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Updated Baja 5B SS for 2014

Yes, HPI Racing have updated it’s fantastic Baja 5B SS for 2014!  hpi5bss2014

This massive vehicle weighs in at a hefty 9.6kg, and is 817mm long, and for 2014 it comes with some stellar upgrades!  The SS is the “go fast”kit so it comes with a clear body, and needs your own radio gear and throttle servo.  However everything else is in the box.  The powerful 26cc two stroke petrol engine is still there, but for 2014 it has a new aluminium tuned pipe with a steel header for improved durability. New heavy duty front wheel hubs, and one piece rear hub carriers are included in the kit.  One of the most welcome additions comes in the form of Super Heavy Duty Diff Shafts, super Heavy Duty Drive Shafts and Super Heavy Duty Axles.

The new livery in grey and orange looks fantastic as ever HPI kits do.  Makes you want a BIG RC buggy doesn’t it!

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News at HPI?

It’s been a while since we have seen much come out of the HPI Racing / Hot Bodies stable apart from the very nice D413 4×4 1:10 buggy and a new mini rally car.  In the past HPI has released new products on an almost monthly basis, however for the last 12 months there has been nothing, and little completely new apart from some new bodies on kits.

So what is going on?   Is the Octane Savage (1:8 scale petrol vehicle line) still causing problems and holding things up as there has been no sign of them since the Hobby Town USA Dealers Convention and Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this year.  Rumors flew everywhere back in February this year saying that HPI was in trouble and had been sold!  However those rumours only turned out that Hobbico/Great Planes had done a deal to be the exclusive distributor for HPI/HB in North america.  But then it”s been really very quiet since then.  We had a new website back in July this year, umm yay! Really what we want is new kits, more monster trucks, race cars, rally cars, and, well whatever, maybe a crawler?

The below image appeared on the HPI Facebook page a few days ago eluding to something new.  Checking the HPI website found this page http://hpiracing.com/en/article/view/2013121301 about being able to have your own personalised garage on the HPI website.  Fantastic service for enthusiasts, but not new or updated kits.  Still better than nothing happening, but HPI are going to need to step up as they are falling behind some of the other players in the market in respect to keeping up with what people want.  I’m the first person to say that I love the HPI Racing brand and vehicles, but they need to step up.

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JQ Wins at South Australian Tri Series Finale

It seems to be a big day for Australian news and results today!

JQ is back from his first ever Australia trip, where he attended the Naracoorte South Australian Tri Series Finale. The track was super loose and dusty, and got really bumpy for the mains. Qualifying was 4/6 rounds, and it was a very close affair with JQ TQ:ing before Andrew Foord. Almost every round was decided by about 1 second. The finals were interesting, with two 20 minute mains being run. The first one went to Foord, after JQ ran out of fuel while leading, on the last lap (deja vu anyone?). The second main then went to JQ, with Foord finishing 2nd. Tied in points, the tie-breaker went to JQ for the overall win! This was the 4th JQ Asia Tour event, and once again, rather incredibly, all White Editions made the A main. This time there were three, JQ, Nathan Separovich and Ashleigh Frensham. As for the Yellow Editions, there were two in the B main! Great performance!

IMG_0635-M-“Thank you to the LCRCMCC for inviting me and for Ash and Nathan Tampe for taking such good care of me! #rcgypsy”

Results:

  1.  Joseph Quagraine JQ – REDS – AKA
  2.  Andrew Foord Mugen – Nova – AKA
  3.  Mark Brown Mugen – Nova – AKA
  4.  Shane Hancock Mugen – Nova – AKA
  5. Mick Campion Mugen – Nova – AKA
  6. Nathan Separovich – JQ – OS – AKA
  7. Matt Samra Kyosho – Nova – AKA
  8. Ashleigh Frensham JQ – OS – AKA
  9. Ian Smedman Losi – OS – AKA
  10. Michael Ellis Mugen – Nova – AKA
  11. Simon “justwaitingforamate” Page Kyosho – RB – AKA
  12. Lewis Hewitt Losi – OS – AKA

For more details and photos, visit the JQ Products website http://jq-products.com/the-car-yellow-edition-news/464-jq-wins-for-jq-products-reds-and-aka-in-australia

Source: JQ Products http://jq-products.com/the-car-yellow-edition-news/464-jq-wins-for-jq-products-reds-and-aka-in-australia

Jarred King takes double at Sydney JConcepts Clash

New Team Durango Australia signing Jarred King has returned from the Sydney JConcepts Clash with a double first place finish, and an overall TQ in 4WD for his brand new DEX410v4.

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Jarred was extremely happy to take the double winners crown at his first major race meeting since joining our team driver roster last month. The 100 strong field of racers battled hard on a dry and dusty off-road track near Castle Hill in Eastern Australia, as the regions fastest drivers raced for supremacy.jarreddex410v4

Jarred piloted his DEX210 Buggy to a convincing victory in 2WD, despite losing a tyre during the ‘A’ main finals after clipping a track pipe in the final laps of his victorious performance.

Jarred then went on to prove the awesome performance of his new DEX410v4 Buggy, by setting a TQ pace in 4WD on the loose dirt track. Jarred flew home to take first spot and reported that the DEX410v4 was perfectly balanced, with its new Two-Way Slipper Clutch system bringing added handling capabilities on the dusty surface.

Jarred is keen to highlight that the DEX410v4 is very easy to drive fast straight from the kit box, with consistent lap times being made easier by such refinements as the new UJ Centre Drive Shafts.

We send our congratulations to Jarred for a great result, and we welcome him to the team for the 2014 racing season.

Explore how the upcoming DEX410v4 can put you on the podium now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/

Learn about the range of option parts that you can access to make your DEX410v4 a unique racing machine:  http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php?p=1&pp=200&so=&partNo=TD102030&type=OPT&mcat=&scat=&show=

Stay close to Jarred King and all the Team Durango team drivers by hitting the ‘Like’ button here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Source: Team Durango http://www.team-durango.com/blog/2013/12/12/jarred-king-team-durango-australia-double/

New Driver for Team Xray Australia

All too infrequently do you see any news about Team and Sponsored drivers in Australia, perhaps because our hobby simply does not have the profile RC does in Europe and the United States, perhaps because we are further from the manufacturers, but mainly because we are a relatively small market.  I suppose that the other issue is that apart from Racing Lines Magazine (and I suppose us) there is little media covering radio control car racing in Australia.

Some of you may have seen that Team Xray Australia was looking for drivers to apply for positions as team drivers, and the first of those have finally been announced.  Mark Rayner is the first new driver announced as a part of Team Xray Australia’s recruitment drive.  Mark is based in Tasmania and is looking forward to seeing the new 2014 spec vehicles.

Mark RaynerSource: Team Xray Australia https://www.facebook.com/xrayaustralia

Schumacher release updated CAT K1 Aero

Now the Schumacher CAT K1 isn’t an old vehicle, in fact it is pretty new, although it is certainly the latest iteration of the fantastic CAT range from Schumacher.

So what is new?  Gear instead of ball diffs, carbon fibre instead of alloy chassis, A sexy looking AirFlo body to replace the boxy cab forward tye that i’m not particularly a fan of,  aerodynamic nut guards for the shock towers (I like these) and a large high downforce wing. So a few changes, certianly enough to qualify this as a seperate model, and it liiks liek the 2 may be sold in tandem as they are obviously intended for significantly different conditions.

I am still loving the black “Stealth” look, all in all, I think I need to get one of hte new Schumacher buggies, although at my skill level, probably a 2wd car.

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Source: Schumacher http://www.racing-cars.com/pp/Car Showroom/CAT K1 Aero.html and Action RC

Scale realism the best thing since sliced bread?

RC Cars have gone through a roller coaster ride of popularity over the years.  It would be hard to find any adult who doesn’t have the big kid inside us just waiting to get out and play when the opportunity presents itself.

Radio control car racing traces it’s origins back to a boom in the 80’s in electric 10th scale off road racing.  In the noughties, nitro 8th scale was king of the RC off road racing crowd, big, loud and fast.  However there has always been a core of “Bashers” who just have whatever car that they like, and drive at local parks, tracks etc.  Monster trucks have always been popular here, but the release of the big HPI Baja brought 5th scale into popular RC culture in both racing and bashing in Australia.  In recent years there has been a re emergence of electric 10th scale off road racing, with new 2wd biggies, 4wd buggies and stadium trucks hitting the shelves from a range of manufacturers.

However the real boon in RC in recent years has been vehicles that look great, and are fairly accurate in appearance and scale.  It is because of this that in many ways the hobby of driving radio control cars has gained a foothold in the mainstream with many hobby grade rc cars appearing in toy stores around the country.   Drift cars, clubs and tracks have been sprouting up all around the country, spurned on by the increasingly popular car culture in Australia, combined with the increasing awareness of drifting as a sport in Australia.  Likewise radio control crawlers, again with incredible levels of detail and accessories available, have gained a cult following with a whole range of new RC enthusiasts.  Sporting clubs, competitions, and a real passion for detail at almost unheard of levels, crawling has introduced an amazing new aspect of RC cars in recent years.  Ok, so great products at a good price from Axial Racing have certainly helped Crawlers to grow, but hit up any forum and see the incredible level of detail in vehicles that have been built from scratch, and you can see that crawlers have become an unstoppable juggernaut.

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Even rally cars have increased in popularity thanks to great vehicles such as the Tamiya DF-03 and XV-01, the entire Rally Legends range, they Kyosho DRX and the sport of Rallying in general becoming more popular though the likes of Ken Block and his Gymkhana videos (and scale versions of his car from Traxxas and HPI).  There is even an Australian RC Rally group on facebook trying to increase levels of interest in this area of RC to levels as seen in Europe, and Colorado RC Rally Championship.

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Even RC racing has taken a scale hit.  In On Road Racing (of which I am admittedly not as well versed as off road) the Vintage Trans Am classes sporting 60’s and 70’s muscle car low down force bodies are very popular in the US, and are gathering a foothold in some parts of Australia.  In Off Road Short Course Trucks have a major footing in almost every off road club with their more realistic looks and handling, low price, and excellent durability.  Even Short Course Buggies are gaining interest in some parts of the country, vehicles which somewhat resemble the pro buggies from the Australian Off Road Championships, even the Extreme 4wd vehicles are similar in appearance and build to Short Course Trucks.

I guess what I am saying here, is bring on more scale, it is helping to re invigorate our fantastic hobby and bring whole new generations into the fold of loving to drive toy cars!

Sources: Axial Racing, HPI Racing, Traxxas, Rally Legends RC, Rally Legends Australia, Tamiya, Kyosho, Vaterra, Velocity RC

Team Durango DEX410V4 details released

Team Durango has released details of it’s freshly updated DEX410V4 off road buggy.  The changes are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but the changes reflect what appears to be a solid increase in strength and ease of maintenance.

  • Front & rear gear diffs
  • Harder diff cases
  • Ultra-Slim aluminum chassis
  • Premium carbon fiber parts
  • Universal joint center drive shafts
  • Two way slipper clutch
  • Revised a-arms
  • Low friction shock o-rings & updated pistons
  • New Dimec X spec ball cups
  • Cab forward body
  • Larger body clips & captured hinge pins

for mroe details check out the kit page on the Team Durango website http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/