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Speedzone introduce Evolution brand

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Speedzone have announced their new brand called Evolution, designed for and dedicated to competitive racing. The Evolution brand will broaden Speedzone’s exposure in the competitive R/C car racing scene and will bring forth a selection of high quality, high performance race ready/race tested products. The first product offerings for the brand are 1S, 2S standard and shorty 130C lipo packs. The 6000mAh 7.4V LCG pack measures 139x47x22.5mm and weighs 294g, the 5200mAh 7.4V shorty pack measures 96x47x25mm and weighs 228g while the 8100mAh 3.7v pack measures 93x47x18.5mm and weighs 160g. All packs were designed to produce High Voltage with low internal resistance and utilize 5mm bullet connectors.

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Masami Hirosaka parts way with Yokomo

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After 30 years spent with Yokomo, Masami Hirosaka has announced today on social media that he parts way with the Japanese brand. Considered as one of the best drivers of all time, this RC stakhanovist is also the one who has won the most Worlds titles, making him a legend. His surprise departure from his “home” is linked to the retirement of Yokomo’s founder, Tom Yokobori. Until a new opportunity comes along, Masami continues to work for IFMAR on tracks around the world.

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Gil Losi Jr. is back to TLR & Losi

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Horizon Hobby have announced that Gil Losi Jr. has returned to consult with Team Losi Racing and the Losi development team. G.Losi Jr. will work closely with the race team to produce innovative vehicles as well as supporting design on the Losi side of the business.

“As one of the living legends in the RC community, he has immediate credibility with retailers and consumers alike, and his experience, insight and creativity will help us produce amazing new vehicles for both Losi and Team Losi Racing,” said Horizon Hobby President Chris Dickerson. “We are excited to once again have him on our Horizon team!”

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Philippe Neidhart talks about global business & Team Orion

Our friends at circusrc.com have asked Philippe Neidhart a few questions about the RC market and Team Orion Racing.

Some racers know Philippe Neidhart, some will discover him today. Philippe is one of the Pioneer of the RC industry, he started business in the 80’s when Electric RC was booming, at that Time Team Orion has been created. Team Orion is one of the first company selling competition RC batteries based on the quality, by matching each individual NiMH cells, quickly it became the batteries to have worldwide and in 1994 Team Orion won his first IFMAR World Championship this was the start of a long story…

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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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Associated Electrics introduces new Element RC brand

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Associated Electrics have announced an all-new brand: Element RC. It’s a brand committed to providing adventurers with an experience, a story to tell, and memories that will last a lifetime. Established by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts: Element RC is a team of individuals dedicated to developing top-tier products, support, and innovative design concepts. This new brand is dedicated to fun, family, community, and is backed by Associated Electrics: the industry leader in radio-controlled car racing for over 50 years.

Element RC was created with the adventure enthusiast in mind.

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Adrien Bertin talks about Performa Racing

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Since many months many people have been wondering what Performa was. The long-awaited answer comes from HB Racing Team Manager Adrien Bertin who confirms the launch of the Performa Racing brand for 2019.

Hello Adrien, let’s go straight to the point, what is Performa Racing?

Adrien Bertin:Hello everybody, I am really pleased to introduce you to the Performa Racing brand. Over the past 2 years we have had great success with HB Racing, and some of our HB team drivers wanted to use a complete Neidhart SA package that included the car & power source. After some talk with Neidhart SA owner Philippe Neidhart, we decided that the Performa concept will work alongside HB Racing. Performa Racing is a new Neidhart SA brand that will be treated with the same philosophy as HB Racing: Offer the best products with no compromise, aimed at the most demanding racers.

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Horizon Hobby announces passing of Joseph Ambrose

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It is with deep sadness we announce the unexpected passing of chief executive officer Joe Ambrose. Joe died in Champaign on January 4, 2019, at the age of 61. Longtime Horizon board member and Chairman of First Busey Corporation, Greg Lykins said, “With Joe’s passing, we have lost an amazing human being and visionary leader. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Joe have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor.”

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