It seems that ST Racing Concepts can never release just one product at a time. Their press releases are usually jam-packed to overflowing with new stuff. This time around the Slash 4×4 is the recipient of their big announcements. If you’re looking for an additional suspension tuning option check out their new 0.5° rear hub carriers. They are precision machined out of aluminum and then anodized in red, blue, gun metal, or silver. The next couple of pieces they are offering up are some lightweight carbon fiber components, a motor mounting plate and an electronics mounting plate.
The carbon fiber parts will have an MSRP of $14.99 for the motor plate and $15.99 for the electronics plate, while the hub carriers will be a little more expensive at $29.99. Keep an eye on the ST Racing Concepts website for availability.
STRC Slash 4x4 option parts gallery
Reedy has a new line of competition ready brushless motors, which they are creatively calling the Reedy Sonic Competition 1:10 Brushless Motors. The Reedy crew says they are designed strictly for competition, so take that as you will. Some of the features include a lightweight can, with “strategically placed vent holes” for lower operating temperature. You’ll also find a precision balanced, high-strength, sintered rotor that is supported by precision bearings. It’s also got adjustable timing and a variety of tuning rotors are available for it.
The Sonic Competition motors are available in winds from 3.5 up to 21.5. Reedy says they are available now, with an estimated street price of about $90. Check out the Reedy website for more info.
Waterproofing is the next big thing, thanks Traxxas. But this post is about HPI, specifically their new version of the Blitz RTR with all new, waterproof electronics. The waterproof components include the SC-15WP brushed ESC and SF-10W servo. There’s also a waterproof radio box to protect the newly included 2.4 GHz receiver. Beyond the electronics, other changes include the new Scorpion body with two new color schemes and the inclusion of a 7.2v Plazma battery pack (NiMH), an AC charger, and AA batteries for the transmitter, so this is a truly ready-to-run truck right out of the box.
The new Blitz RTR will have an MSRP of $435.00 when it starts hitting shelves in a couple months. This truck hasn’t hit HPI’s website yet, but check it out just for fun.
HPI Racing waterproof Blitz RTR gallery
HPI Europe is showing off their new brushless electric version of the euro only Trophy 3.5. Just like the nitro version, this electric copy utilizes a 4mm 6061 aluminum chassis, aluminum shock towers, extra-long shocks, and more. Where the Trophy Buggy Flux differs is in the power system. The buggy is packing a 4s ready Flux Rage speed control matched to a 1965Kv Flux Scream motor. The battery tray is large enough to hold two 2S hard-cased race LiPos and it also features a sealed radio box. It also comes with the Pulse 2.4 GHz radio system for glitch-free running.
Just like the nitro version, the Trophy Buggy Flux is likely going to remain a Euro only car, check out the HPI Europe website for more info. Also check the video after the break.
HPI Europe Trophy Buggy Flux gallery
In Pro-Line‘s blog post talking about their recent success at the ROAR 1/8 nitro nationals they posted a pic of the yet to be released Blockade tire, which was part of the combo used by the winner, Ryan Cavalieri. There isn’t any info about price or availability, but a version for 1/8 scale buggies is a good bet. And I’d also bet that it’ll be available in Pro-Line’s soft and squishy M3 compound. And a further bet would be a retail price of around $25 for a pair with foams, and possibly $39 for a pair of pre-mounts. But I’m just guessing.
You can see the pic and more of Pro-Line’s race info at the Pro-Line website.
Tamiya has stepped back into their well-used time machine to bring back their next release in the Fast Attack 2011 buggy. Featuring a cool, scale military look, the Fast Attack 2011 is a re-released kit based on the same model from 1984 that features full ball-bearings (first production run only), detailed resin body and roll cage, a soldier figure and M60 machine gun, and Tamiya’s TEU-104BK electronic speed control, and a 540 motor. You’ll need to provide the radio system with servo, a NiMH or NiCad stick pack, charger, and paint.
Tamiya says it’s “coming soon” with an MSRP of $250.00. Check out the Tamiya website for more info.
So you bought yourself JQ Product‘s THE Car, but something has been missing. Maybe you’re upset that the color of various metal parts doesn’t match your purse and shoes. Or maybe gold just isn’t your color. Well JQ has some good news for you as they are releasing a whole bunch of brightly colored parts for your THE Car. The complete package includes all M3 and M4 shims, shock ride height adjustment nuts, servo saver adjusting nut, and throttle link collars. They’ll be available in black, green, red, blue, and um… gold, just in case the stock gold isn’t enough gold for you. There’s also a selection of rear wings available in white, green, and yellow.
No word on pricing or availability yet and THE website is light on info, but soon and not much should be appropriate.
Tekin is showing a sneak peek of the next motor in their Redline … er… line of sensored brushless motors. Not much in the way of details is given other than it’s going to be called the Pro4 and it’s designed for 4×4 short course trucks. They also say it’ll be out in the summer of this year.
There’s a trailer posted after the break, and check out the Tekin website just for fun.
DuraTrax has another brushless release with their new line of sensored motors. DuraTrax says these motors are excellent in off and on road 1/10 scale vehicles. The vented can helps reduce operating temperatures for better performance and longer life. The motor has a 2-pole rotor and is a perfect match for DuraTrax’s DE10 brushless ESC. It will be available in four turns: 8.5, 10.5, 13.5, and 17.5.
It should be hitting shelves early this month with an MSRP of $99.99. Keep an eye on the DuraTrax website for more info.
You know, I think we’ve posted more news from Thunder Tiger in the past month than any other time in this site’s history. That’s a pretty good sign that TT is getting on the ball and coming up with some great new releases. Their newest one is a nitro powered, 1/10 scale sedan that goes by the name of Tomahawk VX. Some of the big features of the Tomahawk include shaft-driven 4wd, a .18 size Pro-18BX engine mated to a 2-speed transmission, anodized 3mm chassis, and full ball-bearings. To keep the Tomahawk from flying off the handle, Thunder Tiger is including an Ace RC Cougar PS3, 2.4 GHz radio system and it’s topped off with an officially licensed Nissan GT-R body.
The Tomahawk VX will be available toward the end of this month with an MSRP of $479.99. Check out the Thunder Tiger website for more info.
Thunder Tiger Tomahawk VX gallery
Surprisingly there’s still some companies out there that haven’t realized the importance of 2.4 GHz radios yet, and they’re still including 27 MHz gear with their RTRs. Or maybe you’re one of the more intelligent fellows that decided to buy a kit rather than a RTR and now you need a radio to go along with it. For both situations Futaba has a new budget radio system for you to check out. Their new 3PRKA is a 3 channel, 2.4 GHz radio built on Futaba’s FHSS technology. Being a budget radio, there isn’t much in the way of extra features, but you will find the usual collection of trims, end point adjustments, and servo reversing. The package also includes a R203GF receiver which is a high voltage capable receiver that will take 4.8 – 7.4v.
The 3PRKA will be hitting around the middle of this month with an MSRP of $89.99 while street prices will likely be a bit cheaper. Keep an eye on the Futaba website for more info.
DuraTrax is jumping into the brushless biz after testing the waters with their first ESC, the DE10. Now they are introducing a new budget brushless combo in the Element Sport. The Element combo is intended for those with RTR 1/10 scale buggies, stadium trucks, and short course trucks. The combo includes the Element Sport ESC, which has been developed by Castle, so you know it’s going to be good, and a 3900 kV, 4 pole, sensorless motor.
The Element Sport combo will be available the first part of this month with an MSRP of $129.99, though street prices should be much lower. Keep an eye on the DuraTrax website for more info.
Vampire Racing is showing off the final iteration of their first brushless motor design. Their new Type AB+ motor, which was first shown at this year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair, has a few high-end features like a heavy-duty front bearing and a side-feed sensor plug. The Type AB+ motors will be available in 4.5T to 8.5T.
Unfortunately there’s no word on release time frame or cost, but Vampire promises this motor will be a “real bargain.” Keep an eye on the Vampire Racing website for more info when it comes.