Tamiya factory driver David Jun was crowned the XMODS Racing League National Champ in Atlanta on Sept. 19, 2004. He competed against many other regional winners to win a super-modified 2004 Acura NSX valued at over $120,000. Congratulations!
Team Associated driver Jared Tebo took the win in the 2WD Mod class at the Pro-Line/RC Car Action Cactus Classic in Scottsdale, AZ, which proves the well-known nitro specialist is an equally talented electric racer. Team Trinity's Ryan Cavalieri won Mod Truck, while Ryan Mayfield finished first in 4WD with his J-Concepts buggy. What do these three drivers have in common? Theyre all 19 years old or younger.
Tamiya shocker! Big T is set to release the Terra Crusher, an all-new nitro monster truck that features an electric-start .18 engine, full independent suspension, 8 shocks, and a 2-speed reversing transmission! We'll have a First Look in "the March issue of Radio Control Car Action complete with exclusive first-drive impressions, but these pictures and specs will have to tide you over until then! Visit Tamiya for more details!
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Length: 560mm Width: 440mm Height: 285mm Wheelbase: 360mm Weight: 5,700 grams Wheel: 87mm x 76mm 5-Spoke w/Chrome plated Tire Size: 176mm/100mm Toe-in Rear: Adjustable Chassis Front Skid: 8 Degrees Engine: .18ci (approx. 3cc) w/ Blue Anodized Head Gear Ratio: FWD 1st 29.67:1 FWD 2nd 20.40:1 RWD 1st 29.67:1 RWD 2nd 20.40:1 Gear Module: 0.8mm pitch for Spur gear and Pinion gear 1.0mm pitch for other gears Chassis: 2.5mm thickness, stamped plate, duralumin Body: Pre-painted and Stickered Polycarbonate Body
Fuel Capacity: 150cc Transmission: 2 Speed Forward and on-the-fly Reverse Suspension: Double wishbone suspension for Front and Rear Damper: Plastic-body, Oil-damper w/ Blue colored Drive Shaft: Plastic Universal shaft for Front and Rear Center Propeller Shaft: Plastic propeller shaft w/ metal universal joint Ball Bearing: Full ball bearings (32pcs.) including 2 one-way bearings Muffler: Resin Muffler w/ Aluminum manifold Brake: Ventilated double disk brake Starter: Battery starter with starter unit Radio: 2-channel transmitter "ADSPEC SPORTS GP" Mechanics: R/C mechanics sealed in mechanical box Servo Unit: High torque steering servo included (torque 9kg/cm) Cooling Fan: Equipped with cooling fan
One of the hottest events at RCX is the SuperCross race. This year, Pro-Lines Scott Hughes and his Mugen machine took the win and $500 on Saturday in the 1/8-scale buggy class. On Sunday, Team Associateds Jared Tebo earned his share of the $1000 purse by putting his RC10GT ahead of the competition.
Prior to our latest dyno test, the most powerful small-block engine we've tested was high-strung .12 competition engine. At 1.6 horsepower, this engine put out more power than any small block of any displacement - until now.
In a recent dyno test for an upcoming issue of RC Nitro magazine, the new OS .18 TZ rear-exhaust engine cranked out a record setting 2.28 bhp at 30,500 rpm. It shatters the 2hp barrier for small-block engines well before anyone else had a chance to get close, making more horsepower than four very prominent big-block engines we've previously tested. The TZ also set a new high mark for torque, measuring an amazing 83.1 oz.-in. at 25,850 rpm.
The new TZ is a ground-up design that features a 5-port configuration with a turbo head and crank. An all-new 3-needle 11K carb features a big 6.5mm venturi for better breathing. For more information on the .18 TZ and other engines, visit the O.S. Engines website. To discuss this new engine at the RC Zone, home of the best RC forums in the world, Click Here.
Longtime Mugen off-road ace Chad Bradley will be joining Adam Drake on the Jammin' squad and running the Jammin X1-CR and CRT for the remainder of the '05 season and on into '06. "I have known Chad a longtime and he is a great person and driver, so we are stoked to have him on the team," says team captain and Jammin' namesake Jay Halsey. Chad's a top five regular in 1/8-scale off-road and Unlimited Monster Truck, so expect results.
Tamiya's Terra Crusher follow-up is called the TNX, and lops nearly 4 pounds off the original truck (3.5-4lbs, depending on who you ask). Much of the weight savings comes from the smaller-diameter, thinner-carcass tires--and we all know how all-important rotating weight is. Other major changes include an O.S.-built .18 engine, and a new chassis that spans from shock tower to shock tower (as you'll recall, the Terra Crusher's chassis plate stopped short of the front suspension, where a plastic nose section with integrated electronics box took over). Electric starting returns, but reverse does not.- FS-18RS engine - Pre-painted Body - 3.5lbs. lighter than the Terra Crusher - Claimed speed in excess of 40mph - Electric start - Two-speed forward only transmission
Wow, is Tekin really making a comeback? Here's what the new owners of the legendary brand have to say: We are proud to announce the return of Tekin to the RC industry. As the new owners, we are excited about continuing the Tekin tradition of innovative, quality products...we will be offering some of the original products, repackaging the best of the existing designs and developing the already-designed next-generation products. The G10 ESC's and the BC112 series chargers will be the first products out the door. Other existing inventory will be available in limited quantities. A full product line consistent with Tekin's expertise will follow. Stay tuned to www.teamtekin.com for more info!