Kyosho fans rejoice! The Japanese company has released two teaser videos to promote the forthcoming release of two vintage kits one of which seems to be the mighty Javelin – one of the most expensive vintage kits to buy these days. The first video pretty much tells it all as Kyosho aficionados will spot the buggy’s iconic cage while the second clip teases the release of a monster truck-ish type of vehicle. We bring you more information on the two as they surface.
Kyosho have introduced a chassis upgrade set for the TF7 electric touring car. The set includes a new fully symmetrical 2.25mm carbon fibre lower chassis whose specially selected material makes for increased traction while the new motor mount places the motor 2.5mm inwards for optimised left-right weight balance. The mount also allows to use different motor mount patterns and the set also includes a new centre layshaft mount, an alloy battery stop as well as a 2.0mm carbon fibre upper deck and mounting hardware.
T-Works have introduced a range of stainless steel rear chassis skid plates for several 1/8th off-road buggies. Machined from high-quality material and coming laser-engraved for looks the protector plates prevent the rear chassis part from becoming excessively damaged on tracks with large jumps or abrasive surfaces. The sets include two skid plates and they are available for the Kyosho MP9, HongNor X3 Evo, SWorkz buggies, the HB Racing D815/D817/E817 as well as the Mugen MBX7/R.
Kyosho have introduced a machined nylon spur gear for the Optima 4WD re-release vintage buggy. Made from durable yet light material the 51T specification spur makes for an optimised gear ratio when using higher power brushless motors while the tough nylon material improved overall durability compared to the standard 61T composite gear.
Coming from VP-Pro is a new body shell for the Kyosho MP9E 1/8th E-buggy. It is moulded from tough 1.0mm polycarbonate and meant to be a more durable option than the stock body. It comes clear, untrimmed and including window masks.
Made for Kyosho’s 2.4GHz Mini-Z vehicles is the Syncro EX-6R transmitter. It utilises the innovative MHS (Mini-Z Hybrid Spread) 2.4GHz system that combines both Frequency Hopping (FH-SS) and Direct Sequence (DS-SS) spread spectrum, making it the fastest multifunctional transmitter in Mini-Z history. While the improved interference resistance and stability of the MHS 2.4GHz system represents a significant evolution from the ASF 2.4GHz and FHS 2.4GHz systems, the greatest benefits are due to the high-speed processing and communication that creates greater linear control, enabling the machine to be manoeuvred exactly as intended along optimal racing lines. In addition, the EX-6R features a newly designed throttle with revised length, shape, operating angle and sensor for greater direct feel as well as a new softer steering spring for greater sensitivity to enhance driving performance.
Kyosho’s own Yuichi Kanai has released images of several serrated 17mm wheel nuts for 1/8th off-road and GT vehicles that are understood to hit stores soon. The machined aluminium nuts offer a serrated design that grips into the wheel’s surface for improved mounting security over the standard nyloc nuts. Red and blue anodising adds a splash of colour while the original brownish gun-metal tone is also being shown. All wheel nuts sport engraved Kyosho logos and they are usable with all standard 17mm hex wheel adapters.
Kyosho’s Ultima RB6.6 1/10th 2WD electric buggy is soon also available as factory-assembled ReadySet ready-to-run kit. While the kit version of the RB 6.6 features four transmission setups, the Readyset version includes the 4-gear midship transmission with its more controllable feeling. As the basic configuration of the chassis and components are the same as in the kit version, the same wide setting options allow the chassis to be competitive on the race track straight out of the box. The all-important power train is equipped with a G15 15T brushed motor for controllable speed and exceptional drivability. The ReadySet includes nearly all items needed, except for batteries for buggy and transmitter. The set is rounded out though by a Syncro KT231+ 2.4GHz radio system and a powerful steering servo.