Pro Line have extended their pre mounted range of off road buggy tires to include the very popular M2 Crime Fighter and M2 Bow Tie tires. Coming pre glued on yellow Velocity wheels, it ensures you have more time for tuning your car and spend less time doing tire prep. All tires come with Pro Line insert and are also available mounted on white Velocity wheels.
Protoform have released the successor to their race winning DNA 190mm body that has done so well on carpet since it was released. The new body is designed specifically for rubber tire applications. Significant changes were made to optimize the stability and grip levels of this body because of the unique characteristics of rubber tires on carpet and paved tracks. The signature DNA look remains, but the fenders now offer more clearance for 64mm diameter tires and the aero package is more aggressive.
Kyosho have announced the release of their new 2D Racing clutch which has been developed for high level competition and modern high revving engines. Made to fit their 1/10th scale 200mm chassis’ it seems to be just an upgrade in materials used over the original version, with benefits being to clutch consistency and durability.
A new nickel-plated lightweight flywheel has a smooth, polished surface that allows the clutch flyweights to move smoothly and consistently. The red clutch shoe is the same high-grip material used in the 1:8 Evolva, which provides strong engagement with less slip, which reduces heat.
World Championship finalist and all round fast driver Robert Pietsch has left Mugen, a manufacturer he has raced with for many years, to work and race for Shepherd Racing. Shepherd racing took over the old Picco 1/8th scale car project a few years back and the car has only had minimum development since. Pietsch’s position at his new employer will involve designing and developing the car further as well as being its top team driver along with, son of Shepherd owner, Patrick SchÃ¤fer. We heard that issues over what engine Robert could run whilst racing last year for Mugen prompted his decision to move.
As expected, Xray have announced their Truggy to follow the trend of almost all 1/8th scale buggy manufacturers in releasing a car for this growing class. Not much else is known about the truggy, other than it being most definitely based on the XB8 but with the usual truggy updates such as longer wishbones, driveshafts and perhaps a different chassis plate. More details will be known when it is shown at the Nurnberg Toy fair next month. It should be a busy fair for Xray with the official unveiling of the NT1 also expected at the show.
Last weekends Florida State series race held at the Ft Myers track, dubbed the Winternats Warm up race, was won by the all new Xray NT1. Making its debut in the hands of Xray team drivers Barry Baker and Ralph Burch, the car went on to win the regional race in the hands of Baker.
After successful long term tests by XRAY factory team drivers from Europe and USA at the XRAY’s private racing tracks the NT1 has confirmed its best performance and racing pedigree just at its first race. NT1 – the art of performance.
A good start for the NT1, but we will have to wait to see it compete on the big stage before we see the true potential of this car.
Top qualifier, Germany’s Ronald Voelker has won the 2007 running of the DHI Cup in Denmark by taking the win in his first 2 finals leaving the other racers only the runner up spots to fight for. The HotBodies racer lead home former World Champion Marc Rheinard in 2nd driving his Tamiya with current World Champion Andy Moore with another HotBodies Cyclone in 3rd. It seems that this new 5 cell ruling suits Volker and we are sure to see more from him in the future and also note worthy was that Volker won the event with a brushless system and there were 6 brushless systems in the A final.
Makers of all things bling, 3 Racing have released these new hardened aluminum pinion gears for the Mugen MTX4 and the Kyosho V-one series. Available in all the expected teeth numbers for both 1st and 2nd gears, the Mugen versions are grey whilst the Kyosho versions come in blue. Not much else to know except they are available now.