HPI announces a new gasoline engine for 1/8-scale cars and trucks!

February 1st, 2012

While browsing RedRC’s coverage of this year’s Nuremburg Toy Fair, I stumbled across an interesting new release from HPI Racing/Hot Bodies:


(Photo: RedRC)

Though limited information is available about the new mill, RedRC says that HPI claims the engine’s outer dimensions are “slightly larger than a big block nitro engine” (the engine was fitted into different chassis at Nuremburg, notably the HPI Savage XL and Hot Bodies D8T).

What could this mean for RC?

When compared to a traditional nitro-burning RC engine of the same total size, the gasoline engine should both better mileage, quieter operation, and more reliable starting and tuning, not to mention the significant savings in fuel costs. It remains to be seen how HPI plans to adapt the higher torque and lower RPM range of the gasoline engine, and what effect these differences (along with total weight) will have on the performance of the cars and trucks.

But one thing is for certain: a powerful, reliable gasoline engine that can be fitted into many popular cars and trucks could mean one of the biggest revolutions the RC industry has ever seen.

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Posted by Aaron Waldron

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  1. Henry Gardner
    March 1st, 2012    5:55 PM

    When this will b ready

  2. Aaron Waldron
    March 2nd, 2012    3:27 PM

    I’ve heard that HPI plans to release it by late March, so sometime around then.

  3. Ed Gimple
    April 7th, 2012    1:41 PM

    When will I be able to purchase one. Thanks’

  4. Brando
    April 17th, 2012    8:20 PM

    I may want to purchase one I’m in the us havent seen one yet. What goin on?

  5. EA
    April 17th, 2012    11:53 PM

    Hpi Did serious mistake, said that the new 1/8 engine will be released in March and now already mid-April and even their website does not mention somthing about the engine,or something similar. It probably wont be 1/8 scale fit as they say. Hpi im very Disappointed with you, company that respects her self and ther Customers dont use this kind of false posts.

  6. irvans
    September 4th, 2012    8:42 AM

    My greetings from indonesi, I was very interested in having engine HPI 1/8th gasoline, please take the information where I can buy and at what price?