New Signing for Tekno RC: Boy Witsarut

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Tekno RC have unveiled a pretty significent coup as Boy Witsarut, a driver some are describing as the fastest in Southeast Asia, to their roster. Witsarut has been building a strong reputation as is known for searingly fast laps and a great dedication to the sport and his preparation for events.

Boy himself described the deal thus: ‘I would like to thank Tekno RC and Ilias Arkoudaris for giving me the opportunity to be a part of one of the fastest growing teams in the industry. My goal is to improve myself and showcase the potential of Tekno RC products in Thailand and around the world. Thanks a lot.’

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NEW: HB Racing D815 V2 [1/8th Nitro Buggy]

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When the original version of your top-line 1/8th Nitro Buggy has won World Championships, just how does one go about improving on that? HB Racing are presenting their answer with their new D815 V2, which as the name suggests is their second evolution of the hugely successful D815 platform.

First up are two new chassis plates, one normal size and an extended chassis which adds 4mm of length to the rear of the car which allows a longer wheelbase (up to the maximum regulation) and shifts the overall center of gravity for more stability, especially on high-speed corners. This is a chassis that has now become the norm for most of HB’s driver roster, including IFMAR World Champion Ty Tessman. An extended rear drive shaft and the popular high wing mount are also included.

Carbon fiber plates for the suspension have been included to help racers tune their D815 V2 to track conditions; and if there’s one pattern we’ve noticed with recent R/C releases, it’s the emphasis on increased tuneability and setup changes. The D815 V2 fits that vibe down to a tee, and with it also retaining the same overall cost as the original kit, the V2 will be a popular purchase when it drops in August. Below is a full list of features:

• New 3mm 7075 aluminum chassis + 4mm
• Upgraded central drivetrain with CVD boots
• 43/13 diff gear ratio with lightweight gears
• Split center bulkhead
• Sintered brake pads & metal rotors
• One-piece radio tray fits most LiPo
• Aluminum arm blocks
• Hinge pin inserts
• HB monocoque suspension arms
• Threaded outer hinge pins
• Sway bars front and rear
• Lightweight spur gear
• Lightweight diff outdrives and center inputs • Rubber CVD boots
• Lightweight front aluminum axles
• Racing fuel tank with stone filter clunk
• Steel skid plate
• Lightweight Pro-Line polycarbonate rear
• Rear upright design
• Carbon graphite rear hub carrier arms
• Aluminum servo saver arm
• Protective boots on central drivetrain
• One-piece lightweight wing mount
• Aluminum caster blocks with extra hole wing
• Aluminum steering blocks with carbon gra – phite steering arms
• Stand-up servo mounting
• Enclosed radio box
• Composite chassis braces
• Steel turnbuckles
• Big bore threaded coilover shocks
• Lightweight aluminum shock towers
• Pro-Line Type-R clear buggy body
• Tuning options include: steering blocks, arm blocks, steering arms, rear hub carrier arms, sway bars, shock springs and more.

Also included here are some additional notes from D815 V2 lead designer Torrance Deguzman:

  • Rear Hub carrier #5: ‘From extensive testing our team drivers found that this hub carrier camber link plate provides the best overall rear traction. The camber link position available on the #5 hub carrier plate works in conjunction with other suspension geometry setups that our drivers have developed. For the latest setups sheets from Ty Tessmann, see his website at www.tytessmann.com.’
  • Carbon plate front, #111742 Carbon plate rear: ‘These carbon plates increase the torsional stiffness of the suspension arms, which gives the car a more forgiving feeling at the limit, especially on high-speed and high-traction corners. It also gives the car a more predictable sliding characteristic at the limit, which the driver can easily manage instead of a sudden loss of traction’.
  • Ackerman plate #4: ‘The #4 Ackerman plate provides a lower degree of Ackerman angle which gives the car more all-around steering, which is useful when you have a very stable rear-end setup or when the track layout has high traction, or has many tight 180 degree corners’.
  • Wing mount set: ‘The high wing mount positions the wing 10mm higher than the low wing mount version, putting the wing in less turbulent air flow which helps produce more downforce’.

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NEW: Pro-Line Caps – Split Blue/Threads Grey

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Pit area style is just as important as the look and feel of your racecar, so get your style on point – or fleek, whatever it is the kids are saying these days – with Pro-Line’s newest addition to their hat line, the Split Blue and Threads Gray hats. The split blue hat is a premium hat that features a rugged rubber molded patch in the front and a 2-color stitched Pro-Line logo on the back, coupled with a subtle stitched American flag on the side. The Threads Gray hat features an all heather gray colour with a large Black P-L Logo emblazoned on the front and an American Flag on the side, same as the Split Blue. The Pro-Line Split Blue hat is available in M/L and L/XL size while the Threads Gray hat has a Flexfit snapback to fit most head sizes and a Flat Bill.

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NEW PARTS: Yokomo YZ-2 CA & YZ-4 – Aluminum Offset Rear Hubs Carriers

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Coming soon from Yokomo are the new aluminum offset rear hub carriers for YZ-2CA and YZ-4. This is intended for the variable set up for upper arm by replacement for several kind of track surface. In use of shorter universal at axel part, enable to get more smooth suspension trace for stable drive in any type of surface. In high grip surface, reducing the chance of high side and higher cornering speed. For the case of low grip surface smooth acceleration control for stable cornering performance. Shipped on May 30th.

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NEW PART: DKT Lightweight 3-Shoe Clutch [1/8th GT]

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Here’s a brand new 3-shoe lightweight clutch from DKT, specifically designed and tested for use in 1/8th Nitro GT cars. The flywheels are made in 7075, and with the same bronze used for engine conrods used for the inserts. The DKT clutch is based on the 1/8th Buggy clutch and respects IFMAR rules. The flywheel is more light to increase the acceleration and the shoes has a bronze insert to avoid blocking with the high temperatures. The clutch is provided with a thicknesses washer to put between the flywheel and the shoes to reduce friction.

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NEW MOTORS: Hobbywing XeRun SD G2 range of 1/8th Brushless Motors

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New from Hobbywing are two motors in the SD G2 series:  the XeRun 4274 and 4268 1/8th brushless motors. These brushless motors feature a world-first for brushless motors: a built-in chip which identifies it as a Hobbywing motor when pairing with XERUN XR8/XR8 Plus and unlocks ‘Full-Sensored’ mode, providing users with the better performance and smoother control. When paired with these ERCs, Turbo Timing Technology also opens up: a technology widely seen already in 1/10th scale road racing and used to enable bi-directional adjustable mechanical timing to tune specifically for certain track layouts and conditions. In amongst a raft of other features,  these motors are the first ever to adopt the innovative 4-pole-8-magnet ‘staggered pole’ rotor, which has the extremely low cogging effect and low torque pulsation (down 85% when comparing with traditional 1/8th motors).

Think we’re done with the feature list? Not a bit of it! Here’s the rest:

  • CNC-machined aluminum ribbed heatsink case with the sensor port covered by silicon O-ring seal
    guarantees users the effective heat dissipation and dust prevention.
  • 4xM3 mounting holes and 2xM4 mounting holes on the front case are applicable to various motor mounts.
  • New-style U gold-plated tabs with extremely-low internal resistance allows users to solder output wires
    easily and firmly on.
  • The use of double insulated windings (240°C R-rated), NMB bearings from Japan, and the
    high-intensity adhesive (340°C) guarantees users the outstanding performance and super durability.
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NEW PART: Roche RC Rapide F1 – Graphite Chassis/Lower Pod Plate

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Soon to be on the shelves are these brand new chassis parts from Roche RC: a 2.25mm graphite chassis plate, and 2.25mm graphite lower pod plate, both for the Rapide F1 car. The chassis was tested by factory driver Olivier Bultynck at the ETS Round 4, so come with proven race pedigree right off the bat. Both parts are designed more for use on outdoor, low-grip asphalt tracks.

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Hagberg, Jefferies & Maddison CONFIRMED for XRAY X-RACE 2016

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A star-studded trio will be rolling out at the XRAY X-Race, as Alexander Hagberg, Olly Jefferies & Jimmy Maddison have confirmed they will participate in the event on the weekend of 11th-12th June at the Cotswold RC track, a legendary venue in UK R/C racing. They’ve taken three spots – and other spots are being filled fast, so sign up below to have your chance of competing against these factory aces for glory!

Details for the event are right here.

Registrations here.

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Just FYI…Team Orion have NOT Purchased Hot Bodies

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Mutterings and rumours have been rife lately of Team Orion going for a takeover deal on the beleaguered Hot Bodies company, but as reported over on RCNews.net, Team Orion’s owner Philippe Neidhart has shot down such speculation. When asked, he merely stated ‘Team Orion has not purchased HB’. Simple and clear!

What is less clear is whether Neidhart himself is involved in any takeover deal, through his other companies, with HB. HB as a commercial entity is once again trading, with spares, kits and parts going out to dealers once more, so clearly someone has managed to ressurect HB and get them operating again. More details will emerge in time.

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Coming Soon: O.S. Speed 21XZ-B spec. III & Speed 21XZ-GT Motors

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O.S. have released some facts about the new Spec.III version of their Speed 21XZ-B, as well as their brand new Speed 21XZ-GT motor.

The Spec. III features a newly designed crankcase, piston and cylinder, with the displacement still remaiing at 3.49cc. The engine head is 5mm lower to help with lowering the centre of gravity, and the 3-port exhaust makes air flow more efficient after combustion. It will be available alone or as a combo with the T-2060SC (EFRA2042) tuned pipe.

The Speed 21XZ-GT is an all-new 5-port engine, featuring a newly developed piston and 5-scavenging port cylinder, as well as a remodelled crankshaft and crankcase to fit on-road GT tracks. It will also include a 7mm carburetor restrictor to conform to ROAR regulation. It will be available alone or as a combo with the T-2060SC (EFRA2042) tuned pipe and the manifold in the combo set is the M2003SC, 70mm manifold specially designed for GT category for better pick-up. Both will be shipped in August.

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