force-1 insert incorporates a superior medium density material with a unique manufacturing process to ensure consistency and insert longevity.
Last weekend saw the Yatabe Arena International off road GP take place at the famous indoor off road track in Japan. The event was attended by all the top Japanese racers and also present was former World Champion Ryan Cavalieri who was taking part in both the truck and the 2wd and 4wd classes. Racing saw the Reedy style format being used and even though Cavalieri dominated the 2wd class with 3 wins from 4, he had one sightly off result in the 4wd class which meant he finished in 2nd behind eventual winner, 2wd World Champion, Hayatu Matsuzaki, with Masami Hirosaka claiming 3rd. Cavalieri took the win the truck class.
Former European Champion Chris Doughty has the first pictures of the Atomic-Carbon B44 optional body that is used with the Atomic-Carbon B44 optional Carbon Fibre Tub Chassis. The shell is still in its prototype phase so final details need to confirmed but the front and rear towers have been shaped to allow airflow over the body so as not get blocked by the tower. The body is lower than that for the S4 yet there is plenty of room for full size servos, receivers and TC style fan mounted speed controllers.
We already brought you some information, as well lots of close up photos of the new Cyclone D2 from Hot Bodies during the Toy Fair last week, but now HPI have published complete information about the car. In development for over a year it has been designed with strength, tuning, maintenance and compatibility in mind. The most unique thing you’ll notice is the aluminium main chassis, machined from 7075-series alloy, serves as the backbone of the Cyclone D2 and also as a solid mounting point for all the critical components of the buggy. The battery tray can fit standard 6 or 7 cell sub-C batteries or any hard case Li-Po pack designed for RC cars, held in place with large thumbscrews for a secure fit. By using stiff foam padding and offset cell trays you can easily alter the weight balance of the buggy for increased steering or more traction.
Reckward Tuning will release this new upper steering plate for use on the Associated RC8 1/8th scale buggy. Made by Vita Tuning, the grey anodised aluminium top plate increases the stiffness around the steering system and improves crash resistance. The plate also incorporates the upper wishbone mounting point, which can easily be removed by just 2 screws, in place of 6 on the standard system.
2007 French buggy Champion Alexander Valente has joined the X Factory Team. Valente drove his own X -6 to win in the first three events of the 2007 French Championship and took second in the fourth event to lock up the title. “I’m looking forward to this season so much,” said Alex. “It’s hard for me to believe that now I’m part of the X Team”. Valente added,
I was hooked on The New Math when I first heard about the concept. If just makes so much sense, I had to get one. And what a dream to drive, right from the start. Brian Kinwald calls this car ‘cheating,’ and I knew why right from my first lap. Now I’m part of this exciting innovative Team. It’s amazing! The X – 5 is the perfect car for our French outdoor tracks. I haven’t driven 4WD for quite some time, and can’t wait to start driving it. That single-belt driveline is just ballistic, and the xx-4 suspension is still the best one ever built. With a year of driving the mid-motor X – 6, I know I’ll be right at home with the X – 5. Support from the other Team drivers has been fantastic. It’s so much fun being with a group of guys who are so smart and share my desire to win. So far it’s just been E-mails because of distance, but it’s a super Family.
Valente will run the full schedule of French National Championship races, as well as the Coupe De France and Petit R/C races in 2008.
Losi have introduced this heavy duty differential case that is suitable for the Losi 8ight, 8ight-T and LST2. Through the use of new heat resitant metal inserts, the differential can now withstand serious punishment and because the differential pins are now press fit they keep from beating against, and ultimately damaging, the differential casing.