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
RC Touring have the news that top Xray racer Joel Myrberg has left the Slovakian manufacturer to race for Team Associated in 2007. Joel will make his race debut at next months DHI cup in Denmark were he will Join Drescher and Levanen in driving the TC5 prototype. This is the second top driver confirmed to be leaving Team Xray after Viktor Wilck was confirmed to be joining Tamiya on Tuesday. This of course comes after the signing of top French race Cyril N’Diaye and of course former European Champion Teemu Leino who joined from Schumacher, so there is obviously a major shake up at Xray going on.
Corally have released details about the new, soon to be released, Corally RDX Phi. The car will be available in 2 specifications, one European 5-cell version to cater for the recent rule change by EFRA and of course the standard 6 cell version for the US market.
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Xray have a report on their site about the first round of the Western Canadian series held in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Xray dominated the event managing to win all 3 classes – Stock, 19T and Modified.
When the tone went for the start of the main Rodney and I took off from the pack. Rodney was quick but I was right there behind him. A couple of laps in Rodney got tangled with a back marker and opened the door for me to get by. Being a short track with the lap times being around the 8 second range, by the time Rodney got going again I was half a lap ahead. He really pushed his T2 ‘007 and caught back up in a couple of laps. We diced it out until the end of the race which I managed to hold him off for the win.
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.
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