Serpent have released 2 seperate shock spring supports for their RCC, and older, shock absorbers. The first versions (above) are made from aluminium and have been lightened through the use of holes and are a direct replacement of the original versions only stronger. The second version, which you can see below, are made from the original composite material, but are 2mm thicker, which means the spring sits 2mm higher on the shock body, allowing for a wider range of spring tension adjustment.
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Serpent have released this new optional chassis plate for the 720 which has been heavily milled on the topside to enable the whole car to sit lower allowing for a lower centre of gravity while, through the addition of extra holes, the chassis plate is now extremely light. This chassis will be perfect for those racers looking for that extra cornering advantage in higher grip conditions and to allow your chassis to be made stiffer, the front of the chassis has space to mount the optional carbon stiffener plate, which will be sold separately.
O.S. Speed of Japan have announced their engines line up for Summer / Autumn this year and among other non car related engines was the Spec II version of the 12TZ motor. A very popular engine for 200mm class racing in Japan the new version of the O.S. Speed 12TZ looks like a very nice engine, with teardrop work on the liner, a lightened, balanced and coated crankshaft and other new features but i cant give you specifics as the site is made in flash and so i cant translate it.
Xray have released some new optionals for their new NT1 200mm gas powererd touring car. The new optionals all focus on the bumper of the car with the release of a wide composite GTP style bumper and seperately a composite front transponder holder that mounts above the bumper, similar to that on the Serpent 720. The other new pieces include this carbon fibre top bumper plate (above) which replaces the original composite version and a new harder foam bumber.
Active Hobby of Japan have announced that they will be selling this new cooling for both O.S. TZ12 and .12 Novarossi based engines. Its super lightweight, keeping the cars center of gravity low, and is deisgned in such a way as to improve the air flow and cooling around the engine head, while the colour coating is very efficient at dispersing heat. Available in matt red, matt blue (above) and gun metal grey.
Mugen have announced the release of their new RV01 1/8th scale Lola body shell which has been made in conjunction with, and named after, top Mugen racer Rick V. EFRA approved the new body gives a great balance between steering and rear traction and also features a built in V-shaped side stiffener, which due to its shape removes the need to use side stiffeners or other methods to stiffen the side of the body.
The Border have more detailed pictures of this body here.
Back in April we showed you an exclusive CAD image of the new 1/12th pan car from Kyosho, well here is the first photo of the car, due to be released next week. Yet anotherannouncement for the Japanese company at its home show at Shizuoka, the new car features front suspension using a coil spring over the steering block king pin, similar to the setup on a Mini Z, comes with a 38cc fuel tank, aluminium chassis, has a rear ball diff and actually has a 2 speed gearbox. Other more obvious things are that its 4wd belt driven, through 2 belts, and comes with a Sirio .09 motor, which i’m sure they are trying to shift considering the companies soon to be announced deal with CRF.
It looks like Kyosho will be busy at next weeks Shizuoka Hobby show with the scheduled introduction of the new Shin edition TF-5 Stallion electric touring car. Made with large input from all Kyosho team drivers, and named after factory racer Shinosuke Adachi, the new car is much stiffer and features an all new carbon chassis plate to eliminate flex. Also new on the Shin edition is the use of shorter lower rear wishbones for eliminating roll, as well as a new system for adjusting the roll centers in the front and rear of the car. The car also sports a different servo saver with new Ackermann as well as a more rigid top plate and better weight distribution.