RC Atomic have announced the soon release of their new BZ3 1/28th scale 4WD touring car kit. The vehicle features new front arms and knuckles for increased straight line stability while allowing for zero to twelve degree of caster. The single crank steering arm incorporates a servo saver and new rear suspension hangers ensure a perfectly aligned geometry. The new rear UTS Upper T-arm System increases rear suspension rigidity, thus improving stability of the rear wheel traction. Other new features include an ultra low centre of gravity chassis design, new ball diffs, ball cups, bulkheads, shock towers and a low centre of gravity motor mount. With the new design the diffs sit about 1.5mm lower with the motor and servo also being lowered compared to the previous model. The rear suspension can be built as camber link system for low to medium grip carpet, as upper T-arm system for RCP or EVA tracks and also as ARS active rear-toe system for expert users. The kit will hit stores very soon.
Coming from Vortex Racing are three Ultimate ultra light-weight screw kits for the ARC R11 2019, Destiny RX-10SR and Xray T4’19 touring cars. The kits contain of high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium screw for the upper parts of the chassis as well as titanium fasteners for the bottom area, ensuring an exceptional weight reduction and stability compared to the standard steel screws. Also included are double secured aluminium M4 wheel nuts as well as aluminium M3 lock nuts if required by the vehicle. Both the ARC and Destiny-related kits include black-anodised aluminium hardware while the Xray-specific set includes orange anodised alloy screws. All three screw sets come in reusable boxes that can be used for storing small parts, electronics or spares. Manuals with detailed information on the screw sets can be found of Vortex Racing’s social media page here.
Destiny have announced the release of new design suspension arms for RX-10 series of touring cars. Offering improved traction and reliability the full-face arms are available in two different length and using different lower shock mounting positions which allows to fine-tune the suspension geometry. Available are the original geometry Type A arms (front 53mm/32.5mm, rear 54mm/38.5mm) as well as the new geometry Type B (front 53mm/31.5mm, rear 54mm/39.5mm), and new length Type C (52mm/31.5mm, rear 55/39.5mm) and Type D (52mm/30.5mm, rear 55mm/40.5mm) arm sets.
ORCA have released first teaser images of their forthcoming new OE101 spec class speed controller. It features an extreme low centre of gravity design that makes it possibly the thinnest spec class ESC on the market while still offering the smooth driving feel and power delivery of its bigger brother, the OE1. Full details on specifications and features will becoming available soon with the controller being set for an August release.
Modelix Racing have announced the release of the new Ultimate Racing M3X V2.0 3.5cc nitro off-road engine. Like its predecessor M3X, the V2.0 is based on the square stroke O.S. Speed B21 Ty Tessmann II edition engine. The engine has been specifically designed for maximum power, performance and tuneability while offering super smooth linear power over the whole RPM range. The carburettor, crankcase and crankshaft have been developed to improve fuel consumption while the cooling head has been redesigned by Modelix. It is not as low as the B2102 lower profile but it is lighter so it keeps the centre of gravity as low as the B2102 while improving its performance in very high temperatures. Unlike the previous M3X, the V2.0 comes with the 21 J3 carburettor. Its high-speed needle holder has been redesigned for a better fuel flow cooling, lowering the temp of the carb, offering improved idle stability, fuel mileage and overall engine performance. In addition, the uniball joint of the carb slide has also been modified with two stoppers instead of one. With this new modified design, racers can easier adjust the angle of the uniball joint without having to disassemble the engine. Also the original design of the O.S. backplate has been modified. It has been milled to improve the gas flow going to the piston and the backplate now is made of 7075-T6 Swiss aluminium to improve durability of both the conrod and backplate. Thanks to its design, you can remove the backplate without damaging the conrod even when it is on its lower position (PMI). The lateral grooves allow to easily remove the backplate without having to use any tool that can damage it.
Reedy’s all-new SC400X brushes speed controller, standard equipment in the Element Enduro RTR, is now available on its own. The speedo is 2S to 3S LiPo compatible and equipped with advanced features intended specifically for crawlers and trail trucks. Fully proportional forward and reverse gives precision control on rocky terrain while an option of 0%, 50%, or 100% drag brake setting helps maintain control on steep ascents and descents. Convenient dual auxiliary power leads can be used to power LED lighting or other scale accessories. The durable water-resistant case protects the ESC from the elements and an integrated heatsink keeps temperatures in check when using high-power motors during extended sessions. Flexible silicone wires, a low-resistance battery T-plug connector, and bullet motor connectors round off the list of features.
Round 3 of the Jimmy Babcock Racing League Nitro Series was held at Empire R/C Raceway in Brentwood, California last weekend. In the Expert Nitro Buggy class it was Mugen’s Adam Drake with the overall TQ after the qualifiers, in the 20-minute A-main final however Drake would only finish in 4th, as Austin Blair took the overall from Kyosho’s CJ Jelin in 2nd and Tekno’s Steve Harris in 3rd.
The second round of the Czech 1/10th Electric Off-road Nationals was held at the Horni Jeleni track recently. The weekend kicked off a bit delayed due to heavy rain on Saturday morning, however the track was race-ready soon so things could get underway as planned. In 2WD Buggy, it was Team Associated driver Ales Bidovsky who topped the first two qualifying rounds to secure the overall TQ. Max Götzl (Xray) took the third round with the fastest time of the day, but started 2nd on the A-main grid, while Michal Binder (Xray) was sitting in 3rd. Ales then also took the win in A1 as Max made some small mistakes, but Götzl came back with the win in A2, as Ales made a lot of mistakes, so it was all to decide in A3. Max was able to take the lead on the second lap and was able to hold it until the last one, but he made a mistake which cost him the win. So the podium stayed as it was after the qualifiers, as Michal took the 3rd place overall.