The Kyosho Optima Re-Release is hitting stores this week and it was so fitting to get a running video out for the world to see! This 4wd 1/10th scale buggy that debuted in 1985 has been re-vamped to take today’s brushless/lipo battery power and still have the same feel of a vintage buggy. It was a BLAST to drive and I was being easy on it, although the Team Orion Electronics could have been pushed harder!
The Kyosho Optima 4wd 1/10th scale buggy was the “Optimal” performance vehicle of the 1980’s. Now, Kyosho has re-released the vehicle to withstand today’s brushless powerplants. In this video, I show off the unique packaging that brings you back to the ’80’s to experience how the hobby really started – it’s like a display case of upgrade parts!
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Here’s where I got it and some info from Kyosho:
Here’s what electronics I selected for the Kyosho Optima:
Team Orion R10.1 Pro Speed Control:
Team Orion VST2 brushless/sensored motor:
Hitec 8330 Servo:
Take a look at the re-released Pactra Line of paints from Testors:
The first OPTIMA model was heralded as a technical masterpiece at its release in 1985 and from then, Kyosho has set the standard in R/C development. Memories of the OPTIMA are fresh even after 30 years and its stylish form and ruthlessly efficient performance still resonate amongst modern racing machines. Now the new OPTIMA is ready to continue the battle for racing dominance, embodying the latest in technological evolution but with the distinctive OPTIMA style. The narrow backbone shaped chassis provides the platform for optimal geometry with large steering angles and double wishbone suspension with long 35mm suspension stroke. Recreated in the image of the original design, the 4WD chain system is housed inside a sealed compartment and the gears and gearbox at the center of the drive train are equipped with robust metal counter gear pinion and rear diff case. The drive train also features a slipper clutch and precision 48-pitch gear modules that reduce drive loss and fulfill the potential of modern power sources. Modern features include the choice of chain drive or belt drive as well as big bore shocks on front and rear that have been recreated in the original OPTIMA colors, plus hex screws. As a true racing partner, the OPTIMA is ready to race again with the latest advancements in driving performance.
Features: Chassis: All plates and the main chassis bars are now 6061T6 aluminum (counter sunk). Aluminum chassis bars are slightly thicker for more durability. Drive-train: Kit includes both chain and belt drive trains allowing use of more powerful motors. Diff gears now have ball bearings installed. Gears: Now in 48 pitch gears. Sintered alloy gears combined with high impact nylon gears and newly added slipper clutch will cope with the current power plants. Shocks: 10mm diameter aluminum cylinder with SUS shaft allows improved damping. Tires/Wheels: Slightly modified tread designs and softer compound for superior grip and handling. Rear tires include inner sponge. 1 piece wheel design. Bumpers: 2 Types of bumpers included (Wide and Narrow) Motor Guard: Aluminum motor guard Geometry: Updated geometry and servo fixture Hardware: All Hex Driver: Molded helmet design. Option Parts: We will release various option parts. Electronics compatibility: The 2014 Scorpion is compatible with the current standard servos, receiver units, ESC’s, motors and battery packs. Packaging: Similar to the original with blister pack showing some of the parts included. Some parts will be preassembled and parts will be bagged in steps following the instruction manual for easy assembly.
Ground Clearance: 36mm
Tread (F/R): 204mm / 204mm
Tire (F/R): 86f x 40mm / 86f x 40mm
Gear Ratio: 9.24:1
Weight: approx. 1,600g
Motor: 540 class size
Battery: Ni-MH / Li-PO Standard Size / short size
R/C System: 2 channel, 1-servo, ESC
Includes: Pre-assembled kit (gearbox and oil shocks are pre-assembled) Clear polycarbonate body Decals L-shape hex wrench Cross wrench Shock wrench Shock oil Grease Threadlock glue