While the last couple of years might have been considered “quiet” for HPI Racing, there are industry insiders now saying that HPI is ready to go big in 2015. Perhaps a sign of that was their activity at SEMA this year. They introduced a trick new RTR ’15 Mustang Spec 5 Concept Car, and generally put on quite a show with hotshot drift guru Vaughn Gittin Jr.. Check out the video below to see MASSIVE amounts of tire smoking action, not only from the full size Mustang, but also from the HPI version.
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First Shown back in February, the HPI Racing Q32 Baja Buggy is getting close to shipping. The Q32 is a 1/32 scale off-road buggy that is the perfect size for having lots of fun in small spaces. High grip foam tires keep it hooked up, while a 2.4GHz radio system eliminates frequency conflicts. It also features proportional steering and comes with a battery and charger.
The part number is #114060, they are street priced at $59, and they should hit hobby shop shelves before Christmas. Click Right Here to visit the Q32 page over on HPI’s website.
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HPI Q32 Buggy Gallery
The SEMA show is going hard this week out in Las Vegas. One of the coolest rc cars being shown is the HPI Racing Vaughn Gittin Jr. Spec 5 Concept Mustang RTR. The Spec 5 will be Gittin’s drift ride for next year and it looks like you’ll be able to own your own rc version thanks to HPI. We’ll post more information as we receive it, until then hit up This Link to visit the official HPI Racing website.
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HPI Spec 5 Mustang
You remember HPI’s Bullet MT don’t you? Now it has been updated with waterproofing to make it even more basher friendly. With the latest edition of the Bullet MT you no longer have to avoid big mud holes, now you can jump right in. The Bullet also features a 4wd drivetrain, a brushless Flux power system, 2.4GHz radio gear, and 8 shocks to soak up big landings.
The new Bullet Flux comes with a street price of $345 and has a part number of #107010. These are available right now and you can hit up This Link for full details over on the official HPI website.
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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
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
HPI Racing has a new body to give that monster truck of yours a cool vintage look. The GTXL-1 Vintage Body projects a 70′s/80′s pickup truck image that is sure to make your truck stand out in a crowd down at your local bashing spot. It is made to be a perfect fit on the Savage XL Octane and Savage XL 5.9, but knowing you guys, it will end up on all sorts of different trucks (and probably even a few touring cars, LOL).
* Molded from 0.040″ clear polycarbonate
* Comes with overspray film and pre-cut vinyl window masks
* Photo-realistic die-cut decals
* Dimple marks for Savage XL body posts
The part number for the body is #110238, get full details over on the official HPI Racing website.
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HPI GTXL-1 Body Gallery
Coming soon from HPI Racing is a Micro RS4 Drift featuring Discount Tire livery. This version will come as a RTR and features hard tires and locked diffs, making it easy to drift your way around your local bash spot. Yoshihara Designs Champion wheels and a highly detailed body make it look just like its full scale equivalent, while a 180 sized motor and 4wd put the power to the ground.
The part number is #112856 and you can Click Right Here to get more information over on the official HPI website.
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HPI Discount Tire Micro RS4 Gallery
The more you get into the hobby, the more “stuff” you accumulate. If you are like most long term hobbyists, it can become a real chore just keeping track of all your parts. HPI Racing has announced Reusable Parts Bags to help remedy that situation. The HPI part bags come in various sizes and are clear in the front to make it easy to see inside. Made from a durable plastic and come with a tough zipper-style closure, they should last for years in your pit box. Click Here to get more details over on the official HPI website.
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First teased back in February, the wait is nearly over for the nitro powered HPI 1/8 Ken Block WR8 3.0. The latest HPI to sport Ken Block livery comes with a Nitro Star G3.0 nitro engine (with pull start) and 4wd to put all that power to the ground. The chassis, based off the Bullet MT, is tough and ready for some serious bashing action.
The WR8 3.0 should start shipping soon with a part number of #HPID2868 and a street price of $549. Be the first on your “Block” to own one by pre-ordering it at This Link on the Tower Hobbies’ website.
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HPI Ken Block WR8 3.0 Gallery
First shown at the Nuremburg Toy Fair, then recently seen again at the HobbyTown USA Convention, the HPI Crawler King ’73 Ford Bronco is getting close to its September release date. With its release date right around the corner HPI has released some pictures and information to wet your appetite.
The retro schemed ’73 Bronco is made for rock crawling and mud bogging. It’s a RTR that comes with waterproof electronics so you can bash in any kind of weather. It also features over 6 inches of suspension travel, plenty for soaking up those bumps in the road. Some of its other highlights include-
* Officially licensed body
* High performance HB Rover crawling tires
* Heavy duty alloy suspension links
* 2.4GHz radio system
* 55 turn brushed crawling motor
* Locked differentials
* Nothing more to buy, comes with 7.2V 2000mAh Ni-MH pack, charger, and AA batteries for the transmitter
The part number for the Bronco is #113225 and you can get a bit more information at This Link over on HPI’s website.
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HPI Crawler King Bronco Gallery
While it may seem that HPI/Hot Bodies has been a bit quiet the last couple of years, their room at the HobbyTown USA convention had multiple new vehicles on display.
The newest model in the HPI/HB room was the spank’n new Ty Tessmann edition D8T Truggy. This new nitro truggy kit features new suspension geometry and various lightweight and aluminum upgrade parts. After looking at it in person, we really wanted to stuff it our backpack and take it home.
For the scaler crowd, HPI was showing off the ’73 Ford Bronco Crawler King that they first announced at Nuremburg. The body looks sweet, and it comes with high-end crawling tires right out of the box.
HPI was also showing off their latest Micro RS4, this one being a Discount Tire version. Like many of the other Micro RS4s, this version comes as a ready to run and features an impressively detailed body.
Another vehicle that HPI first teased at Nuremburg, a 1/10 BMW M3 Flux was also on display. The pictures below, taken in a dimly lit room, do not do justice to how good looking the BMW was.
We also asked about the upcoming HPI Cue, a 1/32 scale buggy that was not on display in Lincoln, and were told that it is indeed coming along nicely. We were also told to expect a very affordable price point on the Cue when it does hit the market (like around the $50-$60 price point!).
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HPI Booth HobbyTown USA Convention Gallery 1
HPI Booth HobbyTown USA Convention Gallery 2
First shown at the Nuremburg show, the new Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen Edition HPI Racing Micro-RS4 Subaru WRX STIs are getting close to hitting the market. These feature highly detailed bodies with some sweet Global Rallycross livery for a trick look. Under the hood they sit on the tried and true Micro RS4 platform that is known for good handling and its durability.
* Belt driven 4wd
* 1/18th scale RTR
* Fully licensed replicas
* Full bearing set
* 2.4GHz radio system
* Comes w/ 180 sized motor & 6 volt 1200mAh battery
* Includes four AA batteries for transmitter
* Wheelbase- 150mm
* Length- 220mm
* Height- 80mm
* Width- 105mm
The part number for the Lasek Edition is #112465, the part number for the Isachsen Edition is #112466, and both are street priced at $169. Both are set for a late July release date and you can get full details at This Link over on HPI’s website.
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HPI Subaru WRX STI Gallery