March 26, 2024

R1 Wurks B7 Titanium HD Slipper Spring Adapter Set

R1 Wurks has released this Titanium HD Slipper Spring Adapter Set for the Team Associated B7 1:10 2WD Buggy.  A direct fit replacement for the original adapter, it is made from Grade 5 (Ti-6Al-4V) titanium and precision machined to exact tolerances.  Ultra-light at only 1.10g for the pair, the adapter set reduces rotational mass to enhance speed and acceleration.

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March 26, 2024

Exotek B7 Locked Spur Mount Set with Titanium Shaft

California based Exotek Racing has released a new Locked Spur Mount Set with Titanium Shaft for the Associated RC10B7 1:10 2WD Buggy.  The super light alloy locked spur mount with titanium centre bolt is their lightest spur locker yet and is ideal for stock buggy and oval racing.  The mount and hardwares totals 5.1 grams and attaches right to the stock top shaft and allows for easy switching between a locked spur or slipper as track conditions warrant.  Using a wider range of available spur gear sizes by Exotek and Kimbrough, it is also compatible with the laydown/layback Associated B6 series top shafts.

Source: Exotek [exotekracing.com]


March 25, 2024

Xray XB2 Ultra-Lightweight Slipper Eliminator Set

Xray has released this Ultra-Lightweight LCG Slipper Eliminator Set for its XB2 and XT2 1:10 Offroad platforms.  Designed and recommended for use with stock motors to reduce rotating mass, reduce weight, it improves power transfer from motor without any power loss.  With the Slipper Eliminator, motor performance is transferred directly to the car, and there is also no need for clutch & slipper adjustment.  A direct replacement for the slipper clutch set, exchanging the spur gear is extremely very quick & easy.  While compatible with LCG gearboxes it only fits together with short top shaft 324116.  The set includes aluminium spur gear hub, and 72T spur gear with an optional 69T spur gear is available.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


March 25, 2024

JConcepts Silent Speed motors

New from JConcepts are threee Silent Speed brushed motors to complement to RTR trucks looking for drivable power.  One of the best aspects of brushed power is the ability to perform on a budget while performing at a high-level.  These 13T and 21T Silent Speed motor with 550 can has a fixed end-bell featuring the stealth, black appearance is great for consistent performance.  The output side of the motor features a ball bearing while the outer brush hood is bushing supported. Simply install the pinion gear back to the motor, align to form proper gear mesh and drop the Silent Speed motor back in to place in the vehicle.  Install plug-in or solder motor wires back into place for proper rotation and place the vehicle back into service.  A 13T 540 can motor is also offered in an adjustable timing option.  With adjustable timing it can be torn-down, cleaned and re-brushed at any moment for consistent performance.  A great option as a control or hand-out motor, Silent Speed has a lot of built-in advantages for events and promoters looking to level the playing field.

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March 25, 2024

Toia doubles at New Zealand Offroad EP Nationals

Team Yokomo’s Logan Toia completed the double at New Zealand’s Offroad EP Nationals, the 16-year-old securing the 2WD Buggy title for the first time and successfully defending his 4WD championship.  Hosted by the Taranaki Radio Control Car Club in New Plymouth, this year’s Nationals attracted 65 drivers for a total of 190 entries.  In qualifying, it was three rounds per class to the best two deciding the grids with 2WD producing TQ runs from three different drivers.  Kasey Dawson took the opener with Shane O’Connor topping Q2 before Toia TQ’d the third one and that was how the lined up for the final with Dawon the Top Qualifier.  In 4WD Luke Duthie topped Q2 & 3 for the TQ from Toia who was fastest in the first round.  The 2WD finals were a similar story to qualifying with a different winner in each of the triple mains and it coming down to a tie breaker between O’Connor, winner of A1, and Toia, winner of A3, the latter’s faster time giving him the title.  Winning A2, Dawson completed the podium.  In 4WD, Toia retained his title by winning A1 & 3, with Duthie winner of A2 finishing runner-up while fourth place qualifier Dawson completed the podium ahead of O’Connor.

Image: Logan Toia Racing [Facebook] 


March 25, 2024

Lemieux & Champlin winners at JConcepts Spring INS

Xray’s Chase Lemieux and Schumacher’s Broc Champlin came out the main winners at the JConcepts Spring Indoor Nationals hosted by RC ONE Racing in Michigan.  The second stop on the 2024 INS calendar, Spencer Rivkin having completed the double at the 14th season opener at Trackside Hobbies last month, in 2WD Buggy it was Champlin who secured the TQ ahead of Aydin Horne who opened the three rounds of qualifying with a TQ run before Champlin went fastest in Q2 & 3.  Qualifying for 4WD would see TLR’s Dakotah Phend claim the TQ with Horne again lining-up second with Champlin P3.  Starting the 2WD finals from P3, Lemieux took A1 from Champlin with that order reversed in A2 meaning it was all to play for in the third encounter.  While Champlin made an early break from the chasing pack, Lemieux was chasing him down until he collected a lapped car and while he continued he would retire shortly after, the race now Champlin’s for the taking but it wasn’t to be.  With Horne jumping out of lane and head on into the path of Champlin, it would take a corner off his car, handing Tom Rinderknecht the A3 win and the overall victory to Lemieux on tie-break.  In 4WD, Champlin would get the overall win taking the opening two A-Mains to wrap things up early with the podium being completed by Phend and Horne.

Image: JConcepts [jconcepts.net]


March 25, 2024

RC-Project 35/4 EVO Canas Edition shock towers

Italy’s RC-Project has released new Canas Edition shock towers for the Sworkz 35/4 EVO 1:8 Buggy platform.  Developed and tested with 2023 European Champion Juan Carlos Canas, they are produced in 5mm thickness Ergal 7075, hard anodized and subsequently laser marked.  The new design allows you to have 2 different options, the original one EVO ( High Holes ) and the lower ones that increases the traction on smooth tracks.  During the cad design and the track tests RC-Project tried to lower the centre of gravity as much as possible to improve drivability in all conditions.  The towers are sold as a set of front and rear towers.

Source: RC-Project [rc-project.it]


March 24, 2024

McBride adds another Australian National title

Kyosho’s multiple Australian 1:8 Offroad Champion Kyle McBride added to his tally with a double victory at the 2024 RCRA Nationals which was hosted by the Southern Districts Model Car Club at its track in Adelaide.  In qualifying, Nitro Buggy would see the World Championship finalist top 5 of the 6 rounds to secure the overall TQ from the reigning Champion Alex Benadzik, the Team Associated driver having topped Q5 ahead of McBride.  In eBuggy qualifying it was a similar story only this time Benadzik managed two TQ run as McBride secured the TQ.  While able to convert his eBuggy TQ into a relatively straight forward title win ahead of Benadzik despite issues in A2, with Tekno’s Caleb Noble completing the podium, in Nitro Buggy it was a very different story.  While leading his Semi final, McBride would have a random flame out that was followed by a few more that dropped him right to the back of the field.  Turning out to be a glow plug issue he would finish 15th putting him P9 in the Last Chance Qualifier race.  With only the winner progressing, he managed to work his way to the front to win the 10-minute encounter from Ben Panic to go to the back of the grid for 1-hour final.  He wouldn’t take long for McBride to get into the hunt and with Benadzik hitting issues that would see him retire early, he took a lead he would hold to the finish for yet another National title.  Behind, second place starter 17-year-old Christian Wolhunter took his Sworkz to second with Zac Foster completing the podium.

Image: Kyle McBride [Facebook]