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Old 02-23-2005, 08:10 PM   #196
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Axel: Do you race at Hobbyworld?

The 415 just didn't hook up for me as well as the X-Ray. I got the X-Ray to turn faster laps in two packs than I could get my 415 to do in two months. The 415 is more of a pavement oriented car where the X-Ray excels on carpet. I run carpet pretty much exclusively so I really don't have a need for a mediocre carpet car which strengths lie in the parking lots I'll never set foot on.

Anyway, back to the HB Prototype. As you might have guessed, I'm curious to see if this sucker's gonna be a good carpet car.

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Old 02-23-2005, 08:19 PM   #197
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I raced once in gilroy? why?
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Old 02-23-2005, 08:22 PM   #198
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Just curious. I was the guy who TQed and won stock that day

Too bad my green and silver paint scheme is nowhere near as good as the one Ed gave you You gonna come out to Gilroy more? We race every Friday night starting at 7
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Old 02-23-2005, 08:29 PM   #199
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yeah the track is awesome but i'm going snowboarding this weekend. So not this weekend . I also would've gone to the one in hobbytown in fremont this saturday. Also The new custom body ed gave me is pretty sick.
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Old 02-24-2005, 12:38 AM   #200
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....and back to our regular programming:

The pictures of the prototype car are posted on the HOT BODIES site (just follow the links!) so I think that should be a big enough whack with the clue bat to clear up things that are coming out of the rumor mills.

And where are people getting this "price information" from? Tower may list it at $600 when it's first online (they always seem to list new items at enormously high prices) but I doubt it will be anywhere near that.
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Old 02-24-2005, 05:42 AM   #201
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Originally posted by scoobydo
So Thad Garner posted in the Pro4 thread that this is NOT an HPI car.

"Why would another manufactures car replace the Pro 4???
Hara WORKS for HB and is sponsored by both HB and HPI. The only reason he used the Pro 4 is because HB did not have a TC…until now.
Maybe they are just using the pro 4 parts to save on prototyping costs, I honestly don’t know."
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Sounds like he's just as clue less as us why HPI would allow their top driver to enter a race with another brands car! and Thats my whole point unless HPI is getting kick backs from this project they would never allow a top driver to run another MFG car.
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Old 02-24-2005, 06:18 AM   #202
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Surely nobody buys the "Hotbodies and HPI are independent" line any more?

Hotbodies is clearly HPI's "diffusion" line - trying out things that are either too undeveloped (i.e. touring car proto) or too low quality (i.e. Lightning) to be given the HPI brand.

Are there any Hotbodies distributors in the world that don't also deal with HPI???
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Old 02-24-2005, 06:32 AM   #203
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Read what Thad actually said. Hara actually WORKS for Hot Bodies as an employee. His first choosen brand would be to drive a Hot Bodies car over an HPI one since he works for HB. Since HB did not have a car he drove the HPI because it is a sister company. The same man owns HB and HPI. I also heard he may be the owner of some other big companies in the industry.
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Old 02-24-2005, 07:20 AM   #204
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Which all leads back to the other question..."what happens to the Pro4 at big events"?

Does it now become the ugly step child to this new machine?
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Old 02-24-2005, 07:27 AM   #205
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Sounds like he's just as clue less as us why HPI would allow their top driver to enter a race with another brands car!
Give me break!
Read DJG24's post.

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Interesting theory...
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Are there any Hotbodies distributors in the world that don't also deal with HPI???
That's a kind of misleading statement...The same thing could be said about Tamiya, AE, Yokomo, Losi...All distributors carry other manufacturers parts...I know Horizon Hobbies (owner of Losi) carries AE, Tamiya, HPI and HB...does that mean they are all owned by the same people???
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Old 02-24-2005, 07:48 AM   #207
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Thats why you never heard of it again.
$1K for a kit??
We may be stupid and pay high mark up.....
but not that stupid!
The car sold out the first day it was announced in Japan
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Old 02-24-2005, 07:50 AM   #208
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So Thad Garner posted in the Pro4 thread that this is NOT an HPI car
...and I posted that ages ago.

Hello? the car's on the freakin' HB site.

What am I, a potted plant? (joke b/t TG & I)
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Old 02-24-2005, 08:02 AM   #209
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What am I, a potted plant? (joke b/t TG & I)
Well Franck, I didn't want to hurt you but...

Naaah, just kidding. It's a shame people can't read properly though and understand what they want to, when it's not written.
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Old 02-24-2005, 10:34 AM   #210
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tqracing posted a vid of the A3 from the Thailand race...

http://tq-racing.com/TQ2namoo.wmv



which finished in this order for that round:

ATSUSHI HARA - Hotbodies Prototype
SATOSHI MAEZUMI - Tamiya 415
SURIKARN C. - Hotbodies Prototype
MARC RHEINARD - Tamiya 415
ANDY MOORE - HPI Pro4
TAKASHI KATO - Yokomo
SHINOSUKE ADACHI - Yokomo
THANABOON V. - HPI Pro4
KIYOKAZU SUZUKI - Tamiya 415
HIDEO KITAZAWA - Xenon
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