Following on the little bit of video that we showed you yesterday, HPI and Gravel Crew Productions have decided to put out a much longer and cooler video of the Mini Trophy truck. Check out this, sure to be, hot ticket item in action:
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Another “big” race was held last week. I know, I know, there is seemingly a “big” race every week, but the IFMAR world championships for 12th scale and 10th touring car are only held every two years, and they went down last week in Germany. I bring this up for two reasons- one being that I bet you didn’t know they were being held, and that’s kinda like a tree that falls in the forest. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, did it even happen? And two- in the second 12th scale A final a driver put on the finest display of rc car driving I have ever witnessed. You see, Masami has been grooming a young protege, Naoto Matsukura, and in the second leg of the A he made the most elite racers in the world look like novices. So click HERE to see the BEST driving the Earth has ever seen. (Youtube Video Link)
Btw, while we were enjoying our country’s independence day over here, America got OWNED last week at the worlds in Germany. America might lead the world at many things, but rc racing isn’t one of them.
Let me be one the first to call the new HPI Mini Trophy Truck a game changer. It’s been a long time since a company other than Traxxas has produced the next big thing, but well, HPI has just done it. Sure, the Traxxas Slash (some would argue the AE SC8) started the short course truck revolution, but the new HPI Mini Trophy truck is a huge leap forward, not only in short course truck design, but in scale realism for our hobby. You’ve got people on rc forums saying things like “Hey HPI, here’s my bank account number. Take as much as you want, ’cause I gotta have this.” about their new Mini Trophy. I’ve been preaching for years that realism is good for sales and for the hobby as a whole, and this new HPI truck is the biggest leap in that direction since the original RC10.
Traxxas has not had to follow anyone’s lead for years, for over a decade they’ve pretty much lead the pack via the T-Maxx, Revo, and Slash. How will Traxxas respond to the HPI Mini Trophy, if at all? I bet they aren’t the only company that sits down this week in a board room, invites all the brass in, spreads one large, blank piece of paper in the middle of the table and says “Ok guys, we’ve got some work to do!”. What if you are a company like Thunder Tiger/Associated, who used to own the market, now all they do is react (quite slowly I might add) to the latest trends? What if you are Horizon/Losi (I hate to just call it Losi, because it’s soooo not Losi anymore) and are used to putting out a dozen “different” trucks based on one platform, and now you are faced with coming up with an all new design, and one that’s actually competitive, or even better than the HPI truck? Their last attempt at a short course truck, the Losi Strike, was way off the mark. I know they’ll never do it, but I’d love to see Losi cut a HUGE check and give Sr and Jr a call to see if they’d be willing to lend a hand on a scale Losi short course truck. We all know just how uber a true Losi truck would be. Sadly, it will probably never happen.
On a much different note- BigSquidRC is looking for more models for the iHobby Expo this October. In the past we’ve had readers help us out by suggesting their girlfriends etc, so if you know of a hot chic who is into rc and wants to make some cash, shoot Brian an email.
One more short note for the week, I gotta thank our readers for helping to spread the love about BigSquidRC. Thank you guys for emailing links to your buds, posting links on the message boards etc. Without you all, we’d be just another rinky dink rc site. Slowly but surely we are clawing our way into the rc mainstream, and we sure couldn’t do it without your help.
That’s it for this week, as always, support your local hobby shops, tracks, and bash spots!
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Holy Cow! Two unboxing stories in the same week! People around the office are bouncing off the walls with all the vehicles we have to review soon! I Love it! So we recently talked about the new HPI Racing E-Firestorm 10 HT being a Hobby Town (hence the HT) exclusive! Thanks to our local Hobby Town, we have one in our hands! Check out all the unboxing photo’s, and watch for a full review coming soon!
Check out the rest and under the hood shots: READ MORE
HPI Racing is finally releasing some real imagery of their new 1/12 scale desert racer, the Mini-Trophy. As we reported last week, the Mini-Trophy has been designed in conjunction with full scale racing team TSA Motorsports. Now that we have some real pics of it we can see some of the crazy detail that HPI has pumped into this all new platform. A massively complicated tube roll-cage wraps all the insides to keep them safe and cozy. The tires feature raised lettering and two spare wheel/tire sets are included and attached to the rear of the cage. A multi-piece body tops it all off. But to me, the most interesting design aspect of the Mini-Trophy is the rear suspension which features a-arm lowers connected to beefy trailing links that hold the lower shock mounts. Other links connect to various parts of the chassis to keep it all together. It had me fooled as I thought it was a solid rear axle at first, but it’s fully independent in the rear. You can also see underneath the hinged portion of the roll-cage a massive differential housing with a thick drive shaft going into it. This is also where the ESC sits. The rest of the electronics appear to sit under the detailed driver/navigator interior.
This is an awesome new truck, I can’t wait to see one in person and totally dissect it. Keep an eye on HPI’s web site for more details and pictures.
HPI Racing Mini Trophy gallery
Tower Hobbies has slashed the price of the HPI Crawler King by more than 50%. It’s on sale for $119.98, which is more than $125 off their normal price.
This is an insane deal and the Crawler King is an awesome truck. Be sure to take advantage of this deal while you can.
The Crawler King is a fully ready to run rock crawler based off the Monster King chassis. It features a HPI TF-1 27 MHz radio system, an EN-1 reversing ESC, and a detailed Land Rover Defender style body. If you’re looking to get started in rock crawling, this truck is a good stepping off point.
To take advantage of this deal head on over to the Tower Hobbies web site.
Check out this new truck from HPI Racing and TSA Motorsports. The HPI Mini-Trophy Truck is an all new RTR 1/12 scale, 4wd, Desert Truck that was designed in conjuction with TSA Motorsports as they built the full scale version to be raced in the 7200 class of the SNORE desert racing series. There’s not much info available about the Mini-Trophy yet, HPI tells us to keep an eye on our favorite RC news site… obviously referring to Big Squid, so when we get the info, so will you.
Read the full press release at HPI’s web site.
Need some new LiPos? HPI has a new line for ya. The HPI Plazma LiPo line comes in three flavors, an 11.1V 3800 mAh, a 7.4v 4000 mAh with round case, and a 7.4v 5300 mAh. If you have a HPI vehicle then one of these packs will likely fit in it without problems. All of the packs have Deans connectors preinstalled from the factory. They have MSRPs of $79.99 (4000 mAh), $129.99 (5300), and $139.99 (3800), but no word on when they’ll be hit shelves.
Check out the HPI web site for more info.
Here is a interesting new release from HPI. It looks like they have teamed up with HobbyTown USA to put out a EXCLUSIVE RTR E-Firestorm 10 HT truck! The HT standing for HobbyTown. It looks to have all the same stuff that makes up the normal E-Firestorm except it’s RTR with the inclusion of their new HPI Plazma batteries, and it has HobbyTown USA stickers on the side. If your in the market for a bashing vehicle, this may be what you are looking for.
Check out the HPI web site for more info.
Here’s another new (kinda) body from HPI. Made specifically for their Cup Racer chassis the Honda Civic Type R body is a renewed release featuring all new vinyl decals and revised tooling to make it fit the Cup Racers and other chassis out there with 225mm wheelbases. Also new are front and rear light buckets to make it quick and easy to add light kits for a little extra realism. Masks, decals, and overspray are all included.
MSRP is going to be $22.00. Check out the HPI web site for more info.
Hard Body’sz USA has a cool new aftermarket part for the HPI Blitz. Their new full roll cage not only adds to the realistic looks of HPI’s popular short course truck, but should probably add to the overall strength and durability of the Blitz.
It’s available in in chrome and flat black for a list price of $77.99 through TGN Distributing. Hit up the Hard Body’z web site for more info about them and then check out the TGN web site for ordering info.
Check out this new, officially licensed, Saleen Parnelli Jones Edition Ford Mustang body from HPI Racing. It’s made for 200mm sedans but can be used on 190s with the addition of wide offset wheels. All the various common things are included: window masks, decals, overspray film, etc. A molded nylon wing is also included and it comes clear so you can paint it any color you like if you aren’t a fan of the Parnelli Jones style.
MSRP is $32.00, no word on availability but probably soon. Keep an eye on the HPI Racing web site for more info.