DE Racing, the new company we wrote about in March, that makes unique rear skid plates that protect your expensive 1/8 scale buggy or truggy chassis have added a new manufacturer to their range. Now available for the Hobao/OFNA Hyper 8 & 8.5, these U.S. made items wear like aluminum but at a fraction of the cost and weight and are ultra thin, eliminating the need for longer screws.
Kyosho Germany have confirmed that front running Italian buggy racer Fabrizio Teghesi has joined their team to race the Japanese company’s buggy and truggy. Starting his racing career with buggies in 2000, the Italian racer was runner up in the National Championships last year, racing for Crono, and will this year compete for Kyosho at both National and International level, including the World Championships in the USA.
More new tires from JConcepts, this time for 1/8th scale buggies. Called the Hit Men, the unique pyramid lug design combined with sticky compounds like yellow and blue allow the flexibility necessary to compete on a multitude of the most demanding surfaces for an extended period of time. They are a special breed, designed for maximum performance when new or used as the design allows even wear all the way down to the tire body. Incorporating a compact tire body with a crisp tread pattern with precise separation for intense racing competition, they excel in new condition on soft surfaces with either dry or wet conditions, while worn they excel on indoor or outdoor clay tracks where a slight groove has formed.
More battery packs with the announcement of this 4900mAh 7.4V LiPo pack from Team Checkpoint. Higher maximum discharge current allows this pack to deliver more power and ‘punch’ to the wheels for greater overall performance. ROAR legal and Ideal for competition level racers, the cells have been expertly matched for optimal internal resistance, capacity and voltage. Wired for the Team Checkpoint Pro LiPo Balancer, the pack is protected against damage by an impact resistant case.
DuraTrax have released this Piranha 7.2V 3000mAh stick pack, said to deliver the longest run-times ever by a Piranha pack. Combining all the advantages of 3000mAh capacity at an excellent price this pack features high-quality cells and superior assembly using heavy-duty hex welded tabs to stand up to the rigours of backyard bashing.
Some more products to come out of HPI, with the release of this 100% cotton black t-shirt. Featuring a large HPI Racing logo on the front, the rear sports the companies web address in white across the back. Also new for the range of Hot Bodies tools, is this handy tool case that can hold a large number of tools using rubber loops, while for looks the black case has orange trimming and sports the HB World Champion logo on the front.
Hot Bodies have released a number of new option parts for their Cyclone touring car, starting with this all new chassis plate. Made from 2.5mm thick carbon fibre it has been optimised to be used with 5 cells, and following extensive testing this was the best shape and configuration they could achieve. Also new for the same car is a purple anodised aluminium steering set that increases durability in this area as well some new front drive cups, which reduce vibration of the drive shafts that can occur in cornering, providing more stable steering. For better handling, there are new coated shock bodies that provide a much smoother shock action and finally there are some lightweight aluminium ball joints in 2 different lengths and a set of purple anodised titanium track rods.
More starter boxes from H.A.R.D., with the release of the ultra compact H3 starter box, which is available for on or off road cars. The H3 sports a high revving 775 motor to kick start any engine on the market from .12 to .30 and beyond. With almost twice the power of standard 540 motors, this power plant has more than enough torque to get that piston off of top dead centre without a fight. The starting wheel is made of a high density rubberised material and sits well above the starter box surface to reach up and grab any size flywheel. The casing has been made from composite materials which are scratch resistant, fuel resistant and strong, yet lightweight for easy transport. Some other advantages of a moulded casing are built-in handles, adjustable chassis brackets, a convenient glow igniter holder, wrench holder and a non-conductive surface.