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Atsushi Hara Leaving HB-HPI

Old 08-18-2013, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by wingracer View Post
I don't know, Mazzeo just beat a damn strong field to win the TC Euros.
You said it, the Euros. The WC is a whole different ball game, plus Masseo is a more of a Sedan specialist, I think he just started with 1/8th this year. Plus with someone like Hara along side of him imagine how much he can learn and how much bette he can get.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:24 PM
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this picture explains everything
Explains what? That he likes to get hammered from time-to-time? . I just hope the whole lot found a good strip club to finish the evening off .
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:48 PM
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Yokomo/KM Racing. although I don't think that would happen...it still lacks off-road 1/8th scale but maybe Yokomo is working on one of those....

Ok I pinched myself.
I think Xray/Kyosho is the only place that makes sense regarding classes. If Kyosho is coming out with a new TC I could see that being the jump.

After doing some research Yokomo/Mugen would be a perfect fit......

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Old 08-18-2013, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by malcnz View Post
seriously..thats Kanai on the left..kyosho offroad nitro legend.
I don't really read online articles or magazines, much less off road or nitro. It's 1/10 scale onroad only for me. Trust me, it's bad enough that I don't know some of my own family. They would frown if they found out I knew all the big time racers before them.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:58 PM
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Hara is a super well known and popular in the community so it no surprise to see him having dinner with his peers.

Money talks and based on Hara's trip to the final round of the ETS held at Hudy Arena it's shouting. Hara also drove Martin Hudy's prototype T4 around the track. THAT speaks volumes.

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:27 AM
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It's an interesting move, if anything leaving a contract like that could suggest a few things, one could be Hotbodies/HPI is choosing to move in a different direction, giving both parties the 'out' as such, the other being a loss of market share, also meaning both parties have an out (can't afford him anymore?).

As to where he will end up, based on what I read about Xray, it would seem a strange fit, but the lure of good product is strong, and support in all the classes he may want to run in.

TA?, maybe, behind the rest on development, could be a quick catch up method, maybe.
Serpent?, the product is there, they may also want some more talent in certain areas.

Then it's a case of will he duel sign to get the cross coverage he wants, my bet there could be Durango and Mugen, but then who really knows, I guess it's a case of what he is looking for.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:35 AM
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Yeah, pretty obvious after HPI/Hot Bodies had financial issues earlier this year. If its anything like a broken F1 contract, they probably made a one time settlement with Hara to break the contract and allow him free reign to sign with another company. I'm sure there is a clause in there in the event that the company bellies up or Hara is injured, etc.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:57 PM
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Masami was out video taping Hara running Nitro today. I know Hara is well known and can wine and dine with anyone but found it interesting Masami is with him at a track for off-road.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:03 AM
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http://www.neobuggy.net/2013/08/20/h...mbx7-in-china/
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:04 AM
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Mugen? That's disappointing. Hopefully not his final deal and this is just a fill in.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:27 AM
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Post from Masami at is own FB page:

Atsushi bought Muden car for Off-road and Tamiya car for On-road for this race.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:32 AM
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Well that's unexpected.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:33 AM
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Notice he said "bought", not was given. Makes sense. If you're going to buy your own gear, why not buy the reigning World champs?
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:01 AM
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Call me crazy but for one I really highly doubt hara "bought" anything. And for 2 seeing hara in a tamiya is not really unexpected for me... being a japanese native*yes I know he has american citizenship* thats where his heart is and I bet he wanted to keep whatever car he ran under a japanese manufacturer.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:09 AM
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I'd feel better if they gave him a 418 prototype so he could let them know if it's any good or not before it goes to production.
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