May 3, 2023

Klinik RC Factory Works/Team A&L Vintage Apparel

Klinik RC has released the first of a series of vintage 100% licensed reproductions with the first release these Factory Works/Team A&L shirts and hats.  If you were looking to dominate your local track back in 1989, chances are you had one or both of these stickers on your rig! Factory Works has long been known to have the shock towers, battery braces and steering bell cranks all the pros had!  A&L pushed it even further with their iconic trailing arm conversions for an array of brands and cars, not to mention the lethal weapon belt drive gearbox conversion!  These two brands represent the 80s and 90s RC era as some of the most amazing times to be involved in RC!!  Klinik RC are excited to have the opportunity to reintroduce these original graphics and replicate the look of RC during the glory days.  The T-shirts use the same super soft 52/48 blends used in the Klinik and Racetec brands.  The hats are printed on legit old school mesh trucker style.

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May 3, 2023

Exotek B6 Lipo Tabs Cup Set and Brass C block hanger

New from Exotek is this super adjustable and quick weight tuning battery hold system for the B6.4-B6.1 T6.1 SC6.1 and B6.  Adjust the battery quickly, forward or way back, with ease as track conditions call for it.  The benefits of the cup and lipo tab set includes it securely cradles the battery in place for added chassis flex compared to taping the battery to the chassis.  It works with standard or LCG shorty lipos and is only 4.5g vs the stock straps 9gr.  Made from carbon fibre it has a lower centre of gravity and lighter than the stock strap set.  Also new from the US brand is a stealthy black coated brass C block hanger for the B6.4 – B6.3 73mm arms (Not for use with the B6.2 75mm arms). The block weighs 24g and helps increase rear traction by adding weight at a low point under the gearbox.  Laser etched for easy identification.

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May 2, 2023

Polito wins Italian National Championship Round 2

Sworkz driver Mattia Polito took the win at the second round of the ultra competitive Italian 1:8 Offroad National Championship over the weekend.  With Round 1 Top Qualifier & Winner Davide Ongaro in Manila where he would dominate the Philippine Masters for his third win of Asia’s premiere offroad race, this was an opportunity for his rivals to secure valuable points in his absence.  Hosted by the AOL Club in Policoro, a charming town on the Ionian coast, qualifying would see Infinity team driver Riccardo Berton secure the TQ.  Strike one for Hotrace Tyres in the big Italian tyre manufacturer rivalry with Polito second for Matrix Tires.  Behind, Alex Zanchettin completed the Top 3 ahead of Marco Ravaglia while Marco Baruffollo found himself qualifying down in the B-Main.  In the 45-minute final, Polito would get by Berton setting the fastest lap of the race with his Gi-mar powered Sworkz on his way to victory by 19-seconds from the pole sitter.  Having bumped up to the A-Main to start 11th, Baruffollo would takes his Tekno through the field to complete the podium by just four seconds over Leonardo Valente with Zanchettin fifth.

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May 2, 2023

JConcepts MT chrome bumper sets

JConcepts continues to grow its offerings for the Monster Truck market with the introduction of new front & rear chrome bumper sets.  The F-style front bumper set incorporates a plate steel look with chrome finish on an injection molded part.  The plastic bumper is designed to work with bodies such as the JConcepts, 1979 Ford F-250, 1985 Ford F-250, and 1982 GMC.  These body shells have a flat or bumper-less front-end and it allows an easy way to bolt-on the new piece to take detailing to another level.  One of the elements of the design, a trimline is added on top of the bumper within the diamond plate surface which can be removed to outfit the chrome plated piece with a mock front winch setup.  In addition, JConcepts added a front winch guard that installs with included hardware for a complete look.  Another bonus, the front bumper accepts the RC4wd front winch (not included) for those who want the function to go with the look, fit, and finish of the bumper set.  The two rear bumpers are very different, the angular corner bumper (1970’s style) appears more like a home-built piece with plated steel, chromed over with a diamond plate finish.  The 1980’s style features a recessed center section to allow for a license plate and looks more like a daily driver or show truck bumper.It features a recessed center section to allow for a license plate and looks more like a daily driver or show truck bumper.

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May 2, 2023

Tekno RC Kashima Coated Shock Bodies

Tekno RC has introduced Kashima coated shock bodies for their range of 1:8 Offroad kits.   These new shock bodies feature reduced friction anodising that not only provides excellent wear protection but also improves shock action.  While not every racer needs or requires such an upgrade, they offer those searching for that extra bit of consistency and performance with a suitable upgrade option.  The new shock bodies are a direct replacement for TKR6016 / TKR6060 and require no additional parts or hardware.

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May 2, 2023

JConcepts Tekno & AE 1:8 Offroad front scoops

JConcepts has introduced new front scoops for the Tekno NB48 2.0, EB48 2.0, NT48 2.0, ET48 and Team Associated RC8T4 and RC8T4e.  JConcepts kicked off The Dirt Nitro Challenge in Perris, California, with a new front scoop for the Tekno NB48 2.0 that replaces the front nose-cone with a front wing design that has shown to produce enhanced steering characteristics.  The front scoop includes 2 pieces per package so a driver has enough to outfit their nitro and e-buggy with the same package.  The front scoop can be painted, left clear or frosted for the desired look, fit and finish. Recently, Ryan Maifield captured the 2023 TNR championship in the 1:8 nitro truck class using the front scoop on his Tekno NT48 2.0.  Reports from drivers revealed an increased feel and sensitivity in the larger sweeping sections and helped jumping attitude in the tricky small infield parts of the track surface.

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May 2, 2023

Factory Team RC8B4/T4 blue Alu CVA Axle Sleeve Set

New from Factory Team is this new Aluminium CVA Axle Sleeves for Team Associated’s 1:8 scale buggy or truck.   The blue anodised aluminium sleeves are a nice accessory to add to the RC8B4 and RC8T4 series nitro and electric CVAs.  Offering a weight Savings of 1.8g per sleeve, these are a direct replacement for the stock steel sleeves

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April 30, 2023

Ongaro takes dominant Philippine Masters win

Back to back World Champion Davide Ongaro gave a master class performance today in Manila to become Champion of the Philippine Masters, Asia’s premiere Offroad race making its return this weekend after a Covid hiatus.  The Team Associated driver’s third trip to the Circulo Verde track, the win of today’s 1-hour final gives the Italian a 100% winning record in the Capital City.  Starting from the TQ, having topped all four rounds of qualifying, with Mayako’s Robert Batlle lining up  second, the huge crowd of onlookers were anticipating an intense battle between the two World class drivers based off Batlle’s faster pace but lack of luck in qualifying.  Unfortunately the finals day wasn’t to be a luckier day for the Spaniard.  Early into the race, his buggy stopped on track as if he had flamed out before throttling up again but this was the start of the failing of his throttle servo.  He would retire just as the race entered the second half.  While Ongaro was in control out front, despite having of moment himself when he flamed out during second fuel stop, it would be freshly crowned Truggy Champion Micha Widmaier who came through for second while a delighted Christian Wolhuter made it two Sworkz on the podium after a good battle with fellow Australian Aaron Dexter.

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