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Kyosho´s new items featured at the 2012 Hobby Show in Shizuoka


Kyosho miniz moto ducati rossiKyosho  recently presented a new design for the Mini-z Moto Racer at the Shizuoka fair, as well as some related accesories. The motor cycle chassis will remain the same. The only thing that has changed is the design of the pilot and the design and shape of the fairing, fuel tank and motor tail piece.  

In the case of the Ducati model, Kyosho also has the rights to produce replicas of the pilot and helmet. In this case it is Valentino Rossi. In this manner, unlike the first racer that appeared on the market, the Yamaha M1; both the pilot suit as well as the helmet, were exact replicas of those worn by Valentino.   

Vista frontal de la Kyosho Mini-Z Motoracer Ducati RossiHere you can see a front view of the Ducati design. The degree of detail on the fairings is more than acceptable. The fairing designs of the Ducati are, of course, different from those of the Yamaha M1, thus giving a very authentic look to the final product. With this in mind we would also like to mention that this isn´t the only fairing on which the design has been changed.  

 The central part of the fairing, that of the fuel tank and the mono tail piece, are also replicas of the Ducati world MotoGP. 



In addition to this motor cycle model,  Kyosho has offered some new spare parts and options for the Mini-z Moto Racer. Below you can find some images taken just recently at the Kysoho stand set up at the fair.   

Carenado y piloto blancos para pintar de la Kyosho mini-z motoracerThis is the image of the transparent fairing  and of the fuel tank and the tail piece in white for future painting. 

IT appears that this optional kit also comes with the pilot figure, also in white for future painting. 





Basculante trasero en aluminio para la Kyosho Mini-Z Motoracer Swinging rear assembly set made of aluminium. This piece contains the cascade of gears that transmit the motor power to the rear wheel and is also responsible for the rear assebly suspension.  





Horquilla delantera en aluminio para la Kyosho Mini-z Motoracer

This is the inverted front fork. In addition to having a real-looking finish, it is much more robust and operates with greater precision than the original model.  At the moment we are still not sure as to whether it operates with oil or friction grease.   





Llanta delantera en aluminio para la Kyosho Mini-Z MotoracerWe can see in this photo the front aluminium rims with a silver or black finish.

Given that they are made of aluminium, in addition to gaining more robustness and greater resistance to cracks, and fissures, they  also provide greater sturdiness. In different scale motor bikes the front rim generally has an extra weight that helps to give the bike greater stability when it spins together with the rim.     



Neumático delantero y trasero para la Kyosho Mini-Z Motoracer Set of spare tires. At the moment we don´t now if Kyosho plans to launch tires of different hardness or compunds onto the market. 







Reenvio o brazo de dirección par ala Kyosho Mini-z Motoracer

This is the steering arm used by the Mini-Z Motoracer. This part, located on the end of the arm of the servo, transfers the movement of the servo de the front fork, similar to the original model. 





Patinadores laterales con rodamiento para la Kyosho Mini-Z MotoracerIn this image you can see a pair of optional lateral crash bars for the motor cycle. 

As you are well aware, this part is mounted on the two lateral sides of the fairing and their functin is to prevent the motor cycle from leaning execisvely. If the motor cycle leans too much the tip of these crash bars touches the ground and thus prevents the motorcylce from falling over. In the original part the cars bar had plastic ball in the tips. In this optional model the tip uses ball bearings instead.


This option could be very interesting for those who want to race this motor cycle on foam tracks such as the  RCP Track.

In the Kyosho stand at the Shizuoka hobby show, Kyosho also presented its new line of car bodies. You can see the images below:

Carroceria enzo ferrari en negro mate para Kyosho Mini-Z As a new feature, Kyosho presents us with this new paint design of the Ferrari Enzo, with a matt black finish. Also incorporated are some openings for air circulation in the rear section and a really outstanding spoiler. .








Carrocería del Ferrari enzo en color negro mate, para los Kyosho Mini-ZAnother view of the car body. 









Carrocería Audi R8 LM v10 para los Kyosho Mini-Z

Finally, we have this spectacular body of the Audi R8 LM V10 that Kyosho officially presented at the Hobby show.   


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Kyosho DBX-VE available in Spain as of Febrero 2011

The recent electrical version of the Kyosho DBX car will be available in its VE electrical form, assembled with a  brushless  motor and the new Syncro transmitter by 2.4Ghz.

Fully assembled and adjusted Chassis.
Readyset model with RC 2.4GHz KT-200 set.
Brushless Team Orion Vortex 10 motor.
Team Orion Experience 2 Pro Speed Variator.
Equipped for use with NiMh o LiPo 7,4V batteries
High capacity suspension. 
Identical trapesiums, swing arms and suspension supports on the front and rear assemblies.
Air tight radio compartment.
Aluminium wheel nuts.
Options for intalling 1/8 tires. 4wd transmission system via paliers and three differentials.

Low center of gravity.


NiMh 7,2-8,4V or LiPo 7,4V * 8 transmitter Batterias/AA batteries for the transmitter.

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PN Racing Triple suspension for the Mini-Z MR02 and Mini-Z MR03

As some of you were already able to see over a year ago at the Terrassa endurance race, the PN racing team assembled a prototype that the present commercial version of the triple arm suspension is based on. 
As you can see in the image, it is kit version, meaning that you will require disc suspension in order to complete the assembly as with the motor mount that is specified in the description.

As you can imagine, this suspension comes in two types; one is 94mm and the other, 98mm according to the configuration of your mini-z.

Rear triple threat arm suspension system.  (TDS)
It is a conversion kit. 

This suspension is valid only with the reference of Pn Racing MR2288 V3 98mm LCG or the  PN Racing MR2289 motor mount  V4 98mm LCG .
Or the MR2295 motor mount in the case of wanting to use the triple arm 94mm version. 

Technical characteristics:
Includes  2 lateral suspesnsions.
Includes 1 upper suspension plate. 
Includes 1 lower suspension plate.
Includes 2 M2x4 button screw sets.
Includes 4 Countersink M2x8 units.

The following is needed for installation: 
MR2295 PN Racing Mini-Z V3 LCG motor mount
MR2161 PN Racing Mini-Z centre dual-shocks
MR2162 PN Racing Mini-Z centre springs for the adjustment.

Use grease on the body of the shocks to improve the suspension action.

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Preparation of the MR03 Chassis for competitions LEVEL 2

Once our Kyosho Mini-Z MR03 has the option parts that allow us to take it to the level of perfection that we wish  (parts recomended in Level 1), it´s time to consider starting to compete with our little racing car. By competing we mean, either against other drivers or against the chronometer. 
It´s evident that, as easy as all of this Mini-z stuff might seem, without some good training sessions to let us get used to our machine plus a minimum of option parts that help us to improve the on track performance of the car, the possibilities of competing with our Mini Z won´t be feasible.
To continue with the option part process of our Mini-Z, with a focus on competing, would should bank on the following: 
1-      The durability of key parts of the car. We must be sure that nothing´s going to break during the race. 
2-      The possibility of making constant improvements to the set up of the car and the use of option parts  that enable us to increase the number of adjustments and settings. 
So therefore, in this second level of preparation of the Mini-Z MR03, we will mount parts that have a dual purpose; on the one hand they make certain sections of the car more robust, and on the other hand they help to improve the performance of the race car on track. 
Just as we did in Level 1 we´ll go section by section. In this case, the first two parts that we suggest make up part of a group of option parts whose function is to reinforce the MR03 chassis. 
1 – Mini-Z MR03 steering arm (Ref. MR3032S)
Installing this option part on our car will give us many possibilities. To start with, the steering will be made more robust and will avoid breakages following knocks and collisions. These steering arms that we propose also give us the possibility of lowering the chassis height on the front assembly and thus the lowering of the car´s center of gravity (greater velocity when taking curves and lower risk of flipping over). Moreover we´ll be able to access the  King Pin (the axle that the arm passes through) and lubricate it from the inside of the arm (you can see the cross section of the center of the steering arm).
Furthermore, the nylon housing that incorporates the steering arm that the sterring arms slide through, reduces the friction between the arm and the axle and smoothens the movement of the front assembly suspension.
As you can observe, on the MR03 chassis, when we press down on the front suspension, we alter the angle of incidence on the wheels against the floor (we call this effect a camber or fall).
2 –  Steering rod for the Mini-Z MR03 (Ref. MR3019S)
Once we have replaced the steering arms on our chassis, we must also change the steering rod. Apart from the advantages that the aluminium rod offers us, substituting the original plastic rod for an aluminium one is a good option because it´s not adviseable for the small pins of the arms to exert force against the plastic orofices of the rod (on impact, the plastic orofices of the steering rod are always what take the brunt of it).  
In addition to its sturdiness, with an optional steering rod we can also modify the car´s geometry. If you take a good look, the steering rods of the MR03 are divided into to narrow and wide ones and have different degrees of convergence (toe in) and divergence (toe out) with respect to the direction of movement. 
The car body used will “oblige” us to assemble a long or narrow type rod. In any regard, selecting a divergent or convergent rod will modify the performance and stability of our Mini-Z. 
If what we want is stable and accurate steering, especially on straight lines, we use divergent steering rods; the greater the divergence, the greater the stability. However, at the same time, we´ll lose speed on curve entry. If on the contrary, our car is already stable enough on straights, we can mount steering bars with different degrees of convergence. Converging bars will make our cars become more agitated, unstable on straights (the car trajectory will have to be continuously corrected), but much faster on curve entry.
Once we´ve decided to start competing and make full use of our chassis, we´ll have to have some option parts at our disposal that give us more control over certain sections of the car. At Level 1 we exchanged the original plastic suspension plates for fiber ones.  You´ll notice that when these swing laterally, they quickly and freely return to their original position and with greater or lesser force, depending on the hardness of the plate. Such a quick return can cause the bouncing of the rear assembly and as a result, a loss of grip. 
The friction of the suspension discs helps us to dampen the momentum in the torsion of these fiber T plates, thus diminishing the swing motion of the rear axle.  
By using this suspension kit we´re able to adjust the friction force of the discs (assembling springs of varying hardness) and subsequently the speed of the lateral torsion of the rear assembly. 
To achieve optimum tact on the rear assembly we can play a little with the hardness of the suspension (T) plates as well as the hardness of the suspension springs for whatever surface we may be competing on. 
4 – Motor mount  94 and 98 (Ref. MR2295S)
The motor mount is one of the vital elements of our list of option parts for our Kyosho Mini-Z. One of the advantages of the MR03, from our point of view, if the rear section of our chassis is identical to its predecessor, the MR02. Therefore all the parts that we used on our MR02 can also be used on the  MR03, including the disc suspension. 
The motor mount basically has two functions;  make the rear assembly more robust, and facilitate the fixture of the motor to the chassis. Using these  motor mounts, the micro adjustment between the motor pinion and the crown  of the differential is totally accurate and easily carried out. Other characteristics that these motor mounts (available in aluminium) offer us are:
  • The option of adjusting the height of the arm that supports the friction discs. 
  • The option of raising or lowering the rear axle through the accesories that come with the motor mount, with which we can further adjust the height of the car. 
  • The motor acts directly on the mount, meaning that, in addition to reducing the weight of the entire assembly, the metal on metal contact helps to dissipate the temperature of the motor. Furthermore, the fact that the motor runs “free” only on one side and without any type of encasement, it´ll be a good idea to refrigerate it. 
  • Strictly speaking, the motor mount, allows us to use both 94mm car bodies as well as those with a 98mm wheelbase, provided that they are in MM (Medium Motor) position.    
5 – Pn Racing Speedy Motor 07 (Ref.111550)
In order to start competing with our Mini-Z we clearly need to mount a motor with greater performance. The stock motor that comes with the original Mini-Zs are ok to start off with, but they lack some vital characteristics for competitions.
A motor like the one that we propose in this section can be set up on optional motor mounts (it includes holes in the front especially for this purpose), we can also replace the carbon brushes when they become worn without having to change the entire motor. 
The fact that it carries bearings also helps to reduce the energy consumption of the battery and extend the life of the motor. A motor with these characteristics, for use on the original stock electronics, provide us with a performace efficiency that is much greater than the original motor. We have great top speed and take off speed. 
Another advantage is that with the use of this type of motor , once we decide to modify the electronics (assembling multi FET systems) we can still use the same motor with the resulting increase in performance. 
We recommend the use of this type of motor, multifaceted, that can be used with original as well as modified electronics.