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Turbo Optima

Among the few RC companies present at this year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair, we find Kyosho. The Japanese brand are showing the new Inferno MP10 competition buggy and a new re-release of the Turbo Optima. The model is a replica of the historic off-road buggy of the 80s. The 2019 edition will be sold with a series of new updates and color gold-plated aluminum parts.

Turbo Optima

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cody king kyosho

The legendary US pilot Cody King (who won his 2010 IFMAR World Championship with Kyosho) has announced his return to RC racing and will be a part of the 2019 Kyosho race team.

“I want to give a huge thank you to Kyosho for the opportunity to race for them again. As most people know, I had to step away from racing for a period of time, and now I’m ready and excited to get back to the track.

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 LiveRC.com » News » Announcements » Jared Tebo and Kyosho Part Ways Jared Tebo and Kyosho Part Ways Monday, Dec 24, 2018 01:37pm Print Jared Tebo and Kyosho Part Ways  By Tyler Hooks LiveRC.com   Below are the two posts made this morning regarding Tebo's departure from long time sponsor Kyosho.  "This post has a lot of mixed emotions, as I will not be re-signing with Kyosho for 2019. We had an AMAZING ERA together ... 10 consecutive years ... two 5 year contracts, 12.5 years in total, and I’m very proud of our time together. We had great success together on the race track, with 1 World Championship, 4 World Championship TQ’s, 6 World Championship Podiums, 8 National Championships, and many other wins. The working relationship is ending, but the friendships and memories are not coming to an end. I want to thank Aki Suzuki, for believing in me and giving me such a great opportunity, you are forever part of our family! You were there for Megan and I in one of our most challenging times, and your support and love is not forgotten! Mitsuo Yoshimaru, you are a great man for Kyosho and such a hard worker, always making sure I was taken care of. Yoshiyuki Chikuba, I was very honored to win a World Championship with your car, that was a special moment for us both! Mick Cradock, thanks for all the help at Neo, and to your great family, I will miss pitting with you all. Zack Rogers, thanks for being a great friend, you made me believe in myself again and helped me fall back in love with RC. I’m sad we only got to travel the world together for 1 year, but it’s a year I’ll never forget 🤘🏼 Yuichi Kanai, thank you for all the support and a great platform to race with. Kohta Akimoto, Futoshi Ishihara, Kenji Takashima and all other Kyosho staff and Team Drivers, THANK YOU! We are ending on good terms, and the reason is not important. My family and I are VERY thankful for our time together, and we wish Kyosho, and all the people named above the best. I look forward to seeing you all again

After ten years Jared Tebo will be retiring from the Kyosho racing Team. Fourteen years ago Jared got his start in 1/8 nitro off-road racing with Kyosho and kept collaborating with the Japanese brand with just a short break.

Jared posted on Facebook: “I will not be re-signing with Kyosho for 2019. We had an AMAZING ERA together … 10 consecutive years … two 5 year contracts, 12.5 years in total, and I’m very proud of our time together. We had great success together on the race track, with 1 World Championship, 4 World Championship TQ’s, 6 World Championship Podiums, 8 National Championships, and many other wins. The working relationship is ending, but the friendships and memories are not coming to an end.

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Yuichi Kanai Interview

The Kyosho flagship Inferno Buggy has been popular amongst racing buggy enthusiasts around the world. The name “Yuichi Kanai” is synonymous with the “Inferno” as the person who designed the entire series for 3 decades, including the new MP10.

We’ve interviewed Yuichi Kanai, who single-handedly controls quality and design, and does exhaustive performance testing locally in addition to attending many of the most highly competitive races around the world. In the following interview, Kanai discusses his concepts and design ideology behind the creation of the new MP10.

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Inferno MP10

Kyosho has published the features of the Inferno MP10 1/8th Scale Competition Buggy. The model is sold in kit form, with many new features. The layout weight distribution maintains effective steering control with firm front grip, whether you’re accelerating or not.

Inferno MP10

Cornering speed is further increased through optimization of the Ackerman ratio. A new reversible steering plate enables eight different settings to match the specific characteristics of the racing surface and your personal preferences as a racer.

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Mini-Z RWD
In January, Kyosho will start distribution of a new Mini-Z RWD with the body replica of the McLaren P1 GTR. The P1 GTR was the circuit-spec model introduced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR. The P1 GTR’s unique features such as a large front splitter and rear wing, air intake snorkel and rear aerodynamic plate, have been reproduced.

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Kyosho uploaded a video teaser, featuring a new model that will be released soon. The video does not show much, but from the noise of a nitro engine, the body we can glimpse and the signature of Yuichi Kanai we think of a new version or evolution of the legendary Inferno Buggy.

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