Team Losi racing teases new 22 vehicle - what is it? [UPDATED]
Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 11:39am
By Aaron Waldron
By Aaron Waldron
SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES as the story continues to develop!
Around 8:30 AM on Tuesday, 1/20, just days ahead of the Reedy Race of Champions at OCRC in Huntington Beach, CA, Team Losi Racing posted this teaser image to their Facebook not-so-slyly alluding to a new member of the 22 series of 1:10 off-road racing vehicles. The original 22 was first shown off to the public in December 2010, and the following year Dustin Evans won the Reedy Race before continuing on to grab the ROAR National Championship.
It may be perfect coincidence that the date depicted on the teaser, January 22nd, not only shares the name of the vehicle but happens to be the first day of practice for Invitational-class drivers at this year's Reedy Race.
While a replacement for the discontinued National Champion 22T would be the most glaring hole in the current 22 lineup that includes a 4WD buggy, recently updated 2WD short course truck, and the ROAR National Champion 22 2.0 which was released in late 2013, reports from at least one Southern California track suggest that TLR engineers and drivers have been testing a new mid-motor-only 2WD buggy platform.
The release date, as well as upcoming IFMAR Worlds year for 1:10 Off-Road, all make sense given the new rumor. Announcing a new stadium truck the week of the Reedy Race just doesn't add up - will Thursday be the launch of the 22 3.0?
Stay tuned for pictures of the new vehicle on Thursday!
UPDATE - 2:30 PM CST
Apparently TLR has a series of teaser images prepared, as this second photo hit Facebook around 2:30 CST. No doubt a shot of the rear suspension, the hexes say "SCT," while the suspension arm and hub design looks to be a 1/10-scale vehicle. While the molded marking on the hex suggests yet another 22SCT spinoff, it doesn't cancel out the chance it's a 22 3.0 as we suggested earlier - or even a replacement for the 22T, bringing the once-discontinued stadium truck up to the same level as its stablemates.
Stay tuned for more!