After first breaking the news two weeks ago, Kyosho’s 1/8 buggy designer godfather has confirmed via Facebook that the Kyosho Masters in France next weekend will be his last time using his beloved RB engine.
“I leave the RB. The RB was a splendid engine. It becomes last to use an RB in France Kyosho masters of the next week. Thank you very much so far!”
Much like Michael Schumacher’s 2nd career in F1, Kanai’s ‘first time round’ with RB proved to be his true glory years – memorably wrapping up his IFMAR World Championship in a Las Vegas Casino parking lot in style – then running RB power – the company’s ‘heyday’ years between 1998-2006, going onto win 1998, 2000 & 2004 IFMAR Worlds.
However with RB’s sudden rapid demise, it seemed only a matter of time before Kanai would announce his departure, the question now turns to – where will he go ? Back to Orion ? Stay in Japan with OS, or perhaps an outsider like REDs or Novarossi ? Vote in our poll below!
Godfather of the Kyosho Inferno series of buggys Yuichi Kanai announced via his Facebook page that he has officially signed to run for Korean fuel brand Rapicon having personally used the fuel we believe since April some time.
Engine Future ?
Perhaps more on topic however is what engine Kanai-san might be sporting in his MP9 in the near future; with the unfortunate demise of RB Products and departure of much of their drivers (Marco Baruffolo, Ricardo Monteiro etc.)
The new BXR LS5 V2 engine is the LS5 PLUS engine’s newest brother. This high level offroad engine uses the Long Stroke technology, and features a 5 port design with MES a 14.5mm lightened and steel main bearing (as opposed to the ceramic bearing of the PLUS). The new BXR LS5 carburetor features an extra spraybar, designed to provide a better idle and easier adjustment. The cooling head is re-designed to keep a low center of gravity, but still large enough to sufficiently cool the engine.
After having released their new Long Stroke competition offroad engine (BXR LS5PLUS), RB is happy to introduce the new offroad competition engine with the Super Long Stroke technology, the BXR SLS5 V2. The new BXR SLS5 V2 engine is a Super Long Stroke and 5 port engine. This version V2 receives a complete new sleeve with complete new intake port timing and lateral intake port orientation to increase the torque and to have the best end power.
After several tests on different condition’s, the new carburetor is using a double adjustment with an extra spraybar, giving a better idle and is very easy to adjust. This new Super Long Stroke V2 engine provides a very linear acceleration which is appreciated when the track is slippery or bumpy where you need smooth acceleration, but with good torque.
RB Products has introduced their 2015 engine range, and among the new engines is the BXR LS5 PLUS. This high-end offroad engine uses long-stroke technology, 5 port design, 14.5mm crankshaft, ceramic main bearing, and more. The new BXR LS5 carburetor features an extra spraybar, designed to provide a better idle and easier adjustment. The cooling head is re-designed to keep a low center of gravity, but still large enough to sufficiently cool the engine.
We received the following statement from RB Products today announcing that the company is “to be placed under the protection of the Commercial Court of Grenoble… The goal of this action is to ensure the continuation of the activity by the intervention of a new shareholder.“
The news will naturally shock a few of our readers however here at NeoBuggy we take a positive pragmatic view on the statement from RB – a period of restructuring is ahead as they are able to retain the management but operating under difficult French company law and taxation rules requiring significant administration has made it incredibly hard for the company to survive in the long term – that said it shows a great deal of respect and class to see the company put out an official statement regarding their situation prior to the rumour mill running out of control.
RB as a company and brand were one of the first to support NeoBuggy, they have moulded and shaped modern day RC Racing starting off with fuel and engines only to hit even greater heights; memorably at the 2013 Euro B Championships with their record breaking car, engine, fuel, tyres, ADS victory – a feat very difficult to repeat!
As a functioning company with staff, warehouse, departments, end-to-end support etc. We wish them all the best for the future which surely is bright with an anticipated 2015 Engine release this week!
RB Products has announced that 9-time Spanish Champion, Alberto Garcia, will continue with RB engines for 2015. Garcia is scheduled to run the Spain Championship, Madrid Championship, The Italian Job, 2015 Euros, and various other international events.
RB is always working to evolve their product line, and today they have shared a blurry teaser of just one of their latest projects. A fresh lineup of engines is in the works for 2015, and while little is known at this time about the new engines, RB says, “RB is working hard on the latest engines technology to give drivers the best performance and reliability.The new line will be the champions line! You will see it very soon…”