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Old 02-03-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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Default What's new in the 1/8 onroad for 2013??

Any information about what's new. So far very little from Nurnberg toy fair.

Novarossi:
==> New generation of engines, the new model name is Vir-tus
==> The new "thing" is the new engine frame with offset carburetor.
==> Other than that, it's the same as Keep-on

Picco:
==> Following the longer stroke trend with their 2013 engines.

Sonic engines:
==> Also going for a longer stroke

Other manufacturers:
???

Cars:
Kyosho
==> Will they have something new or is it only the Anniversary edition of the old Evolva??

Mugen:
==> Rumours about an update of MRX5
==> New front stabilizer and belt tensioner. The new WC-clutch included in the kit

KM:
==> They will have 1/8 car?? Fukuda moved from Mugen to the project.

HB:
==> Will they have 1/8 car?? Maybe not??

Xray:
==> The new 2013 version is coming!! Details will be published soon.

Motonica:
==> That's maybe the biggest question mark for me. Do they have any other serious drivers hired for the worlds other than Robin D'Hondt??

Serpent:
==> The only company that have told the public what they have. The new 977 is looking gooooooooood!!!!

Capricorn:
==> They have the Lamberto edition which was published last autumn. Will they make anything new for the customers before the worlds or not?? At the moment they are busy with the electric touring car.

Shepherd:
Last summer they published a new front stabilizer which was called EC-update kit or something.
==> Rumours are that there is new modifications done and they are coming to market soon.

Bodies:
Protoform:
==> New body published. (909-evo??) Some discussions going on about the EFRA-approval. Dale Epp will confirm that soon??

Blitz:
==> R18 V2, the original has been updated

If you know something, please fill in what you have. If you have links to pictures, please share....

I think WE ALL WANT TO KNOW!!!!!

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Old 02-03-2013, 05:51 AM   #2
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The current model is called "Eleven". That was 2 years ago!! Last summer they published a new front stabilizer which was called EC-update kit or something.
A new TC is coming. I'm sure a 1/8th wont be far behind.

Picco: Following the longer stroke trend with their 2013 engines.
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Kyosho: Basically withdrew completely from 8th scale onroad. No news to be expected

Motonica: Robin has been a bank and loyal. No "star" needed. Car has only needed little refinements since it works great. Still a bit on the heavy side, but light weight CVD's and other parts are already in production.

KM: Checked the 8th scale at the toy fair yesterday. Very rough prototype, nothing special, not really close to serial production IMHO

Shepherd: As Wingracer said, lots of new for the 200m car. Not sure about 8th scale

On the other hand, do you REALLY need major changes and updates EVERY year?
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With still running a MRX4-X and still making improvements leaving a lot of drivers with newer cars behind so I do not think I need a new car. Beside that, older stuff is cheaper to get and cheaper to drive.
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INTERESTING......
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:14 AM   #6
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On the other hand, do you REALLY need major changes and updates EVERY year?
My current gear is in the phase that it needs to be updated anyway. So when selecting a new car, I want to know what's available before I choose.

Roelof : I also still believe in MRX4-chassis. If it was still available, I would gladly continue with it. But new kits are not anymore available and also many critical parts are sold out. So it's not an option anymore.

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:52 AM   #7
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Picco is going fra 16,8 in stroke to 17,3 in it's new 1/8 engine ... Novarossis keep-on and Virtus are 17,6 mm in stroke. So not as extreme, but a more balanced approach.

Reds has also introduced a new engine, witch most likely has the same stroke, when it's a piccobased engine.

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I'm running Edam 1/8th, which also has no major changes for this year (and is the cheapest cost car on the market.)

However, down in the shop I have an old Serpent Evolva. Hm. Three belt setup. Centax clutch. Shocks are basically in the same place, arms, shafts, axles, blah blah blah.

Point being, all the cars look so much alike and have been that way for so many years that I seriously wonder what it all matters. I've noticed a bunch of parts are interchangable between my Edam and Serpent, Mugen, etc. Looking at them, I've been wondering lots lately if they aren't all made in the same factory but with different stamping for the parts (and of course, different pricing!)

I suspect until some manufacturer gets off their rear and designs something completely different, we're all basically running the same car. Little tweaks and setups aside, I don't think anything significant has changed or will change. On the one hand, it doesn't matter, except when your particular manufacturer makes just enough changes to their car to where you can't use parts off the old one (just like GM and Chrysler!) On the other hand, I sometimes wonder if they're all taking us for a ride....
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There's an all new 1/8th IC On-Road body shell coming from Protoform on Feb 15th. It's already EFRA approved too.

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here is a preview of the new Protoform body:

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There's an all new 1/8th IC On-Road body shell coming from Protoform on Feb 15th. It's already EFRA approved too.

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last weekend at th toy fair, I was told that the 909 Evo or whatever it'll be called, failed EFRA approval because the cockpit is too low by the new rules and that it could not be approved in 2013 because the cycle was done.

So, which is correct now?
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here is a preview of the new Protoform body:

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Thanks for the pics, John. Guess I'll stick with the R15
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You forgot Blitz R18 V2, the original has been updated.


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