Kyosho Reveals Scorpion Re-Release Details

Kyosho Reveals Scorpion Re-Release Details

After teasing the Scorpion re-release last week, Kyosho has now revealed details about the highly-anticipated vintage machine, which is set to debut at the  RCX show on May 17-18 . As the hype-sheet reveals (and as we anticipated), the new-old car is highly faithful to the original specs but also beefed up and refined where needed so you can outfit it with modern gear and give it a proper thrashing. Modern highlights include a slipper clutch, 48-pitch geartrain, compatibility with the Ultima RB’s ball diff (as an upgrade from the supplied gear diff), and wide-track front suspension. The…

CRC Rocket Fuel 6000mAh LiPo saddle pack

CRC Rocket Fuel 6000mAh LiPo saddle pack

CRC have a new competition LiPo battery available in the form of the Rocket Fuel 2S 6000mAh saddle pack. Built from high-performance 65C cells the ROAR-approved battery comes in an orange colour hardcase and including jumper wire and balance lead. Source: CRC [teamcrc.com]

Malin Karlsen joins Team Xray

Malin Karlsen joins Team Xray

Xray announce that young up and coming off-road talent Malin Karlsen has joined their junior team. Malin is an 8 year old girl from Norway who has shown an exceptional talent. Malin will be racing all Xray off-road buggies in her upcoming campaign that will include the EFRA 1/10th Buggy Euros, the 1/8th and 1/10th Nordic Champs as well as the Swedish Nationals and Cup Series. Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

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Green & Thompson win at BRCA 1/10th Nitro opener

The first race of the 1/10th British National Championships was held last weekend at the Cotswold Race Track in the heart of the UK with 41 drivers attending. Saturday’s practice was in dry conditions but Sunday’s weather forecast saw rain from 13:00, so 3 rounds of qualifying were completed in the dry and then on time the rain started. No drivers when out for their last race, this left Mark Green and Glyn Beal on TQ for Touring Cars and GT respectively. All of the finals were then raced on a wet track. The A final for Touring Car was lead by Alex Thurston …

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Turner & Cavalieri win at JBRL Rd2

Round 2 of the South Californian Jimmy Babcock Racing League took place last weekend at the Coyote Hobbies Raceway in Victorville. The one day event saw the attendance of Pros and talented local racers alike and had Cody Turner taking the win in the highly contested 2WD Modified Buggy class. TQ Ryan Cavalieri scored a DNF making way for runner-up Cody who left Kevin Motter and Rudy Rico behind. In the 4WD Modified Buggy class it was again Ryan Cavalieri who took TQ but this time he was able to take profit of his pole position coming in some 16 seconds ahead of Nick …

Azarashi Redseal aluminium chassis plate

Azarashi Redseal aluminium chassis plate

Azarashi introduce a prototype aluminium chassis plate for their Kyosho ZX-5 Redseal conversion kit. Made from 6061 aluminium and coming black anodised the limited edition part is designed to replace the stock carbon fibre main chassis plate with a stiffer part that offers less torsional flex, making it ideal for all high-grip surfaces. The machined chassis features several milled-out pockets for the battery and electronics in order to lower the weight and centre of gravity and it is available through Azarashi’s webshop for a limited time. Source: Azarashi [team-azarashi.com]

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Vitezslav Hola wins Rebels Race 2014

The Rebels Race 2014 was held last weekend in Trutnov, Czech Republic and the meeting marked the end of the national indoor season, attracting driver from all of the country. In the Touring Car Modified class five drivers battled for the top position with the best end for Jirka Vysin who took the pole position for the finals. In the A mains, Vitezslav Hola shifted into second gear as he was able to win the first two finals thanks to clean and fast driving. Jirka Vysin had to settle for second while Martin Korinek took the final podium spot to make it a 1-2-3 for…

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Breaking Through

In any form of sport, a large number of people enjoy cheering for the ‘underdog’. With the news this week that a new team was set to join the Formula 1 grid in 2015, and the debut of Porsche in the World Endurance Championship (Le Mans Series), ‘new’ motorsport teams often gain that same level of support. Will these new-comers be able to challenge the established teams? Perhaps not immediately, but will they ever be able to haul themselves up the grid and become serious competitors? I see a number of parallels with R/C racing. Despite the cycles and driver changes, I took a look…

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Kyosho Scorpion re-release 2WD buggy – Details

Kyosho America have released first details of the forthcoming Scorpion re-release vintage 2WD buggy. The long awaited release of the Scorpion, which was the cornerstone of the Kyosho off-road program during the late 70s and early 80s, is designed by the same designer as the original Scorpion. This new version is very faithful to many of the details that make it virtually identical to the original car, but there are some changes to increase the durability and performance. The shocks are higher quality with much smoother operation, and the spring pre-load collars will not snap like the…

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MIP Pucks drive systems for RB6 & RT6

MIP is busy adding more Pucks drive systems to their portfolio. This time a full load of  kits is available for the Kyosho RB6, both for standard ball diff and optional gear diff equipped vehicles. The Modified “Shiny” ball diff variant includes new diff gears, outdrives and thrust race along durable “Shiny” steel C-CVD driveshafts while the 17.5T gear diff set includes aluminium outdrives suitable for Kyosho’s optional gear differential. Also available is a Shiny set for RB6′s with gear diff and a dedicated 17.5T set for ball differential equipped RT6 trucks. All sets improve durability, make for quicker acceleration and a smoother…

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JConcepts Dirt-Tech 1/10th buggy inserts

JConcepts introduce the new Dirt-Tech closed cell tyre inserts. Gray in colour, the new inserts are designed in conjunction with tyre insert guru, Brian “Dirt” Kinwald to bring the ultimate touch and feel while providing the best possible durability. The 2WD/4WD rear and 4WD front insert has alternating shallow and deep cuts on the outside which touch off against the tire inner carcass providing a cushy response and feel. The 2wd front insert has 3 relatively deep cuts spaced across the width giving a subtle feel to front tyres for precise steering control. The inside has horizontal channels cut in a…

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Jeff LaPorte’s Classic Clod

Jeff LaPorte of Liverpool, NY submitted this shot of his Tamiya Super Clod Buster, and it’s one of our Readers’ Rides selections for the June issue. The truck is mostly stock except for a few choice Traxxas bits including an XL-5 speed control and Ultra shocks. Bonus points for the smooth paint job (no easy feat, since the Clod body is hard plastic and painted on the outside), a custom “Purple-Licous” color Jeff created with Testors paints. The kit-supplied motors power the truck, and Jeff plans to upgrade to a 2.4GHz radio system and add a few Pro-Line scale accessories…

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CS Electronic Rocket V4 120A brushless speedo

German company CS Electronic have released first images of their forthcoming Rocket V4 120A brushless speed controller. Making use of a common design the ESC will feature an aluminium case with low-profile heatsink, an optional fan unit, an easily replaceable receiver lead and heavy duty solder towers. There are no information about the software features yet but the controller will come including an USB adapter and possibly also a programming box. Source: CS Electronic [cs-shop.de]

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Ty Tessmann sweeps Neo ’14 race

Canada’s Ty Tessmann (Hot Bodies) had an amazing Easter weekend at the Neo ’14 in the UK, leading almost the entire 45-minute A Final to win the main event, plus winning not just the electric buggy race but the Dash for Cash race as well. On Day 2 after 3 rounds of qualifying that saw different drivers and cars taking the top spot, Team Tessmann started cranking up the pressure, starting with the ‘Dash4Ca$h’ race, a single 10-minute race with a fat cash prize. Ty waited for the crashes to sort themselves out and from second place on the track homed in on the leader, …

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BlackArt Toyota TS030 & Lola B10 12th scale bodies

U.S. BlackArt distributors CRC introduce the new Toyota TS030 and Lola B10 1/12th scale bodyshells. Starting with the Toyota, the pink and green body in above image, the shell is designed to deliver increase downforce for high speed tracks while the centre spline makes for added stability. The body already proved its performance by winning at the recent European Championships in Italy. Also new is the Lola B10, the red and black body, that offers a bit less downforce making it perfectly suited for slower tracks, tight and twitchy circuits or Stock class racing. Both bodies are made from genuine GE 0.5mm …

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GForce 1/10th aluminium setup wheels

Japanese company GForce introduce these aluminium setup wheels for 1/10th vehicles. They are machined from lightweight aluminium, sport a 5-spoke design and feature rubber O-rings to prevent them from excessively slipping on the workbench or setup board once mounted to the car. The wheels come in sets of four in black or blue colour. Source: GForce [gforce-hobby.jp]

Reedy TC Race of Champs – Book In

Reedy TC Race of Champs – Book In

Now only one month away, excitement is building for the 2014 Reedy International Touring Car Race of Champions. If you would like to be part of this historic event, there are a limited number of spots still available in the Open 13.5 and Open Modified classes. Find out more here.

New VBC Racing Firebolt DM 2WD Buggy

New VBC Racing Firebolt DM 2WD Buggy

VBC Racing breaks into the 1/10th off-road market with the release of their new Firebolt DM 2WD buggy. At this very moment in time we can only show you first renderings of their forthcoming release however we can see that it features a slim aluminium chassis, composite sidepods, aluminium big-bore shocks and carbon fibre front Read the Rest…

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Adrian W wins at Malaysia National League Rd2

The 2nd round of the Malaysia National League was held with around 100 entries from Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and even Switzerland. After four rounds of qualifying Jason Nugroho (Xray) TQ’d in the Pro Buggy class but he lost his luck in the final where a couple of flameouts let him drop in the ranking. At the end he managed to grab the final podium spot behind race winner Adrian W (Kyosho) and runner-up Stanley W (Kyosho). Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

Blacktarmac .12 double reverse clutch version 2.0

Blacktarmac .12 double reverse clutch version 2.0

Blacktarmac introduce the double reverse clutch version 2.0 for .12 nitro engines. Offering improved quality and performance, the clutch set includes a new harder spring, a new 7075 Ergal 31mm flywheel, clutch shoes made from a highly durable material as well as new high-quality ball bearings. Available for the Xray NT1, Capricorn Lab C-02 and Shepherd Velox V10 the set also includes a lightweight 30mm flywheel for lower rotational mass, a 32mm all-round flywheel and a hard-coated 7075-T6 Ergal clutch bell. Source: Blacktarmac [blacktarmac.it]