RC Maker have introduced their new Pro battery voltage checker. Designed for use with 1S to 2S LiPos, it gives a two decimal place reading on the voltage of the battery; handy for making sure the pack is under voltage before heading to tech, setting charger peak and also making sure it is not a flat battery that is put in the car. The device features a stealth’d-out design with flexible quality wire and stepped 4/5mm plugs to suit all batteries.
Leadfinger Racing have added the popular HB Racing D817T to their Strife line up of truck bodies. The lid is a drop fit for both the standard truck and vehicles using HB Racing’s upgrade front shock tower with LFR having added better front shock tower clearance for less wear and better flex. The straight, clean lines are giving the truck an aggressive look while keeping a traditional truck styling. Each Strife body comes in clear, ready for paint and with window masks, front grill, headlight and LFR stickers provided. The body is usable with nitro and electric trucks and it is available from now on.
RC-Carbonstore have introduced their revolutionary Rebellion-RC Aero suspension arm set for the Xray T4 touring car. Developed in Austria and extensively tested at international events such as the recent ETS season finale at the Hudy Racing Arena, the front and rear arms make use of a radical, aerodynamic design that helps to keeping the car more planted, countering traction rolling in high-grip traction conditions and high speed corners while adding to the overall downforce. The arms are 3-D-printed from high-quality PA12 material, making them extremely durable and precise while the included carbon fibre arm stiffeners add extra rigidity, keeping the arms from flexing under load without adding too much unsprung weight. The arms also support a new low centre of gravity shock position, lowering the car’s overall centre of gravity by setting the shocks about 6mm lower compared to the original shock position. To access the new shock position, the set includes -6mm front and rear carbon fibre shock towers that utilise a revised shock geometry for a more linear shock action. The kit is rounded out by a set of front chassis flaps that are added in the steering area. A chassis drill jig comes includes with the conversion kit. The set uses the original Xray swaybar ball cups for an easy upgrade and it is available in a total of twelve different carbon fibre weave colours from now on.
The annual US GP took place for the second time last weekend. It was once again held at the superb venue in Connecticut of RC Madness. Chris Marcy and his team of people had done a superb job at preparing the track and facilities ready for this event. They even managed to organise the lovely sunshine this year too. Friday was a day of practice and many drivers turned up for this. In the end there were almost 200 entries across all classes. Michal Orlowski and his father Maciej had made the trip across from Poland, they were of course on hand for any technical questions and set up advice that anyone needed. Qualifying took place on Saturday and there was one more qualifying round followed by all mains on Sunday. There was some very close qualifying times, which would mean some superb finals. When the dust had settled it was Michal with the 2WD Mod A-final win from Jeff Statkiewicz in 2nd and Keith Smart in 3rd.
TMG Speed have introduced their new 2.0mm carbon fibre upper decks for the Team Associated B74 buggy. Machined from high-quality carbon fibre the top decks provide increased rigidity when running in high-grip track conditions, making the buggy easier to drive. The front and rear upper deck can be used together or separately, allowing to adjust overall chassis flex to your liking.
Round 6 of the HNMC Summer Series was held last weekend. With weather warnings all over the UK not coming to fruition the Herts Nitro Model Club was blessed with good weather all day as 43 racers entered in the three classes offered. The top qualifier positions went to Jay Williams in Nitro Buggy, to Holger Lykke in E-Buggy and to Carl Chillingworh in Truggy. The 20-minute Buggy A-main then saw Wayne Buckhorne taking the win with a eleven seconds margin on Jeremey Irving while Jay Williams completed the top 3 another three seconds down. Over in E-Buggy it was Holger Lykke with the win from Lewis Ridgley while Carl Chillingworh took the win in Nitro Truggy.
Leadfinger Racing have announced the release of their A2.1 Tactic body shell for the Serpent SRX8 Pro buggy. The A2.1 Tactic body is a one off design that delivers a tuning option in between the original LFR Assassin and A2 Tactic bodies. The idea for the A2.1 body was spawned by Doug and Justin Fales when they were looking to gain more stability and slightly more down force to the existing A2 Tactic that now features several changes. First is the addition of the cowl scoops on the side pods. Depending on the performance the driver is looking for, these can be left alone to add to the overall down force of the car, or owners can choose to drill them out for additional cooling. When opened up, the pipe side of the cowl pulls air directly past the block and manifold of the nitro motor. The next addition was the fin on top of the roof. The advantage is more stability in high speed sections of the track and a more precise feel under hard cornering. Very effective is the additional down force added to both side pods and rear swoop that sets the body directly in between both the Assassin and A2 designs. The A2.1 body for the Serpent SRX8 Pro is available both in light weight or standard thickness and it comes in clear, including window masks, stickers and ready for paint.
Made for the Awesomatix A800 MMCX mid motor car is RC Maker’s new MMCX CentraFlex top deck set. Complimenting RC Maker’s successful “SlimFlex” top deck, the CentraFlex aims to offer a larger range of flex tuning options and characteristics for the A800 MMCX. Conventionally in mid motor setups, the front of the top deck is entirely split in order to be able to slide the top deck over the front belt. This provides a significant amount of flex to the front of the car only, creating quite an imbalance in the top decks flex characteristics. The CentraFlex has been developed to slide in from the side under the belts, and due to the single sided design, can be joined in front of the spur gear to prevent excessive front top deck and bulkhead flex, bringing back the balance of front to rear flex provided by the top deck. As well as this, RC Maker have also added an additional post in front of the spur, to add more options when tuning chassis flex. By installing or removing the two ST019 screws either side of the spur gear, racers can change the flex point of the car instantly, either moving it forwards or backwards to adjust the balance of the car.