Last weekend was the first round of the EssexCarpetClash, seeing it return for its fourth year. A neatly and fun to drive track greeted the drivers in the morning, who were all eager to get back racing indoors, after an absent season last year. Four rounds of qualifying took place, where it was clear that Yokomo factory driver Harley Eldridge meant business, securing TQ in 3 rounds, in both the 2wd and 4wd classes. In 4wd, Stephen Brown could only do second best and would line up second on the grid for the finals infront of a fast John Painter. 2wd saw the experienced Ellis Stafford fight his way to take the 2 spot for the finals, while it was a close fight for 3rd, 4th and 5th on the grid between, Luke Mills, Stuart Joyce and Kyle Moon.
At 1/6 scale, the new ready-to-run SCX6 Jeep JLU Wrangler 4wd from Axial brings a whole new dimension to RC crawling. Whether you’re a fan of full-size Jeep vehicles, rock crawling, large-scale models, or all of the above, you’ll be thrilled by the amount of realistic detail and high-performance functionality found here. Based on the proven SCX10 III, the SCX6 chassis might be considered its big brother. It’s engineered for extreme durability and performance with AR90 axles while for optimal handling, the chassis has a three-link Panhard front and four-link rear suspension setup. The transmission offers high and low gears out of the box, with a Spektrum S614 Metal-Gear Servo included and installed for the two-speed linkage. Massive, 7” tall BFGoodrich KM3 tires provide excellent grip and ground clearance for dirt, rocks and all other off-road surfaces. They’re mounted on licensed Black Rhino ‘Primm’ injection-moulded, 3-piece beadlock wheels so that the tires can be removed and replaced easily without gluing.
New from Willspeed, their famous 5 gear transmission and billet aluminium chassis RF series conversion platform is now available for the Team Associated T series. A conversion designed for medium/high traction surfaces to maximise corner speed along with drivability, it includes all parts to convert a Team Associated T6.1/.2 into a Willspeed RFT. The conversion features an aircraft grade billet aluminium tub style chassis. The ultimate in chassis design, lightweight, low CofG, integral strength, single piece no tweak design. The ultra low profile aircraft grade aluminium 5 gear transmission housing offers optimised weight distribution with lowered idlers, lowered layshaft and unique no tower “A” frame design, hugely lowering CofG. Other parts include the aluminium motor mount, aluminium shock tower base with internal undercut keyway which interlocks with transmission housing for super solid tower mounting and premium carbon fibre uprights.
JConcepts have introduced these 4.75″ outer diameter versions of their recently released Hunk and Tusk 1.9” tires. The pavement pounder with scale looks is what the Hunk tire brings to the proverbial table on the RC scale scene. The 4.75” overall size places the tire in the Class 2 dimensional requirements and the interlocking design has good looks and bravado to go along with it. Industry standard bead mounting diameter of 1.9” fits a huge assortment of wheels on the market so the Hunk can be teamed with just about any combination imaginable.
Team Associated’s new Factory Team +3mm bellcranks allow B6.3 racers to tune the caster with 0 and 2.5 deg. inserts and still minimise bump steer. On high-traction tracks, the pro drivers have gained cornering speed by reducing caster from the kit 5 deg. inserts down to 0 or 2.5 deg. Unfortunately, the 0 or 2.5 deg. caster inserts raise the outer steering block ball, creating un-wanted bump steer, which affects wheel angle as the car leans. Their solution has the +3mm raised bellcrank sets counteract the adjustment and help keep your steering angles consistent through the entire suspension travel. This combination makes the cars and trucks corner faster, while also maintaining predictable handling. Made from durable CNC aluminium they are available in both blue and black anodised finishes.
NathoBuilds have released this optional rear shock tower for the Xray XB2 ’20 & 21. Designed to have the rear camber links to sit on the tower rather than the aluminium or kit plastic ball stud mount, which they say can bend or twist under load. By moving the inner ball studs to the tower this reduces this angle and provides a more reliable mounting for them. Each hole is spaced 2mm which replicates to 0mm, 2mm, 4mm and 6mm on the kit mount. Also from NathoBuilds is this range of carbon fibre fan guards, which is an easy way to add a custom look to any 40, 30, 25 & 20mm fan and also an excellent way to protect your fan.
ONG have introduced a new shock cap design which have been made in Italy in Ergal 7075 T6 and then hard anodised in a gun metal grey colour. The 6 upper machined pockets on the cap have a dual purpose, reducing the weight of the cap, making it the lightest on the market as well as helping with heat dissipation. The 4 bleed holes coupled to the new membranes will allow a rebound close to 0 and a homogeneous response between the shock absorbers once closed. The kit includes shock membranes.
Samix have produced this aluminium front bumper mount for the Element RC Enduro. Featuring two holes that allows the bumper to optionally sit 3.7mm closer to the front of the rails compared to the standard position, to improve ground clearance. Made from high quality black anodised aluminium, the part increases the strength as well as rigidity and durability.