KYOSHO RC BLOG
On a given day at MINI-Z Circuit, you can see and hear the happy banter between parents and their children while working together on MINI-Z models. One father said; 「My son has no down time as each day is packed with other activities like piano, English lessons, calligraphy, soccer and swimming. It’s my role as his father to make sure my son has some time to relax. I had an interest in R/C cars so my son and I started with the MINI-Z together, which he enjoys very much. As his driving improves, we will be able to race together and have even more fun.」Another father commented, 「I purchased a second-hand MINI-Z to start my R/C car hobby and as I was driving it around my living room my son also became interested. Now I go to the circuit every week and my son says, “Computer games are easy but the MINI-Z is quite difficult. I enjoy it because the more work I put in, the more I can see my driving improve”. Another way I enjoy the Mini-Z is by setting goals. Ultimately I want to stand on the winner’s podium! These things motivate you to continue with the MINI-Z.」
Mr. Koya Noda, Editor in Chief of GT-R Magazine, Kotsu Times Co. Ltd.The 60th anniversary of the Skyline in 2017 is also an important year in the history of the MINI-Z. The new shape R33 GT-R body was launched to complete the full GT-R line up from the R32 GT -R to the R35 GT –R. “The full line up of GT-R’s is a crowd-pleaser for GT-R fans” said, Mr. Noda, editor in chief of GT-R Magazine.
So much more fun than golf or hot yogaGenerally speaking, R/C cars are regarded as a “male hobby”. However, recently at the MINI-Z Cup and Kyosho Cup, racing classes for beginners have seen increased participation of children and women. Mrs. Inagaki was one of the racers, demonstrating the form that took her to a podium finish at the MINI-Z Cup. A lover of golf and hot yoga, Mrs. Inagaki works at Kawagoe Tart sweet shop.
The R/C model is an advanced industrial product.While I can better understand what goes into an R/C model when I build it myself, I can also appreciate how many components are used. There are many materials used within the components to bring the final product together. While these can be generally categorized into either metal or resin parts, they can be broken down even further. For example, metal parts can be categorized into iron / aluminum alloy / stainless steel / titanium while resin parts can be categorized into carbon / FRP / polycarbonate / ABS/ and nylon, among others. Some people still perceive R/C models as toys yet R/C models incorporate high grade industrial materials used in the automotive industry such as carbon materials, aluminum alloys and titanium. Our desire is to have R/C models appreciated as industrial level products in the same way cars are and not as ‘toys’. Furthermore, there are many grades for aluminum alloys such as ‘2017’, ‘5052’, ‘6061’, ‘6063’ and ‘7075’ which have different mechanical properties and features. R/C model developers carefully examine the advantages and characteristics of various materials and grades as mentioned above and select the appropriate material for their role inside the model. This creates the optimal combination of high performance and high quality for the best user experience.
How fast in km/h is an R/C model? You’ve probably been asked this question if you have an R/C model. Most often the answer given is “not really sure, but about …”. The maximum speed varies greatly depending on the category of model so this can be a difficult question to answer. To make it easier, here is the maximum speed of some Kyosho R/C models.Starting from the left, RC Surfer 3: 16km/h, MINI-Z: 17km/h, Drone Racer: 34km/h, Jet Stream 888VE: 60km/h, Inferno MP9 TKI4: 70km/h and V-ONE R4 Evo.: 100km/h. Based on these speeds do you think R/C models are fast or slow? I think the answer is relative. For example, the V ONE R4 Evo. runs at 100km/h; close to the cheetah which fastest land animal, so the V ONE R4 Evo. is fast. On the other hand, the MINI-Z runs at about 17km/h, which is half the speed of an athlete. People who drive the MINI-Z understand that even 17km/h feels like an amazing speed. The sense of speed is so great that your eyes can hardly keep up and surpasses real car racing, even if you are driving!Speed measured in km/h is only part of the sense of speed, and this is the attraction of R/C models. For the record, 325.12km/h is the fastest R/C car as confirmed in the Guinness Book of World Records and was set by American Nick Case on 25th October 2014. That is even faster than touring cars racing in the Japanese Super GT! Even though it was a fully custom-built R/C car, when you look at this record you can understand that the speed limit for R/C cars is unknown.
Its always fun hanging out with team membersThe Kyosho cup started in 1993 and is based on the concept of "a race event for ordinary people" (now also open to student teams).This is one of only a few team competitions in Japan, so many people from around the country participate each year. One team that stands out with its distinctive light green team uniform is Makino R&D, which has a car with matching green body color and black trim.
Awarded Japan’s Car Of The Year 2015-2016 and the World Car of the Year in 2016, Japan’s standout automobile design is represented by the Mazda roadster.The Mazda Roaster MINI-Z body realizes two key benefits in a model product, stunning aesthetics and superb R/C driving performance. For purely aesthetic styling, the R/C model would use the S 86mm wheelbase, however this would impact the steering control as the rear suspension cannot produce enough stroke. For this reason amongst others, the wheelbase was changed to the M 90mm wheelbase and the body was modified and formed accordingly. In cases such as this, it is not uncommon for R/C bodies to be modified. The modifications to the Mazda Roaster have resulted in a body that is even more realistic.