Looking for a competitive racing buggy but aren't too stoked with the high cost of entry that usually requires? The Duratrax 835E should prove an attractive choice, bringing a well-equipped 1/8-scale racer at an affordable price point.
Ideal for entry-level RC hobbyists, the vehicle comes factory-assembled and ready to race out of the box. Body is pre-painted and decaled, too, so all you need to do is throw in batteries (4S LiPo or 2S LiPo, plus four AA alkaline batteries) to get up and running.
The Duratrax 835E is a 1/8-scale electric buggy that pairs a 2200kV Onyx brushless motor and a 120A waterproof ESC, mounted on a countersunk 3.25mm anodized aluminum chassis. All throughout the body, it uses beefy, heavy duty parts, including 3.5mm shock shafts, 4mm shock towers, 4.5mm tie-rod turnbuckles, 5,, camber turnbuckles, hardened steel driveshaft and gears, threaded big bore aluminum oil shocks, droop screws, front and rear sway bars, a whole bunch of hex head hardware, and lots of gray-anodized aluminum parts. It comes with a Duratrax 2-channel 2.4GHz radio system.
Want one? The Duratrax 835E is available now in three color schemes (black, white and yellow), priced at $399.99.
Length: 19.9 in (505 mm)
Width: 11.9 in (302 mm)
Height: 7.5 in (190 mm)
Wheelbase: 12.8 in (325 mm)
Weight w/battery: 8.4 lb (3.8 kg)
Team Durango has announced a new 1/8-scale truggy. Called the Team Durango DEX408T, it's a large-scale offroad racer that's built to withstand "the very highest level of 8th scale competition."
Sold as a kit, it's an electric version of Team Durango's nitro-powered buggy platform. Don't mistake it for a mere conversion, though. Instead, the truggy is reengineered as an electric racer from the ground up, ensuring it brings quality performance and durability unique to its powertrain, all while being compatible with 95 percent of the kit parts from its nitro-powered DEX408 brethren. That's right, you can quickly outfit your truggy with upgraded performance parts as soon as you can get it up and running.
The Team Durango DEX408T Truggy brings a laundry list of premium features. Specs include a specially-designed 6061-T6 aluminum chassis plate, machined alloy suspension hangers, machined aluminum bulk heads, 15mm Big Bore shocks, aluminum shock caps, and a hub/steering assembly that's fully ball-raced. To save on weight to the rotational mass, it uses composite cross shafts and inserts, while the composite spur gear boasts reduced wear rate and improved acceleration.
No word yet on exact release date or pricing, but the Team Durango DEX408T Truggy is expected to be in stores soon.
Looking to get into the 1/8-scale nitro buggy class? Here's a good beginner set to help you ease into it: the Team Associated RTR RC8.2 RS.
While designed (and marketed) towards new racers in the category, this is, by no means, a poorly-equipped machine. In fact, it might well qualify as a seriously-powerful nitro 4WD beast (yep, it's competition race spec). For one, it's an RC8.2 -- the same one that won the ROAR Nationals, the Dirt Nitro Challenge and the Silver State Nitro Challenge.
The Team Associated RTR RC8.2 RS, however, is sold in ready to race form (just add batteries and fuel), allowing you to go from box to track without much hassle in between. Details include a Reedy .21VS engine (with pull start and 2-chamber tuned exhaust), 16mm Big Bore 6061 aluminum shocks, a high-torque XP DS1510MG metal-gear steering servo, 3mm thick shock towers, hard-anodized aluminum chassis, and a XP 2.4GHz radio system. You can choose between two RC8 bodies and color schemes, with all decals pre-applied and the bodies pre-painted. Of course, you also get the benefit of numerous Factory Team performance parts available for upgrades, so you can tweak your 1/8-scale racer without encountering much difficulties.
Set for availability in May, the Team Associated RTR RC8.2 RS will retail for $499.99.
Want a powerful racing buggy kit with proven credentials in the track? No need to look further than the Kyosho Inferno MP9e TKI, a 1/8-scale kit based off the seven-time world champion TKI3.
Unlike its championship-winning namesake (which Kyosho bills as "the most successful chassis in history"), this new release doesn't run on nitro fuel. Instead, it's an electric-powered 4WD that brings the same premium performance for those who prefer racing in a brushless platform.
The Kyosho Inferno MP9e TKI boasts a low center of gravity, which combines with a lightweight frame and optimal weight distribution to deliver some serious racing chops. It comes with a new body design that's slimmer and lower in height, as well as a bolted-on large wing that generates powerful down force and a new suspension design that allows for easier maintenance. Notable features include a 7075 aluminum chassis, threaded aluminum shocks, an upright-mounted servo, an aluminum wing stay collar, light weight outdrives, reinforced bulkheads, and HD universals. Do note, it doesn't come with its own motor and ESC, so you can pick up whichever ones will satisfy your desire for power.
Seriously, if you want to set up a racing buggy that can do serious damage in the tracks, the Kyosho Inferno MP9e TKI is about as awesome as you can get. It hits stores in July, with an MSRP of $1,299.99.
Gear Ratio: 12.6:1
Weigh Approx: 3370g
Truggies have never been known to be pretty, but they've always been able off-roaders that made for races over dirt tracks and backyards. Team Durango thinks they've changed that with their DNX408T Nitro Truggy Kit.
Packing the same capable off-road capabilities as other truggies in the market, the new 1/8-scale racer should take those leaps and falls with the best of them. Except it claims to be a lot prettier while doing it, showing up with a tough yet undeniably sporty appearance.
The Team Durango DNX408T Nitro Truggy boasts design and materials geared towards providing it high levels of strength, allowing it to clear the biggest jumps in the roughest tracks without showing undue wear. Features include large 15mm bore shocks on alloy shock towers, all-new spiral design gears, machined alloy bulkheads, and a laundry list of tuning and configuration options (multiple positions for shocks, adjustable camber links and easy-access differential, among others). Other details include molded rubber boots, heavy-duty splash guards and a lid-located pipe that helps keep consistent pressure in the tank.
Whether you think the Team Durango DNX408T Nitro Truggy is a sweet looker is beside the point -- this thing looks seriously primed for competition. Street price for the kit is just under $600.
I've always found NHRA drag racing to be a rare treat, with cars that run both mind-blowingly fast and ridiculously odd at the same time. If you feel the same way, you can now bring the same unique entertainment to the local tracks with these Traxxas NHRA Funny Car RC replicas.
Rigged to do wheelies and accelerate at furious paces, the 1/8-scale racers will burn through tracks the exact same way as the full-throttle hot rods they've been modeled after. Four licensed tilt-up bodies (yes, they flip upwards) are available -- Courtney Force, Mike Neff, Robert Hight and John Force -- each one cut and decaled to mimic the actual ride.
The Traxxas 1/8 NHRA Funny Car features a realistic "tube-style" chassis, complete with a dummy fuel tank and a driver's roll cage to accurately recreate the original versions. It comes with a wheelie bar built-in, allowing it to transfer weight straight to the rear wheels right out of the starting line.
While it won't get anywhere near real funny cars' ridiculous 8,000-hp engines, the vehicle does pack an ET-3s brushless power system that can push the ride at speeds of over 70 mph. To make the funny car experience even more realistic, Traxxas is also selling a separate DTS-1 Drag Timing System, which lets you set up a realistic drag strip complete with dual-beam staging, speed traps and high-intensity LED lighting displays.
No exact release date is available, but the Traxxas 1/8-Scale NHRA Funny Cars will be priced at $499 when they do hit stores.
With the HPI Savage turning 10 this year, it's just fitting for a new special edition to come around. And that's exactly what HPI is doing with their Savage X 4.6 RTR SE.
We guess "special edition" isn't just a clever marketing term here, since they're really doing numbered vehicles (markings on the TVP chassis plates) with only 1,000 examples rolling out. The "special edition" extends to the vehicle, of course, which comes loaded with options and upgrades that will make your friendly neighborhood monster truck fiend blush.
The HPI Savage X 4.6 SE ships fully assembled in its unmistakable 1/8-scale monster truck frame. Sporting a Dodge Charger R/T body, it boasts orange anodized chassis parts, original Savage monster truck tires on black Warlock wheels, a polished aluminum tune pipe, dual fiber disc brakes, a full set of aluminum Big Bore shocks, and a selection of bulletproof drivetrain options. You get a Nitro Star F4.6 big block nitro engine inside, paired with an SB-5 steering servo, an SF-20W throttle/brake servo and a 2.4GHz radio system.
Whether for backyard bashing, performing big-air stunts, or just showing off to friends, this Special Edition HPI Savage X 4.6 should get the job done. It's available now, priced at $699.99.
Length: 21" (534mm)
Width: 16.8" (427mm)
Height: 10" (254mm)
Wheelbase: 13.24" (336.5mm)
Suspension Travel: 5.9" (152mm)
Kyosho recently announced a race spec upgrade to one of their most exciting on-road cars. The new Kyosho Inferno GT2 Race Spec boasts a laundry list of improvements that should make it an attractive option for 1/8-scale racing fans.
Sporting a hardened main chassis coupled with a detailed slick body (choice of either a Corvette 2007 C6-R or an Audi R8 LMS), it makes for a strong and stylish racer that performs as beautifully as it looks. Also new to this version are composite chassis stiffeners, a better big block engine with polished tuned pipe and header, Metal Gear KS-200 servos, and a 3-piece racing clutch.
The Kyosho Inferno GT2 Race Spec uses the high-power K25, which delivers more torque and higher maximum speeds than the engine on previous GT2 vehicles. Out of the box, it can do 55 mph; with optional components, it can be tuned to hit maximum speeds of 70+ mph. For smoother gear changes and minimal shift shock, the car comes fitted with the previously optional shoe-type two-speed transmission. Kyosho’s latest KT-201 computerized 2.4GHz radio system, which features a blue LCD for quick access to control settings, is included.
Other details of the vehicle include a failsafe function (stops the car safely in the event of radio signal trouble), double-disc ABS braking, a 150cc fuel tank and a shaft drive system. The entire chassis is boxed pre-assembled, with the bodies fully painted and decaled. Just add batteries and fuel to start racing.
Slated for availability in March, the Kyosho Inferno GT2 Race Spec will retail for $949.99.
- Scale: 1/8th
- Length: 515mm
- Width: 310mm
- Height: 135mm
- Wheelbase: 360mm
- Gear Ration: 1st 10.14:1 2nd 7.90:1
- Weight: 3,650
- Engine: KE25 SG
- Radio: KT-201 2.4GHz