Horizon is bringing back the 1/14 scale line of Carisma cars. As of right now they are distributing the four pictured above, clockwise from top-left: BMW M3 GT2, Mercedes Benz SLR GT, VW Golf GTI, and the Nissan Skyline GT-R R35. There’s a possibility of more coming soon, including the off-road buggy. All of these are fully RTR with 2.4 GHz radio and there are also different chassis types.
Check out the Horizon Hobby web site for more info.
Pro-Line is the latest company to offer up an officially licensed Ford SVT Raptor body. This one will fit on the SC10 or Slash and will feature all the logos and emblems of the full scale truck, along with a specially designed number plate/wing combination piece that screws on to the body. The release date is as yet undetermined, but it should be “soon.” When you do find it on your local hobby shop’s shelves expect an MSRP of $41.95.
Check out the Pro-Line web site some time at a later date for more info.
Have you ever been completely disappointed by your Slash’s stock steering system? Pro-Line has a solution in their new Steering Kit for the Traxxas Slash. It’s a strong bellcrank system that rides on a full set of ball bearings and features a built in servo saver. The price and release date are still undetermined at this point but it should be within the next few months. Keep an eye on Pro-Line‘s site for more official information.
Here’s something that’s been a long time coming. Pro-Line‘s showing off the new Street Fighter SC tires for short course trucks at IHobby. These are a directional street tread for all the bashers and parking lot racers out there. This tire is going to be available in the M2 compound for now, so it should have a good, long life for all that on-road driving we do in these off-road trucks. The Street Fighter will be available “soon” with a retail price of $24.95.
Check out the Pro-Line web site for more info.
If you’re making it out to the IHobby Show this year make sure to stop by and get your picture taken with our fabulous booth babes. They’ll be here all weekend.
Brian "Big Pimpin'" Smolik hangin with the booth babes.
Speed Passion’s other RTR is a old skool, 2wd stadium truck. Like their other RTR, the RS2 comes with a brushless system and 2.4 GHz Carrera 2 radio in the box. It also features some heavy duty telescoping drive shafts, full ball bearings, and a fully adjustable wheelie bar out back. Again they’re targetting a Christmas-time launch and a target price of about $200. Check out the Speed Passion site for more info.
Brandon Wilcox stopped by the booth today to show off the production version of MaxAmps new, massive 6500mAh, 4S, 150C brick LiPo battery. Beyond just the high specs he also mentioned that they’re going to a higher quality vinyl wrap for the packs that should last longer and not fade.
Be sure to check out the MaxAmps web site for all the info about these things.
Speed Passion is introducing a couple new RTRs here at IHobby. This one, the RS1 Touring Car, is a 1/10 scale 4wd sport compact that comes out of the box with a brushless system and the 2.4 GHz Carrera 2 phaser radio. It’s got some nice features, like metal diffs, oil filled shocks, and full ball bearings.
They are expecting to have these out to market before Christmas at a price of about $190 – $200. Check out the Speed Passion site for a little more info.
This is probably the coolest new tech from the IHobby show this year. Speed Passion is preparing a new brushless ESC called the Revetton. The awesome thing about it is that it is programmable wirelessly from any Bluetooth capable smart phone. All the major phones will have software available including the iPhone (and other iOS devices), Android phones, and Windows Mobile phones. Unfortunately the ESC itself is still in the prototyping stage, but the software is pretty much ready. The reps from Speed Passion say they are targeting a pre-Christmas launch, but that may not hold true.
Futaba was showing off their new 4PL radio system at IHobby. It’s a 4-channel, 2.4 GHz radio aimed at the budget market. Like the other radios in the PL line it is based on Futaba’s FHSS technology, so it is not compatible with the higher-end FASST based PK line. It does feature a very deep menu system, displayed on a large, easily read LCD screen. The PL has all kinds of great features built in that will make it ideal for all kinds of r/c cars and trucks.
List price for the 4PL is about $320, though street price should be much cheaper. It’ll start hitting shelves late next month or early December. Keep checking out the Futaba web site for more info.
ACER Racing just announced a new bearing kit for the Traxxas Slayer 4×4 Short Course truck. If you are looking to squeeze every last ounce of speed out of your truck, and you have a lump of cash burning a hole in your pocket, this will probably be your next step.
Head over to the ACER Racing Website for all their kit info.
Here’s a quick shot we got on the sly of what appears to be a Ken Block inspired Traxxas 1/16 Rally VXL. There was nothing official being talked about this car, but the grapevine tells us that this is going to be an officially licensed product with all the details of pro full scale Rally driver Ken Block’s ride. We couldn’t finagle any other info out of our sources, but this is going to be a real product and it will be officially debuting at the SEMA show in a couple weeks time. What other secrets lie in IHobby? Hopefully we’ll see more tomorrow.