The latest warrior to enter the battle for 8th scale buggy supremacy is the Mugen MBX7R ECO. The ECO is based on the MBX7R but offers refinements to improve its handling and durability. Big 16mm shocks improve stability, while a new chassis increases strength. New wing mounts, drive shafts, and front hub carriers are among other changes.
The 7R ECO starts shipping next month and you can get complete details over on the official Mugen Seiki Website.
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Mugen MBX7R ECO Gallery
Rally cars have always been a great way of having fun on-road while still having enough suspension to do some lightweight off-road bashing. The latest rally car to hit the market comes from Team C. They have announced a new 8th Scale Brushless Rally Car for your bashing enjoyment. Some of its features include-
* 2.4 GHz radio gear
* 2300kV brushless motor
* 120 amp ESC
* 17mm wheel hexes
* Big bore 16mm shocks
The part number is #GR8LE-RA and you can get more details over on the official Team C Website.
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Team C 1/8 Rally Car Gallery
Hot Bodies has just announced their first ever 1/8th Scale 4WD Nitro On-Road Car called the R8. Built for serious speed and agility, the R8 should be able to carve up your local track or empty parking lot.
The R8 comes in kit form with a 5mm thick 7075 aluminum chassis. A 2 speed tranny is used to put maximum power to the ground, while quick change hubs make for speedy pit stops. The R8 has a part number of #110754 and you can get more details at This Link over on the HPI/HB website.
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Hot Bodies R8 Gallery
THE Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT Review
The Dallas Cowboys are “America’s Football Team”, just like Tower Hobbies could be considered “America’s Hobby Shop”. While Tower is certainly known more for being a mail order Goliath than being a truck manufacturer, they do have a new 4wd Short Course Truck on the market called the Cutback. How does it handle? Is it fast? Can you slam it around without breaking it? Hit that “Read More” button to find out…
With the consumer world screaming for more scale realism, Dromida has answered the call with their new DT4.18 Desert Truck. To add to its scale realism the DT4.18 comes with a light bar, realistic wheels & tires, and it even comes with a spare. There is nothing to build with the DT4.18 as it comes completely assembled and ready to bash. A 2.4GHz radio system and brushed power system are used under the hood.
The Dromida Desert Truck comes with an affordable $119 street price, has a part number of #DIDC0046, and they should start shipping early next month.
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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
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…
Losi has announced that you can now get the convenience of their race winning 8IGHT-E buggy in a Read To Run. The 8IGHT-E has always been a strong performer on the track, as well as being a fast and durable basher. The RTR version comes with Horizon’s AVC stability control, as well as a powerful Dynamite brushless system.
* 130 amp ESC
* 1800kV brushless motor
* 16mm shocks and tapered springs
* Sealed Viscous Diffs
* Spektrum DX2E V3 2.4GHz transmitter
The part number is #LOS04003, they have a street price of $659, and you can get complete details At This Link on Losi’s website.
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Losi 8IGHT-E RTR Gallery
With the weather getting colder many hobbyists head indoors. Some race off-road tenth scale buggies, while others chose tiny on-road cars like Kyosho Mini-Zs.
For all you Mini-Z fanatics, Kyosho has announced a pair of new cars headed to a hobby shop near you. One has a snazzy Mazda Savanna RX-7 body while the other comes with a Nissan Silvia S15 shell. Both use a MA-020 based chassis that comes with AWD and VCS front suspension. Some of the highlights of the new cars include-
* Full bearing set
* Most Mini-Z AWD option parts bolt right on
* KT-19 transmitter
* Comes with 20 cones to mark your own track
* Very detailed bodies
* Receiver/ESC unit has adjustments for LED lighting and gyro
* 1/27.6 scale
* Wheelbase: 1.9″
* Width: 2.8″
The part number for the Mazda is #32125CR-B, the Nissan is #32124CW-B, and both are expected to ship sometime in December. Hit up This Link to check out the official Kyosho America website.
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There is nothing like driving with the total control and buttery smoothness of an elite touring car. They seem to go exactly where you want them to, and they do it fast! The latest high-end touring car to hit the market is from XRay with their 2015 Edition T4.
There have been a number of major changes on the T4 to keep it at the front of the pack. The biggest change is an all new chassis that is 3mm more narrow than the previous unit. Also at the top of the “new stuff” list is ARS rear suspension and new motor mount that is mounted to the left hand side of the chassis. If you are looking for an elite touring car to either race, drift, or to look good while blasting around the cul-de-sac, hit up This Link for complete details on the XRay T4 ’15.
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XRay T4 '15 Gallery
The Associated Apex GReddy Scion has been out for a while now, but yesterday Associated announced that it will also be available in a Drift Version. This is part of their Apex Series, an affordable line of RTR vehicles.
The Drift GReddy Scion comes with all the same features of the older car but includes hard drift tires so you can get your sideways action on.
* Scion Racing FR-2 Rocket Bunny body
* Detailed brake components
* Reedy 3300kV brushless motor
* XP 2.4GHz radio system w/ metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH battery and wall charger
* All metal gear transmission
The part number is #30113D, they are street priced at $289, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. THIS is the link you want for more details over on the Associated website.
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