If you are into motocross, or really any sport that requires a helmet, then you already know who Troy Lee Designs is. For those of you that don’t, they paint the coolest custom helmets on planet Earth, they have a full line-up of motocross gear, and they have a fairly successful motocross team.
Yesterday TLD announced a new partnership with Horizon Hobby. In case you are not aware, Horizon is a huge rc distributor, as well as the owner of Losi, Vaterra, and ECX. The new collaboration is said to be leading to “limited-edition TLD collaborative products”, which might be something like the TLD livery on the Losi 5IVE-T shown above. The TLD motocross team is known for having some of the best looking bikes in the pits, we would image that any Losi adorning the same look would look pretty trick too.
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There is some “big” news out of the Losi camp today, the announcement of their latest 5th scaler, the Desert Buggy XL. The latest addition to Losi’s 5th scale line-up comes with big gas power and is ready to run, no building required. 4wd helps to put all that big gas power to the ground, and it comes in buggy trim. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* Full 4WD capabilities
* 23cc gasoline engine w/ pull start
* Adjustable servo saver
* Machined ring and pinion gear
* 5mm thick aluminum chassis
* 740cc gas tank
* Sealed diffs
* Dual disk brakes
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
The part number for the Losi Desert Buggy XL is #LOS05001, it has a street price of $999, and it should start hitting hobby shops early next month. Hit up This Link for more information.
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Losi Desert Buggy XL Gallery
JConcepts has announced a new Silencer series body for the TLR/Losi 8IGHT-E 3.0 electric buggy. This is a cab forward body designed for high speed tracks. Some of its features include-
* Cockpit shark fin for better stability
* Dual channeling rear escape
* Clipped side-pods with extended runners
* Made from clear polycarbonate
* Comes with protective film, window mask and decal sheet
The part number for the Silencer is #0245 and it is priced at $31. Hit up This Link for more information.
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Want to turn that beast of a Losi SCTE 2.0 you have into a lightweight 8th scale buggy? The crew over at MIP now make a conversion kit that makes it a snap. The kit contains new towers, new wheel hexes, wing mounts, and body mounts, as well as handling upgrades like springs and shock pistons.
The part number for the MIP conversion kit is #13300 and they should start shipping before the end of the month.
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The Losi Ten SCTE not only rips around the track, it’s also a fantastic bash machine. One of the few weak points on the SCTE is its shock towers. Jeremy and Brian over at VectorWorks have new towers for the SCTE that should be a lot tougher than the stockers. The VectorWorks shock towers are made out of 4mm thick press cured carbon fiber, making them some of the toughest that you will find.
The part number for the rear tower is #VW002 and #VW001 for the front. Street price for each tower is $27 and you can get more information at This Link.
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VectorWorks Front SCTE Tower
TLR, also known as Team Losi Racing, has announced a Tuning Kit for the popular 5IVE-T 5th scale gas truck. The TLR tuning kit offers some popular upgrades for the 5IVE-T all in one package to save you some cash. Among the parts included in the kit are new shock bodies, shock springs, sway bars, and tie-rods.
The part number for the TLR 5IVE-T Tuning Kit is #TLR351000, it has a street price of $549, and they should start hitting hobby shops in early November.
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Our friends at Horizon Hobby are making a strong showing at the 2013 iHobby Expo.
Most interesting for the basher crowd is the introduction of the Vaterra Halix monster truck. The Halix comes with full time 4wd, a powerful brushless system, and a 2.4GHz radio system. The chassis of the Halix is thick, well braced, and looks ready for a heavy duty beating. The same can be said of other key components like the shock towers and a-arms.
We are big fans of the Losi Ten series vehicles here at BigSquid. They take a good thrashing and rarely break. Losi introduced their latest vehicle based on the Ten platform, the Ten Rally X. Like the SCTE and other Ten series vehicles, it comes with sturdy metal chassis, 3 gear diffs, and is RTR. A sleek looking rally body, brushless power, and Spektrum 2.4GHz radio are some of its features.
Arguably the biggest news of the entire show is the new AVC Active Vehicle Control system included on the new 4 channel Spektrum SRS4200 receiver. The AVC stabilization system is used to make rc cars and trucks easier to drive. Sensors are used to adjust both the steering and throttle. When we got a chance to witness the system working in person, you could easily see how it works much like a gyro on the steering. If the rear end of the truck would kick out to the side, the steering would automatically correct itself without the need of input from the driver. The AVC system also appeared to work quite well on the throttle side of things. When the rear of the truck would step out to the side, the AVC system would kick in and reduce power to the wheels. Overall, if you’ve driven a high powered rc vehicle lately, you know how hard they can be to drive, the AVC system can go a long ways towards helping you control your beast. Also of note, all you need to put the AVC system into your personal vehicle is the SRS4200 receiver and a Spektrum transmitter.
The AVC system comes standard on both the Vaterra Halix and Losi Ten Rally X.
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Horizon iHobby 2013 Gallery 1
Horizon iHobby 2013 Gallery 2
Horizon iHobby 2013 Gallery 3
Here is the first look at the new Losi TEN Rally-X 1/10th scale 4WRD RTR! We will post a TON of pictures soon, wanted to get the breaking news up this evening.
Comes with the new AVC Active Vehicle Control (More on this later)
Spektrum 2.4ghz radio. Waterproof Dynamite 130A Brushless ESC.
Dynamite Fuze 540 – 3900kv Brushless Motor.
Completely waterproof electronics.
Based on the TEN platform.
Initial impression, looks pretty cool, Adam ‘The Intern’ was drooling when we were checking it out.
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It has been a long time since Losi/TLR has announce a new 10th scale 4wd buggy, but the wait is over, the 22-4 is on the way. Along with 10th scale 2wd buggy, 4wd buggy has also been enjoying a bit of a renaissance, with the new 22-4 Team Losi Racing should be right at the front of the pack this winter. Some of its key features include-
* Hard anodized, 2.5mm thick 7075 aluminum chassis
* Sealed 3-belt drivetrain
* Forward motor mount
* Generation II hard-anodized, big bore 12mm oil shocks
* HDS Slipper Clutch
* Ball Differentials w/ Tungsten Carbide Balls
* Universal driveshafts
* Comes with two sets of wheels
* Mid-cab body and wing
* Front One-way clicker or full-time 4WD
* Aluminum Camber Blocks Front & Rear
* Full ball bearings
* Titanium Carbon Nitride hinge pins
* Aluminum Rear Toe Plates and Aluminum Spindle Carriers
The part number for the new 22-4 is #TLR03005 and it has a street price of $469. Hit up This Link for more information on the Horizon Hobby website.
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TLR 22-4 Gallery
Ever go flipping across the parking lot only to find your shock caps look like you took a grinder to them? Ever flip upside down on a muddy track packing your shock caps full of dirt that later hardens to a concrete like substance? Yes, us too.
The crew over at T-Bone Racing have some new Front Shock Guards for the Losi Mini 8ight to solve those issues. The shock guards are made out of tough Delrin plastic and mount directly to the shock caps, not to the shock tower. The part number is #37157 and they have a street price of just $5. Hit up This Link for more information.
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TBR Shock Guard Gallery
The latest hop-up part from the guys over at King Headz is an aluminum Upper Steering Plate for the Losi SCTE short course truck. The plate is CNC machined out of 7075 aircraft grade aluminum and comes with black anodizing for a sharp look. Made out of aluminum, the King Headz top plate is stiffer than stock, and it is designed to eliminate the top plate screws from being ripped out during a big impact.
The part number for the King Headz SCTE top plate is #SCTE-010, it has a street price of $29, and it is available right now. Hit This Link for more information.
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In the never ending battle to go even faster, MIP has announced a new center driveshaft system for the TLR SCTE 2.0 and MIP Pro4mance Pack equipped SCTEs. The MIP Pucks Drive System comes with lighter 7075-T6 aluminum bones that reduce weight in half compared to the stock parts. More importantly, it also includes MIP Pucks that remove backlash helping to make your truck whisper quiet.
The part number is #13120, street price is around $55, and these should hit the shelves at your local hobby shop in early September. Simply click THIS LINK for more information.
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For all you Losi Micro fans looking to uber-out your car, ExoTek has a new Version 2 of their TEK-SCT conversion kit. The V2 has numerous changes that include-
* Anodized alloy battery cups.
* Anodized alloy steering guide.
* Anodized alloy receiver mounting plate for stock electronics
The part number for the ExoTek V2 TEK-SCT kit is #1362 and it has a street price of $75.
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ExoTek TEK-SCT V2 Gallery