KM Racing have released a number of new pulleys for the Xray NT1 chassis. Available in 18T, 19T and 25T versions, all pulleys are made from hard anodized aluminium so they are lightweight and strong and their design and coating helps prevent the build up of dirt and debris.
LiveRC.com have been in contact to tell us they will be broadcasting the 2008 IFMAR 1/8th Off-Road Fuel Buggy World Championships live to viewers around the world. The broadcast will start on Monday September 15th beginning at 10am EST. LiveRC will be adding many new and exciting features to the broadcast with the purchase of the All Access Pass. Exclusive features for All Access Pass holders for the IFMAR 1/8 IC Off-Road Worlds include:
– Ten LiveRC.com team members on site exclusively for best possible coverage
– Expert announcers Scotty Ernst and Charlie Suangka bringing you live, corner-by-corner action throughout the broadcast.
– Seven fixed-position cameras and three high-definition cameras will be following the action, which allows you to follow the action better than ever – even better than being trackside because you won’t miss a turn!
– Three producers will be rotating shifts on our audio/video switchboards to bring continuous lap-by-lap audio and video coverage throughout the event.
– Two dedicated, redundant servers are reserved exclusively for All Access Pass viewers to ensure the highest broadcast quality and reliability.
All Bonus Lap members will still enjoy the same great features that have always been provided by LiveRC, but if you’re a big fan of 1/8 off-road racing and you want the best coverage of this historic event, don’t miss out on the extra features only available with the All Access Pass.
Swiss company SMP Racing, makers of the Slide 1/8th scale chassis which is no longer in production, have aimed their sites on the manufacture of aftermarket parts. Focusing on lightweight performance parts, they have released some new wheel axles for the Kyosho V-One RRR Evo, one pair made from titanium, weighing in at 6 grams and another set made from hard coated aluminium weighing 3 grams. Also new is a hard coated aluminum servo saver shaft for the Mugen MRX-4, which also weighs only 3 grams.
Reedy have released a new version of the popular Wolfpack 3600mAh battery pack which is now available in a version featuring a whopping 9.6V of pure power. Assembled using Reedy’s 3600mAH high-tech SC-R cells in a configuration that drops straight into the Traxxas Slash, it comes supplied with a Traxxas High-Current Connector to deliver power to the ESC with less resistance and heat than ever before. To further minimize power-robbing resistance and heat, welded connections between each cell and thick 14AWG silicone power wires ensure maximum performance and reliability.
The Japanese 1/10th scale 200mm Nationals took place last weekend at the Hokusei circuit track in the centre of the country. Practice was hampered by rain with drivers getting very little running prior to the start of qualifying, which was held in dry conditions. It was Kyosho racer Takaaki Shimo that took the TQ spot ahead of former World Champion Keisuke Fukuda in 2nd, Yuya Sahashi in 3rd and Shinnosuke Yokoyama 4th. The 40 minute Open class final saw a very close battle at the front between the top 2 qualifiers and it was Fukuda who eventually came out on top for Mugen, taking the win and finishing less than 2 seconds up on Shimo who finished 2nd, while Xray driver Hiroki Fujita took 3rd.
King Headz have released this CNC machined 7075 aircraft grade aluminum engine mount for the Xray XB808. Designed with a base mount and removable top blocks, once installed in the vehicle and the gear mesh is set you can remove and reinstall the motor without resetting the mesh. Suitable for both a Nova based or Picco based motor, the mount has an extended leg that will help to reduce chassis flex near the flywheel hole. The top blocks are also available separately.
To get a long life out of your Novarossi based engine you will at some point need to replace the engine’s bearings. Because of high tolerances inside the crankcase however this can be a difficult and often not very precise task. To help with this Novarossi have released this ball bearing extractor tool. Available in blue anodized alloy the kit has multiple ball bearing adapters of different sizes, suitable for all rear ball bearing inner races that are used inside 2.1cc – 4.66cc NR based engines. The extractor tool is also available with just a single bearing adapter, ranging from 11mm to 14.5mm.
X Factory have announced November 1st as the preliminary release date for the X-60 Conversion. The new conversion is suitable for an AE T4 truck to convert it to mid-motor, similar to the popular X-6 buggy. Photos show several interesting aspects of the new truck, firstly the mold for the rear control arms is done, and the Team is using production prototype arms. Since the beginning of testing, not a single graphite arm has failed, so this part of the program is complete. Second, X Factory has decided to go with a carbon fiber battery strap instead of the current molded strap. X Factory president Chazz said the following about the project –
We are closing in on it, and the release date is looking more and more doable. All the decisions have been finalized and now it’s a matter of making the parts and giving them a final test to make sure they’re OK. There are lots of potential stumbling blocks between now and release, but this project has been going more smoothly than anything we’ve done before, so I hope we can meet November first. The chassis mold is about one quarter done, and we hope to have production prototype chassies before the end of this month. The Boyz will start testing immediately, of course, but that will allow us to move forward on many other things. We’ll finalize the body at that point, an entire new design from one of the top body manufacturers that you’re going to love. And we’ll begin writing the instruction manual, which is never a simple task.
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