Following a couple of first teasers Tekno RC have fully unveiled their new NB48 2.0 1/8th scale nitro buggy kit. The buggy builds on a newly designed chassis that is 1mm thinner than the previous main plate, however due to its wider design its reduces twitchiness and improves handling and flex characteristics on rough tracks. The buggy also does not sport a traditional radio tray but separate radio and battery boxes as well as independent servo mounts for a more equal left/right chassis flex. Both the battery and receiver box are of the same dimensions, allowing to swap battery and receiver for weight bias changes.
Exotek have announced the release of their new heavy duty Pro steering set for the 1/10 Losi Rock and Baja Rey. It was designed with a beefier structure and engineered to have the most precision thanks to the robust 7075 alloy design that incorporates an additional four bearings to connect the steering rack, instead of bushings, which eliminates friction, wear and slop. The set also includes crush sleeves that go between the bearings which help prolong the bearings life and maintains precise fit and operation of the rack. Lastly, a bigger 3mm threaded steel connecting ball is included which is stronger than the smaller 4/40 stock connecting ball.
JConcepts have announced the release of new rubber compound variants of their popular Octagon ST and SCT tyres. Developed for high-bite slick tyre racing the beauty of the Octagons lay just beneath the surface where JConcepts has removed a little surface area in the geometry based pattern. The carcass is slightly lower profile than JConcepts’ slick tires of the past and incorporates heavy X-pattern style inner ribbing for increased support. The continuous thickness carcass is light-weight and utilizes the industry standard 2.2” mounting beads. Like the name suggests, the embossed tread which is Octagon shaped is repeated and overlapped to form a subculture of grippy surface edges for dry or abrasive surfaces. The stadium truck variant is now available in Aqua and Silver compound while the SCT line has the Silver compound added. All come including grey colour Dirt-Tech inserts.
Axial have introduced the new Capra 1.9 Unlimited Trail Buggy builder’s Kit for advanced drivers, that is engineered for cutting-edge crawling, with portal axles plus a transmitter-operated DIG function that allows a tighter turning radius. With the included Dig transmission, drivers can switch on the fly between 4WD and FWD directly from a 3-channel transmitter — locking the rear axle whenever needing the tighter turning radius of front drive power. The Capra features a realistic tube chassis design and metal gears everywhere, from the center transmission to the lockers and portal axles. It rides on licensed Raceline 3-piece molded beadlock wheels that can be fitted with whatever 1.9 tyres the owner prefers. Needed for completion are a 3-channel radio system, steering servo, micro servo for Dig operation, ESC, motor, battery, and a suitable charger.
Horizon Hobby have introduced their all-new Spektrum Firma Smart Technology high-performance brushless speed controllers. Like every component in the Spektrum Smart ecosystem, Firma Smart ESCs combine “plug-and-play” simplicity with the ability to communicate with other Smart electronics, creating a very well-performing RC system. With Firma Smart ESCs, owners are better connected to their vehicle than ever before — without installing extra components that all work independently of each other. There is no need for extra wires, modules, or links. A Firma electronic speed control provides a one-wire solution for obtaining telemetry data such as RPM, temperature, battery voltage and capacity. Firma ESCs not only gather the data but also send it to compatible transmitters in real time, instead of only storing it for after-run study. Users are able to adjust settings as needed to boost performance on the go. The range includes the Firma 160A 3S-8S controller, the Firma 150A 3S-6S ESC as well as the Firma 130A 2S-4S speedo. All feature an all-weather waterproof design, EC3/EC5 backwards compatible battery connectors as well as the One-Wire telemetry function. Multiple programming options are available for each controller. Button programming can be used with nothing more needed. Using the Smart Firma ESC Programming Box, drivers can easily change settings at the track to suit driving conditions. An easy-to-use Smart Link USB Updating and PC Programmer app is also available.
The MRC Meiningen in Germany played host to round 5 of the Hessen Cup series last weekend. The event was held in several 1/8th off-road categories including Hobby and Youth finals to make it a real grassroots racing series. However in the premier 1/8th Nitro Buggy class it was Jochen Weisner with the overall win from Vanessa and Marcus Wende.
Round 5 of the Canadian Western Offroad Racing Series was held recently. In 2WD Buggy it was Navaj Walji with the win from Mark Hughes in 2nd. Paul Parks, who started 2nd on the grid, had to settle for 3rd overall after some mixed results in the triple mains. In 4WD Mod Paul Parks was able to sweep all three rounds of qualifying to secure the overall TQ. A1 started out with a 4-way battle for the lead. After the 2-minute mark Paul was able to stretch a 2-second lead and secure the win. A2 started out much the same as A1, Paul put his head down and started putting in consistent quick laps to take the win in A2 and secure the overall win from Jeff Cohen and Jason Tellstone.
MST have released a first image of their new J45C body shell for the CFX-W 1/10th scale crawler. Of an old school design, the highly detailed body will come moulded from high-quality polycarbonate material and the set will include moulded plastic details such as snorkel, mirrors, lights and rear cage. The body is a direct fit for the 313mm wheelbase CFX-W chassis and it is supposed to hit stores this Fall.