German Maverick distributors LRP have introduced the Strada DC RTR drift car. Building on a sturdy 4WD shaft-driven composite tub chassis the car also features oil-filled shock absorbers, double wishbone suspension, an enclosed drivetrain as well as front and rear gear differentials. Included are also a strong steering servo, waterproof speed controller and a MM-22 540-class brushed motor along a pre-decorated bodyshell and special drift car tyres. The package is rounded out by a 2.4GHz radio system, a power pack and a suitable wall charger.
LRP have officially announced their long-awaited new competition brushless speed controller, the FlowX. Follow-up model to the popular Flow, the all-new ESC (that we exclusively featured back in September) sports an all-aluminium case that comes in a new dark-blue anodising. The power wires are now of an all-black colour as are the flat receiver and switch wires all of which makes for a cool factory team appearance. Also new is the flat power capacitor board that makes for easier mounting. Inside the case the ESC houses new high-end FETs exclusively customised for LRP and a redesigned heavy duty power board with both features allowing for up to 220A constant current. Furthermore the controller features the new V4.1 firmware for easy on-board programming and a heavy-duty standard voltage 6V/6A BEC system. Included with the speedo comes an optional fan unit as well as two sets of alloy screws for standard as well as thicker heavy duty fans. The speed controller is set for a release at the beginning of January.
German Maverick distributors LRP have introduced the Strada MT 1/10th electric monster truck. The vehicle is equipped with eight massive oil-filled shock absorbers while the 4WD drivetrain and the large diameter multi-surface tyres make for traction on every surface. The factory-assembled truck is powered by a 540-size brushed motor and it comes including a strong steering servo, waterproof brushed controller and a 2.4GHz radio system with failsafe feature. The package is rounded out by a pre-painted truck bodyshell.
LRP have introduced the Magic Colour 2 matte clear coat. Applying two to three coats on the outside of bodyshells or rear wings makes for a cool look that also combines great with negative logos. The clear coat comes in 150ml cans, it is fuel resistant and fast drying.
Coming from 3DRC and made for LRP speed controllers using round diameter power capacitors is a 3-D-printed capacitor mount. The simple design allows to attach the mount using double sided tape while the capacitor is held in place using a M3x3mm set screw, making for a more secure mounting of the otherwise hard to attach capacitor. The mount is available through 3DRC’s Shapeways store.
LRP have introduced the 2400kv variant of their successful Dynamic 8 brushless motor. Closing the gap between the 2200kv and the 2600kv the 4-pole motor, winner of the Italian championships and runner-up at the 2016 EFRA Euros, offers a balance between power and run time and it features a machined alloy case with heatsink design, a precision-balanced sintered rotor and pre-soldered silver-plated heavy-duty connectors.
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.