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VP FuelsWhile it might seem like electric rules right now, every time we go bashing we see people running nitro and gasoline powered cars. No, fuel burning rc cars aren’t as dominant as they once were, but there are still plenty of hardcore bashers that will not bash without the smell and sound of nitro/gas.

Over the last couple of months we’ve been running a lot of VP Racing Fuels in our cars. You may very well already know VP, they are front runners in full size motocross, atv, and drag car racing. We ran a variety of their fuels in vehicles ranging from 10th scale .18 touring cars to 5th scale off-road. What did we learn during our testing?

VP Master Basher Nitro Fuel* We ran the VP Master Basher 20% nitro in several of our test cars. We liked how it performed and how the engines ran with it in the tank. Power seemed great and we didn’t have any issues.

* On the gasoline side of things, VP sells a pre-mix that is great for 5th scalers called Powermix. If you are unsure how much oil to put in your gas, or just want the added convenience of buying a pre-mixed gas/oil blend, this should be right down your alley. We had good luck running Powermix in our HPI 5th scale gas burners.

Overall- we can highly recommend the VP fuels to you. We experienced no problems and all our engines seemed to really like the fuel. Look for VP at your local hobby shop or you can hit up their Official Website for more information.

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Duratrax camaro nitro reviewOne of the most important people around the BigSquidRC offices is our guy “Wrench Bill”. He fixes all the cars we bust up (he is VERY busy) and generally keeps everyone sane. Bill is also our resident nitro lover. No matter where we go Bill always brings a nitro (or 3) to bash with. There are a lot of people out there like Bill, a big part of their enjoyment of the hobby is tuning and driving nitro power.

We hadn’t tested a nitro vehicle for a while then the good folks over at Duratrax sent us their Camaro ZL1. The Camaro is a tenth scale 4wd that comes with a .18 sized nitro engine. We’ve been bashing it for several weeks now, what did we learn?

* The included .18 engine has a LOT of power. It ripped hard from a dead stop all the way up to top speed. If you are looking for a car to impress the neighbors with power, the Camaro will do that. Also of note, we never had a problem getting the engine to start, and it stayed running better than 90% of the engines we’ve been around.

* We liked the included 2 speed tranny. Ours shifted well out of the box and made for nuclear takes offs and good top speed.

* The included tires gave good traction. Unfortunately all the power on tap really shortened their lifespan.

* The Camaro comes with a plastic pipe and we ended up melting the outlet on ours. This plugged up the exhaust and kept the engine from running. We also had one of the gears on the two speed come loose and fall off.

* With a spool in the front and a diff in the rear the Camaro handles well if you can keep from constantly pinning the engine. When driven with a smart trigger finger the car can really haul on pavement.

* We were big fans of the included electric starter. It makes life soooo much easier than a pull start.

* The Camaro is one of the best looking cars ever produced by Duratrax. It is officially licensed by Chevrolet and looks really sharp in person.

The Duratrax Camaro ZL1 has a part number of #DTXD53** and are street priced at $299. To get more details you can hit up the Official Duratrax Website.

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HPI Hot Bodies R8Hot 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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Kyosho FO-XX VideoThere is no better way to kick off a week than with a good bash video. The folks over at Kyosho have worked up a new video showing off the bashing capability of their new FO-XX nitro and brushless trucks. It sports some heavy metal music and plenty of heavy metal bashing, check it out below.

The nitro FO-XX is priced at $489 while the brushless version weighs in at $519. Get more details on them over on the official Kyosho America website.

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Duratrax Camaro ZL1 Nitro UnboxingElectric might be the dominant force in rc right now, but there are still plenty of bashers that enjoy the smell of nitro in the morning. There is something about the sound and smell of nitro that some hobbyists can’t live without.

The Duratrax Camaro ZL1 has been out for a while now, but we recently got one to review. It features a .18 nitro engine and one of the most scale authentic bodies ever produced by Duratrax. With the big nitro power and an affordable $299 price point, the Camaro ZL1 has the makings of a great bash machine.

Our full review is still a few weeks out, until then check out the unboxing pictures below. To get more information on the Duratrax Camaro simply hit up their Official Website.

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SWORKz S350T Truggy
The folks over at SWORKz have been teasing their first ever truggy for months, now they have released full details.

The 1/8 SWORKz truggy is dubbed the S350T. This is a nitro powered machine loaded with high performance features. Some of its highlights include-

* 7075 aluminum chassis with black hard coating
* CVDs all around
* Sealed front and rear arms
* 150cc fuel tank
* 7075 shock towers
* Pro 2.0 shocks with hex bladders & impact pistons

The part number is #SW-910019 and you can Click Here to check out the official SWORKz website.

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Mugen MBX7R Buggy
The 8th scale buggy World Championships are quickly approaching. As such, expect to see a lot of new products being announced for debut at the big event.

Mugen knows what it takes to win world championships and they have just announced their latest uber race machine, the MBX7R. The 7R is based off the highly praised MBX7, with updates and refinements to make it an even more lethal racing machine. Some of the highlights of the 7R include-

* New 16mm big bore shocks
* Re-designed front hub carriers
* More camber adjustability in front arms
* Front and rear universal driveshafts
* New rear wing mounts
* Re-designed baffle in fuel tank

The part number is #E2015 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official Mugen website.

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LRP S8 NXR Buggy
Love the smell of nitro in the morning? If so LRP has announced a new high-end 1/8 nitro buggy, the S8 NXR.

As you can see from the picture (and video below) the S8 NXR is loaded with carbon fiber and tuning parts. Hard anodized 7075 aluminum is used for the chassis, knuckles, c-hubs, and rear wheel carriers, while big bore shocks help smooth out even the roughest of tracks. An angled motor mount and 125cc fuel tank help round out the package.

The part number is #131420 and they are available right now. For complete details hit up This Link over on the LRP website.

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JQ THECar White Limited Edition Buggy
“Good guys always wear white” (at least in the movies) and now you can get an All White Edition of JQ’s THECar. THECar white edition will not only make you instantly stand out in a crowd, but it is a full on race buggy capable of busting out fast lap times. Trick looks, fast laps, what more can you ask for.

The part number is #INT-JQB0677LE, they are priced at $599, and they start shipping on September 1st. There are only 100 of these kits being produced and you can get one on pre-order by Clicking Right Here.

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HPI Racing 1/8 Ken Block WR8 3.0 Ford Fiesta
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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Kyosho FO-XX 1/8 4WD
Well look at what Kyosho has on the way, the FO-XX 1/8 4WD mud basher. The FO-XX will be available two ways, electric driven with brushless power, or with a powerful nitro engine. Based off the Mad Force platform, the Kyosho FO-XX is a big truck that should be a lot of fun to explode your local mud pit with. Both versions come in Readyset form making them ready to bash right out of the box.

* Scale detailing with flip open body for easy maintenance
* Nitro version comes with KE25 engine and 3 speed tranny
* Waterproof KS-203 servo
* Paddle tires with 17mm hex hubs
* Big front bumper with light buckets
* Threaded big bore shocks
* Syncro KT-200 2.4GHz radio system
* Width- 383mm
* Length- 545mm
* Wheelbase- 360mm
* Tires- 115 x 70.5mm

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Mugen MTX-6 Nitro Touring Car
Mugen has a long history of high-end 10th scale nitro touring cars, their latest is the MTX-6. The MTX-6 starts with a new chassis and has many updates over the previous model. The updates were designed to make it more durable, to give it more steering, and to generally make it a better overall car for club racers. Some of its updates and features include-

* New disc brake set-up that mounts to the 2 speed shaft
* New servo saver and clutch
* New towers and shock springs
* Stiffer chassis with twin braces
* New front bulkhead for easier diff removal
* Wider pinion and spur gears for increased durability

The MTX-6 has a part number of #T2003 and has a projected release date of August. You can get more details over on Mugen’s website.

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OFNA 1/8 Hyper 8SC 4x4 Nitro RTR
For all you nitro fans, or just people looking to add some realistic sound to your short course truck bashing, Ofna has announced their new 1/8 Hyper 8SC Nitro 4×4. The 8SC comes on a big 8th scale platform and uses a Force .32 pull-start engine for massive propulsion. For electronics, a pair of Savox servos are mated to a 2.4GHz radio system. Some of its other features include-

* Realistic wheels and tires
* 17mm Pro shocks
* Front & rear disc brakes
* Width- 12″
* Wheelbase- 14.5″

The part number for the Ofna is #OFN14318, it is street priced at $369, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on the Ofna website.

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