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Vaterra hit the streets with a new Rally Car

Yes, Vaterra has hit the streets with a rally car to add to the currently burgeoning Rally scene in RC Cars.  This expansion is certainly making the Rally fan in me very happy indeed!  Check out some video of the Ford Fiesta Rallycross below

So the details, size was my first thought when I saw the release information, is it 4×4 SCT sized like the recent releases, or Touring Car sized? Well the release doesn’t really have any information about that, however based on price, and looking at the platform that it appears to share with the Vaterra Ford Raptor Pre Runner, it is the 4×4 Short Course Size.  So no win for the scale rally enthusiasts, but a win for a better all terrain capability.

The car is waterproof (as you can see in the above video), brushless, fitted with a spektrum radio with AVC, Metal Gear Viscous Torque vectoring differentials and a licensed Fiesta Rallycross body.

For more information and photos hit up the Vaterra website at http://www.vaterrarc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdId=VTR03010

With four reasonably realistic rally cars of similar size and configuration on the market, I wonder if Rally / Rallycross will take off the same way 2wd SCT did with the Traxxas Slash?

Vaterra 1969 Corvette – Just take my money now

As the title says, Vaterra take my money now!  The most recent addition to the Vaterra lineup of amazing looking on road cars is the 1969 Corvette, and a L88 at that! The vintage lineup in the Vaterra range now includes the ’69 Corvette, ’67 Mustang and ’69 Camaro, quite a trio!

An all inclusive package!

The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. As an option code on the 1967 to 1969 models, L88 was an almost secret offering. Chevrolet actively discouraged L88 orders from dealerships and the public. Just what was all the fuss about? The L88 was capable of 171 mph at Le Mans and sported more than 500 horsepower. It was developed for the track and never intended as a boulevard cruiser.  And by all accounts, 500 horsepower was a fairly conservitive power estimate!

The wheels, body and whole package looks simply AMAZING!  The iconic coke bottle shape of the C3 corvette has been preserved by including a black valance atthe bottom of the body to preserve the shape rather than carry down non existant bodywork to meet the chassis, very clever indeed!

More details can be found at the Vaterra website here http://www.vaterrarc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdId=VTR03022

The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set this car apart was a comprehensive racing package that included the big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am-spec cylinder heads.
Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/349.html#wFBzLluesT8i6hRI.99
The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set this car apart was a comprehensive racing package that included the big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am-spec cylinder heads.
Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/349.html#wFBzLluesT8i6hRI.99
The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set this car apart was a comprehensive racing package that included the big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am-spec cylinder heads.
Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/349.html#wFBzLluesT8i6hRI.99
The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set this car apart was a comprehensive racing package that included the big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am-spec cylinder heads.
Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/349.html#wFBzLluesT8i6hRI.99

1967 Mustang RTR from Vaterra

Ok, I saw this previewed by vaterra a few times, but somehow missed it’s release onto the market the other day! Nobody can deny that it is a fantastic looking model, and by all accounts is a good vehicle.

It comes completely assembled and ready to run with:

• 4WD V100-S chassis
• Licensed 1967 Ford Mustang fastback body
• Licensed, 54mm replicas of Volk CE28N wheels
• Low-profile tires
• Waterproof electronics
• Spektrum™ 2.4GHz transmitter and Dynamite® power system

Source: Vaterra.com

Vaterra at the Nürnberg Toy Fair

Vaterra have to be one of my favorite brands at the moment, with some fantastic looking, and performing, vehicles.  And their latest releases at the Toy Fair only expand on that reputation with 2 amazing looking vehicles.  The first is a 1967 Ford Mustang, and let’s face it, that is a vehicle that is hard not to love!  in 1:10 scale, and ready to run, this is sure to be a hit, especially as many enthusiasts are looking more towards scale looking vehicles.   1617625_509203849197361_1652563924_o

Vehicle no.2 is another vehicle form the Ford stable, but a newer vehicle, the Ford Raptor pre-runner truck.  The Raptor is underpinned by Vaterra’s durable V100 chassis and comes ready-to-run with a Spektrum 2.4GHz radio system, 2S LiPo battery and charger. The included Dynamite electronics are all waterproof. Vaterra have also added a non-sensored brushless motor, allowing the truck to reach speeds above 65km/h.  AVC is also fitted to this vehicle.

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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