Spotted – New Race Rubber from AKA Racing

Dec 05, 2012 No Comments by


Among the new products spied at SDRC in San Diego, CA for last week’s opening round of the Top Notch Series was AKA’s newest tire pattern, the Handlebar (see the mustache logo molded into the sidewall?).

Featuring a network of straight and angled bars along the edges of the tread, with short lugs in the center for extra forward bite, the Handlebar is aimed at grooved and groomed surfaces; when made of AKA’s recently announced Clay compound, it should prove a lethal combination for indoor tracks. According to AKA’s Gil Losi Jr., the new tire’s design was a function of wanting to create a tire that looked different than similar offerings from competitors, while still capitalizing on what has been proven to work in those situations. Losi mentioned that the tire, shown here in prototype, could still undergo a few revisions to its inner carcass webbing or other changes before production. The Handlebar is the first of AKA’s new wide tires, a trend among manufacturers for classes like short course racing, and will include a new foam insert designed to fill the extra width.


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Joel Navarro fell in love with RC since the age of 11 with the Tamiya Grasshopper being his first RC car. Little did he know that the his favorite RC magazine back in 1987, RC Car Action, would be the magazine he works for now. Joel received his AA in photography and in addition to being a West Coast Editor for RC Car Action magazine, he is a professional wedding and portrait photographer in the Southern California and San Diego area. During the winter, Joel is also a snowboard instructor in Big Bear, Ca. Joel is active in the RC community and regularly races all over the SoCal area. His home tracks are SDRC Raceway, West Coast RC Raceway, OCRC Raceway, and parking lot racing in San Diego.
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