Schumacher Surprises with New Cougar KF2

Now the Cougar KF 2wd Buggy is not that old, but none the less there is a new version out with a surprisingly long list of new parts. Like all Schumacher Buggies, it’s bound to be a ripper and of the best quality.  How much different the changes make over the KF2 I guess we will see!

  •  NEW – Rear pivot straps that includes Anti-Squat and Inboard Toe-In options, two toe-in options in the kit with roll centre adjustment.
  • NEW – Dual motor position in the kit, by changing to the included low grip top deck and belt, forward and rearward motor position can be achieved, giving 21mm shift. (Shorty LiPo required for low grip rearward option.)
  • NEW – Super consistent, industry leading QUAD pad, vented slipper with easy access and NEW Ultra Fine adjustment spring.
  • NEW – 2.5mm Black Hard Anodised Alloy chassis.
  • NEW – Alloy Chassis Stiffeners, no front top deck for easier radio access/installation.
  • NEW – Simplified Motor Mount with increased cooling.
  • NEW – Fully optimised suspension geometry – Fast, consistent handling.
  • NEW – Pro Ball studs for 2mm hex.
  • NEW – Updated steering assembly for less play and easier use.
  • NEW – Optional fan mount for improved cooling under high load conditions.
  • NEW – Lightweight, narrower side gears for increased efficiency.
  • NEW – AirFlo Cab body shell for improved looks and handling.
  • NEW – Updated Pro spec 13mm big bore shocks with titanium nitride shafts, CNC machined 3 hole, 1.6mm rear and 1.5mm front pistons with recessed ‘e’clips, threaded collars, with twin O ring sealing and diaphragm volume compensation.
  • NEW – Shock Seal Pack Housing with added ‘O’ ring sealing.
  • NEW – CORE RC Springs, in the box!
  • NEW – Layshaft side mount with increased stability and rigidity for the spur, with improved tollerance.
  • NEW – Quick Release Layshaft.

Team Associated Lightweight B5M

Team Associated have released a lightweight version of the B5M specifically for Stock racing where every gram counts.  Officially called the RC10B5M Factory Lite Kit #90000  it doesn’t look a lit different, but the weight savings are significant! Shedding over 75 grams of weight, the RC10B5M Factory Lite includes a 3-gear transmission for lower rotational mass, a lightened hard-anodized aluminum chassis, titanium turnbuckles, and aluminum front axles.

Interesting the actual weight isn’t listed on the Associated website, but some sites are reporting a weight of 1500g.  Compare that with a Team Durango DEX210 V2 which weighs in at 1650g, it’s certainly a featherweight in the 2wd bugy market. For more details visit the TA website at

More new cars from HPI at Nuremberg

Ok, so a roundup of what is news on the HPI stand at Nuremberg.  Apart from the Baja 5R one of the cars that looks to be almost all new is the HPI RS4 Sport 3 1/10th scale Electric 4WD Touring Car chassis.  They are showing the car as a basic platform as well as a RTR with some slick looking bodies including a Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Fatlace Subaru BRZ and fifteen52 BMW E30 M3. The chassis features a sealed shaft drive which is a little less common these days (but lends itself to a rally version please HPI ! )  Certainly it looks like a successor to the old E10 platform with shaft drive and none of the adjustable turnbuckles of the Sprint 2.  Still it looks like an interesting proposition.  I do love the look of the BRZ body as well.

Other news includes a new version of the WR8 3.0, WR8 Flus and the smaller Micro RS4 all featuring the latest Ken Block livery.

HPI’s Big News from Nürnberg

And by big, I mean Large Scale.  Most news from Nurenburg I am doing by Manufacturer to bring the number of posts down, but I thought this deserved it’s own post.

HPI has taken another RC clas and brought it into the mainstream a little more.  They first did it with the 1:5 Baja, and how the Baja is moving onto the road with the massive Baja 5R on Road car.  The photos thus far show a mustang, and no under the hood photos, but the following features have been noted.


  • Replica 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 bodyshell
  • New on-road 4mm thick aluminum monococque chassis
  • On-road suspension geometry with low ride height
  • Extremely durable suspension derived from Baja 5B buggy
  • On-road foam front bumper
  • Vintage 8-spoke beadlock wheels with Tarmac Buster tires
  • 23cc engine with super-durable Baja 5B drivetrain
  • SFL-11MG steering servo
  • Enclosed radio box with battery charging jack
  • New TF-45 2.4 GHz radio system

We will post details when they become available, and I do hope they do an electric version personally, but I think this will certainly bring large scale on road into the spotlight a little more than it already was.


Feature Event: 2015 AARCMCC Australia 10th EP Off Road Tasmanian Titles

What: 2015 AARCMCC Australia 10th EP Off Road Tasmanian Titles
When: 20 – 22 February, 2015
Where:  Goodwood Model Park, Howard Road, Goodwood, Hobart, Tasmania
Classes: All AARCMCC EP Off Road classes including the new Junior class.
RC Tech Thread:

Goodwood Off-Road Model Car Club Inc. is proud to announce the third running of the AARCMCC sanctioned state titles for 10th EP off road in Tasmania.
Dates at this stage are TBC, we are awaiting confirmation from AARCMCC.

If you haven’t seen Tasmania before, it would be a great time to bring the family over and have a look around after the event.
If you bring your car on the boat it is a 3 hour drive south to Hobart. You can also fly direct to Hobart for as little as $170 return from Melbourne,
with a 20-25 minute drive from the airport to the track. You can find more details on the entry form and we’ll provide more info as it comes to hand.

Entries Close: 11th February

We will be running the newly sanctioned 2wd Stock Novice class!

Friday 21 Feb: Controlled Practice until 4pm
Saturday 22 Feb: Novice, 2WD Stock, 2WD Mod, Stadium Truck Mod
Sunday 23 Feb: 4WD Stock, 4WD Mod, Short Course Truck

Control Tyres:

Buggies – AKA Rebars Soft for all driven wheels (2WD, 4WD)
Short Course Truck – AKA Gridiron Soft for rear, front open.
Stadium Truck – Open
AKA tyres come with red closed cell inserts.

Location: 137 Howard Road, Goodwood, Tasmania 7010

Entry form and titles webpage will be available soon.

Feature Event: 1:8 GP Off Road Tasmanian State Titles

What: NWRCCC Tasmanian Titles
When: 6-8 February, 2015
Where:  Speedway Rd, Latrobe TAS 7307, Australia
Classes: 1:8th I.C. OFF ROAD Buggy Pro & Sportsman, 1:8th I.C. OFF ROAD Truggy Pro & Sportsman, 1:8th E.P. OFF ROAD Class
RC Tech Thread:

First class: $ 60, Additional classes $ 40

All entries must be paid by the Jan 31st, no later.
NOTE…A $20.00 LATER ENTRY FEE will apply.

Entry Form: HERE

EFT Payment to:
Bank / Credit Union: B&E Ltd
BSB: 632 001
Account Name: North West Remote Control Car Club
Account Number: 100 120 169


1:8th I.C. OFF ROAD Buggy Pro & Sportsman
1:8th I.C. OFF ROAD Truggy Pro & Sportsman
1:8th E.P. OFF ROAD Class

Race Format During Event :

‘A’ finals will be 15 cars and 45 minutes duration.
‘B’ finals will be 15 cars and 30 minutes.
All lower finals, will be 15 cars and 20 minutes.
All practice and qualifiers will be 7 minutes duration.

This event is strictly limited to 120 drivers in total, please note the drivers acceptance will based when you have paid rather then nominated.

How do I get there???
You can fly into Devonport – 10mins away from the track.
Small Airport so the flights are usually more expensive, Qantas only.

You can fly into Launceston – 50mins from the track.
Jetstar Virgin fly in here so usually cheaper.

If you are from VIC – Spirit of Tasmania – Boat
Apparently fee’s are now a bit cheaper than usual.
Cheapest to share a cabin and car – Cabins can hold up to 4 people.

Where do I stay?

Some Options within 15mins:…park-devonport

CLUB EVENT PAGE – Current Entries will be listed here::::

Feature Event: 24 Hours of Adrenalin

What: 24 Hours of Adrenalin
When: 30 January 2015
Club: Adrenalin Arena
Where:  Adrenalin Arena, 9 Swift Way, Dandenong South VIC 3175, Australia
Classes: RC SuperCars as per Radio Car Association of Australia
Event Website:

Race Duration / Format

One 24 hour endurance event.

Team with the most laps after 24 hours wins.

Vehicle and Class

One car per Team.

Class – RC SuperCars

as per Radio Car Association of Australia


Start time – 8pm Friday 30 January 2015

Finish time – 8pm Saturday 31 January 2015

Entry Fee – $80 per team



Pre Entry Open – Email Us

Registration Opens Soon

Pre Entries

Wacky Racers


Team Munster

Team Storm

Team Bob the Builder

Morton Racing

Team Untitled

The A Team

Team Hearns

Feature Event: 2015 Victorian F1 Series Round 1

What: 2015 Victorian F1 Series Round 1
When: 25 January 2015
Where:  Graham Myers Reserve, Bittern VIC 3918, Australia
RC Tech Thread:

We are holding a 3 round F1 series from January to March 2015.

Each round will be held at a different club track with no dropped rounds (ie; points from all 3 rounds are added together to determine results).

F1 Rules

F1 National Rules with the following additional restrictions:

o Ride R1 control tyres. One set for all 3 rounds purchased as part of entry fee.
o Control motor. Motor purchased as part of entry fee.


Cars will be scrutineered at each round.


• 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the series
• Concourse

Trophies will be presented at the final round.


• Round 1 is at MPRCCC (Mornington Peninsula) on Sunday 25 Jan – 10am
• Round 2 is at SERCCC (Dandenong) on Saturday 21 Feb – Track open from 2pm, racing starts 3pm
• Round 3 is at Geelong RC Car Club on Sunday 8 Mar – 10am

Control Tyres

One set of control tyres will be marked and provided to each entrant. If a tyre / wheel becomes unusable during the competition then another pair may be substituted, at the organisers discretion, but a points penalty will be incurred. The new pair must be provided by the entrant and they must be new in packet (un-opened) with the correct part number and must be marked by the organiser before being used in the event.

Control Tyres for F104 and other cars with a 14mm hex (all cars except FGX and HPI F10) – $54 for one set front and rear:

Ride R1 Front wheels/tyres – pre-glued – Ride part number 26022
Ride R1 Front wheels/tyres – pre-glued – Ride part number 26023

Control Tyres for 3Racing FGX / HPI F10 (12mm hex) – $44 for one set front and rear:

Ride R1 Front wheels/tyres – pre-glued – Ride part number 26024
Ride R1 Front wheels/tyres – pre-glued – Ride part number 26025

Control Motor

Control motors will be marked and may not be opened.

Motors provided at cost.

The control motor is: Thunder Power 21.5 TPM-540A215 and will be available at the discounted price of $82.50

The benefit of this motor is that it is a recognised brand with proven reliability and is expected to be a competitive motor in normal F1 competition after the series. It will be supplied by Metro Hobbies who have confirmed supply will be available.

Entry Fee

Entry fee $30 (to cover trophy costs)
+ control motor cost $82.50

= $112.50

If you are ordering control tyres then add $54 for an F104 (total $166.50) or $44 for an FGX (total $156.50).

You may order extra tyres and motors if you wish by paying the appropriate amount. We regret that we are not able to hold additional tyres and motors in stock “just in case” but you may buy extras if you wish. Only one motor and one set of tyres may be used without incurring a penalty (refer to the Tyres section above for how this works). We will have one additional motor on hand so that if a motor fails “out of the box” it will be replaced at no charge.

If you are providing your own tyres they must be new in packet (un-opened) control tyres with the part numbers specified above.

You may not supply your own Thunder Power motor. This is to ensure that all motors are marked and cannot be tampered with in any way.

Entry fee must be pre-paid to allow us to pre-order the motors and tyres.

In addition entrants will pay the normal club race fee from each host track.

Entries are Being Taken:

Email your entry to:

Paypal to

Because of Christmas if you are buying tyres from us as part of your entry then you must enter and pay by this Sunday 14 December at 11pm. We need to order the tyres on Monday 15 Dec to ensure they are here in time.

You may enter and pay after this Sunday but you will need to provide your own tyres. They must be new in packet (un-opened) control tyres with the part numbers specified above.