Following Ronald Volker’s World Championship victory in China, LRP revealed to Red RC that Ronald was using the all new FlowX speed controller in his Yokomo as well as giving us the opportunity to photograph the new speedo which is set for release later this year. A driver who has shown great loyalty to the German brand even during some tough product development periods, the new speedo is very much a joint effort between LRP and Volker. Working with electronics engineer Aleš Dobnikar, Volker made a point of thanking LRP for their “hard work” praising them on the “progress they have made” recently. Although they have won many World titles, LRP boss Jürgen Lautenbach, who was in Beijing, said “this one is special”. Technically the new FlowX is the evolution of the highly popular Flow WorksTeam speed controller with whom the prototype, ran by Ronald, shares its case but the full production version will sport an all-new case whose prototype you can see in our images. When it comes to the technical specifications and software features LRP remain very tight-lipped for now, just stating that the new ESC “pushes the boundaries of speed control technology in every aspect”. The new FlowX speedo is due for release later this year when the full technical details will also be made available.
New from LRP comes the ZZ.21C Ceramic long stroke engine for 1/8th off-road vehicles. Made by Japanese company O.S Engines according to LRP’s specifications, the engine will offer a smoother low-end throttle feel and more linear power supply over the whole RPM band while also offering improved mileage. This was achieved by using a newly-designed, balanced 14mm crankshaft with DLC coating and silicone insert as well as a ceramic main bearing. Other features include a LCG engine head, special carburettor needles, lightweight conrod and piston as well as 6mm, 6.5mm and 7mm alloy venturi inserts. The 3+1 port engine is available now.
LRP have introduced the new B3-STX Deluxe 3-channel 2.4GHz radio system. Based off of the popular B3-STX the Deluxe variant makes use of the same case but it features a reinforced steering wheel segment to do away with reliability issues. Another new feature is the transmitter battery configuration that now uses 4-cell battery packs over the former 8-cell types, greatly reducing the overall weight. Other features include a back-lit display, 15-model memory, fail save as well as end-point adjustment beside other adjustments. Included comes a 4-channel B4-RX-Pro receiver.
Coming from LRP are the all-new ZR.32 Spec.4 and ZR.30 Spec.4 nitro off-road engines for 1/8th buggies and trucks. Starting with the ZR.32 Spec.4, the 5.24cc engine is based off of the popular ZR.32 and it features a completely redesigned carburettor for better efficiency and adjustability, resulting in improved idling, better throttle response and increased torque. The heavy-duty CoolDownMax cooling head also makes for upped heat dissipation even in high ambient temperatures. The 5+1 port engine comes with a reliable pull starter and it fits all .21 engine mounts.
Up and coming US racer, Tyler Jones has joined forces with LRP to run the company’s nitro engines, brushless motors and controllers as well as using LRP chargers in his upcoming campaign. Tyler achieved a lot of titles in his young but already 7 years lasting career, such as the 2015 ROAR Jr. National Champion, qualification for the 2016 1/8 IFMAR Worlds, a 2nd place in Pro Nitro Buggy at the AMS 5.0 and he was A-finalist in all three Pro A-Mains at the 2015 CRCRC Midwest Championships.
Coming from LRP is a new 3000mAh transmitter LiPo battery pack for Sanwa and Futaba radios. Measuring 95x29x18mm and weighing in at 98g the battery is specially designed for the use in radio sets, offering a high capacity and a low weight. It comes pre-wired with a black universal plug and an XHR balancer connector and it fits the Sanwa M12, MT-4, MT-S as well as many other transmitters.
LRP have announced the signing of JJ Wang to their factory team. The young Chinese-American top driver will strengthen LRPs on-road team for the upcoming season and beyond, with a special focus on the IFMAR Electric On-road World Championships in China. JJ will use LRP’s line of brushless motors, speed controllers and LiPo batteries to power his rides and this is what he had to say about the deal:
I would first like to thank Rick and Sean at Reedy for their support in the past two years. After taking a year to decide what’s next for me in terms of complete power package, I am very excited about my future with LRP and very thankful to Jürgen and Ales for giving me the opportunity to join a great team. I look forward to seeing everyone at the track.
LRP have introduced the S10 Twister 2 Extreme 100 brushless 2WD off-road truck. Based off of the standard S10 Twister the truck is equipped with a Vector X12L 4.5T 4700kv brushless motor, a LRP SPX Bullet Reverse controller, a tough metal transmission and metal differential as well as a 4.5kg-cm splash waterproof steering servo. According to LRP the truck is capable of speedd of up to 100km/h with an optional 7.6V outlaw LiHV battery pack. A matte black bodyshell and flashy fluorescent green stickers round out the package.