Coming from Marc Rheinard’s MR33 brand are several new under battery weights that help to fine-tune the weight balance of 1/10th touring and off-road cars. The range includes a 28g 0.6mm weight for standard-length LiPos, a 20g 0.6mm shorty weight, as well as 50g 1.0mm, 75g 1.5mm and 100g 2.0mm weights for Yokomo’s YZ-2 range of off-road buggies. The latter three are available separately or in a convenient 3-piece set. Using the weights will help to optimise the chassis weight balance when using lightweight or low-profile batteries or when added weight is beneficial, such as running in high-bite or very bumpy track conditions. All weights are of a dark colour and they come laser-engraved for easy identification.
Following a series of teasers and insights on social media, Xray have finally introduced their all-new XB2 2020 2WD buggy kits. The popular buggy received a major make-over for the 2020 season with virtually no area being left untouched, be it the chassis, suspension or drivetrain. Two kits are available, the Carpet edition for high traction surfaces and the Dirt edition car for low grip conditions, with both sporting specific features in the drivetrain, suspension and weight balance area in order to maximise the cars’ performance in the given conditions. Both kits are already shipping and available from now on.
CML Distribution welcome 10-time Irish Champion, National A-finalist and world wide 1/8th off-road racer, Bradley Baird to the Team Associated 1/8th off-road team. Bradley will be on hand trackside at most major events and CML look forward to working with Bradley through 2020 and beyond.
Aigoin Racing from France have introduced their new carbon fibre side guards for many of today’s 1/8th competition buggies. Moulded from high-quality carbon fibre the side guards are a direct replacement for the standard plastic or composite parts, offering greater rigidity, a low weight and overall improved looks. The side guards are available for the Xray XB8, Team Associated RC8 B3 and B3.1, Mugen MBX8 and MBX7, HB Racing D81x, TLR 8ight-X, and SWorkz S35-3 and S35e kits from now on and they include the required mounting hardware.
MR33 have introduced their new battery mount set for the Yokomo YZ-2CAL3 buggy. The lightweight LiPo mount consists of machined carbon fibre battery locators that utilise O-ring quick release mounts while the locators – and thus the shorty battery pack – can be shifted forth and back in order to fine-tune the car’s weight balance. Also included in the set is suitable mounting hardware.
Tekno RC have announced the release of a new tall wing mount designed to further enhance the performance of the new NB48 2.0 buggy. This wing mount raises the wing 10mm and moves it 12.5mm forward, helping to move weight more towards the front of the vehicle while improving roll characteristics. Intended to be used when racing on low grip conditions, this wing mount will reduce the mid-corner “pendulum” effect while keeping the rear more planted. The tall wing mount is a direct replacement for the standard wing mount and does not require additional hardware.
Leadfinger Racing have introduced their Tactic A2.1 body shell for the new Tekno RC NB48 2.0 buggy. First introduced in mid 2019, the A2.1 Tactic body design form has proven it self on the track with a handful of different platforms. For the NB48 2.0 the designers had to adapt the A2.1 design to the buggy’s unique layout with these differences resulting in widening the cab and adding to the size of the side pod scoops for clearance. To keep performance in check, additional downforce was added to the rear of the side pods and rear centre of the body. The cab is topped off with a shark fin for stability and to finish off the design a front scoop was added. The body is available now and it includes window masks and a sticker sheet.
Following on from the success of their 5-gear super laydown RF2 conversion based upon the Xray XB2 buggy, Willspeed have announced the release of a conversion platform for the popular Team Associated B6.1. The car builds on an aircraft-grade billet aluminium tub style chassis for the ultimate in lightweight, low COG, integral strength, single piece no tweak design. The signature ultra low profile aircraft-grade aluminium 5-gear transmission housing makes for optimised weight distribution with lowered idlers, lowered layshaft and unique no tower “A” frame design, for a hugely lowering COG. Other features include an aluminium low centre of gravity motor mount design, an aluminium shock tower with internal undercut keyway which interlocks with transmission housing for super solid tower mounting an the race ready car with full size shorty LiPo, full size servo and Schumacher tyres weighs in at approximately 1495g. With prototype cars excelling since their debut the B6.1 conversion will be up for grabs very soon.