JConcepts Events present the Spring Dirt Oval Nationals that will be held at the iconic HobbyTown facility in Omaha, Nebraska. The centrally located venue invites Dirt Oval racers of all skill level to race at the Plex on the weekend of the 5th of April. The indoor facility, managed by Alex Sturgeon, has a wealth of RC knowledge to go along with passion and always provides an experience like no other. Racers will tune to the clay based surface and utilize a controlled tire to simplify the event experience. HobbyTown’s track build will focus around their current Dirt Oval track, however, updates and size changes will accommodate faster speeds, better driver visibility, and include an overall racers feel to the dedicated event. Sign ups are already open here and more information can be found here.
Kyosho have announced the release of new aluminium HD front and rear hubs for the Fazer Mk2 series of cars. CNC-machined from high-quality aluminium and coming red anodised for wear and looks, the front hubs allow for a more precise and linear steering feeling as well as smoother suspension movement all while increasing rigidity. The front hubs’ design also enables the owner to adjust the camber angle. As for the rear hubs, these also improve suspension movement and rigidity while offering two different camber settings. The front and rear sets are available separately and they including mounting hardware.
JConcepts have introduced their new 1993 Ford F-250 monster truck body with fastback and visor for rigid axle monster trucks. During the mid-1990’s the full-scale monster truck racing scene was at its all-time most competitive. Never before had so many factory backed teams competed for the coveted racing championships during that time period. The Ford bodies were always successful, however, never had one style been so dominant. The 1993 Ford F-250 body was the standard and the top of the line in terms of looks, popularity and performance back during this hey-day of monster truck racing. Never has this body style been available for 1/10th scale Monster Truck racing, that is until JConcepts pulled the trigger. For the ninth generation, the body-shell of the 1993 F-Series was given another major upgrade. To further improve its aerodynamics, the forward bodywork was given a slightly lower hood line, rounding the front fenders and grille. The “Blue Oval,” a trademark of all Ford pickups, makes a striking appearance centered in the grille. Stout fender flares are carved ever so carefully into the panels while openings allow for a vast assortment of tires on the market. The F-250 single-cab look is strong and is a careful reminder of a time when passengers sat side-by-side during a typical outing. The body fits a variety of racing RC monster trucks including the Tamiya Clod Buster, it comes clear and includes an authentic decal sheet and easy to use window mask for the detailed hobbyist.
Coming from ProTek are chassis protector sheets for the Team Associated B6.2 and B6.2D buggies as well as a new universal sheet sporting the USA flag. First up is a “thick” pre-cut chassis protective sheet, designed specifically for the Team Associated B6.2 +3mm chassis. It is made from 12mil laminate and backed by an aggressive adhesive vinyl. Each sheet is cut to exact dimensions of the model, and provides a professional look while helping to protect the chassis. Protective sheets are highly recommended for both new and used chassis to resist against scratches and scrapes and prolong the life of the chassis. In addition to protecting the chassis, the stickers provide a slick and smooth chassis surface which helps reduce friction when contacting the race surface. Usable for the standard wheelbase B6.2D is the older spec B6.1 and B6.1D protective sheet that is also available now.
Made for Yokomo’s BD10 mid-motor touring car are two rear chassis stiffeners. Available as lightweight aluminium or heavy steel variant, the cross-shaped stiffeners not only help to adjust the torsional stiffness of the rear chassis area in various ways, the the steel variant also adds a certain weight which can be beneficial in both low and high-grip track conditions, as it can increase traction while also countering traction rolling. The stiffeners are available separately and they are a direct fit.
Evo Race Factory have introduced their all-new ER-20 body shell for 1/10th formula cars, building on the momentum as the first Formula 1 teams are lifting the curtains on their 2020 contenders. Taking design ideas of the latest full-scale formula cars, the body features a low and pretty wide nose design for improved front downforce, it rocks a halo, rear view mirrors as well as add-on barge boards and utilises a long engine cover good straight line stability at high speeds. The body can be fit to pretty much every 1/10th scale formula car and it should be up for grabs very soon.
Coming soon from Xpress is their new XQ10 mid-motor 4WD touring car. In development for some time now, the vehicle builds on the proven XQ1, however split bulkheads and minor changes to the suspension geometry in combination with a pure mid-motor design make for a more neutral handling car that is suitable for a wider range of track conditions thanks to increased overall traction. New features include an adjustable top deck with flex inserts, the car utilises strong plastic parts which use 3.0mm suspension pins on the outside and inside hinge for less play and a more rigid construction, and new material X-rings for the shocks and differential make for smoother operation. Other features include a redesigned steering rack for a more linear and smooth steering reaction, a built-in rear belt tensioner in the motor mount, a lowered bumper foam for the use with modern touring car bodies, and bearing-supported anti-roll bars ensure smoother suspension operation. The kit is rounded out by lowered shocks for an overall lower centre of gravity. The kit is set for a release this February.
Coming from SWorkz are new ride height and shock length gauges for 1/8th and 1/10t scale off-road vehicles. The ride height gauges are of a common, twistable design with the 1/8th scale gauge offering a 20mm to 30mm ride height range while the smaller 1/10th scale gauge features a 14mm to 20mm range. Using the gauge is pretty straight forward as the desired ride height can be set by twisting the upper part of the gauge with the setting clicking into place, making for reliable and repeatable measurements and settings. The gauges come machined from aluminium, they feature a black and red 2-tone design and they feature white laser-engraved markings.