Pilotage, the manufacturer that operates the chain of ‘Pilotage – World of Fun’ specialty hobby stores in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia & Israel and the Hong Kong based web store have announced the upcoming release of a new and innovative 1/18th short course model truck. Only releasing this teaser image, the model, called the Thrasher, will be equipped with a brushless power system which supports LiPo batteries. The chassis features two ball differentials, fully adjustable suspension and metal oil filled shocks. Pilotage plans to release this exciting new model towards the end of the fourth quarter of 2010. More information will be available closer to the release date.
Having teased their new short course truck a while back, Durango have released the first official images of the DESC410R. Central weight distribution and low centre of gravity, even more important with the high bodies of SC trucks, it features a super stiff chassis assembly, big bore shocks, captive CVD’s, optimised gear ratio, 550 motor compatible. Expect it to hit the shops mid December.
Pro-Line are reporting on the 1st Annual Golden State SCT Championships Race that was held on August 14-15 at Freedom Park in Camarillo CA. Established in 1974, the Roadrunners R/C Club has been bringing R/C racing to the Ventura County community for decades and is one of the oldest R/C clubs in the world. The track was built by Joey Christiansen and the Dirt Crew and it was a fun, flowing and challenging layout. The race consisted of 2wd and 4wd electric Short Course trucks and had 122 entries. The Modified 4wd SC class was one of the most popular classes and had 4 full heats of California and Nevada’s best SC drivers. Chad Bradley driving the Jammin’ SCRT-10 set the time to beat in qualifying on Saturday, TQing rounds 1 and 2 using Pro-Line’s new M3 Bow-Fighter SC tire and Desert Rat Body. Sunday was set for the triple main events in which Chad won convincingly in the first two main events. Chad used M3 Hole Shot SC tires with Split Six wheels for the main events. Chad sat out the third and final main event having already wrapped up the Modified 4wd SC Title. Lyle Spangler TQ’d and won the ROAR Spec 2wd class driving the HPI Blitz. Lyle used M3 Hole-Shot SC in the rear and M3 Caliber SC front tires and Pro-Line’s Ford F-150 body to take the win in the ROAR Spec 2wd Class.
Pro-Line are reporting that they headed out to Milestone MX Park two weeks ago for some Short Course action as Joey Christensen from the Dirt Racing had planned another great event. This was the first time the team would debut the Bow-Fighter SC thread design, which proved to work very well under track conditions. Louis Flood of Evolution Sports TQ’d the stock class using the new Bow-Fighter SC and after an early lead in the main mechanical troubles would put him out of contention for a podium position. The 2WD Open class would see David Orner take TQ all three rounds with Hole Shot SC front and rear, eventually taking second due to a late crash in the main. In the 4WD class, the top three used Pro-Line Hole Shot SC all the way with Jeremy Kortz taking the win on Hole Shot SC, Chad Bradley finishing second and Pro-Line’s own Gerardo Gonzalez taking third.
MIP have announced that they are taking orders for their new steel centre drive hub, for the rear of the Traxxas Slash 4×4. Manufactured from high strength carbon steel for increased strength over the stock version, it comes supplied with M3 x .5 set screws to use, or Traxxas pin screws can also be used. 100% Quality made in the USA.
The 2010 Rocky Mountain Short Course Championship was held at the Sweetwater RC Raceway Park in Rock Springs, Wyoming August 13th – 15th. Friday’s open practice had drivers from Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho putting in laps on both the 1/10 short course track and the 1/8 track just to get any advantage they could. The short course track had massive amounts of traction due to the sugared surface, while the 1/8 track was technical with big air jumps, both tracks were tricky. Saturday started off with four rounds of qualifying on both tracks with TQ being swapped back and fourth among many drivers in all classes. At the end of the day the top positions were locked in, with 2wd SCT Stock, 4wd SCT Open, and 1/8 Electric Buggy TQ going to DJ Clark of Wyoming, 2wd SCT Open TQ went to Jared Hair of Utah, and finally 1/8 Buggy and 1/8 Truck TQ was held by Chris Peralta of Colorado.
HongNor have released 2 new optional parts for the SCRT10 short course truck. The first is this pair of aluminium chassis braces that replace the standard parts and remove all flex in this area. The second release is this pair of center universal joints.
Losi have released what they claim is the smallest 4wd short course truck on the market. An agile 4WD drivetrain and powerful micro motor hooked up with a rugged chassis, extended suspension travel and oil filled shocks make the Micro SCT a blast to drive on a myriad of different surfaces. Just forget its size, indoors or out it will power its way around or over most obstacles, and getting the power down on any lose or slippery surface will test a drivers ability to control a car under the most difficult of driving conditions. Ready to run straight out of the box all that‘s needed to get up and running is to charge the 220 mAh battery and you’re ready to hit the dirt. That will deliver around five minutes of run time depending on how hard the car is driven and extra batteries are available in various sizes, so track time can be easily maximised. A bottom loaded battery compartment means that changing batteries is a breeze and can be completed without all the hassle of taking off the bodyshell.