The outdoor racing scene has a new off-road tire, the Whippits. Built on the 60mm bead size carcass, the Whippits are fresh from the JConcepts design team. Starting with a sit-down meeting with racing legend Brian “Dirt” Kinwald, Jason Ruona went to work creating a beefier bar tire capable of conquering the outdoor blue groove, black groove and sugar type surfaces. The Whippits feature the 45 degree edging Kinwald asked for with light detail separating the pins as a noticeable top and bottom layer.
The outside of the tire features a directional inspiration from the 1/8th buggy tire, the Metrix, to support the lateral load while still providing forward drive mid to corner exit. The long Whippit bars in the center provide massive straight-line tracking and stability and the heavier nature of the pin itself resists excess center wear. Small Pressure Point type pins have been added in a subtle way to handle light dust and increase surface area where needed. Whippits will excel on tracks that have taken on rubber or have been pre-treated with fluids or chemicals to induce extra grip or consistency.
The combined rib | tread front tire from JConcepts is revolutionary and with 2wd, front tires are more critical than ever. With JConcepts, the options are powerful. The Rippits feature vertical bars that were introduced on the Whippits rear tire but designed and positioned more favorable for a front tire. By moving the bars vertical the front tracking and stability is very noticeable. The Rippits allow the driver to clear a corner, release the turn and power forward with confidence on grippy conditions.
The positioning of the bars in close proximity provides a smooth transition side to side and grips high-speed corners with force. The tread spacing still cuts through the dust on the outside line of the track giving plenty of “catch” allowing the driver to search out the quicker laps. The highly blended outside bar makes the transition from 180 degree corners to high-speed sweepers that much more forgiving. The overall surface area of the tire grips harder in areas of the track where the most traction exist translating into quick lap-times. Rippits will also excel on tracks that have taken on rubber or have been pre-treated with fluids or chemicals to induce extra grip or consistency.