I have good news. There is about to be 2 new 1/12th scale GTP bodies to choose from!
I've been working with Danny from Da Hellion RC
over the last couple of months and he gave me permission to let you know what we've been up to. The plan is to release 2 new bodies:
1st option will be an authentic 1/12th Porsche 956 GTP body.
Many people, including myself, feel that the Porsche 956 GTP is the most beautiful race car ever. In the 1980's, these cars defined "GTP" and are still being used as a design basis today. Here are some pictures of the real ones to whet your appetite:
2nd option will be a 1/12th Da Hellion GTP body "with an attitude".
(We don't have a name for it yet.)
Danny specializes in aerodynamics. He has a passion for it and is very good at it. He has the equipment to make the molds, aerodynamic testing, and can even make the bodies in different thicknesses.
Here is a quick sample pic of a the GTP with an attitude:
This is not the final "attitude" version, but one variation of it.
The authentic body might not be as fast as the "cheese wedge" Speed 8 and Speed 12 bodies, but that's not the true purpose of it. These are going to be a little more realistic bodies, where a driver could actually fit inside the cockpit (unlike the Speed 8 and 12 bodies). There has been is interest in running more athentic GTP bodies like these. Getting a hold of authentic decals (like the NewMan Porsche) and/or reproducing them is a lot easier than getting GTP bodies. So Danny and I have been working together to make that happen. I don't know the timeframe yet, but things are moving along, and some molds have already been created.
The GTP "with attitude" body might be just as fast as the current bodies but it's too early to tell. Even though that isn't the primary purpose, I'm sure it will be close. It's what Danny loves to do. It's certainly going to be very aggressive and cool looking.
We will keep you posted as progress is made. And yes, the plans are to make pricing the same as current bodies. They are still in the designing stage, and we'll let you know as soon as they are available for sale. No need to keep your eye on Ebay for the very expensive collectable bodies. Soon we'll have some new bodies to run and not care if we mess 'em up like the collectables!