Team Orion has announced a new 550 sized VST2 4 Turn Brushless Motor for short course trucks. This 2 pole motor is rated at 5100kV and is stated to put out 950 watts of power. Efficiency is stated to be 92% and it comes with a 5mm output shaft. Dual sensor ports make for an easier install, while vents in the can help it to stay cool. Its part number is #ORI28296 and you can get complete details by Clicking Over to the official Team Orion website.
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Ever spend hours grinding all the ribs/knobbies off a set of tires with a Dremel tool? At certain tracks that is the “hot set-up” for maximum traction. The crew over at JConcepts has now taken all the mess and wasted time out of the equation by announcing their new Smoothie tires. Smoothies are designed to fit 1/10th scale buggies running 2.4″ wheels and come in tacky Gold compound. The part number for the rears is #3109-05, the fronts are #3110-05, and they are both priced at $21 per pair. Hit up This Link for more details.
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Back in the day, I spent many hours throwing down laps with a Yokomo Super Dog Fighter. It sure could bust out some fast laps in those glory years for Yokomo here in America. While Yokomo might not be the powerhouse it once was, they are still big in Asia and you can still get their products here in the states.
Yokomo recently announced their latest 1/10th 2wd buggy, the B-MAX2 MR Version 3. It comes with a tough aluminum chassis and can do both mid-motor and rear motor configurations. Other highlights from the V3 include a new rear suspension mount, new bottom shock caps, and a new cab-forward style body. It has a part number of #B-MAX2MR3 and you can hit up This Link for more details.
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Yokomo B-Max2 MR V3 Gallery
The touring car world continues to push the envelope on trick designs. The latest comes from ARC with their R10 ATS 1/10 touring car. The ATS stands for active toe system. This is a type of rear suspension that changes toe as the suspension compresses, leading to more on-power steering when coming out of a corner.
The ATS system isn’t the only cool thing on the new car, it comes loaded with carbon fiber, trick front CVDs, and pretty much every other feature you are looking for in a high-end touring car. It has a part number of #R100009 and you can find full details at This Link over on ARC’s website.
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While 10th scale pan cars don’t make good outdoor bashers, they sure can be fun indoors on carpet. What is the latest pan car to hit the market? The Lightning10 from VBC Racing.
The tenth scale Lightning10 is perfect for the popular World GT class held here in the states. The Lightning10 was designed with versatility in mind. For example, it comes with two different servo mounts, one for regular size and one for a smaller 12th scale style servo. Its chassis also makes it easy to change weight bias when using a shorty style LiPo battery. Some of its other features include-
* 2.5mm carbon fiber chassis
* Adjustable bumper to fit a wide variety of bodies
* Adjustable wheelbase
* 7075 aluminum bulkhead, caster blocks, steering knuckles, motor mount, rear axle mount & chassis brace mount
* Slop free composite materials
Street price is $299 and they should start shipping in early November. Complete details can be found over on the official VBC Racing website.
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VBC Lightning10 Gallery
Speaking of a 10 Year Anniversary, the IIC is having theirs out in Vegas this weekend. As with most “big races”, lots of new gear gets shown off. Of particular interest to touring car drivers is a new PROTOform body being raced by Juho Levanen. No details have been released, but if it’s PROTOform its likely to be setting the pace up front. We’ll post complete information when it becomes available, until then you can check out more PROTOform products over on their Official Website.
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HPI Racing has a new 2014 edition of their popular E-Firestorm Flux. This 2wd tenth scale stadium truck has been a favorite of bashers for years, now it is better than ever. Some of its upgrades include-
* New Flux EMH-3S speed controller
* New Flux MMH-4000kV brushless motor
* Comes with a “speed pack” that includes smaller 77 tooth pinion and huge 35 tooth pinion
* Longer battery strap for 3S LiPo packs
* Comes with a wheelie bar
* Now comes with the slipper clutch from the Blitz
* Speeds up to 124km/h or 77 mph
The 2014 edition has a part number of #112878, expect a street price of right around $300, and you can get full details at This Link over on HPI’s website.
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Under The Hood - HPI E-Firestorm Flux
THE Pro-Line PRO-MT Monster Truck Review
Low slung buggies and stadium/SCT trucks are great for busting out fast laps, but for real bashing monster trucks still rule. With bigger tires and more ground clearance, monster trucks can blast over the roughest of terrain, land from the highest jumps, and smash into hard objects better than their smaller counterparts.
Recently Pro-Line decided to throw their hat into the 10th scale 2wd monster truck ring. Their new PRO-MT is made up from a slew of high-end hop-up parts, do they jell to form the ultimate basher, or fall short into an overpriced shelf queen? You know the drill, hit the “Read More” button to find out…
The latest car from Team Associated is a Scion Racing tC RTR that is part of their Apex series. The AE Scion tC comes with brushless power and a body modeled after Fredric Aasbo’s Hankook Racing Scion tC. Some of its other features include-
* 1/10th scale 4wd
* High grip tires on 5 spoke wheels
* 3300kV Reedy brushless motor
* Water resistant electronics
* Comes with Reedy NiMH battery and wall charger
* Sealed diffs with metal gears
The part number on the Scion is #30114 and you can Click Here for full details.
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Associated Scion tC Gallery
VRX Racing is an affordable line-up of cars and trucks that our next door neighbor at iHobby, IMEX RC, had just picked up. The guys at IMEX set us up with a review car so we could give it a good thrashing and see how it held up. We haven’t started testing on the VRX XR4 Rally Car yet, but we did take a bunch of pictures when we unboxed it. Take a look at the two galleries below to see what it looks like to crack open the box on the XR4 and expect our full review in about 3 weeks.
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VRX Rally Unboxing Gallery 1
VRX Rally Unboxing Gallery 2
The BigSquidRC Bash Crew just got done with our first big unveil of iHobby 2014, the Pro-Line Pro-MT 2wd monster truck. We had a nice crowd gathered around our booth who could not wait to see it before anyone else on the planet.
What is the scoop on the Pro-MT? Based off the impressive Pro-Line PRO-2 chassis, this 1/10th scale 2wd has multiple upgrades to help transform it into the ultimate bashing machine.
* The chassis is all new. Made from 3mm aluminum it features raised side guards to keep mud/dirt out of your electronics and to give the truck a cool look.
* The Pro-MT features all metal transmission gears and beefier tranny case to handle loads of power.
* Also to handle crazy amount of brushless power, the Pro-MT comes with all new Pro-Spline HD Axles featuring hardened steel construction as well as oversized bearings.
* Blue anodized aluminum front caster blocks come standard, as do Pro-Line F-11 wheels and Trencher tires.
* A new body named the “Sentinel” was made just for the Pro-MT. It is extra thick and has beveled edges for less scratching when upside down.
* New heavy duty front and rear bumpers come standard, as does ProTrac suspension.
The Pro-MT has a part number of #4003-00 and will be street priced at $389. It comes as a modular kit and you can hit up the
You can check out the Official PRO-MT Page HERE with all the details. You can also hit the Official Order Page to get yours on pre-order to ensure you are the first person on your block to have one.
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Pro-Line Pro-MT Gallery 1
Pro-Line Pro-MT Gallery 2
Tower Hobbies has a new RTR short course truck called the Cutback. The Cutback is aimed right at the bashing market with waterproof electronics, an affordable price point, and durable construction. Some of the highlights of the Cutback include-
* 1/10 scale 4-wheel drive
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* Waterproof electronics
* High torque digital metal gear servo
* 80 amp brushless ESC
* 4 pole 3600kV brushless motor
* 2.4GHz radio system w/ fail-safe
* Big-bore shocks with threaded bodies
* Uses 3 sealed diffs
* Comes equipped with bearings
* Uses 12mm wheel hexes
* Pre-painted and trimmed body
* Height- 7.7″
* Width- 11.2″
* Length- 20.9″
The part number is #TOWC0500, it has a street price of just $299, and they should start shipping mid October. For more details or to place an order hit up This Link over on the official Tower Hobbies website.
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THE Kyosho Mad Bug ReadySet Review
You might know Kyosho for their world championship winning buggies or perhaps from one of their classics back in the day. Today Kyosho still has high end race machines, but they also offer a plethora of bash mobiles. We’ve been bashing on their Mad Bug ReadySet for a few weeks now to find out what kind of bash machine it is. Does it have good power? Can you slam it hard without breakage? Is the Mad Bug a solid bash machine? Click the “Read More” to find out…