Jammin have announced their entry into the Short Course market with the release of the SCRT-10. A true 1/10th scale performance short course truck, this car not only looks the part but also performs on track by being the first in class with a 4wd drive train. Features include an all steel drive train, three oil filled diffs, oil filled shock absorbers, sway bars, full sealed ball bearings and realistic high traction tires with beadlocks. This truck will be available in time for the holiday season and will come in both electric and gas versions.
ST Racing Concepts have announced the release of a number of new aluminium optionals for the Traxxas Mini Slash and Mini E-Revo. Increase the strength and add great looks to your car’s suspension with these CNC Machined aluminium rocker arms. These rocker arms not only look great, but also take out any flex from the plastic stock rocker arms. Greatly reduce the heat from your Mini Slash and Mini E-Revo’s high power brushless motor with this new large finned motor mount and motor heat sink plate. The large finned motor mount is lighter than the stock piece and machined with longer heat sink fins to receive more air-flow and reduce more heat from the motor, while the motor heat sink plate with a finned design is not only light weight, but also further reduces heat from the motor. When the two are used in combination, the heat is greatly reduced from the motor, keeping you running stronger longer. Other new parts include CNC Machined aluminium threaded shock bodies, hex adapters and front and rear shock towers. All parts are available in anodized silver, red and blue.
Last weekend saw the 2nd Annual Pikes Peak Nitro Challenge Pay race sponsored by Mugen Racing. The race was held at Colorado Fast Track in Colorado Springs Colorado. With a Pay out to the Top 5 in each class, the race had several well known drivers from around the country in attendance. Most notable was Mike Truhe off his TQ of the 2009 Roar Buggy Nationals 2 weeks ago. The race would prove to be very challenging for most drivers with the track layout designed to be technical, with a huge Quad into a difficult triple. With the elevation over 6500 ft from sea level, motor tuning would be very key to having success for the weekend over the 45 minute A-Mains. The big talk around the track was getting optimum power out of the motor with out lean bogging or running too hot.
Proline have released the Shift body shell for the Mugen MBX-6T. Featuring super-low styling gives your truggy the lowest center of gravity (CG) possible, while the forward cab design gives you more steering capability and better predictability in and out of corners. The engine head is now more exposed for easy glow plug accessibility and optimal cooling of the engine head and the body is fabricated to fit snugly around the chassis and shock towers. Made from durable/genuine .060 Lexan material it is supplied with shift decal sheet, window mask and paint-then-peel overspray film.
Kyosho have announced the new Inferno VE brushless powered racing buggy. The Inferno’s six consecutive World Championship victories confirms it as the fastest R/C off-road machine in the world. This performance can now be enjoyed by everyone in the form of the new Inferno VE Readyset. The Inferno VE brings you the best of both worlds, Kyosho’s legendary world championship quality and Team Orion’s superior performing Vortex brushless system. This isn’t just a nitro buggy chassis with a motor. This is a brand new buggy platform from the ground up, strategically placed components achieve optimal weight balance and handling characteristics.
Jilles Groskamp (17/5:16.582) holds the overnight pole here in Luxembourg after the Dutch ace, who is in search of his first EFRA European title, set a new fastest time in the second round of qualifying. The factory Tamiya/Speedpassion driver described the run as perfect as he made best use of the cooler track conditions to head home Team Yokomo’s Ronald Volker (17/5:17.977) who TQ’d the slower opening qualifier. Very happy with his overall performance today the ‘Warm Up’ race winner said everything had worked perfectly and it is was good to end the opening day holding the provisional pole.
Losi have announced that their lineup of 1/8th buggy tures are now available in Green compound. This new compound is the softest available from Losi and provides provides increased traction and consistency. Very comparable with some of the top-tire compounds available, it should be used when maximum grip is required. Green works best in cool/damp conditions, but is versatile enough to work well in dusty conditions too. The specially designed inserts are lightweight, provide a consistent firmness and have a better balance.
Hosted by R/C Madness in Enfield, CT, the Inaugural Short Course Nationals brought together racers from across the country to compete in the first all-Short-Course event. Normally piggybacked with another event, the promoters created an event that stood alone and catered just to the growing Short-Course racing crowd with seven separate classes. As major supporters of the Short Course class, Team Associated sent out factory representative Scott Brown as both an ambassador and racer to promote and assist fellow participants. Scott has been involved in R/C for years and is the owner of Tacoma R/C Raceway near Seattle, WA so his experience in the hobby runs deep. Utilizing his Team Associated SC10 and SC8, Scott brought home the victories in the top classes, taking the win in Electric 2WD Open with his Reedy/LRP powered SC10 and in 4WD Nitro with his Reedy 121 VR-powered SC8. Scott also participated in the fledgling class of 4WD E-Conversion Open and again piloted his SC8e to victory using Reedy power.