Moment with Mike: What IS the next NEW car?
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 04:27pm
By Mike Garrison
It doesn't take long after a car is released for rumors and gossip of an even newer and better version being in the works. As a racer I am always looking forward to seeing the next hot item to hit the market. While rumors are often stretched tremendously out of proportion and are not usually 100% accurate, there IS most often some sort of truth somewhere in the story.
Over the past several years we have heard numerous rumors of new cars coming out such as the TLR22, the Kyosho MP9, the Mugen MBX7, the Durango DEX410, and the list goes on and on. Since that time, majority of these vehicles have in fact been released, and are available today. There are a few, however, that rumors have been circulating quite heavily about, and IF in fact the rumors are true...are due to be released sometime soon, or at least we hope.
Team Associated B5 1:10 2wd Buggy
The original B4 buggy was released nearly decade ago in 2003. Upon the release of the buggy it quickly became a front runner in the 2wd buggy classes worldwide. After nine years of going strong the B4 platform has received various updates and upgrades, but the basic platform remains the same. Rumors of an all-new B5 have been stirring for quite some time, as some assumed Team Associated would follow the footsteps of others with an aluminum chassis, carbon fiber towers, longer wheelbase, etc.
(Billy Easton drove the new Team Associated B4 to victory at the 2003 IFMAR World Championships.)
Photo courtesy of RC10.com
Team Losi Racing 1:10 4wd Buggy
For TLR fans looking to race 4wd buggy, it has been a bit of a struggle in the past year or two. Losi no longer offers a 1:10 4wd buggy kit, leading those wanting to show their pride back to finding a XX4 or XXX4 buggy. The XX4 was released in 1997, and was a dominant force on the track. 5 years later the XXX4 was introduced and began a dominating career of it's own. Today, factory TLR drivers are still driving the XX4 and XXX4 buggies at major events. While you cannot go buy a new XX4 or XXX4 kit from a hobby shop, many have chosen to resurrect used buggies into race winning machines. Rumors of a new TLR 1:10 4wd buggy have been circling the industry for years, and with the upcoming IFMAR Worlds here in America for 2013, the rumor is stronger than ever.
(Despite the XXX4 production being discontinued after being on the market for over 10 years, drivers such as Dustin Evans at the Reedy Race of Champions prove it is still a race winning car.)
XRAY XT9 1:8 Truggy
In 2007, XRAY joined the truggy racing scene by introducing their XT8. The XT8 was released in association with the XB8 buggy. As time passed the XB8 was replaced with major upgrades and updates which eventually led to the XB808, and now the XB9 buggy. While the XB9 is a fresh new design, for XRAY truggy racers the XT8 remains the go-to platform. Rumors of a new truggy to match the 808, and now XB9, have continued to tease truggy racers for quite some time now.
(Josh Wheeler has been wheeling the XRAY XT8 to victory across the midwest since its initial release in 2007.)
Kyosho RT6 1:10 Stadium Truck
In 2009 Kyosho introduced the RT5 stadium truck to compete with other major manufacturer's in the revived 1:10 electric class. Since that time the truck has been a race winner nationwide in the hands of local fast guys and pros alike. Just before the RT5 came the RB5 buggy, which received multiple updated versions and has now been replaced with the aluminum chassis RB6. This has led to rumors of a new stadium truck from Kyosho incorporating some of the new features found on the RB6, such as the aluminum chassis.
(Rumors say that under the body of Tebo's truck lies the RT6, but we have yet to see for ourselves...)
Mugen MBX7T 1:8 Truggy
Mugen is fresh off an IFMAR World Championship win with their all-new MBX7 1:8 buggy. Before the MBX7 was the MBX6, MBX6R, and MBX6R US Spec buggy. In the truggy department the Mugen MBX6T was released in 2009 and received little update or change since that time. With a world championship winning platform in the MBX7 buggy, rumors of a fresh new truggy for Mugen racers are hot and heavy.
(Shortly after the release of the MBX6 for the 2008 Worlds came the MBX6T. The MBX7 in the hands of Robert Batlle is the winning buggy from the 2012 Worlds...will a MBX7T be soon follow?)
Team Associated RC8B2.0 1:8 Buggy
Over the past year and the recent Dirt Nitro Challenge we saw various Team Associated drivers running the new RC8.2 buggy. The buggy was released in 2012, building off of the original RC8 platform. The rumor mill has already started about an all-new platform of buggy from AE. The company openly has used parts from other vehicles, stating they are simply testing option for their next platform. In addition to that, Josh Alton (designer of the world championship winning Hot Bodies D8) has since been hired by Team Associated, further fueling the rumor fire of a new 1:8 buggy.
(Ryan Maifield's buggy from the Dirt Nitro Challenge featured alternate shocks, and misc. other parts not found on the current RC8.2.)
These are not the ONLY rumored cars in the industry right now as we have seen evidence of new cars from JQ, X-Factory, Serpent, Durango, and many others, HOWEVER, the six listed above seem to be amongst the hottest and most talked about in the industry right now.
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