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Neil Cragg takes European 2WD Electric Off-road title

This week’s 2016 EFRA European Electric Off-road Championships are held in Valladolid, Spain. First up was the 2WD event that saw the battle between UK’s Neil Cragg, campaigning Team Associated’s new B6D buggy and Germany’s Jörn Neumann, running a prototype of the forthcoming Serpent SRX2 Mid Hybrid low-medium traction buggy. Jörn would TQ three of the five qualifying rounds but the better tie-breaker time handed Neil the overall TQ. Behind the two Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski would line up third on the grid. In the opening A-main, Jörn would follow Neil in his slipstream but never found a …

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JConcepts 8ight-T 4.0 Finnisher truggy bodyshell

JConcepts have officially introduced the ROAR National Championship winning Finnisher bodyshell for the TLR 8ight-T 4.0 nitro off-road truggy. A drop fit on to the 4.0 variant of TLR’s successful racing truck the body incorporates pre-dimpled locations and it features a slight cab forward design with raked windshield and an aggressive stance. The body incorporates a large centre fin which begins on the roof line and finishes just past the half-way point on the bed. Extended front chin spoiler, headlight and grill protect the frontend from unwanted up-drafts during flight and the body also has a built-in air escape…

Serpent SRX8 aluminium shock towers

Serpent SRX8 aluminium shock towers

Coming from Serpent and made for the Cobra SRX8 1/8th scale buggy are front and rear aluminium shock tower. Made from aircraft-grade 7075-T6 material and sporting a heavy-duty design the shock stays are both lightweight and durable while offering increased stiffness compared to the standard carbon fibre shock towers which leads to improved steering and traction. Both the front and rear tower come grey anodised, they are laser-etched, sport multiple shock and camber link mounting holes and they are available separately. Source: Serpent [serpent.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

Scorpion RR-3420 21.5T ROAR-spec brushless motor

Scorpion RR-3420 21.5T ROAR-spec brushless motor

Scorpion keeps releasing more winding options of their newly introduced RR-3420 competition brushless motor. Offering the same features as the previously released variants the 21.5T motor comes with a 12.5mm high-torque rotor for high braking power and performance while keeping the operation temperatures low. The motor is built to meet ROAR specifications and it is available now. Source: Scorpion [scorpionsystem.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

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Reflex Racing RR12T2 conversion & geometry update kit

Reflex Racing have introduced the new RR12T2 conversion kit for the RR12V2 and the Team Associated 12R5.2 as well as an geometry update set for the RR12V2. Starting with the conversion, it will take the RR12V2 to new RR12T2 specifications and it includes a 7075-T6 aluminium chassis, 2mm quasi weave lower pod plate, a new rear motor mount brace as well as revise geometry motor pod and pod sliders compatible with a motor fan. Also included is a revised geometry shock mount, new stronger rear droop plate, symmetrical servo mount a well as a new 7075-T6 unimount with silver…

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Giuliano Marra wins at Swiss Touring Nats Rd4

Round four of the Swiss Electric Touring Nationals was held at the HSH outdoor track in Dintikon. In the Pro Stock class Giuliano Marra made a clean sweep in the qualifiers to take the pole position for the finals from Jan Hässig in second and Cedric Brütsch in third. Giuliano and Jan would also make it out in the triple A-mains with Giuliano taking wins in A1 and A2 and Jan coming in first in A3. Overall Giuliano Marra (Yokomo) took the winning honours from Jan Hässig (Yokomo) while Marco Balmer (Team Magic) snatched the final podium spot in…

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Avid A800 Aura driveline bearing kit & Ti ball studs

Coming from Avid and made for Awesomatix’ A800 touring car are the Aura driveline bearing kit and the titanium ballstud conversion. Starting with the bearing kit, included are a total of 14 ceramic ball races that utilise Si3N4 ceramic balls for smooth rotation and reduced drivetrain drag. The ball bearings come lubed with high-speed AeroShell light oil to further reduce friction. Please note that above image is just a sample with the actual set containing differing sizes and also shielded bearings. Also new for the A800 is the Avid titanium ball stud conversion that includes 18 pieces to minimise weight without sacrificing strength. It does…

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Yeah Racing Traxxas Slash nylon mesh chassis guard

Yeah Racing have introduced their new nylon mesh chassis guard for the Traxxas Slash, E-Revo and Summit. Designed to protect the electronics from dirt and rocks the mesh cover fits like a glove around the chassis tub and it is easily fastened using velcro-backed tape. A zipper along the centre line allows for easy battery changes without the need to remove the whole cover. Source: Yeah Racing [yeahracing.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

MIP B6 Roller Pucks bi-metal drive system

MIP B6 Roller Pucks bi-metal drive system

Coming from MIP and made for Team Associated’s B6 2WD buggy is the Roller Pucks bi-metal drive system. It features two-piece bi-metal outdrives that are comprised of both 7075–T6 aluminium and high-grade heat tempered machine steel to shred 30 percent off of the OEM rotating mass, which equates to quicker acceleration without compromising strength. Being that the diff outputs are steel, it is fully compatible with the popular MIP Roller Pucks which have a 360 degree wear pattern and are 100 percent replaceable. The system is ideal for racers using 10.5T motors or higher and it not only fits …

X Factory Infinity RB5/6 carbon idler shafts

X Factory Infinity RB5/6 carbon idler shafts

X Factory have introduced their new Infinity carbon idler shafts for the RB5 and RB6 line of 1/10th 2WD vehicles. The shafts are exactly 5mm in diameter and they replace the somewhat undersized original parts that can lead to idler gear failures due to the bearings wobbling on the shaft. The Infinity items are made from high-quality carbon material and they are of a hollow design, making for slight weight savings. Source: X Factory [xfactoryrc.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

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Marc Fischer teams up with Trion

Trion have announced the addition of Germany’s Marc Fischer to their factory team. The newly signed Capricorn pilot will be using Trion’s range of brushless motors and speed controllers alongside Muchmore LiPo batteries, chargers and tyre heaters. Marc has the following to say about the deal: I would like to take the opportunity and thank Trion and Mr. Kobayashi as well as Muchmore and Mr. Jang for the support and the trust in me. This is a real dream coming true and I am looking forward to a fruitful cooperation for the remainder of this season and beyond. Source: Trion [team-trion….

Shin Adachi confirmed for Dragon Stone Champs

Shin Adachi confirmed for Dragon Stone Champs

Adding to the growing talent pool of the 2016 Dragon Stone Asian Buggy Championships, the event’s organisers have announced the confirmation of one of the industry’s most notable and experienced racers, Team Serpent’s Shin Adachi. With Shin’s massive experience in 1/10th scale electric vehicles as multiple time Japanese National champion, Shin is also lead designer and team manager of Team Yokomo’s offroad division. In addition, Shin also plays a crucial part in Team Serpent’s 1/8th nitro development program. On top of his 1/10th scale accomplishments, Shin has made numerous appearances in Japan’s Nationals finals, a NeoBuggy finalist, and current 2016 FEMCA Vice Champion in 1/8th scale. Having…

Jens Becker wins at NRW Offroad Cup Rd5

Jens Becker wins at NRW Offroad Cup Rd5

The fifth round of the NRW Offroad Cup was held at the Langenfeld astro turf track over the weekend. With close to 100 entries the event was again very well accepted and many drivers used the race to get some practice runs before the German Nationals at the same venue later this year. Jens Becker would be the man to beat in the 2WD Buggy class as he won all three qualifiers to grab the overall TQ and the pole position for the triple A-mains. In A1 Jens suffered technical issues but he stroke back in A2 and A3 to take the day’s win…

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JConcepts TLR 22 3.0 S2 Worlds bodyshell

JConcepts have introduced the S2 Worlds bodyshell for the TLR 22 3.0 buggy. The follow-up version of the popular Silencer body rocks some familiar features but rolled together with a low-profile stance. Slammed overall height allows the S2 to whisk through the turns with a low centre of mass while the progressive cab design provides plenty of front-end force for superior balance and steering. A channeled roof directs the flow through the centre of the body while also increasing the rigidity of cockpit. The upper side-pods feature distinct vents used to help relieve hot air build-up inside …

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Robert Krens wins at Dutch Nationals Rd4

Round four of the Dutch Electric On-road Nationals was held at the MBC track in Gouda. In the Touring Stock class it was Schumacher driver Robert Krens who took the TQ and, thanks to wins in A1 and A3, the overall victory from the Team Magic duo of Rob Jansen and Richard Arts. Rick Van Den Akker and Martijn Spaans completed the top 5 result. Stock class final results: 1. Robert Krens 2. Rob Jansen 3. Richard Arts 4. Rick Van Den Akker 5. Martijn Spaans 6. Fokke Groen 7. Tim Streefkerk 8. Fons Stabel Source: HRC Distribution [hrcdistribution.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

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Vigor BD7-2016 lower bulkhead spacer set

Coming from Vigor and made for the Yokomo BD7-2016 touring car is a carbon fibre bulkhead spacer set. The plates allow to raise the front and rear bulkheads as well as the motor mount to give slightly improved flex which can be beneficial in certain track conditions. The set includes four 1.0mm and 1.5mm lower bulkhead spacers as well as two 1.0mm and four 1.5mm lower motor mount spacers, all made from high-quality carbon fibre. Source: Vigor RC [vigorrc.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

Serpent Cobra SRX8 starter pack

Serpent Cobra SRX8 starter pack

Serpent have released a starter pack for the Cobra SRX8 1/8th scale buggy containing several useful items. The “first aid” pack features useful spare and option parts such as extra springs and anti-roll bars of various sizes as well as replacement ballcups and front and rear A-arms with inserts. The package is available now. Source: Serpent [serpent.com] Facebook Twitter Google+ Pin It

Tamiya portable pit backpack II

Tamiya portable pit backpack II

Tamiya have introduced their new portable pit backpack II. The lightweight, tough polyester backpack was originally designed for Mini 4WD race meetings, and it can carry a portable pit along with other Mini 4WD essentials but it is also good for mini-size RC cars and other applications. The pocket on either side is made from mesh, and each is able to hold a 500ml drink bottle. In addition to the main zippered compartment of the backpack, the top is fitted with a handy pocket of its own, also zipper-fastened. Comfort is assured by the two adjustable bag side compression belts, plus a…

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STRC introduce new SCX10 II aluminium option parts

Coming from ST Racing Concepts is a range of aluminium option parts for Axial’s all-new SCX10 II off-road kit. First in a growing range are CNC machined rear lock-outs, front and rear heavy duty bumper mounts and lower shock/suspension link mounting blocks, as well as drivetrain improving CNC machined driveshaft splines. The highly precise parts not only enhancce visual impact but also add a bit more desirable overall weight to the vehicle, improving its stability over the trails. As usual the parts are available in a range of colours with more options to come very soon. Source: STRC…

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Prague hosts Inaugural Junior World Championships

The city of Prague in the Czech Republic will host the inaugural Junior World Championships from the 3rd to 7th of August. Organised by the newly founded International Youth RC Models Association IYRCA in cooperation with the Pan European Society for Culture, Education and Scientific & Technical Cooperation, the Car Modeling Association of China, the RC Car Club Czech Republic as well as the International Federation of Model Auto Racing IFMAR, the event is especially aimed at young RC car drivers. The race will  be held under the patronage of IFMAR’s Dallas Mathiesen, who will be present throughout the week, and it will see…