Xray have finally released the full details on their all new X4 touring car platform, having teased it on social media over the past weeks. The X4 features an advanced upper/lower arm suspension mounted to new bulkhead framework and a narrowed chassis layout to push performance to the next level. The unique CFF Carbon Fibre Fusion upper and lower suspension arms offer outstanding handling & durability with all suspension components mounted directly to the CFF arms without the need for any additional brackets, inserts or bushings for accuracy and reliability. The new ARS suspension features highly adjustable geometry settings including roll center, caster and an active toe adjustment while the new precision Hudy Spring Steel pivot balls in all suspension pivots provide smooth suspension movement. All-new hubs are universal front and rear to reduce the number of spares for easier maintenance and the new anti-roll bar shapes match the updated mounting points on the suspension arms. All-new aluminium shock towers with multiple shock mounting positions provide maximum adjustability and all-new upper bulkheads sport caster inserts for quick setup changes and feature centering pins for precise installation and improved reliability.
The FSEARA returned to Florida’s famous backyard nitro track Nugget Ranch Raceway for the 2nd round of the series. With a successful first round last month, this is now the 2nd largest entry for the series with a total of 111 entries which is a record for this location. The big and high speed layout pushed average lap times close to 20 second per lap. It’s one of the biggest tracks they go to for this series. The highlight of the battle for the weekend was for sure in 17.5 TC. For sure it was intense from the qualifier till the main. Round 1 TQ went to an up and coming youngster Lazaro Alonzo Jr. Only been driving EP touring for a few months coming from Nitro racing, he was on his A game for pace this weekend. Competition was tight and the round 2 TQ goes to the long time racing veteran Jimmy Morris. For anyone who has been watching the series, Jimmy has been a long time racer and with this tough competitive field this is the first TQ Jimmy was able to achieve after all these years. Congrats.
Pro-Line have introduced one of the most iconic Pro Stock bodies of all-time, the Motown Missile. In 1972, fully backed by Chrysler, MOPAR began to secretly develop a Barracuda into the ultimate Pro Stock drag car and ‘The Missile’ was born. It was driven by Don Carlton and the rest, as they say, is history. Now you can have your very own fully licensed replica of the 1972 Plymouth Barracuda Motown Missile edition ‘tough-color’ black body for your no prep drag car. This body is made from pre-coloured black body material, so you never have to worry about paint chipping or peeling off, hence the name ‘tough-color’. This body includes high-quality Motown Missile graphics that perfectly match those found on the original version of this iconic dragster.
Further additions to Yeah Racing’s Atsushi Hara Momentum line-up with the release of these tweak wheels. Accurately check if your 1/10 touring car has any form of tweak with this set of bearing supported weighted setup wheels. Place your car on a flat surface and have the weights spun on their side. Slowly lift your chassis and if a side rotates first it means that corresponding side is tweaked and you need to adjust your spring preload accordingly.
Exotek have produced this heavy duty machined 7075 alloy differential case for the DR10. Perfect machined roundness makes for a free spinning transmission and a must have for high powered drag racing applications. This is much stronger than the stock plastic diff gear but not indestructible so it is important to use black or white grease on the gears and reapply frequently to prolong its life. The set includes a diff case and diff cover, DR10 gear diff parts are required.
Italian manufacturer Capricorn have expanded their range, by entering 1:8th GT world, offering a unique design to other competitors on the market that will come in both a GP and EP version. The GT2 EP has some very unique features, the main one being carbon upper and lower arms which are mounted on a pivot ball to the chassis, something which is now becoming more widely used in the 1:10 touring car scene. Accompanying the carbon lower arm will be a carbon upper arm, which provides a far more stable flex characteristic especially for varying temperatures and traction conditions. On to the drivetrain and in classic Capricorn fashion it has been made as light as possible keeping reliability in mind. With the weight of the chassis in this class, the lighter drivetrain will aid in acceleration. A low centre of gravity has also been taken in to consideration with super low shock towers and sway bars, along with getting the height of the bulkheads as low as possible for increased corner speed. There is a range of adjustability through the car from axle height adjustment, differential height adjustment and a wide range of flex options.
Fenix Racing are pleased to introduce the successor of the Mistral 2.0, the Mistral 3.3. The Mistral 3.3 keeps the V-link suspension at the rear, that has been found to be extremely tuneable to every grip condition. Up front they have retained the major features of Mistral 2.0, such as the camber adjustable by turnbuckles, with static caster is adjustable via dedicated shims as well as the adjustable dynamic caster value. On Mistral 3.3 the wheelbase is now adjustable in steps of 5mm for a range of 10mm. The best part is that changing the wheelbase requires just a couple of minutes and no setup changes, via the use of a 2.5mm carbon subframe that carries all the front-end components. This feature, allow the servo to be fixed in the lowest possible position, allowing a super low Centre of Gravity. The main chassis is made of 3mm carbon fibre, which allowed them to pocket the battery area, keeping the LiPo extremely low, again in the quest of the lowest CoG possible. Another great feature is that changing the wheelbase will not require different body hole positions. The Mistral 3.3 will be offered in 2 versions, long and short, the long one allowing a wheelbase of 275-270-265mm, while the short spec allows a wheelbase of 265-260-255mm. A conversion kit from Mistral 2.0 to Mistral 3.3 will follow soon.
Italian brand Pirani RC has designed a new radio plate suitable for Shepherd Velox V8.2 specifically for high traction conditions. The radio plate has a thickness of 3mm instead of the 2.6mm of the original version and is designed to improve the performance on high traction. The result is a more stiff radio plate that increases the corner speed of the car and make it easier to drive.