Ryan Maifield has completed the triple Crown at this year’s Dirt Nitro Challenge, the Mugen/JConcepts driver taking a clean sweep of all the Pro classes. Held at Thunder Alley in California, the 22nd running of the World Famous event, saw little to no foreign entries for the first time in years as Covid prevented teams traveling from abroad. In the Pro Buggy class it was TLR/JConcepts driver Dakotah Phend that would take the pole position ahead of HB Racing’s Cole Ogden. In the final, having starting from 4th, Maifield would use his vast experience as a previous multiple winner of this event, to come through and win ahead of Ogden in 2nd with Mugen driver Tanner Denney completing the podium in 3rd. Pro E Buggy again saw Phend on the pole position, but again was unable to convert his front starting spot into the win as Maifield took the overall win ahead of his JConcepts’ team mate Phend in 2nd, with the Team Associated of Spencer Rivkin bringing it home in 3rd. In the Pro Truggy it was more of the same as Phend would again capture the overall TQ but be passed by Maifield in the 45 minute final for the win, Tekno RC’s Joe Bornhorst would work his way up from the 11th place starting position to capture the final podium spot.
Introducing the all-new Cliffhanger high performance rock crawling competition body from Pro-Line that was developed specifically for 12.3″ wheelbase Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles. Scale competition crawling is a growing part of the overall rock crawling movement and Pro-Line’s Cliffhanger body provides everything that these competitors have been asking for. It features a pinched front end and a dove-tailed rear end for maximum tire clearance while still maintaining a true-to-scale appearance and is made from a single piece of crystal-clear polycarbonate to save on weight and has a moulded-in drop-down bed to make room for you to add your favourite scale accessories. Everything on the Cliffhanger body has been optimised for maximum crawling performance while still complying with the letter and spirit of the competition crawling rules.
Xray have introduced their updated for 2021 XB8 and XB8e buggy, which are both more focussed on refinement rather than major updates. The XB8 sports an updated chassis design that incorporates keyed steering posts, new fuel tank position and new mounting positions for chassis balance weights, there are also shorter 93mm rear drive shafts which improve outdrive clearance during extreme suspension travel. A new body design improves aero characteristics and making the car easier to drive with other updates including improved braking cams with an updated design for improved braking efficiency, stronger and longer conical servo saver spring has a greater adjustment range, an all-new servo saver with chassis locked posts for more secure installation and finally an all-new servo saver top deck that integrates with the new servo saver. The XB8e incorporates many of the same updates but also has a new E concept with two different layout alternatives, rear motor position with a single battery position on the left or front motor position using saddle pack batteries in the rear. A 2-piece battery holder for saddle pack layout improves balance and lowers vehicle CG while the standard battery holder is moulded from new harder material for reduced flex. Also included is two graphite servo holders, one for each motor/battery configuration as well as a compact electronics mount for speedo and receiver when using the saddle pack battery configuration.
View the full presentation of the new XB8 and XB8e on Xray’s website.
Pro-Line is kicking it back old-school with Slot Mag style wheels for your no-prep SC drag car. The outside ring of this wheel has a shiny, polished finish while the spoke detail is textured with a matte finish to match the look and feel of the real thing. The Slot Mag wheels were specifically made for no-prep Drag Racing and are a perfect fit with Pro-Line’s Hoosier Drag 2.2″/3.0″ rear tires and Hoosier Drag 2.2″ front tires. The Slot Mag wheels are strong and lightweight 12mm hex wheels make them the ideal choice for performance drag racing. The Slot Mag wheel offset is ideal for 2wd Slash trucks converted to no-prep Drag Racing cars and AE DR10, which has exploded in popularity.
Pro-Line have introduced the officially licensed 1993 Ford Ranger Clear Body for 12.3″ wheelbase crawlers that includes extremely detailed scale moulded accessories never before seen from Pro-Line until now. Included with this body are a moulded black plastic front grill and rear taillight buckets with clear headlight and taillight lenses that allow for the addition of working 5mm LED lights and 3mm LED turn signals (sold separately). Also included are moulded plastic side-view mirrors and door handles that are scale replicas of the full-size parts off the 1993 Ford Ranger. The Cab and Bed are separate pieces for added scale realism and are made from crystal-clear polycarbonate that can be painted to match your favourite factory Ranger colour or custom painted to whatever your heart desires. Detailed decals are also provided including stickers that match the body graphics found with the STX version of this iconic pick-up truck. Pro-Line also offers a Pre-Runner Fender Flare Kit for this body that transforms your crawler into a desert running Pre-Runner.
Team Associated have introduced these optional Factory Team 92mm universals for your RC8B3 series buggy. They replace the original RC8B3 90.5mm and 93.5mm universals and will work on the front and rear end of the RC8B3, RC8B3.1 and RC8B3.2 buggies when using a 15mm rear outdrive and 17mm front outdrive. A universal joint has less mechanical bind than a CVA joint resulting in a softer suspension feel when compared to the stock 94mm CVAs. Universals will promote better handling in rough terrain and require minimal maintenance to keep performing at the highest level. Includes two 92mm universals per package.
Pro-Line are pleased to introduce a brand-new, ground-up tire design that lives up to the Pro-Line name, the Icon SC tires. This innovative and highly detailed Short Course tire features large P and L letters hidden into the futuristic and aggressive tread that is designed to outlast the competition. The sidewall is also extremely detailed and will look good paired up with any Pro-Line SC body. Using the latest in All-Terrain tire tread technology with large, angled tread blocks with strategic cuts in the tread for additional traction, this tire is perfect for your All-Terrain Short Course adventures and performs great on dirt, gravel, grass, and even the street. Since the tread on the Icon tire is so tall and because it is made from Pro-Line’s legendary M2 compound, the Icon tire will survive a beating and keep coming back for more.
Protoform are bringing one of the most anticipated cars Chevrolet has ever built to the 1:7 scale Arrma Street Bash line of vehicles with the release of the Corvette C8 body for Felony & Infraction. The officially licensed body is the ultimate aerodynamic upgrade to the popular Felony platform, whether you are making speed runs in the back roads or drifting in the parking lot. All the exceptional details of its 1:1 counterpart including aggressive cab-forward design, sculpted side doors, and vents are captured using the latest in 3D CAD and 5-axis milling technology. The extensive decal sheet lets you deck out your C8 with Corvette™ badges, windshield headers, ‘Jake’ skulls and USA flags. Also included are a custom add-on front splitter and rear wing to complete the super-scale look. The C8 is formed from durable 1.5mm thick high-quality polycarbonate with paint-then-peel overspray film. This body was designed with wider rear fenders as a direct fit for the Felony to clear the 53/107 tires.