December 7, 2006

Is the 1/8th Gas Buggy market flooded?

Market Saturation

On Tuesday I reported about the news that Technokit was to enter the 1/8th scale buggy market. At the time I noted that its a very flooded market and it would be bigger news if a manufacturer stated that they werent going to enter this class. Well i did a little research to follow up on that comment and was amazed to have come up with a list totalling 29 31 manufacturers (that i know of) that currently have, or are close to releasing, a 1/8th scale gas powered buggy. That is a huge number of players all fighting for the same piece of the pie, in a market that is becoming more crowded than a rush hour train in Bangladesh.

Who are these manufacturers and who really is left that can join in? Read More…

Like i’ve said before, it’s easier to see whos left. So who is left to join? Well from the main manufacturers you have Academy, Corally, Motonica, Schumacher, Serpent, Shepherd, Tamiya and Yokomo who have yet to join this class but these companies have very niche markets and are small to medium sized. With the exception of Schumacher who distribute the Nanda buggy in Europe i havent heard of any cross over plans or intentions for these manufacturers to join the buggy brigade but perhaps they will, if anyone knows different then please drop me a mail.

So who is already in this far from exclusive club? Well the list below shows the current lineup of manufacturers and brands currently with a car which totals 27 and with the addition of Team Associated, who are currently testing their own car, that makes 28. Associated no doubt influenced by owner Thunder Tiger and after seeing long time rivals Team Losi enter the class successfully with their 8ight buggy perhaps they were also more driven to enter. Technokit confirming their intentions makes it 29 although please let me know if i’m missing anyone.

UPDATE – I have added the Carson Specter and the Speedline SPR-11 to bring the total up to 31.

Manufacturers sorted alphabetically

Bergonzoni / The R1

Bergonzoni R1

Carson / The Specter

Carson Specter

Caster Racing / The ZX-1R PRO

Caster Racing ZX-1R PRO

CEN / The Matrix

CEN Matrix

Crono / The RS03

Crono RS03

GS Racing / The Storm CL1

GS Racing Storm CL1

Himoto / The RXB-1 Pro

Himoto RXB-1 Pro

HoBao / The Hyper 8

HoBao Hyper 8

Hong Nor / The X1-CR

Hong Nor X1-CR

Hot Bodies / The Lightning 2 Pro

Hot Bodies Lightning 2 Pro

Kyosho / The Inferno MP777

Kyosho Inferno MP777

Laro / The Diablo 5

Laro Diablo 5

Mugen / MBX-5R

Mugen MBX-5R

Nanda / The NRB-3

Nanda NRB-3

Nuova Faor / The Matador

Nuova Faor

O Donnell / The O Donnell buggy

O'Donnell Buggy

OCM Racing / The Kaos DT-19

OCM Racing Kaos DT-19

OFNA Jammin / The X-1 CR/FT


Piktor / The Rush 2

Piktor Rush 2

Protech / The Yada Pro

Protech Yada Pro

Robitronic / The Protos

Robitronic Protos

Sidorf / The R-1


Speedline / The SPR-11

Speedline SPR-11

Sportwerks / The Turmoil Pro

Sportwerks Turmoil

Team Losi / The 8ight

Team Losi 8ight

Team Magic / The M1B

Team Magic M1

Team Vertex / The VTX-B1

Team Vertex

Thunder Tiger / The EB4 S3 Pro

Thunder Tiger

Xray / The XB8 TQ

Xray XB8 TQ

So as an answer to the question that i posed in the headline of this report ‘Is the 1/8th Gas Buggy market flooded?’ my answer is a resounding yes, but maybe this segment will continue to grow and can accomodate all these buggies, who knows? Let me have your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Red RC []


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