Mugen Seiki have released information about their upcoming conversion set for the MRX4-R that will convert it to the MRX4-X, the car that the team will run at this years World Championships in Argentina. As you can see from the image above, it is a pretty extensive upgrade that includes new shorter rear upper wishbones, new uprights with adjustable offset, front and rear bulkheads with adjustable belt tension, new chassis plate, new front and rear shock towers and a lot more.
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Last weekend saw one of Chinas biggest annual races, the National Junior Championships, run at the B.M.W. track 200 kilometres from Hong Kong. Thousands of students had attended the local qualifying races hoping to claim a place at the main race but only 12 teams managed to make it to the Championships. In the 1/8th scale buggy class it was 15 year old LInJunBin, who was driving a Team Losi 8ight, that took the win having started in 10th spot. Starting near the rear of the field he had to push and after 3 laps he was up into 2nd place and a few minutes later, when the current leader HongNanfang broke his car and retired, LInJunBin could take the lead and go on to win the race.
Upgrade RC have announced the impending release of yet another graphics kit, this rather nice looking yellow and blue design, called the Flame 2. When released it will be made available for use with the Kyosho Inferno SP2 & STR, Mugen MBX5R & MBX5T, Jammin X1 CR & CRT, Losi 8ight & 8ight T, Revo, Associated RC8 and Hobao Hyper 8.
Xray have published a notification that they will start to only include the composite chassis braces in their XB8EC kits as it allows the chassis to flex more and give more traction, where the aluminium versions previously included made the chassis too stiff for most conditions.
Some XB8EC drivers who were used to the XB8TQ may feel that the chassis is softer, but please note that the XB8EC chassis is not softer but rather it is more flexible due to the use of composite braces both front and rear. The XB8TQ included both composite and aluminum braces and experience has shown us that most customers installed the aluminum braces; this made the XB8TQ chassis flex less and in most racing conditions where a more flexible chassis was required the XB8TQ did not have sufficient traction. For this reason XRAY decided to include only the composite braces in the XB8EC kit, which can be used in most standard racing conditions as they provide more chassis flex, making the car easier to drive.
Following on from the leaked CAD images of the new Academy 2wd electric buggy over a month ago, comes new images from our site partners RC Forum in Korea. No extra information has been confirmed, other than what is seen in the images, but it is expected to be released in the build up to next months World Championships in Japan, where the car is said to be making its competition debut.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Xray release a new 3.5mm thick rear shock tower for the T2 – Link [rcworld.ch]
> MID have a report from the 1/8th scale Euros in Lostallo – Link [mid-mugen.de]
> Hot Bodies have a brief report from the EP Euros – Link [hbeurope.com]
> Lots of nice chassis pictures from the Euros in Montbrison – Link [blogs.se]
Last weekend at Pendle, under favourable weather conditions, saw the running of the re-scheduled round 4 of the BRCA 1/8 off road series. Qualifying saw HoBao driver David Crompton take a comfortable pole position ahead of recently crowned European 2wd electric buggy Champion Neil Cragg, racing the Team Associated RC8, in 2nd. The main final saw David take an early lead from Simon Willets after Neil made a small error which dropped him behind Simon. At about the 5 minute mark Neil managed to get past Simon and then set about trying to catch David. Over the next 10 minutes or so Neil chased very hard and managed to get the gap down to about 2 seconds when David had a throttle servo failure. A very unfortunate end to what was shaping up to be a tremendous battle. After David’s retirement Neil dropped into a cruise mode as he had about a 30 second lead which he maintained to the flag to take his the 3rd win of the season ahead of the Kyosho pairing of Karl Jackson and Elliot Boots in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Japanese tuning parts firm Sato Seiki have released this optional chassis plate for the Serpent 960 1/8th scale. The chassis has been designed in such a way as to allow both the front and rear end to twist, given the car better overall grip in the corners. This is achieved by creating a large open space at the front and rear of the chassis, which weakens the torsional stiffness of the plate enabling it to twist, similar to the optional Serpent 720 chassis but without the use of the carbon plate.