Following up on the news that Joseph Quagraine had left HoBao comes the announcement that the Finnish driver has started a new company in Hong Kong together with Himoto Racing and will be launching a new RC car brand during 2008 called JQ Products. The goal is to produce high quality racing products, including both electric and nitro car models for both on and off road racing and will start off with a totally new 1:8 scale buggy and nitro racing accessories for 1:8 buggy racing. The buggy, which includes a number of unique features, is currently being tested and the goal is to have it ready for public release during 2009. Expect to see it in action later this year in the hands of Joseph Quagraine.
Taiwanese company Himoto have released CAD images of their 2nd generation high downforce wing, which is suitable for use on 1/8th scale buggies and truggies. This IFMAR, EFRA & ROAR compliant wing is made from high quality plastic, so it wont break, and provides your off road car with lots of downforce with minimum drag. The wing comes in 4 colours – red, yellow, green and black, and should be available in August.
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Himoto Racing have announced the release of their new range of tools, and tool set, comprising of 17 different tools, including hex drivers, philips head, flat heads, nut spinners and other various items. Featuring read anodised knurled handles, the tools are basically the same as whats currently on the market with the exception of the nut spinnners which look like nice single piece tools with both handle and shaft anodised red. Expect a mid May release.
Our partner site RubeDude has an exclusive look at the latest aerodynamic development to come from Himoto since their well received and successful buggy rear wing.
This is an exclusive picture of the prototype high down force low profile body designed to reduce and control fast radical wind eddy effects and stabilise the car whilst maximising downforce. The body is designed to to compliment the evolutionary wing and is due to be released soon.
The sub 1/12th scale scene is growing fast with cars seemingly coming out every other day and Himoto are the latest manufacturer to create a mini off roader. The Asian manufacturer has jumped into the small scales early with this Mini Rattler RB1 and it looks to be a solid effort. Not yet released, it’s shaft driven 4wd, fully independant suspension and has everything else you would expect from its bigger brothers in the buggy world.