Having just signed their first ‘big name driver’ Ryan Lutz, Tekno RC have some updated suspension arms which are made from the same material and dimensions as the XT (Xtra tough) arms, but with added clearance for the shock spring perches. They are a direct fit on the Tekno RC EB48 and NB48 buggies. [Part: TKR5030B]
In addition to new arms is a new double-ended nut wrench, ‘perfect for any application requiring a 5.5mm (M3 nut) or 7mm (M4 nut) wrench’. It is compact and extremely durable so it fits in the tightest spaces and can be used to really crank on those nuts! [Part #: TKR1119]
With it’s origins in true nitro onroad racing, Team Shepherd is ready to take the next step and enter the competitive 1/8 offroad market. The first offroad nitro car from the German manufacturer will be called Bull X8 with the nitro version release being planned for December, and the electric version following in early 2015. More detailed information and pictures will be available soon.
Patrick Schäfer says, ”For quite some time we have received many requests from customers from all over the world for a Shepherd 1/8 offroad car so it’s only logical to enter one of the biggest markets in the industry. We are very excited about this project which was a completely new challenge for the whole team.”
We are anxious to see the first shots of the Bull X8, and what is to come for the future of Team Shepherd in the offroad world. Is this perhaps an opportunity for drivers still looking for that place to call home for 2015?
Update, NeoBuggy understands the car will already be released in December and here are a few (pretty useless) details that were left in the official email Press Release
4mm 7075 hardcoated aluminium chassis, aluminium wishbone brackets, multiple toe-in and anti-squat adjustment possibilities at rear axle, adjustable ackermann, 5mm carbon shock towers, 160mm (sic) big-bore shocks with TiN coated shock rods, lightweight diff outdrivers, centered weight engine mount position, cab forward body, silicon sealed ball bearings, high quality 10.9 steel screws, mudguards, Batterybox for LiFe, LiPo,NiMH stick packs.
Team HB is very happy to announce that Teemu Leino has extended his contract to drive for the HB racing team!
I look forward to another season with HB-HPI Racing. They give me the best cars on the market for all my racing categories. Also, the team work is really great in Team HB. I look forward to another year working with great people and having some fun at the track. I want to say thanks to Tatsuro Watanabe and Hiroyuki Kasuya for this opportunity. See you at the races next year. - Teemu
Finnish racing legend Teemu Leino has been a mainstay of Team HB since first signing with the team. A European Champion in the electric touring car class, Teemus focus is now 100% nitro, and he is one of Team HBs most versatile racers, racing at the top level in 1/10th nitro touring cars, 1/8th nitro track racing and 1/8th buggies. He has been instrumental in developing the HB R10, R8 and D812 and has been a great teammate for every member of Team HBs international factory team. In 2012, Teemu was TQ at the Worlds with the R10 nitro touring car, and Team HB is confident of more success for Teemu with the R10 and other HB racing cars.
Our dear friends at Absolute Hobbyz are getting their act together early, the first in 2014 to announce the long-awaited Black Friday sale which kicks off in a week’s time. Hit up AbsoluteHobbyz.com using the code ‘BF10AHZ’ for a 10% storewide sale! Runs 27th - 30th November.
When it comes to 1/8 offroad, one of the most expensive aspects of racing becomes wheels and tires. Fast Race has just released their all-new ‘Tires CUT’ tool. This unique tool is and adjustable hand tool that allows you to cut away worn out tires from the rim. That means no more soaking in deadly chemicals, stinking up the house baking them in the oven, or any other off the wall technique you have to remove old tires. Simply mount, twist, and voila!
Kyosho’s Yuichi Kanai has released a first look at the growing lineup of MP9 colored plastics. In addition to previously released radio tray and accessories, Kyosho is getting set to release colored mud guards. These new guards are direct replacements for the stock black plastic guards, and will be available in flo orange, flo yellow, flo green, and white. Includes exhaust mud guard as well.
AKA would like to welcome UK young gun, Jack Embling, to the team for the 2015 season! At 17 years young, Jack has already established himself as one of the fastest racers to hail from the United Kingdom. Look for him to make his mark at 1:8 and 1:10 off-road races this coming year.
Lee Martin Racing (LMR) has released their new ‘Aeroboard’. This is a pit mat made up from Fibrelam, an aircraft grade flooring which is extremely light, exceptionally stiff, and provides a smooth surface for setting up your cars. The board is designed to fit both 1/10 scale and 1/8 vehicles, not to mention fits nicely in the popular Ogio 9800 carrying bag (a bag used by many travelling pros). While the board may look a little plain for now, LMR informs us that stylish skins are in the works!
CowRC has released their new ‘Jet Blaster’. This hand held air blower is designed to replace the need for heavy air compressors, and long lines waiting to blow off your car at the track. The Jet Blaster is manufactured by one of the biggest name in electric dusters, Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company. Small enough to pack up and take to the track for easy cleaning in your pits. Solid construction, extremely powerful, and small Compact size at only 8″ High x 3.5″ Round. Optional Attachments included.
AKA has released an innovative new online track data base app to aid in tire selection for tracks all over the world. The tire recommendations come straight from the world championship winning race team and is constantly updated. It’s easy as typing in a track name and hitting enter to see the exact tread patterns and compounds to keep you hooked up in most 1:8 and 1:10 chassis.