Naoto & Yokomo end 10-year journey

Naoto

Shocking news has hit the R/C world today as multi-time World Champion, Naoto Matsukura, has announced his departure from Yokomo. The two have worked together over the course of the past ten years to accomplish World Championship titles in 1/12 scale, touring car, and a long list of victories in both onroad and offroad genres. According to Matsukura, the contract ended “amicably”.

Where Naoto is headed is still unknown, however, being a ‘jack of all trades’ we suspect he will be looking for a new home with a company similar to Yokomo, in which offers an extensive line of onroad AND offroad vehicles such as Team Associated, XRAY, Serpent, Schumacher, Hot Bodies, VBC Racing, and so on. Then again, he wouldn’t be the first driver to run multiple brand vehicles for the various racing classes (ex. Robert Batlle – Mugen 1/8 scale, Team C 1/10 scale).

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Xceed’s new aluminum car stands

Xceed Car Stands

Xceed RC has released their new lightweight offroad car stands. These stands are designed specifically for 1/10 scale and 1/8 scale offroad vehicles, and feature a sturdy, yet lightweight, aluminum construction. The top is padded for comfort, and includes cut-outs to double as a shock building stand as well. Rubber feet keep it planted in place, and your choice of green or black finish allows you to match your style!

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Source: Xceed RC

RDRP B5/B5M VTS Slipper Option Kit

RDRP Slipper

Revolution Design (RDRP) has just released their all-new VTS Slipper Option Kit for the Team Associated B5 and B5M buggys. The RDRP VTS Slipper Option Kit makes the most of the original Team Associated clutch. The 4-piece kit replaces the standard outer and inner aluminium slipper plates with vented variants for improved heat dissipation and fading-free operation.

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Also the center VTS plate was replaced with a vented and hard-coated aluminium plate while the VTS slipper housing, originally a molded composite part, is supplied in a lightweight, blue anodized and laser-etched aluminium variant. Like the slipper plate, the housing is of a vented design to not only allow for better heat dissipation but also to lower its weight. All parts are precision machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and they are a direct fit on both the Team Associated B5 and B5M.

Source: RDRP

XRAY mixes up new graphite shoes

XRAY Clutch Shoes

XRAY has just released their new graphite clutch shoe for the XB8. This new special graphite mixture material is designed to provide smoother engagement, and significantly less wear of aluminum clutch shoe. Recommended for medium- and high-traction tracks, this special graphite mixture ensures extra-long life.

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Matias wins RC Oeste Birthday Race

Miguel Matias

The RC Oeste 3rd Birthday Race was held this past weekend. XRAY’s Miguel Matias would be the man of the hour as he took home a clean sweep of the 2wd and 4wd 1/10 Buggy classes. Matias was followed Fabio Ramos in second in both classes, and Goncalo Melo (2wd) / Pedro Dias (4wd) in third.

Source: XRAY

Pro-Line’s ‘Prime’ new 1/10 buggy tire

 

Pro-Line Racing has officially released their all-new ‘Prime’ 1/10 buggy tires. Many indoor offroad race tracks have turned to carpet or pure clay style dirt in search of ultimate traction, eliminating the need for traditional treaded tires. Pro-Line’s all new Prime tires are targeted directly at racers currently running full “slick” tires, saving them from having to grind treaded tires down while delivering improved performance.

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Pro-Line’s Prime tires feature unique grooves that add traction and stability when the track is freshly watered or when there is a slight layer of thin dust that would cause a traditional “slick” tire to just spin. The raised treaded portion of the Prime tire has a distinctive rough surface texture similar to a ground “slick” tire and makes the Prime tire have maximum performance right out of the package.

Available for 2wd and 4wd buggy, and sold in multiple compounds.

Source: Pro-Line Racing

REDS launches fresh new website

REDS Website

REDS Racing is pleased to announce the launch of their all-new website! The new site includes a list of new features, and is designed to be easier to navigate whether you are surfing desktop or on your mobile device!

CLICK HERE to visit the new REDS Racing site!

Storey wins Silverstone Series Rd.3

Storey

The third round of the popular Silverstone Winter Series was held at their indoor astroturf track in Northampton last weekend. As ever, the Silverstone team built a challenging yet flowing track to test the full entry of drivers. In the main 2wd class, the Schumacher KF’s of Lloyd Storey and Nathan Waters took all four rounds of qualifying, with two each. Lloyd took the overall TQ by virtue of the faster time over 5 minutes, and would line up on pole for the A final. Nathan stayed on Lloyd’s tail for the entire length of the final, but Lloyd managed to take the win just ahead of Nathan, closely followed by Kev Lee in 3rd.

Source: Schumacher

Lutz Pro Tip: Setting throttle endpoint

 

When it comes to nitro racing, it is crucial that your engine be setup properly. Part of that setup is setting throttle endpoints. Many overlook the importance of this step, and/or don’t actually know the proper way to do so. Our good friend Ryan Lutz has sat down to share his latest ‘Pro Tip’, which explains the proper way to set your throttle endpoint.

Source: Lutz R/C

Amezcua doubles at Mexican Regional

Mexican Regionals

Rafael Amezcua, the Mugen Seiki / HobbyShop.MX driver, scored a double win at the last round of the Mexican Offroad Regionals at Colima, Mexico. Drivers from Colima, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Puerto Vallarta gathered at the beautiful Colima track to race 1/8 Buggy and Truggy Nitro Classes.

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