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Losi Tenacity Monster Truck

Somewhere along the way I must have been missing the news as the Losi Tenacity line of vehicles somehow slipped under my radar!

A 4wd Monster Truck based on the Losi TEN platform, how can you go wrong!  RTR, Brushless, Spektrum Radio, AVC and a great looking Monster Truck it certainly seems like a winner to me. Heck, it even includes a FPV camera mount, how much fun would that be!

Source: http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS03012T2

What Racing Stadium Truck – 2016 Edition

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My old HPI E Firestorm

It is strange the things that motivate you sometimes, after racing at a major race meet on the weekend, and being perfectly happy with my RC Fleet, I find myself desiring a Stadium Truck once again after having a HPI E-Firestorm many years ago which had a number of modifications for racing, only to have nobody to race against!!  Unfortunately Team Durango are no longer making their DEST210R truck, so maybe I need to convert my Short Course DESC210R with a few parts….

However this, combined with teasers of the new Xray XT2 Stadium Truck got me thinking about what is available out there, so let’s have a look! I’ll look at racing kits at this stage, I will cover RTR Stadium Trucks another day as there is a lot of them out there.

Now don’t be fooled into thinking that all stadium trucks are electric, this is far from the case with many nitro powered trucks appearing over the years and a few that are still available. Kyosho and HPI both still sell Nitro powered Stadium Trucks, they have just fallen from favor when 1:8 Truggies started taking center stage.

Now a little history for those who may not be aware, Stadium Trucks, often just referred to as trucks are based on 2wd buggies with truck bodies, wider arms, larger tyres and often longer chassis.  And while that remains true of many of the original Stadium Trucks like the Tamiya Stadium Blitzer, the same remains true today.

Team Losi / TLR

So the current ST from TLR is the 22T 2.0 which is an upgrade from the original 22T released not so long ago as a part of the re invigoration of the Losi racing range under the TLR banner. Rear or mid motor mount is your choice in this kit in a very sleek design with a narrow (and not so spacious, chassis.

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Xray

The newest Stadium Truck on the block, and the one about which we know the least! We presume it will be based on the XB2, and that is about all we know.  When we know, you will know!

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Team Associated

RC10T5M or the shorter name it is most commonly known by, T5M is the latest from Team Associated, however with the release of the B6 and B6D there may well be a new version out some time in the near future.  This kit can trace it’s roots back to one of the original Team Associated Classics, the RC10T, and what a classic that is.  Honestly with the original RC10 being re released, I am amased the RC10T has not followed suit.

The T4.2 however is also still available in it’s rear motor mount only setup, but as an RTR, so that is for another day.  The T5M conversely is mid mount only so you really need to choose a kit to suit the surface that you are driving on, loose dirt or high traction clay or carpet/astroturf.

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Kyosho

The Ultima RT6 is the latest truck from Kyosho released not too long after the new RB6 buggy.  Kyosho design and quality is hard to go by if you can afford it.  All in all a beautiful truck that has all the adjustment and tuning you could ever need. It almost goes without saying that Mid and Rear engine mount configurations can be built from this truck kit.

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Team C

Team C isn’t a name you hear that often about the traps, but they do still sell a Stadium Truck in the form of the TC02T truck based once again from their buggy.  Whilst it is a slightly older design than some of the other trucks available, it will still put a smile on your dial.

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X Factory

This one is slightly from left field, but X Factory have been making conversion kits for Team Associated cars for many years.  Their X-60CF kit takes a T4 / 4.1 / 4.2 and turns converts it to the X Factory ST with a carbon fiber chassis and Mid motor configuration, something Associated only has done with the T5M recently.

Team Durango

Last but not least I do have to mention one sadly departed kit, the Team Durango DEST210R.  Yes, I know that it is no longer in production, but I mention it because A) I hope a new version will appear, and B) because it was the first ST (correct me if I am wrong here) to come where you could choose a Mid or Rear mounted motor position right out of the box, and switch them as needed.  Team Durango’s kits have been doing this since they released the DEX210 in 2011 and this feature has carried through to the Stadium Truck and Short Course Truck based on the same platform. As i’ve gotten back into ST’s I am thinking that I will buy the needed parts to convert my Short Course Durango into a Stadium Truck (Chassis, body and wheels), so i’ll let you know how that goes!

The ENORMOUS TLR 5IVE-B

Go big or go home, have a look at this buggy from TLR in 5th scale.  HPI eat your heart out, looks like this baby eats tracks for breakfast and for a big car seems to handle well.  Based not on the existing Losi 5th scale platform, but developed from the 8IGHT platform it looks designed (and ready) to RACE!

What we have seen about it so far;

* Cab forward race body
* 5mm thick, hard anodized 6061-T6 aluminum chassis
* Heavy duty brakes
* Racing style wing
* Dual steering servos
* Receiver battery steel heat shield
* 24mm, hard anodized aluminum shocks w/ bleeder caps
* Aluminum clutch carrier and center-diff case
* Engine mounted spark plug protector
* Adjustable toe & anti-squat plates
* Lightweight one piece wheels
* Ball-bearing ackerman plate w/ nutted screws
* Axle boots
* Lightweight dog bones
* Special race style air filter
* Hard-anodized aluminum shock towers

TLR05001 is the part number and an August release stateside, so I guess we will wait to see when O’Riely Model Products gets them into Australia!

PS, Bigsquid have some great photos of the car as well, check them out over at http://www.bigsquidrc.com/tlr-goes-huge-with-new-5ive-b-race-kit/

New Truggies from TLR and Associated

The last few weeks have seen new truggies from Team Associated and Team Losi Racing hit the internet, so I thought i’d round up a little on these two new machines.  Ok, when I say two, it’s technically three as Associated released Nitro and Electric versions of their machines.

So what is a Truggy, basically a racing truck. Take a buggy, put wider arms, bigger tyres and a truck body on it and you have a truggy.  So it’s not exactly as simple as that, but you get the gist of it.  All are evolutions of old designs rather than anything revolutionary, however they all have some nice new features.

TLR 8ight-T 4.0 1/8th nitro truggy kit

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Features

  • Durable 4mm hard-anodised 7075 T-6 aluminium chassis
  • Improved suspension geometry
  • 11mm narrower track for better handling on tight sections
  • Reduced front driveshaft angle\
  • Ball bearing throttle and brake actuators
  • Large-bearing spindles and hubs\
  • Revised chassis side guards
  • Larger engine mount that reduces chassis flex
  • 15°caster blocks with adjustable spindle height
  • Aluminium shock caps with threaded bleeder holes
  • Moulded driveshaft and dog bone boots
  • Aluminium shock towers with updated camber link and shock location holes

 

Team Associated RC8T3e Team Kit 1/8th E-Truggy

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Features

  • Hard-anodised 7075-T6 aluminium chassis features an optimised weight bias layout for improved handling and stability
  • New V2 diffs included for longer life and improved performance
  • Front suspension features pillow ball uprights for increased adjustability and improved durability
  • Lightweight ring gears and optimised precision ball bearing sizing reduces drivetrain rotational mass for improved acceleration and battery efficiency
  • Gearboxes feature a 4.6:1 internal gear ratio with fast access differentials for quick removal, tuning and maintenance
  • Six universal drive shafts for efficient drivetrain power delivery and ease of maintenance
  • 7075-T6 aluminium 16mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks with TiN coated 3.5mm shafts, larger diameter precision springs, and optimised bladders for more precise volume compensation
  • 7075-T6 aluminium shock towers front and rear feature finely tuned shock mounting and upper arm positions
  • Refined suspension geometry with lower hinge pin inserts for quick and easy roll centre adjustments
  • Lightweight one-piece wing mounts feature height and forward positioning adjustment for more precise handling
  • Pro-Line RC8T3e clear body and Team Associated moulded wing included
  • The RC8T3e shares over 90% parts compatibility with the RC8T3 nitro truggy, offering the perfect solution for multi-class racers

Team Associated RC8T3 Team Kit

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Features

  • 7075-T6 hard-anodized aluminium chassis features an optimized weight bias layout for improved handling and stability
  • New V2 diffs included for longer life and improved performance
  • Front suspension features pillow ball uprights for increased adjustability and improved durability
  • Lightweight ring gears and optimized precision ball bearing sizing reduces drivetrain rotational mass for improved acceleration and battery efficiency
  • Gearboxes feature a 4.6:1 internal gear ratio with fast access differentials for quick removal, tuning and maintenance
  • Six universal drive shafts for efficient drivetrain power delivery and ease of maintenance
  • 7075-T6 aluminium 16mm Big Bore threaded shocks with TiN coated 3.5mm shafts, larger diameter precision springs, and optimized bladders for more precise volume compensation
  • 7075-T6 aluminium shock towers front and rear feature finely tuned shock mounting and upper arm positions
  • Refined suspension geometry with lower hinge pin inserts for quick and easy roll centre adjustments
  • Lightweight one-piece wing mounts feature height and forward positioning adjustment for more precise handling
  • Two-piece sliding engine mount for easy gear mesh adjustment and motor removal
  • Pro-Line RC8T3 clear body and Team Associated molded wing included
  • The RC8T3 shares many parts with the RC8B3 nitro buggy, offering the perfect solution for multi-class racers
  • A major feature, the use of Kyle McBride’s colour scheme in the PR images of this Truggy, Go Aussie!

New vehicles from Losi

Ok, yeah, been a bit slack of late, I have been busy in my defence!

So Losi have released some new vehicles, both interesting for their own reasons.

Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT1

This beast is massive, somewhat akin to the Traxxas X01. This big 1:6 vehicle boasts some impressive tech on what appears to be a new platform.  Details are at http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS05003

4wd Mini Desert Truck

This 1:14 dakar truck tickles my fancy personally as I love rally cars and dakar trucks. To quote losi:

Kick up dirt, sand and everything in-between with the Losi® Mini Desert Truck. This impressive 1/14-Scale Desert Truck takes one of the most recognizable brands in RC back to the desert with a truck that’s evocative of the annual Dakar Rally. This highly capable desert truck can handle nearly anything thrown its way with a powerful 4500Kv brushless motor and an uncompromising 4WD drivetrain. When you truly want to demolish your competition, the Losi Mini Desert Truck makes it easy to push the speed envelope with the ability to take a 2S LiPo battery. This unbeatable truck also comes with a podium ready pedigree thanks to a design geometry based on the Mini 8IGHT™ platform.

Basically it looks good and goes well, check out all the details at lost here http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS01007

New Monster truck, the LST XXL2-E RTR from Losi

I love a new release, and even better it’s an electric monster truck!

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The original LST2 was a beast, so I expect big things from this new version that very much follows the recipe established by it’s predecessor.

So what is new, AVC is of course included, and while it is a derisive feature, if you don’t like it, turn it off.   Equipped with a 6S compatible Dynamite® ESC it is going to be quick and, well fairly unstoppable as well, not one to loose control of near young children that’s for sure.  The US pricing that Losi are advertising is pretty competitive given the size of the beast so hopefully we will see a few in the wild soon!
LOS04004_a05And because they included it, a video to top off this post after saying that further details of this vehicle can be found at http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS04004