Yokomo distributors around the world are busy announcing more future kit releases with the latest being Mibosport from the Czech Republic who issued first information and images of the YD-2SXIII RWD drift car chassis kit. The SXIII is the latest evolution of the SX series, featuring a high centre of gravity motor mount and a redesigned carbon fibre double deck chassis. The overall design will improve chassis rigidity which translates into sharper handling which is further helped by the included optionals such as a 1-piece aluminium front bulkhead. Other features include super low fiction shock absorbers, a sliding rack steering system and a newly developed battery mount designed for low-profile battery packs. Also included however are battery mounts for standard height packs. The kit is rounded out by an adjustable motor mount that allows to rotate the motor around the gearbox for improved control over the overall centre of gravity. The kit will hit stores at the end of June.
Tamiya have introduced their new precision tweezers that allow for easier installation and removal of differential drive pins and internal gears. The tool features specially shaped tips that allow to easily hold and install differential outdrive drive pins, internal gears and differential balls, making building and maintaining gear and ball differentials a lot easier. The tweezers are made of high-quality steel and they feature a laser-engraved Tamiya logo.
Yokomo have released first images and information of the forthcoming new YZ4-SF2 1/10th scale 4WD buggy kit. The buggy is set for a release in late June with the latest incarnation of Yokomo’s World Championship winning buggy featuring new bulkheads, motor mount, slipper clutch, and more with all parts being of significantly lightened weight, resulting in greatly improved overall performance. Newly designed front and rear suspension arms improve rigidity with the 3.5mm inner suspension pins having been adopted to improve crash resistance while the new lightweight aluminium bulkheads are of a slimmed and simplified design with the inner camber link mounting position having moved to the shock towers for an overall lower weight and lower centre of gravity. It is also understood that the kit will include both dirt and carpet specific spring and anti-roll bars. Full details however will become available in time of the release.
Element RC have announced the release of printing files that allow to 3D print engine parts for the Enduro trail truck and other scale rigs. The engine parts set includes eight pieces that can be printed from your 3D printer, or purchased from Associated Electrics’ Shapeways 3D print shop. The engine is designed to be modular so that it can be customized and it is symmetric with both left and right halves of the motor. The servo winch can be used with no modification and the engine cover is designed to work with solid axle trucks. In addition the components are designed to be lightweight so that it does not negatively affect the chassis CG. The engine parts set includes the engine block, valve covers, intake, air cleaner, timing chain cover, fan, and harmonic balancer. Also available is a file to print the engine radiator. Not included are items such as wire plugs, radiator hose, valve cover breather bolt, and assembly hardware.
T-Works have introduced their new carbon fibre shock towers for the HB Racing D819RS buggy. Machined from 4mm high-quality carbon fibre the shock stays offer high durability and an updated design with machined recesses for factory looks. The shock towers are available as a complete set of separately for the front and rear.
MW RC Cars have introduced new RC Carbon Cavalieri carbon fibre option parts for the SWorkz S35-4 buggy. The range includes front and rear carbon fibre shock towers, a lightweight carbon fibre radio box cover, LiPo holder brackets for the battery tray that allow for improved battery positioning, and it is rounded out by a carbon fibre wing washer. All parts are precision-machined from high-quality carbon fibre and they are available from now on.
Iowa-based manufacturer Byron Originals, Inc. has announced that the company will be ending production and discontinuing their Byron Fuels brand after 32 years of operation in the RC fuels industry. Over the last decade, demand for RC nitro fuel has significantly declined due to industry and consumer-related factors. Production will officially end in late May, and the brand will be retired when the remaining product inventory is sold.
The Fear Farm track hosted the MOD 5th & 8th Scale Champs last weekend with nearly 150 entries for the main 1/5th and supporting 1/8th scale off-road classes. 1/8th Open Truggy saw TLR driver, Chris Wheeler taking the win with a 2-lap margin on Vareck Wright (Mugen) on the runner-up spot. Frank Lagomarsino (Xray) came in 3rd overall, another four seconds back.