PSM Racing have released some new aluminium option parts for the Losi 8ight and Hobao Hyper 9. For the 8ight/2.0 and 8ight T are these pair of new blue anodised aluminium fuel tank posts, which feature holes for body clips to allow quick removal of the tank. For the Hyper 9, is an aluminium rear wing mount set, which has a super light design and is very stable way to mount the wing.
RB Engines have confirmed that Spanish Hobao driver Borja Hernandez, a World finalist and 2 time podium finisher at the European Championship, has joined their international team. The former GRP driver, Borja chose RB engines as he believes it will help increase his perfomances and results for 2009 season.
H.A.R.D. Racing have expanded their current line of setup tools to include a 1/8th scale truggy setup system. Precision machined from aluminium plate, and hard coated, this system is similar to previous versions from the company which has the side plate attached to the main plate by the lower side knob. On conventional systems where the 2 plates connect at the top point, sometimes the main plate cannot move freely and it may cause some accuracy problems. Sold in a set of 4, for each corner, they are supplied in a handy carry case and can be assembled and disassembled with ease.
The follow up to the X1, HongNor have released the X2, developed using feedback given to them by their team drivers, in particular from those in the US. Jay Halsey from Jammin, had spent a lot of time testing and came up with this world class buggy for the 2008 World Championships. The intention was to have a very fast low weight car without sacrificing the durability of the model. The car is stronger than most models on the market and while the steering geometry has not been changed, the weight distribution has. The chassis is narrower with the engine moved forward and more to the center, they have gone away from the center universals and added light-weight aircraft grade alloy center drive shafts. The Center differential mount is the same design as the optional aluminium mount but is now made from a lighter nylon to save weight. The Front and rear towers are a 4mm carbon fibre further reducing weight and the company’s new BT-118 tires and ultra light wheels are included and are proving to be a popular wheel and tire choice. Also included is their optional long life silver clutch shoes and 16mm big bore shock absorbers along with the suggested springs to suit. Finally a new body has been designed for this model with a separate nose cone.
VP Pro have announced the signing of US off road racer George ‘T-Mizzle’ Drake. For the 2009 season Drake will run the Asian Champion VP Pro tires on his World Champion Hot Bodies D8 chassis, which is powered by GO engines.
As reported at the beginning of December, Hot Bodies have now released full details on their new buggy tire range. Featuring 4 new lines, the Proto, Block, Khaos and Megabite, all but the Proto threads are available in red, blue and white compounds. The Proto is an all-purpose tire that performs great on grass, dirt and even tarmac, the HB Block tires have been specially designed to work at their best in a variety of off-road racing conditions, including dirt, grass and astroturf, while the HB Khaos tires have been designed specifically to suit a range of off-road racing conditions, and are perfect for loose dirt, grass, and damp tracks. They also work great on hard dirt surfaces with a scattering of dust or pebbles on top and finally the Megabite tires are mini-pins that are suitable for hard & dry off-road surfaces such as hard-packed dirt, mostly clay dirt, and even ‘blue groove’ conditions.
GRP have released their latest product in their tire range, the narrow Jolly. Reduced in width from 44mm to 30mm in width, they offer the best performance under wet and muddy conditions compared with standard width tires. It is possible to use it also under dry conditions on the front combined with the standard Jolly on the rear, if your car has too much bite on the front. Available in the same compounds as for all other GRP standard tires and they are also available as pre-mounts.
New for the Xray XB808 buggy is the unique Active Differential which is a high-performance, adjustable front gear differential that vastly improves the buggy’s speed and handling characteristics. The special design of the internal components, using different angled segments, allows the diff gears to engage on-power to increase the forward traction and stability to the buggy, making it faster and easier to drive. While this is a performance option for serious racers who want to gain an edge, it is also of great benefit to any level of driver that wants to a more predictable and easy-to-drive car in any racing conditions.