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CompetitionX – The List – January 2023

CompetitionX - The List - January 2023

Welcome to the January 2023 edition of The List! This year started off strong with a ton of new product dropping in January, making it hard to pick our Top 5 choices. We did narrow it down but it wasn’t easy.

Let’s check out our Top 5 picks for January!

1. Kyosho Fazer Mk2 FZ02 1971 Datsun 240Z Tuner RTR
Kyosho Fazer Mk2 FZ02 4WD 1971 Datsun 240Z Readyset | CompetitionXFor starters, we had a 1972 version of this car (IRL) and it was such a killer car to drive. Then, Kyosho launches this gem complete with a full tuner vibe – custom front valance and rear wing, flared fenders, beautiful ‘Ultralight’-ish wheels in a flat black and those fender-mounted mirrors – awesome! It comes fully-assembled in RTR trim with radio gear, motor and ESC already installed. It’s got it all going on for vintage lovers as well as newcomers, making it a shoe-in for a place in this month’s ‘The List’.
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2. Pro-Line Racing 1/24 Big Bore Shocks
Pro-Line Big Bore Scaler Shocks - 1/24 Scale | CompetitionXPro-Line Racing’s Big Bore Scaler shocks have been on almost every project we’ve done – they’re a great set of tunable dampers that have a very scale look. Well, you can now get that same amazing quality in 1/24 scale! These small scale shocks feature aluminum, threaded bodies as well as aluminum upper and lower caps. They have a polished steel shock shaft for strength and come with optional stiffer springs right in the package (for heavier trucks). They are a direct fit for most 1/24 scale rigs and, because they are such a popular upgrade, deserve a place on this month’s ‘The List’.
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3. Element RC Enduro Trailwalker Black RTR
Element RC Enduro Trailwalker Black RTR | CompetitionXElement RC has created a chameleon ride with their new Enduro Trailwalker RTR. Out of the box, this thing is a beauty with its flat black look. However, a fun runs later, you’ll start to see some scratches forming – a weathered look. That’s the idea thanks to Element’s Scratch ‘N Weather Body! The body has been painted on the inside AND the outside so, as you adventure around, scratches form on the outside as medals of your tough trail driving. But that’s not all – the Trailwalker features Element’s awesome Enduro chassis underneath full of great features and an assortment of Reedy electronics. This really is a truck made for the outdoors and, with it relatively reasonable $385 price tag, it easily drives its way into this month’s ‘The List’.
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4. PROTOform P63 Light Weight Body – Mini-Z
PROTOform P63 Body Set - Mini-Z | CompetitionXAt first glance, you’d think this P63 from PROTOform was just another high-performance TC body. Well, you’d be right, but the fact that this little guy is designed for Mini-Z (or other 1/28 scale chassis) makes it even more appealing. This is, as far as we know, the first mass-produced performance body set for the 1/28 scale crowd. Based on the larger TC offering, this P63 brings a low-slung body set complete with bubble roof and large rear wing to the Mini-Z track, optimizing performance to a class that is all about scale rides. We’re sure, at first, there were a few that grumbled (not wanting a no-name vehicle in their segment) but, once they felt the performance available, simply created a new class that this body could run in. And we think it’s great. And we LOVE the look. Another great product for this month’s ‘The List’.
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5. FTX Supaforza GT
FTX RC Superforza GT 1/7 Brushless RTR | CompetitionXWhile not something we would normally pic, we think FTX’s Supaforza GT earns a place on this month’s ‘The List’ for the fact that it is throwing a 1/7 scale car into the pretty competitive large-scale arena. The SupaForza GT has the making’s of a stout speedrun car – aluminum chassis with full ground effects, Hobbywing 2000kV brushless system (with 6S compatibility), high-speed treaded tires and a full compliment of aluminum goodies for added durability. The Mustang-ish body set is also covered with aero adornments – front splitter, bulging fenders, rear wing and lower diffuser. Oh, and it’s BIG – FTX has modeled this in a whopping 1/7 scale! It really looks like they’ve done their homework on this car so we’re excited to see how it’s going to roll when the speeds get insane!
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So that’s it for this month’s The List. If you’re interested to see more Top 5 articles, you can check them out here: The List

About Tony Phalen

Tony Phalen - As an avid RC enthusiast, Tony has been building, bashing and racing RC Cars for over 30 years. He has participated in every kind of surface racing events - 1/18 scale trucks, 1/10 scale TC, Rock Racers, Rally - if it had wheels, he's raced it! He's also worked on both sides of the industry fence; collaborating with many major manufacturers (as well as being a sponsored driver) to working for a high-profile industry magazine. During this time he has learned many tricks, tips and techniques and is sharing that knowledge on CompetitionX - the most informative RC website on the internet!

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