Kyosho Europe has announced today on its social media that after a decade of working with top Portuguese 1:8 Offroad driver João Figueiredo, the two parties will part ways at the end of 2023. In the post from both Kyosho Japan and Kyosho Europe, the manufacturer thanked Figueiredo and his father Jose for their contribution to the success of the brand and said they would always be part of the Kyosho family. Crowned Portuguese Cup Champion in October and finishing 6th this year on his 5th European Championship Final appearance, the 27-year-old is expected to announce his new 2024 plans shortly but first has two potential National titles to add to the Kyosho story. Figueiredo followed up the Kyosho announcement with an in dept review of their partnership which can be read here.
Having pre-released some specifications and images of their upcoming TC10/3 earlier this month, Axon has released more images and details of their long-awaited 1:10 Electric Touring car kit which is pencilled for a December 21st release. An evolution of the TC10/2 which achieved a podium finish at last year’s ISTC World Championship in Italy, both the Japanese manufacturers two factory drivers making the A-Main, the new TC10/3 gets refined handling and an improved chassis balance. The car features a completely new 2.25mm chassis and top deck design and gets a new drive shaft system. The car uses a common front and rear aluminium caster block and the settings can be changed by half degree increments between 2.0 and 4.0 by changing inner bushings.
For the fourth & final IFMAR World Championship of 2023, Red RC is excited to announced that our coverage of the 1:12 World Championship at Beachline Raceway in Cocoa, Florida, next week will be presented by Radbody. The new 1:24 and 1:12 body shell producer is making it possible for us to attend our first 1:12 Worlds since China 2016 when Marc Rheinard won the first of his 2 World titles in the category. Winning his second title in the UK in 2020, Rheinard will try to defend that title at what will be the 21st running of the championship. Attracting a total of 80 entries, 22 drivers will battle it our for the Modified honours with Rheinard’s title set to be challenged by both 2020 podium finishers Michal Orlowski and Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, 2018 World Champion & reigning European Champion Alexander Hagberg, top North American drivers Sam Isaacs, Keven Hebert and ROAR Champion Kemp Anderson, Britain’s Ollie Payne and Japan’s Hayato Ishioka just to name a few. With inaugural 1:12 Spec World Champion Andy Murray absent from the entry list there will be a new Champion crowned for the category in Florida. Our coverage from the United States will begin on Wednesday, December 6th, with news from practice and continuing with the unfolding of the championship over the following 3 days.
One of the greatest drivers of our sport, 14-time World Champion Masami Hirosaka and G-Force Hobby have collaborated for the release of a limited edition ‘Masami’ hoodie which comes with a special sticker set. Masami has been involved with the Japan’s G-Force Hobby in recent years following a hugely successful and historic 30-year stint with Yokomo that lead to him becoming one of the best known RC racers in the world. The zip-up light hoodie has a ‘Turn around Masami illustration’ drawn by Team Sealwith and comes with a set of 6 manga style Masami stickers.
New from RC Maker are their 3d Pro Hand Straight and 3d Pro Hand Wheel Arch Sander Sets for final prep of your racing body shells. Handy little tools for all racers to keep in their pit bag they features a stylish and durable 3d printed design, with quickly changeable sandpaper bases. The Straight Sander is ideal for sanding skirts of bodies, to remove any jagged edges from cutting, or simply to remove some material while the Wheel Arch Sander is ideal for cleaning up those jagged wheel arches to prevent cracks. The arch sander diameter is 64mm, which fits perfectly into all 1:10 Touring Car Wheel Arches with a little breathing room to spare. It can be also used on front and rear 1:8 Onroad Lola & GT Wheel Arches. With easy sandpaper changing, each includes a strip of 120 and 240 grit sandpaper. Replacement sandpaper can be bought at your local hardware store, and should be cut to appropriated sized strips.
America’s Avid Racing Concepts has released a second version of its shock parts box which is intended for 1:10 Buggy racers. Designed and produced by Bryan Badgett, the handy box takes your springs (12/13mm), pistons, rod ends, spring cups, and even your Avid Ringer cartridges and collars and transforms them into an organised wonderland. Giving you the perfect arrangement and effortless accessibility, the V2 box has an improved latch.
For its latest offering of fun 1:28 cars, Team Associated releases the F28 1:28 scale 2WD RTR. The F28 is a no-nonsense pint-sized Formula style car that looks great and drives smooth thanks to a powerful electric motor and capable drivetrain. No need to prep or build your racer; just charge it and you’re ready to drive! The included 2.4GHz transmitter allows complete control, enabling you to navigate around, through and over obstacles with ease! With race- inspired wheels and body make for a great-looking package that will also perform well on the staggered size foam tires. When the F28’s integrated LiPo battery becomes discharged, the convenient built-in transmitter charger makes it easy to get back to full power and ready to run in less than an hour. A built-in rechargeable LiPo battery and 4 AAs are included, making the vehicle ready to go right out of the box!
Kyosho America has announced that it has recruited up & coming 1:8 Offroad talent Phi-Long Nguyen. Having earned the nickname ‘Little Bump’, the 12-year-old joins the iconic Japanese brand having announced earlier this month after AMS 14.0 that he was departing HB Racing after 5-years. Nguyen will team-up with Ryan Lutz in representing Kyosho on the busy US Offroad race calendar.