April 2, 2024

Vision Racing 22 5.0 Shock Towers w/upper wing mount

Oregon based performance racing accessories producer Vision Racing has released new +2mm and STD 4mm carbon fibre shock towers for the TLR 22 5.0 2WD Buggy with included aluminium upper wing mount.  The new aluminium wing mount makes installation and removal of the upper wing much easier.

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April 1, 2024

JConcepts SCX24 ’79 Ford Courier | ’90 Chevy S10 bodies

JConcepts has released two new bodies for the popular Axial SCX24 1:24 Crawler, the 1990 Chevy S10 crawler body and 1979 Ford Courier.  A classic in the fleet of General Motors products, with the Chevy S10 JConcepts adapted the mid-sized truck to fit the crawler vehicle with sculpted features throughout.  The single cab body sits on top of the square body shape and flexes its muscles as one of the meanest little trucks during the 1990 period.  The pre-cut body sports wheel well openings set for 52-57mm tires but can be user trimmed to allow more clearance as vehicle articulation picks up.  With the Courier, laying out the mid-sized truck on the smallest platform in crawling was a different task to get the 1:24 scale body looks proportionate on these fun little vehicles.  Trucks such as the Axial SCX24 with 5.20” WB now has a lid that looks tough with a heavy retro vibe.  JConcepts has applied plenty of touches to the Courier such as a rigid side body panels, extruded and arched wheel wells with blended rocker panels.  The clear and pre-cut body shells include a decal sheet, window mask for easy painting, and are covered with overspray film direct from the factory.

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April 1, 2024

West Coast RC Works Electronic Vacuum Pump

West Coast R/C Works has released this convenient new electronic vacuum pump which is compatible with popular air remover models.  The pump features a new and improved design that makes it incredibly easy to use, ensuring you achieve optimal results in record time.  Its versatile battery power allows you to effortlessly switch between using it at home or on the track, while the long-lasting battery is built to withstand the demands of an entire race weekend.  Supplied with a convenient USB-A charging cable, keeping your pump ready for action has never been easier.  The vacuum pump will work with models such as RIDE, Tamiya, MR33, and more.

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March 29, 2024

IFMAR announce 1:8 Offroad Worlds return to Redovan

IFMAR has made the somewhat surprise decision that 2022 World Championship hosts Redovan in Spain will again host the 1:8 Offroad World Championship in 2024.  With it a week since it was announced that originally selected hosts Brazil would be unable to run the event for the FAMAR Bloc, alternative host countries quickly surfaced keeping hopes alive of the Championships remaining in South America.  Bolivia was quickest off the mark followed by Mexico and then former hosts Argentina.  However on discussing the situation the IFMAR Board of Directors have made the somewhat controversial decision to revert to the previous host bloc EFRA, with the well known Baldo brother’s family owned track given the task of once again hosting the sport’s biggest race.  Executing an excellent World Championship in 2022, where Davide Ongaro defended his title win from four years earlier in Australia, last year the track also hosted the European Championships for a second time.  IFMAR’s own rules stipulate that a new acceptable host must be received from the Bloc within one month of notice of the originally selected venue no longer being in a position to host the race which was the case.  With this in mind IFMAR’s decision is one that is sure to divide opinions and alienate the RC community in South America but it also raises questions about the process for selecting World Championship hosts going forward.  In our opinion while the ultimate goal of any World Championship is to crown the best driver in the World it should also be an opportunity to showcase RC Racing in its best light to new audiences, something we believe is often missed or over looked.

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March 28, 2024

TLR World Champions T-shirt

2WD Buggy World Champions TLR have released a brand new t-shirt to commemorate the 2023 IFMAR World Championship title won by team driver Tater Sontag last September in Chandler, Arizona.  The Next Level Apparel Unisex Cotton t-shirt is a 4.3-ounce 90% cotton/10% poly blend and features TLR team branding on the front while a large rear print marks the teenager’s win ahead of outgoing 2 time World Champion Spencer Rivkin.

Source: TLR [horizonhobby.com]

March 28, 2024

Trinity Gen 2 MX8 & MX10 ESCs

Horizon Hobby owned Trinity has released the second generate of MX8 and MX10 electronic Speed Controllers for 1:8, 1:10 and 1:12 competition use.  The MX8 Gen 2 220A Sensored ESC has been designed for the most competitive 1:8 scale offroad racers offering an industry leading 220-amp constant power rate and an incredible 1000-amp burst rate.  All this power comes in a sleek black machined aluminium case designed for maximum heat dissipation.  This second generation of ESC also features a 32-bit microprocessor for more powerful processing capability and more precise power output.  Each MX8 comes with 10-gauge wire, fan, and built-in wireless module.  A shortened receiver connector wire comes standard to make sure your wiring looks clean.  The MX8 Gen 2 ESC can be programmed by connecting to the Trinity Programming App from your phone.

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March 28, 2024

Pålsson joins Matrix Tires

Top international female offroad racer Jessica Palsson has been announced as part of the Matrix Tires Racing Team for 2024.  Previously running for Hotrace Tyres, switching between the two Italian manufacturers will see the Swedish driver & EFRA Ambassador now running on Matrix Tires as part of her 1:8 Offroad programme representing HB Racing.  Palsson has had a strong start to her 2024 season winning 2WD Buggy at Euro Buggy Masters in Malmo, this year’s event also doubling up as the Warm-up Race for the EFRA 1:10 Offroad European Championships.

Source: Matrix [matrixtires.it]