LRP have released the next compound of its Kamikaze 1/8 buggy tires line. The LRP R&D team and team drivers have specially developed a new super soft compound to achieve maximum performance during a qualification run or while racing in cold conditions. Testing has also shown that this tire is the best choice for racing in wet conditions. The VTEC Kamikaze pattern, the new VTEC rubber compound and the molded insert tames any surface the off road scene can offer.
Pro Line have announced the release of a number of new products for off road racers including this Hardcore Slash body, which captures every essence of Championship Off-Road Racing with exceptional details down to the realistic bed shrouding, radiator, tubular chassis and shock details. The new Hardcore Slash body delivers ultra hardcore fun with aggressive off-road styling, an integrated molded rear wing for added downforce and pronounced fenders. Also announced is a new range of pre-mounts, such as the Holeshot, Crime Fighter, Bow-tie and Badlands, which now come mounted on the new Velocity V2 buggy rim. Pro-line also released some new 2.2″ Velocity quick change wheels which are specifically made with the Team Associated Posi-Lock quick-change system in mind.
The third and penultimate round of the Irish 1:8 Buggy National Championship took place at the Banbridge and District Model Car Club’s Aghalee track in Northern Ireland last weekend where Mark Harron became the third different winner of the season. Heavy showers mixed with sunny spells made for ever changing track conditions but making the most of the four qualifiers was the Hobao of Mark Harron who secured the TQ from the Xray of Barkley Abernethy.
We wrote before that X Factory has been working on a 1/10 electric truck, which will be a conversion for the T4. Spotted at this week’s ROAR National Championship race, being held at Hot Rod Hobbies, are production lower rear wishbones on the team’s prototype X-60s. Chief engineer Paul Sinclair’s X-60 is seen in the close-up photo with a very high quality molded arm which he says has passed the real-race test with flying colors so far.
We’re very happy with the quality of this part. It comes from the same shop that produced our 4-Gear transmission and rear bulkhead, so these arms are the very best quality molded parts. Sinclair continued, “The chassis design has been finalized and we flew out to L.A. for the Nationals a day early so we could pick up the production prototype arms and work with the shop on the chassis tool.
Losi have introduced this 1/8-scale L8ight Model Race Roller, a professionally developed and tuned race roller designed specifically for dirt oval racing. With performance-enhanced features, such as dirt-oval-specific shock towers, big-bore oil-filled shocks, a molded front bumper, oversized body mounts, a Late Model-styled aerodynamic body and Losi/GRP dirt oval racing tires, the L8ight claims to offer superior quality when compared to the competition.
HongNor have released this 2 piece centre diff mount set, which is suitable for the company’s X1X buggy series. Designed for ease of maintenance, the set features an efficient off set brake cam design, while not having to use a centre post also saves weight. The set includes all necessary parts, and all the plastic pieces have been made with a high percentage fibre glass nylon for extra strength and durability.
Reckward Tuning from Germany have been in contact to let us know about their new line of 1/8th scale off-road tires, designed by their technical product designer Renato Vita. Set for a September release, these tires will be available in different profiles called X100,X200,X300 and X400 as well as in soft, medium and hard compounds. Available to buy seperately as rubber & insert foam together with special rims, later RT expect to release pre mounted versions as well as truggy tires by the end of the year.
Team Magic have released yet another variation of their 1/8th scale buggy, called the M8JS. Available for a low price, TM claim that you will not find a buggy with this quality and workmanship anywhere else for this money. Essentially the same buggy as their M1B, this version comes pre assembled, so you just need to put some radio gear and a power plant and then your ready to go.