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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!

New Team Xray XB2

Details have finally landed for the new XB2 from Xray, and, well it is not often that I would say it, but it certainly sets a new benchmark.  With a Dirt and Carpet car available depending on the conditions you race in and which options that will provide for. With every option in the book from mid and rear motor, and even lay down gearbox and ball and gear diff included, there is hardly an area of design that you may feel the need to change, I dare say none at all.

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Now I have not seen any information on pricing, but being a Luxury RC company, it isn’t going to be cheap, but you are getting the best without a doubt.  I won’t go into a lot of detail, because the Xray presentation does an excellent job of it so i’ll simply point you in their direction!  http://www.teamxray.com/xb2/2016/

Details of the Xray X1 F1 Car

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XRAY presents the all-new X1 based on XRAY’s European Championship-winning X12 pancar. Sharing many high-performance parts with its smaller cousin, the X1 has incorporated all of the finest details to achieve a state of race car perfection.

XRAY focused its efforts on refining all of the already well-thought-out parts and assemblies to make the new X1 easy to drive, work on, and adjust. Designed in virtual reality using the world’s most sophisticated CAD technology, and manufactured using the world’s best machining and molding machinery in-house, the X1 has attained a level of top perfection that is second to none.

All parts are purpose-designed and manufactured by XRAY from premium materials including legendary Hudy Spring Steel™, premium Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum, high-grade custom-formulated graphite material, and our own blends of composite materials. Everything on the X1 is premium with maximum attention to detail, so all parts fit and work perfectly together.

Elegant in its simplicity and effectiveness, the X1 is set to
become the new standard in 1/10 Formula racing.

Offering the quality and flexibility expected from a Team Xray vehicle it even boasts multiple battery configurations.

For full details on this magnificent vehicle visit http://www.teamxray.com/x1/

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What 4wd Buggy to race for 2014

I have written a couple of “What to Buy” type articles before, and with the release of the B44.3 I thought I would add a what 4wd Buggy to the list! We won’t separate into RTR or Kits because there are very few competition level 4wd buggies that are available as RTR’s. Mid mount or rear mount motors, well there are variations to positioning, but in 4wd they are all mid mounted. I may have missed out some, but I think I have most of the major models in the 4wd game at the moment.

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Team Losi / TLR

TLR had a bit of a gap in their lineup until recently when the 22-4 was added to their range.  A development of the older XX-4 (not the XXX-4 that replaced that) it is unusual in that it sports a triple belt drive system rather than the driveshaft arrangement found more commonly in other 4wd Buggies.  Featuring an alloy chassis that is the current trend in buggy chassis it follows the norms there, but the forward motor, triple belt drive system certainly makes it look a bit different under the hood.  Ball Differentials at each end to provide drive and a cab forward body finish off what is an impressive package.  TLR even throw in two sets of wheels for the 22-4! Battery wise, it is Saddle packs here, although you can accommodate a few different sized packs.
http://www.tlracing.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=TLR03005

Team Associated

The newest player on the 4wd block, although with a revised rather than all new car, is the Associated B44.3.  The B44 platform has been no slouch, and the .3 iteration adds some important updates.  An Alloy chassis being one notable feature update for this model along with a floating motor and servo mounts. Weight distribution is also a key flexibility with the ability to run a Front motor, rear saddle battery pack configuration, or flip it all around to with a rear motor configuration with a shorty pack on the opposite side. Gear differentials are a new feature to cater for the current generation of high grip, and/or indoor tracks, however the previous generation ball differentials are compatible.
http://www.teamassociated.com/cars_and_trucks/B44.3/Factory_Team/

Kyosho

The new ZX-6 Buggy is the natural choice for a Buggy form Kyosho which comes as a kit as with the B44.3 and 22-4 above, however there is a 2nd choice from Koysho.  That 2nd choice comes in the Ready to Run Dirt Hog Buggy which is a fraction of the price of the ZX-6 Kit.  Yes, it is nowhere near as competitive as it’s big brother, but as a vehicle for somebody wanting to try out 4wd Buggy for a smaller slice of your hard earned dollars, or a younger driver getting in to the hobby.  Based on the Fazer platform it comes with a 2.4ghz radio, slipper clutch, 27t brushed motor and ESC, NiMH battery and charger.
http://www.kyoshoamerica.com/Dirt-Hog-Type-1-Orange-4WD-Bug_p_23265.html

Let’s talk about big brother now, the ZX-6.  Like the B44.3 the ZX-6 has a configuration that can be altered from a shorty battery on the right or left, through to a saddle pack layout, although the ZX-6 has a few more configurations available than the B44.3.  Alloy chassis is the name of the game here as well, and the shocks are the quality we have come to expect from the ZX line of Kyosho vehicles.  Ball differentials at both ends and an aggressive cab forward body finish off what is always a high quality product.
http://www.kyoshoamerica.com/LAZER-ZX-6-4WD-Kit_p_23216.html

Traxxas

For the most part Traxxas is a Basher brand, not racing.  This is illustrated by them not having a 1:10 4wd Buggy in their lineup.  So if you are a Traxxas Fan, move along, nothing to see here.

HPI / HB

The much hyped, and long delayed D413 is the still hard to get Buggy from HPI/HB. It’s layout is a little different to the norm with it’s designer, Torrance Deguzman focusing on strength first to give the driver confidence to push on.  It has a very similar layout to it’s predecessor, the Hot bodies D4 and D4 WCE with a Carbon Fibre chassis, but very different front bulkheads/shock towers, with a triangular arrangement with front and rear arms bracing the arrangement.  Gear differentials x3 (front, centre & rear) are another defining feature.  This is something normally reserved for the big 1:8 buggies, but has been packed into the small D413 platform.  Another unusual feature is monocoque suspension arms with adjustable stiffness plates.  A Saddle Pack or Shorty configuration are also battery placement options along with Front or Rear motor placement options.  Whilst one of the more unusually configured buggies, it has proved itself at the 2013 Roar Nationals at the hands of Ty Tessmann where he took the win in the D413.
http://www.hpiracing.com/en/kit/112723

Xray

Xray are no strangers to off road racing with their luxury, and very competitive, 8th scale buggies, and now they have a fighter in the 10th scale ring in the form of the XB4, with the XB4 2014 being the latest version of the Buggy.  A key feature of the XB4 is the composite chassis frame with separate front and rear chassis plates allowing the entire rear suspension to be mounted in the standard position, or directly to the aluminium chassis with some optional parts. The front and read differentials are bevel gear types for lifespan and reliability, however optional ball differentials are available.  Saddle pack batters are the only battery configuration option here.
http://www.teamxray.com/xb4/

Schumacher

The CAT series of 4wd Buggies from Schumacher are legendary in their home country of England, and the latest version, the CAT K1 Aero is no exception. Sporting a Carbon Fibre chassis, nut guards on the shock towers to protect them from damage, gear differentials front and rear, twin efficient belt transmission and awesome black anodised parts, it is a car that looks as good as it performs.  Not the cheapest car with all the carbon fibre, but one that can perform on any world stage.
http://www.racing-cars.com/pp/Car_Showroom/CAT_K1_Aero.html

SWorkz

Bolstered by the addition of Atsushi Hara to their ranks of racers they have suddenly shot into the limelight.  It’s not that they are new, they just had a much lower profile in the west until recently.  In 1:10 their platform is the S104 EK1 which is a little hard to find much information about from their website, and to be honest, i’ve not seen anybody in Australia racing one, but it’s an option none the less.  I have seen a Kit and RTR version in different places which is unusual for a competition 4wd buggy.  It comes with two different bodies as well, one for salle pack configuration and a different one for shorty battery packs. Alloy chassis and shaft driven it’s layout is fairly conventional with maybe the exception of the 14mm wheel hexes.
http://www.sworkz.com/s104_EK1.html

Team Durango

Now onto it’s fourth version, the DEX410 V4 is an affordable car that is well engineered and proven itself on a range of race tracks around the world.  Stronger gear differentials and a narrow alloy chassis are features of the Buggy. The saddle pack battery configuration is a little different with the rear driveshaft running over the top of the batteries, and removed in order to change them.  The car comes with an almost bewildering range of adjustments, which means it can be made to work well on any circuit.
http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/

Yokomo

Yokomo also has a player in the 4wd game with their B-Max 4 III.  I’m afraid to say I know little about this platform, although I have seen a few people racing them.  Shaft driven, Gear differentials, Saddle Pack battery configuration and an alloy chassis all look top notch quality, and up to date in terms of their design.  It is just a manufacturer that we don’t hear a lot about.
http://www.teamyokomo.eu/yokomo-europe/eshop/1-1-Yokomo-Chassis/0/5/1649-Yokomo-B-MAX4-III

Tamiya

A big name in RC Cars, but one that you don’t often see on the tracks with their TRF503 4wd Buggy.  Perhaps it is the price, nearly double some of its competitors, or maybe it is the …… no, really it;s the price that puts it out of reach for the average racer and for that much more over some fantastic other buggies in this sector that cost less, it’s hard to justify.
http://www.tamiyausa.com/items/radio-control-kits-30/off-road-buggies-36450/rc-trf503-chassis-kit-42275

Ari Bakla continues with XRAY

From the Xray website, it’s pretty rare to see much about australian drivers on the manufacturers websites.

XRAY is happy to announce that multiple Australian National Champion Ari Bakla will continue to race with XRAY in 2014 season. Ari has been the main leader of the Australian XRAY team racing in all the classes with great success and countless victories. Ari will continue in 2014 to race with T4, XB8, XT9 & XB4.

Ari’s best achievements:
• 11x Australian National Champion
• 40x State Champion
• 2013 EP Off-road State Champion 2WD & 4WD
• 2013 GP Off-road PROLINE Challenge winner
• 2012 4WD EP Off-road National Champion
• 2012 EP On road National Champion
• 2012 3rd Place GP Truggy Nationals
• 2012 A-Main Finish GP Buggy Nationals

Ari says:
“To work with XRAY team is a true pleasure. The 2013 racing season was successful for me and our Australian team and I am sure the 2014 will be another successful year and we will do our best. I’m 100% confident in the XRAY company and their products, they can get me to the winners circle once again. In 2014 I will be traveling to all major Australian races to support our XRAY team and I will be happy to help anyone, just stop by to see me.”

Ari will in 2014 race at all the major events in Australia including:
• GP Off-road Nationals
• GP Off-road NSW States
• GP Off-road Proline Challenge Series (5 Races)
• EP On road Nationals
• EP On road States
• EP Off-road NSW State Proline Challenge Series (5 Races)

Source: Team Xray http://www.teamxray.com/teamxray/news/newsdesc.php?news_id=3715&kategoria=3715&catName=Ari%20Bakla%20continues%20with%20XRAY&Xnet_Session=799e97d88ccbfa9e32588b9cdeaba92a