AKA has added their Void to its lineup of 1:10 Short Course tires. Born from the successful foundation of its 1:10 buggy counterpart, the Void has been finely tuned to excel on indoor clay offroad racetracks where slick tires are the ultimate choice for top-tier performance. The Void tire is available in both Clay and Medium Soft compounds, allowing you to fine-tune your setup to match your racing preferences and track conditions.
Coming new from Sanwa next month is the release of the RX-49T receiver which is a budget friendly version of the Japanese company’s RX-493i FH5 model. The waterproof unit is compatible with the M17, MT-5, and MT-R and has Ultra Response Mode (SUR) and Extreme Response Mode (SXR). Using ‘Plug in Bind, the smallest and lightest 2.4 GHz FHSS5 Spread Spectrum System 4ch receiver in the class is compatible with Telemetry however without RPM sensor and Temperature sensor connectivity. Measuring RPM and temperature is only possible when combined with SUPER VORTEX series while Indicator function with MT-5 is also not compatible. Due to go on sale in Japan in October it should reach the rest of the world by January 2024.
As was widely mooted following his departure from Tekno last week, it has been officially announced that Marco Baruffolo has joined with WIRC, the new name of Italian manufacturer WRC Racing. The Italian will get straight down to business when he makes his race debut with the team this weekend at Buggyland in Spain where he will face a strong international field. A major signing for WIRC, who just 10-months ago shocked many with their signing of high profile US racer Ryan Cavalieri, reacting to the announcement Baruffolo posted on his social media, ‘Super excited to join WIRC Professional RC cars. Thanks to Franco Ghiotto for this amazing opportunity, I will do my best.
See you at Buggyland in a few hours.’
New from Schumacher is the Fusion Slim 2WD front tyre that it has developed from the popular Low Profile Cut Stagger. The new tyre adds centre spikes for more steering and longer life, but maintains the Stagger edges and undercut sidewall. Therefore allowing any extra steering to be controllable and not too aggressive. It is most suitable for high grip tracks, such as carpet or astro, and can knock tenths off your 2WD buggy lap times. Schumacher recommend that it is used with the U6667 slim hard foam insert and if you have been using LP Cut Staggers then your buggy may require some setup changes for more rear traction, to balance the increased grip from the front tyres.
Arizona based TDK Repair has added a new tyre additive to its range with the release of TDK Edge Tire Sauce. A safety focused company that offers high performance products that are safe, eco-friendly, and biodegradable, TDK Edge is engineered to deliver the utmost traction on sealed track surfaces. Ensuring minimal tyre deformation, TDK Edge is crafted to keep your tires in optimal shape, ensuring consistent performance throughout your races. While it excels on sealed tracks, it also performs admirably on normal clay surfaces, making it a versatile choice for racers who demand excellence across various terrains.
Returning for the first time in years to producing parts for the Axial SCX10 line of vehicles, ST Racing Concepts is once again set to release of a number of CNC machined brass and aluminium option parts. In this first wave release, the Axial SCX10 Pro 4×4 gets a complete brass option parts upgrade with CNC Machined Brass Diff Cover, Front and Rear Axle Link mounts (for both Panhard setup and servo-on-axle setup) and Front C-Hub carriers. All machined from high quality brass material, in the precision you come to expect from ST Racing Concepts and black coated for realism.
New from Willspeed is this new bi-material rear shock tower for the Willspeed RF3 1:10 Buggy conversion. The new rear shock tower is made from T6 aluminium with a 3mm carbon inlay creating a strong yet light shock tower. This new rear tower fits both the Losi and Team Associated WS RF3 conversion kits.
All World Championship winning RC cars have history and a story to tell but Atsushi Hara’s 2008 title winning Hot Bodies D8 has gone the extra mile, literally, by adding an interesting twist to the tale 15-years after its big win in Charlotte, USA. At the beginning of September, the legend of the sport shared on social media a post that he found his ‘most memorial car’ for sale on eBay. Days later the ad was listed as ‘Ended’ dashing hopes Hara might be able to be reunited with the buggy. Soon however contact was made with the seller who agreed to sell the car to Hara which is where Australian racer Zac Ryan stepped in. Creating a Gofundme page, such is the level of respect & admiration for Hara’s driving skills and the influence he had on so many racers the money was raised to complete the purchase. Now the interesting part of getting the car back to Hara in Japan, which in Hara’s own words goes a little something like this – ‘My 2008 worlds winning D8 get back project is one step closer to completion. Mark Pavidis pick it up from Eric Anderson in the US, Andrew Gillott and Josh Pain received it from Mark, they took it to Australia and Ben Panic received it, and Ben will take it from Australia to Japan and back to me in early October!! I have to biggest thank to the many people who helped make this happen!!’. Well done to everyone involved in helping to get this well travelled piece of history back to Hara. Hopefully we might get to see it ourselves in person with Hara when Red RC are in Japan in October for our coverage of the 1:8 Onroad World Championships at Infinity International RC Speedway.