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Leadership Change at HPI Racing

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HPI Racing have announced a development that will see a change of ownership of its global operation. The major shareholders of the Scandinavian based Vestergaard Group have signed a deal that will see them utilise their 50+ years expertise and investment in the hobby industry to revitalise HPI Racing, capitalise on its great heritage and push the brand forward. Speaking from Vestergaard Group’s Danish HQ, the new owners announced a new era for HPI Racing with a stable supply chain and excellent customer service.

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HPI Racing welcomes new north american distributors

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HPI have announced new partnerships with four distribution channels across North America. For the United States, HPI welcome back HRP Distributing in Utah to their distribution channel, and say hello to A Main Hobbies and the HobbyTown network of stores, and for Canada they are also pleased to welcome back Hi-Performance Distributors.

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LRP & HPI Racing stop their partnership

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LRP electronic GmbH and HPI Racing Ltd. (UK) would like to jointly announce a change of distribution for the HPI brand. The distribution of HPI products by LRP electronic GmbH has been one of the most successful partnerships in the history of the R/C industry. Nineteen years of excellent products combined with first class sales and marketing efforts will come to an end.

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HPI Racing Pro-Series tools


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HPI Racing have introduced a complete set of Pro-Series Tools. The Pro-Series tools feature orange-anodized accents to add a bit of extra style to your pit table or garage, and each of the hex drivers is marked with engraved size identification strips on the handle for quick identification. The expanded range of Pro-Series tools allows you to do every possible job that’s needed on any RC vehicle, from simply changing wheels all the way to total disassembly and rebuilding engines.

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New HPI Racing owner adds Design & Manufacture facilities to group of companies


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Three months after it was announced that the HPI brand and the assets of HPI Europe had been acquired by Ripmax, we are pleased to announce HPI Racing Design LLC has opened for business in California, USA. This newly established product design and innovations company will build upon the assets and IP that have now been acquired from Hobby Products International Inc. Perhaps most significantly, the facility will be run by a team of key HPI USA staff with many years of experience within the brand. This move highlights Ripmax’s commitment to maintaining HPI’s world renowned high quality DNA that has been established over 30 years.h3> Continue reading here

SOAR vs. HPI Case, statements from both, Updated – saga continues

The SOAR vs HPI case hit the headlines a couple of days ago, we received the first initial contact from Didian Ho of SOAR Seiki detailing how the company had support HPI prior to the company going into administration.

Subsequently as many will know within the industry, the company Ripmax bought HPI Racing and trading has continued, however with any company entering administration there are typically signifcant amounts of paperwork that require sifting through…

SOAR put out the following statement two days ago, we reached out to HPI for a reply, continue reading the statements after the jump…


Update: July 29th, SOAR have in turn replied to HPI’s response to their initial statement – see bottom of article

SOAR Announcement:

“The negotiation between SOAR and HPI:

We tried our best to communicate with HPI (Ripmax) in details, but the reply was paying 20% the debt every four months. In the game like that ,HPI never clear any stages. They already had failed to keep their words for many times. HPI went bankrupt for a few times in recent five years and their layaway plan never worked. In addition, there’s something everyone should know.-HPI’s behavior might have resulted in the bankrupt of many manufacturers which worked with them. That cannot be forgiven.

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Ripmax buys HPI Racing


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Ripmax has announced they had bought HPI Racing. Ripmax was founded as a toy & model shop in London, UK in 1949, eventually becoming  the UK’s largest RC distributor. Over the years the group has continued to grow and is now the largest Futaba distributor in Europe. The acquisition of HPI Racing adds a world class car range to go alongside the extremely successful aircraft, boat and radio control ranges they have developed.

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Maverick RC Strada DT & RX kits

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HPI Racing introduces full of new Maverick releases for 2016. The Strada 1/10th line-up will be expanding with 2 new kits, new bodies and graphics for 3 of their most popular kits and new chassis anodizing for the entire Strada range, for a new look that coordinates beautifully with the iON range of cars and trucks.

Expanding the Strada 1/10th scale range has been a major achievement for Maverick RC, and we’re proud to debut the new Strada DT Desert Truck and the Strada RX Rallycross kits. These kits feature brand new body and wheel designs, as well as the standard features already installed in all Maveric RC Strada kits: waterproof electronics including receiver, servo and speed controller, full-time enclosed 4WD shaft drivetrain, front and rear gear differentials, 2.4GHz radio system and much more. 

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