Seems like a nitro world, doesn’t it? Nearly every new ready-to-run is nitro-powered, the stream of new engine releases seems endless, and as for accessories-what isn’t there for nitro-power these days? With all the nitro in the air, it isn’t surprising that a few of us RC guys may have let the fumes get to us, and that led us to believe that RC’s future is nitro-powered. And yet, electric power is still there, quietly (literally!) churning away with some of this year’s hottest releases, including the Associated B4 and T4, the XRAY MiS and Team Losi’s triple threat: Triple-X4 Graphite Plus, Kinwald Edition 2 and Mini-T. Electric-power technology hasn’t slowed down at all; Trinity and Orion continually expand brushed-motor performance, brushless-motor technology for RC car applications is becoming ever more refined, and battery capacity has reached an astounding 3300mAh. Remember when 1700mAh cells were a big deal?
In this issue, we have more electric gear, including dyno tests of the latest Epic stock and mod motors, Kyosho’s new Mini-Z Monster and the aforementioned XRAY M18. We also cover one of electric racing’s biggest events, the Cleveland Nationals; and our Competition ESC Guide has more than 14 speed controls vying for a spot in your electric race car. In short, there’s a whole lotta battery-power stuff going on in RC. And while nitro power may make more noise (literally and metaphorically), the future of electric RC remains as bright as a set of discharge bulbs on a fresh pack. So keep charging ahead!
IN THIS ISSUE
PROJECT: ULTIMATE SPRINTER
Dirt-oval guys, you’ll be psyched to see this cost-no-object, big-wing machine (even if it is built as an asphalt sprinter instead of the dirt-slinging variety). Nerf bar to nerf bar, it’s the most exotic way to turn left ever.
Both the red-hot XRAY M18 and Kyosho’s surprise Mini-Z Monster get the “Track Test” treatment this month. They’re both micro-machines, but they couldn’t be more different: the M18 is a high-performance, on-road kit with racing aspirations, and the Mini-Z Monster is an all-terrain RTR play ride. But wait; they do have one other thing in common beside size: they’re both a blast to drive.
BIG CAR, SMALL PRICE
There isn’t an RC guy alive who wouldn’t jump at the chance to wheel a 1/5-scale car, but the big cars’ equally large price tags have kept them out of the reach of Joe RC Guy-at least, until now. Technokit knocked down the dollar barrier with the TKT99J, which delivers a full-featured, partially assembled 1/5-scale ride for less than $800. Now you don’t need a lot of cash to go “big time”-just a lot of room!
Until next month,
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