22 Sep 2011

OPTIMA re-released

Ok...ok... Not really a true re-release, but now that Avante 2011 and Fast Attack Vehicle 2011 were released, kyosho fans were waiting for their own nolstalgia series rebirth.
I was delighted when I opened the Kyosho global website today, because I've rarely seen the blue yellow white livery of the original optima there!!!
Now, the actual news is about a new Mini-z BUGGY series, and the first batch of bodies are the Optima and the Lazer ZX-5 FS.
And it's not really a news because the mini-z buggy has been announced in august but I've not published anything since... well, you can see that :D

From the website:
"Nostalgic body style combines with latest chassis design!

Dynamic palmtop size buggy with Readyset!
New generation 4x4 MINI-Z chassis creates spectacular racing action!

Longtime fans of R/C will recognize the distinctive form of the OPTIMA body straight away. But the nostalgic exterior hides the very latest in R/C design technology. The precision chassis features a shaft driven 4WD with a two-differential drive train incorporating a slipper clutch to protect gears with oil shocks on the 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension, just like the original Optima 1/10 racing buggy. The result is the exceptional performance expected of a 1/10 scale R/C buggy, but concentrated into a racing machine that fits on the palm of your hand and the best off-road performance achieved in the history of the MINI-Z. With most of the precision components protected within the dirt-proof shell, the chassis has the rigidity and durability for hardcore off-road action. Based on the MINI-Z Racer, control circuit board has been tuned for off-road with a special separated design. The ICS function allows precision setting adjustment of controls including the optional gyro unit through your PC while the Chase Mode feature fires up the intensity of racing action. Also, the newly designed steering servo is equipped with 7-stage gearing. High torque and precision control combine to produce the MINI-Z’s characteristic steering feel and linear control. As the famous Optima body is pre-painted and is packaged as a Readyset, just purchase and set batteries into this legendary racing buggy and watch the latest MINI-Z technology tear up any dirt track."

Tread (F/R)
AAA-size alkaline batteries x 4 or NiMH batteries x 4 for chassis.
R/C System

More pics here