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.
We were a little slow off the mark with this one, mostly because it seemed a bit dull to start off, another tiny gas powered RTR that goes on all terrain blah blah blah. That was before i saw the video of this thing going….50km/h of muck shredding coolness is how i would sum it up. It is supposedly 1/18th in scale, but its a monster truck so it has the proportions of a 1/16th scale and it rips. It’s powered by 1.2ccm LRP motor, is shaft driven 4wd, has pivot ball front suspension and is basically a mini racer. If you want it you will have to wait until the 22nd of December, so perhaps Santa can just about manage to get you one.
With a top-speed of 50 km/h and a 1.2ccm high performance engine, this little race monster truck is conquering every parking lot or racetrack! The all new LRP SHARK-18 RMT combines the most popular features of the R/C Car world: compact dimensions, great offroad performance and nitro power = perfect 1/18 drive feeling!
Check out the video here and the product page here.
Werks Racing have just released their Team Line B7 .28 competition engine for truggy racing. Developed by Matt Goasch and Michael Sharwin the engine is claiming to push out nearly 3HP, which is quite an extraordinary claim. Its available now for $449.
At almost 3 horsepower, you could say it’s a B7 21 on steroids. If you want the most for your racing truck, this is your engine. 2.95HP 38,000 RPM
Team Orion look to be releasing an off road version of their Wasp Rev .12 motor. According to the report on our partner site RC World, the engine are to be used in 1/10th stadium trucks and have been spec’d by top US Racer and Team Orion team driver Ryan Cavalieri.
Expect to see it hitting the stores in Spring 2007.
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… content
Team Orion have a report on their site about last weekends SoCal Supercross in which Ryan Cavalieri dominated proceedings. Held at SoCal Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA, the Supercross brings the best drivers from the Southern California area together to compete on a challenging Supercross inspired track layout.
Team Orion factory driver Ryan Cavalieri earned top qualifying honors in both the 2wd and Truck Modified classes. Unchallenged, Ryan drove his AE buggy and truck to victory in both classes!
Buggy-Sport have a report on last weekends Maxy’s Fuel Challenge held in Hudson, Florida. Due to a last minute date change the 4th running of this event didn’t get the turnout that it expected but racing was still competitive. In the 1/8th Truck main it was Gene Hickersen driving a CEN Matrix that dominated the race ahead of Bobby Moore, driving for Mugen, in 2nd with another CEN racer Kyle Sokol finishing the event in 3rd place. In the 1/8th buggy class it was JR Mitch driving for Thunder Tiger that took the win ahead of 2nd place Losi racer Nathan Wincek with Gary Mazar rounding off the podium for Jammin in 3rd spot.
By the 20 minute mark, Hickerson had lapped the field twice and went into cruise control. Sokol has some problems and dropped back a ways from Moore. Moore was able to get back on the lead lap but ran out of time and that was how the top 3 finished.
Our partners Neo Buggy have posted on their site the news that Italian manufacturer Technokit are planning to enter the 1/8th buggy market soon. Having already made their name in Fifth scale, dipped their toes into the 1/10th 200mm class and been successful in the 1/8th Rally Game class the next logical move is a step sideways to go off road. With the 1/8th off road market becoming ever more saturated i think it would make bigger news if a manufacturer announced they weren’t going to make a 1/8th scale buggy (and subsequent truggy).