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Old 09-02-2005, 08:05 AM
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Default NEW "HPI" 1/5 SCALE

MY buddy just sent me a link to radio control zone and it looks like hpi is building an all new gasser thats not a clone. If this comes out no Leopard for me.

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Old 09-02-2005, 08:07 AM
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looks good but knowing HPI it will look absolutely nothing like that when/if it comes into production

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Old 09-02-2005, 08:09 AM
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They said it is all 8mm aluminum, visco diff, beadlock rims,200kg servo steering servo, all steel gears-no plastic spur to strip-and it is supposed to be here end of year.
Old 09-02-2005, 08:11 AM
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it does look good in those pics but it does look quite cluttered if you know what i mean

will it be an RTR then if it comes with a servo?

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Old 09-02-2005, 08:37 AM
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Yes it will . 2000 mili amp battery, fm radio, and its 32in long.
Old 09-02-2005, 08:51 AM
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seeing that engine configuration makes me wonder, has any one ever tried re-routing their air intake forward of the engine?
Old 09-02-2005, 09:19 AM
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Default RE: NEW 1/5 SCALE

Here's a better pic of it.
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Old 09-02-2005, 09:23 AM
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I hope the spur/pinion setup are reconsidered in the prodution version. They don't look very substantial in the picture. I also agree with Montorous that the car looks a little cluttered/cramped. This could make it hard to work on.

Also, since it will be a big departure from other 1:5 scale cars (FG and clones), they may not be able to leverage many of the existing hop-ups out there. Because of the potential lack of hop-ups and low volume production (because of price point) HPI might have a hard time making this car a commercial success.

Just my $0.02

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Old 09-02-2005, 09:31 AM
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I dunno Ken,

HPI are such a big presence already in the 1/8th scale world, I'm sure that there'll be plenty of people who'll transfer over to 1/5th scale, purely because of the brand name. They don't have to prove their Marque. As long as it's the right price, my thinkin' is that it'll sell rapidly and even top FG's 'King of the Hill' status. It would be like Ferrari getting into motorcycles. Sure they've never done it before, but that wouldn't stop me buying one if it was the right price!

And there's my two cents too.


Old 09-02-2005, 09:36 AM
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its only the chassis hopups that will be different like wishbones and shock towers etc. you'll still be able to use aftermarket airfilters, pipes (possibly, although the engine is the other way) big bore kits, servos, only thing is, they should have used FG style square hexes so you can fit aftermarker or monster size wheels and tires, and possibly upgraded brakes

im sure it will take off well, but i dont think they will have the same success as FG unless HPI bring out a monster, a beetle version (everyone loves the beetle), some touring cars and a race version, i expect this one will be like that traxxas 1:6 buggy, just a one off.

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Old 09-02-2005, 09:53 AM
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Yeah, you could be right. I thought for sure that the Traxas truck would take off. Perhaps HPI will fall in the same way.

Something to keep your eye on though. Personally I like the complicated look of the car. The shell looks good as well.
Old 09-02-2005, 10:03 AM
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I agree with you james2001 it looks very good also knowing HPI this thing will have hop ups like you wont belive at a good price too!I really like the look of BAJA.

Watch for publicity soon i guess
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I like it. And regarding the issue if it will be a success or not, it´s all a matter of price. I really like that more contenders are emerging on the 1/5 and 1/6 scale scene, putting the pressure on FG and the other more known brands. Maybe that´ll make that FG 4wd conversion kit I´m longing for affordable and not just a dream.

Interesteing with how they have mounted the engine the other way... Will make it difficult to fit good tuned pipes. Also, they seem to be a bit behind the curve since 4wd is the way of the future, atleast I think so. Those who are willing to spend alot in the future will want to have 4wd. But again, it´s a matter of price.

I won´t be buying one, I´m happy with my Marder. But I look forward to reading test reports from the first owners.
Old 09-02-2005, 12:49 PM
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Its all about parts for me. I'm sick of waiting for parts for FG. Some of the problems with fg seem to be adressed on this car. All steel gears, visco diff that is enclosed like it should be, no gluing the tires. better weight balance and its HPI. Their stuff is tuff. Take the fact RPM don't make a-arms for the savage cause they don't need to. RPM arms are guarateed for life so that says alot. Leopard race on hold. Got to see this first.
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Old 09-02-2005, 01:00 PM
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You can see the diff in this drawing.
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Old 09-02-2005, 01:08 PM
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I would definetly like to see some more info on this buggy. I like the looks of it.
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Hey, what´s up with the tire dimensions on that last pic?!

They look like the tires on 1/5 F1´s, with the outer profile being higher than the inner. Theres almost no tire wall on the inside...

Bummer then that no other offroad tires on the market will fit.

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Old 09-02-2005, 03:00 PM
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Are you guys kidding?

This will be the biggest boost to fifth scale EVER in the United States, if not the world. HPI has a HUGE worldwide reputation and distribution far, far exceeding even FG, who is relatively unknown here in the US except amongst the big-scale faithful.

With their quality, market responsiveness, parts availability, price competiveness, dealer network and ability to actually get fifth-scale cars distributed by the major players, this will leave the other fifth scale offfroad brands in the dust, especially in the US.

I have to chuckle at all the armchair engineers out there. Do you have a train hat and a whistle, too? LOL!!!

The BIG GUYS have just weighed in. Wow!
Old 09-02-2005, 03:05 PM
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YUP!!!

ORIGINAL: M.R. Ogle

Are you guys kidding?

This will be the biggest boost to fifth scale EVER in the United States, if not the world. HPI has a HUGE worldwide reputation and distribution far, far exceeding even FG, who is relatively unknown here in the US except amongst the big-scale faithful.

With their quality, market responsiveness, parts availability, price competiveness, dealer network and ability to actually get fifth-scale cars distributed by the major players, this will leave the other fifth scale offfroad brands in the dust, especially in the US.

I have to chuckle at all the armchair engineers out there. Do you have a train hat and a whistle, too? LOL!!!

The BIG GUYS have just weighed in. Wow!
Old 09-02-2005, 03:20 PM
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M.R.Ogle is right, this is fantastic news for the Large scale fans.

As more and more weigh in, we the consumers will win, in both quality, price and selection.
Competition breeds quality, and weeds out the weak links.
While Traxxas has a Buggy in the large scale, they need to release a large scale MT.
While larger scales would seem to be the natural progression of the hobby, it has really taken its sweet time.
With HPI jumping into the fray, this is nothing but great news for the large scale enthusiasts.
Old 09-02-2005, 03:43 PM
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I am stoked about this car. I can't wait to get my hands on one. I hope they use 23mm hexes so you get a large wheel and tire selection for it. I think hop-ups will be plentiful. HPI will make them as well as others. Large scale is comming of age finally.
Old 09-02-2005, 03:57 PM
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FG must be sweating bullets right now. The new HPI puts the FG to shame. FG can only put different bodies on the same frames for only so many years. And its been about 10 years.
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Here is a link to more pics and some info: http://www.hpiracing.com/bb5/

Pricing or delivery date is not available yet(per my distributor) although I can back order them if I choose.
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Are the servos proprietary to HPI. The shaft looks offset from center - like nothing else I've seen. I have never been a fan of vendor 'lock-in' for parts. Especially something this expensive. Also confused on the battery pack. It mentions it's a 6 cell pack and that the car has a plug-in jack. Hopefully it will allow charging from nice quality delta-V chargers. Also makes me wonder if you will be able to swap out packs easily.

The description does not talk about what the suspension parts will be constructed from (i.e. plastic or alloy). Probably will be plastic like most to keep the cost down for the US market.

Bet the kit will be $1000 USD or more.

It will be nice to have another big name in giant scale 2-cycle buggies.

Ken
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HOLY I WANT ONE!!!

I think i am going to put my FG mods on HOLD after seeing this! !!!!!!!!!!!!

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