Here are some pictures as promised.. My modified HPI Savage X 4.6, and my 10-year-old Kyosho Inferno DX. I was quite inspired to give my Inferno DX a re-look after Josh Cyrul’s famous House-Jumping video by a 1/8 Scale Off-road Racing Buggy, none other than the Kyosho Inferno 7.5. History has it that Kyosho popularized the 1/8 off-road race car, as in their company debut, they wanted to avoid direct competition with Tamiya – the world’s largest R/C and model car manufacturer. Consequently, rather than targeting the entry-level hobbyist, they made race-ready cars targeted at discerning RC car fanatics and “professional” racers.

I didn’t do much modding on the Inferno.. Back then, I changed all shocks to aluminum extra-travel oil-damped shocks. I remembered feeling quite disgruntled that for the same money, the Thunder Tiger 1/8 Off Road buggy had the whole works in it… particularly, metal gears, dirt guards and adjustable big-bore shocks. Nonetheless, the immature me who knew jack about car tuning, didn’t do a proper engine break-in, and worse… I ran it in a long-grass field and over-heated and over-worked the stock Kyosho .21 engine. So, I got a nice blue-topped Thunder Tiger Pro-21BR that generates 2.12 hp! Best part… I found that it’s such a good engine that it is still in production even today! I also changed the air filter to a K & N one. It’s currently fitted with my Savage X’s old, stock exhaust. Will have to change the manifold to fit an aluminium tuned pipe I have lying around.

Old RC Meets New : Kyosho Inferno DX vs HPI Savage X 4.6

Old RC Meets New : Kyosho Inferno DX vs HPI Savage X 4.6

Old RC Meets New : Kyosho Inferno DX vs HPI Savage X 4.6

Old RC Meets New : Kyosho Inferno DX vs HPI Savage X 4.6

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