T-Works have released new front and rear carbon fibre shock towers for the Serpent SDX-4 Evo 1/10th scale 4WD buggy kit. Both are of an updated design with fewer upper shock mounting positions for the front tower while the rear shock stay offers an increased amount of upper shock mounting positions. Also the upper camber link positions have been updated to widen the buggy’s setup window. The shock towers are made of high-quality carbon fibre and they are available separately.
Modelix Racing have announced the release of the new Ultimate Racing M3X V2.0 3.5cc nitro off-road engine. Like its predecessor M3X, the V2.0 is based on the square stroke O.S. Speed B21 Ty Tessmann II edition engine. The engine has been specifically designed for maximum power, performance and tuneability while offering super smooth linear power over the whole RPM range. The carburettor, crankcase and crankshaft have been developed to improve fuel consumption while the cooling head has been redesigned by Modelix. It is not as low as the B2102 lower profile but it is lighter so it keeps the centre of gravity as low as the B2102 while improving its performance in very high temperatures. Unlike the previous M3X, the V2.0 comes with the 21 J3 carburettor. Its high-speed needle holder has been redesigned for a better fuel flow cooling, lowering the temp of the carb, offering improved idle stability, fuel mileage and overall engine performance. In addition, the uniball joint of the carb slide has also been modified with two stoppers instead of one. With this new modified design, racers can easier adjust the angle of the uniball joint without having to disassemble the engine. Also the original design of the O.S. backplate has been modified. It has been milled to improve the gas flow going to the piston and the backplate now is made of 7075-T6 Swiss aluminium to improve durability of both the conrod and backplate. Thanks to its design, you can remove the backplate without damaging the conrod even when it is on its lower position (PMI). The lateral grooves allow to easily remove the backplate without having to use any tool that can damage it.
Reedy’s all-new SC400X brushes speed controller, standard equipment in the Element Enduro RTR, is now available on its own. The speedo is 2S to 3S LiPo compatible and equipped with advanced features intended specifically for crawlers and trail trucks. Fully proportional forward and reverse gives precision control on rocky terrain while an option of 0%, 50%, or 100% drag brake setting helps maintain control on steep ascents and descents. Convenient dual auxiliary power leads can be used to power LED lighting or other scale accessories. The durable water-resistant case protects the ESC from the elements and an integrated heatsink keeps temperatures in check when using high-power motors during extended sessions. Flexible silicone wires, a low-resistance battery T-plug connector, and bullet motor connectors round off the list of features.
Round 3 of the Jimmy Babcock Racing League Nitro Series was held at Empire R/C Raceway in Brentwood, California last weekend. In the Expert Nitro Buggy class it was Mugen’s Adam Drake with the overall TQ after the qualifiers, in the 20-minute A-main final however Drake would only finish in 4th, as Austin Blair took the overall from Kyosho’s CJ Jelin in 2nd and Tekno’s Steve Harris in 3rd.
The second round of the Czech 1/10th Electric Off-road Nationals was held at the Horni Jeleni track recently. The weekend kicked off a bit delayed due to heavy rain on Saturday morning, however the track was race-ready soon so things could get underway as planned. In 2WD Buggy, it was Team Associated driver Ales Bidovsky who topped the first two qualifying rounds to secure the overall TQ. Max Götzl (Xray) took the third round with the fastest time of the day, but started 2nd on the A-main grid, while Michal Binder (Xray) was sitting in 3rd. Ales then also took the win in A1 as Max made some small mistakes, but Götzl came back with the win in A2, as Ales made a lot of mistakes, so it was all to decide in A3. Max was able to take the lead on the second lap and was able to hold it until the last one, but he made a mistake which cost him the win. So the podium stayed as it was after the qualifiers, as Michal took the 3rd place overall.
Coming from T-Works and made for Team Associated RC8B3.1 series kits are two new aluminium shock cap sets. Available as volume compensating diaphragm and bleeder cap aeration set, the shock caps allow to adjust the shock performance to match specific needs when it comes to track conditions or driving styles. The diaphragm set includes a total of eight rubber volume compensators in hollow and honeycomb design while the aeration shock cap kit includes seals and gold-colour bleeder screws. Also included in both sets are shock mount bushings for improved durability.
Reds Racing have announced the release of their all-new 14.8V 4S hardcase LiPo battery packs. Available as 8000mAh 100C and 6500mAh 75C variants, both are made of high-quality cells and they come in a protective hardcase pre-wired with industry-standard balancer ports and T-type connectors. The 4S packs are ideal for competition 1/8th scale on-road and off-road usage with 1/10th and 1/12th scale 2S and 1S packs following at a later date.
Coming from T-Works and made for the new Team Associated B74 buggy are a couple of option parts such as titanium ball ends, turnbuckles and screw sets. First up is a 14-piece ball end set that is machined from high-quality 64 grade titanium. The parts replace the standard ball ends for items of lower weight and greater corrosion resistance. Also new is a 7-piece set of titanium turnbuckles. Like the ball ends the parts will lower the overall weight while offering cool looks and greater corrosion resistance. Last but not least come two screw kits – a 119-piece UFO head titanium set and a 144-piece gold-colour steel fastener kit. The titanium set will again make for a weight reduction while the golden screws mainly add bling.