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TLR Losi 22 2.0 Buggy
For all you fans of 2wd buggy racing, TLR/Losi has just updated the 22 with a version 2.0. While based on the same general platform, the version 2.0 comes with a slew of updates-

* New steering rack
* New HDS slipper
* Updated diff
* TiCn coated shock shafts and hinge pins
* Aluminum front pivot
* Threaded outer hinge pins and king pins
* New front end geometry
* Aluminum rear camber block
* Velcro replaced with hard battery holder
* Generation II shocks with improved internals

The 22 2.0 has a part number of #TLR03002, it has a street price of $349, and they should hit hobby shops in late September. For more information on the TLR 22 2.0 simply click THIS LINK.

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HPI Hot Bodies HB D413 BuggyThe crew over at HPI Racing/Hot Bodies has put up teaser pic of their upcoming D413 4wd 10th scale buggy. The picture showcases HPI/HB hotshoe Ty Tessmann getting in some practice time with the new D413 in preparation of the ROAR nationals coming up in August. Little is known about the D413, but it’s good to see that Hot Bodies has a new race machine on the way.

To get more information on everything Hot Bodies simply click THIS LINK. To catch up on HPI news hit THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Intech Racing USA ER-12 Buggy
VP-Pro has been teasing a new 2wd buggy for several weeks, now they’ve released pictures of the Intech ER-12 that they’ll be distributing.

2wd 10th scale buggies have taken off the last couple of years and the Intech ER-12 should make a good option for indoor racers or for bashers looking for something a little different. Not much information has been released on the ER-12 thus far, to keep an eye out for more news THIS is the link to the official VP-Pro website.

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SWORKz S104 EK1 Buggy
SWORKz has been teasing their S104 EK1 for months, now they’ve finally released full specifications and pictures. The S104 is SWORKz first 10th scale off-road buggy and it is a bit different than the typical machine. Some of the key features include-

* Narrow chassis design
* Can use saddle or shorty packs
* Pivot ball front suspension
* Large wheel hexes
* Aggressive body
* Shock shaft guards
* Oil diffs
* X-System tranny
* Carbon fiber towers

A-Main Hobbies has picked up the SWORKz line here in the states, so it should be easier for us Yanks to get our hands on the new S104 when it hits the market. For more information on everything SWORKz THIS is the link to their official website.

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MCD RR5 Buggy
In Europe MCD Racing has been a big name for years now. Maybe the new 5th scale RR5 Buggy will help make MCD more popular here in the states.

The MCD RR5 doesn’t rely on many parts from older models, it looks to be largely a “new” design. The RR5 looks modern with lots of cool features and should be a blast at your local bash spot. Some of its highlights include-

* Utilizes 4 servos
* 7075 aluminum towers and chassis
* Easily removable diffs
* Easily removable electronics tray
* Rubber pipe straps
* Super cooling air vent system for engine
* Shake absorbing separators in fuel tank

To get more information on the MCD RR5 simply click THIS LINK.

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LAZER ZX-5 FS Race Spec 50th Anniversary
Tight on space? Kyosho Mini-Z’s can be a good way of having big fun in small areas.

The latest Mini-Z is a commemorative 50th Anniversary special edition Lazer ZX-5 buggy. It’s based off the popular 4wd Mini-Z buggy platform and comes BND needing a transmitter to get up and going. The Mini-Z Lazer ZX-5 also comes with a “Tiki Tiki” chase mode that you can enable. Chase mode limits full power to only 70% with the exception of a set amount of “boost” periods that take power up to 100%, thus making it more exciting to race.

Part number is #32282BCRS and you can get full information at THIS LINK over on the official Kyosho website. For even more Kyosho news, check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Team Associated RC10 Classis 6001
There is huge news out of the Team Associated camp- they have just announced that they are doing a re-release of the original RC10 buggy. The original RC10 was a legendary buggy that got countless people into the hobby and revolutionized the sport of rc racing.

The new limited edition RC10 Classic sports the part number of #6001, it has a street price of right around $249, and it has a rumored release date of August so get your pre-order in now. For more information on everything Associated HERE is the link to their official website.

What other new products has Associated introduced recently? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.


Great lipo reviews!
Hi Big Squid,
I rarely write in to websites, but your lipo reviews have been very good: i.e. the recent ProTek: LiPo Testing a 30a draw is very realistic for 2s packs, and the extra 60a graph is nice (that must have put out some heat!). Lots of packs seem to have dips in voltage after 25-30a… so that 60a test pretty much proves it will work well at a race-pace. It must have been an investment to buy gear that can test at that draw, and I appreciate it.

Two thumbs up from this Canadian, eh? :)
Mike K

Cubby- Hey ya Mike, what’s up hoser? I haven’t made it to your fine country lately, I need to get back up there and enjoy some donuts and high test Molson, eh.

Thanks for the props on the ProTek 100C 2S 5600 review, we certainly put some serious time into that one. A bunch of time on the bench, and even more in the field. We’ve got another review coming up in a couple of weeks on a ProTek 100C 2S 7000. I think you’ll find it quite interesting to see the performance differences between the ProTek 5600 and 7000 pack.

Ya, for sure, the information gained from the West Mountain CBA discharger is important. Steady state continuous loads really do work a pack hard and make it easy to see differences, but… I am still a big believer that the ultimate test is the continuously variable loads produced in a car. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is how fast a pack scoots your rig around the track/bash spot and we should probably put more emphasis on that in our battery reviews.

Just fyi- the ProTek was one of “those” packs that put a big smile on our faces when we first pulled the trigger. We drive 6-7 days a week with dozens of different packs, we know pretty quickly when a pack has it and when it doesn’t, the ProTek was one of those packs that noticeably had more yank on tap than an average Lipo.

Hi guys,
So i am an RC guy but i ride a bike for living. I have been an rc guy since i can remember, hell i burned my house down with a lipo. Well, i’m back in my house now and i have a track in the back yard. My question to you is. Is there anyone that makes a 2 wheel drive short course 8 scale truck?

I’m a 2 wheel guy and was thinking that i could make 4×4 8 scale into a 2 wheel drive but would it be any good?
I ask because the current 10 scale stuff is not up for the beat down and wear out parts and over heat. My track is designed for drift and backing it into the corners. I have blitz ESE that has very few parts stock built to be tough.

The problem with 10 scales is drive lines, diffs, bearings and the lack of full compatibility with a 550 can motor spur and pin gears. Bottom line is i want some beef and drive more, work on it less. Thanks and hope i’m not busting balls but you seem to be on top of stuff.

Mark Weir

Cubby- Yo Mark what’s up? Still crush’n’em with your Cannondale? So… in your spare time you burn down houses with Lipo’s and pound rc cars into piles of rubble. You sound core basher to me, hell ya.

On to your questions…

Can you turn a 4wd 8th scale buggy/truggy into a 2wd? Sure ya can, locking the center diff and dumping all the front drive-shafts is super easy and might just be the cats meow for your driving style. But… I’ve never personally done it so I can’t say first hand it sucks, converting a 4wd 8th scaler to 2wd is not normally done for good reason. Why is that? Because there is a better way to get what you are looking for.

You are looking for something you can pound the hell out of and put stupid power in, yet can haul ass around a track. That screams 8th scale buggy/truggy platform. However… on your track a normal electric 8th scale or 4wd SCT has too much front brake causing the front end to dig in and push in corners. You want more rear braking to slide the rear end around and to initiate drifts.

So here is my super-sano-satisfaction-guaranteed answer for you- buy a nitro 8th scale and convert it to electric. Not to 2wd, but just to electric. Be sure to use a servo to control the brakes and a clutchbell set-up on the brushless motor. On nitro 8th scalers they use two brake discs, one in front of the center diff and one behind it, this allows the driver to adjust the brake bias front to rear. With a properly adjusted brake bias you can pivot your rig on a fleas butt going into corners and still have all the upsides of 4wd- the ability to power hard out of corners, greater control in the air, and easier to drift without spinning out.

Have fun, go fast, and shoot us a pic of what you put together.

That’s it for this week ya freaks, send me your questions to Cubby at If your email makes the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack and if I proclaim yours as letter of the month we’ll ship you out a BSRC t-shirt. YOUR Cub Reporter

Hobby Pro USA 10th scale buggy
The crew over at Hobby Pro USA have just sent out teaser pictures of their new 2wd 10th scale competition buggy. Hobby Pro has been known more for their 8th scale gear, but now they are branching out to the very popular 10th scale buggy class with a car that is said to be made from the finest materials and designed to race at the highest levels.

Hobby Pro USA 2wd 10th scale buggyDetailed pictures, release date and pricing information is in the works. Until those are announced why not take a look at the official Hobby Pro USA for the scoop on all of their other products.

Looking for more Hobby Pro USA news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

AKA Handlebar STD Buggy Tires
The latest addition to AKA’s tires line-up is the Handlebar STD for 10th scale buggy. The new STD version of the Handlebar has taller treads to give more traction and longer tire life. They are available in three different compounds- Clay, Super Soft, and Soft compound. The new Handlbar STD’s are also available pre-mounted on either white or yellow HEXlite wheels with AKA red inserts, and are made right here in America. Hit up the AKA Website for more information.

We have more AKA news right HERE on BigSquidRC.

Team Associated RC8.2 RS RTR Nitro Buggy
It’s spring, time to bust those nitro burners back out again and Associated has announced their new RC8.2 Race-Spec RTR buggy. It’s an 8th scale off-roader that should not only be great at the track, but also great fun at your local bash area.

There are a host of upgrades to the new 8.2 version, and it comes with all the features you are looking for in an 8th scale RTR buggy. The newest Associated comes standard with a 2.4 GHz radio system, a .21 pull start engine, big bore shocks, 3mm towers, and a tuned pipe. The part number is #80909, street price is $499, and they should be available next month.

To view more Associated news check out THIS LINK.

Pro-Line Clear 10th Scale Buggy Wing
Pro-Line Racing has just announced a new wing for 10th scale buggies and it’s cool in multiple ways. First off is performance, the new Stabilizer 7″ Wing yields more rear traction and high speed stability for your buggy. The Stabilizer is also molded out of super thick Lexan, making it one of the most durable wings on the market. It also comes in pairs. If you’ve driven a tenth scale buggy very much you know that bodies can last a long time, but the wings are constantly getting torn up, so it’s cool to get the wings in packs of two.

The part number for the new Stabilizer 7″ is #6248-00 and you can expect a street price of right around $16. HERE is the link for the Stabilizer Wing on the official Pro-Line Racing website.

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JConcepts Pressure Point Tires 10th Scale Buggy
JConcepts has a new set of rear tires for damp indoor tracks and blue groove conditions called Pressure Points. The Pressure Points are a small pin tire designed to give your 10th scale buggy the extra grip you need when going for the win. Some of the other features of the Pressure Points include-

* Available in Soft (Blue), Super Soft (Green) and Indoor Soft (Gold)
* Low-height tread, specifically designed to tame high-speed courses
* Inner carcass and side-wall ribbing, limits carcass collapse and increases support
* Includes And-1 inserts

Retail price is $17 and you can get more information on the official JConcepts Website.

Looking for more JConcepts news? Hit up THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.