We uncovered a major secret during a routine visit with Team Associated recently. Tucked away in a partially opened cabinet, we couldnt help but notice a suspicious little truck with a mini T4 body. Apparently someone left the cabinet open and before the engineers could wrestle us to the ground, we snapped off a couple of pictures it.
For more information and pictures, please visit the Radio Control Zone forums.They may not be the greatest shots, but youre looking at a prototype of the A-Teams new RC18T mini truck. Look closely and youll notice the aluminum propeller shaft running down the center of the chassis. Yes the truck is 4WD and it will also include oil-filled shocks, front and rear diffs and its compatible with the many wheels and tires designed for the Losi Mini-T. The chassis has room to install a six cell flat pack on the left side of the chassis and the motor, ESC, receiver and steering servo are mounted on the right.
According to Associated, an RC18T RTR is already in the works and they might even release a kit version. LRP is working on a special ESC and motor for the RTR version, but the truck is designed to use the current crop of motors, batteries and other micro electronics. Keep checking back, because well have better shots of the RC18T soon.
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.
Team Associateds Ryan Maifield took home the Factory Modified win with his T4 with a pair of second-place finishes and one win in the triple A-Mains. Ryan Cavalieri nabbed second, and Jared Tebo took third, all wheeling Factory Team T4s. Tebo won the Factory Gas Truck class to no ones surprise, but he did have to work a little harder than normal to pass teammates Ryan Cavalieri and Maifield for the win. Cavalieri TQd gas truck, but unfortunately was out of the race with mechanical trouble for the final 20 minutes of the 45-minute A-Main. Maifield took second and Team Losi/Trinitys Adam Drake rolled across the line in third.
In anticipation of the Chicago hobby show, Associated has revealed more photos of it's "Bigger, Faster, Tougher" monster truck concept. The final details haven't been worked out yet...but the A-Team promises the BFT will be powered by a rear-exhaust .21 engine and will include an aluminum "backbone" chassis, 2-speed tranny, extra-long arms with adjustable pivot-ball suspension suspended by eight oil-filled shocks, and huge monster-style tires and wheels. A factory-painted body will also be included, but no word on the final paint scheme (the flag look would be cool though). Check out www.rc10.com for more info.