One of the biggest announcements coming out of this week’s Nuremburg Toy Fair is from Losi, and it’s all about their new LST2 XXL monster truck. While the LST2 is no spring chicken, it’s been totally revamped and given new life thanks to some slick parts, new technology, and an all new gas-powered 2-stroke engine. Can you imagine filling this thing up at your local Chevron?!
The new LST XXL-2 retains everything that monster truckers loved about the LST platform – right down to those gigantic oil-filled shocks supporting the truck’s long A-arm suspension. The double-deck chassis provides a solid backbone, and has ample room for the protective receiver box, electronics, engine, and accordingly monstrous 300cc fuel tank – twice the size of most monster trucks! Combined with the improved fuel economy of the gasoline engine the LST XXL-2 should have run times that far exceed anything else in its class.
The most distinguishing feature from the LST2 to the XXL is its all-new .31 cubic inch gas-powered engine complete with Dynamite’s new CDI (Capacitor Discharge Ignition) ignition system that electronically fires the spark plug rather than rely on small magnetos and coils on the engine to handle it. The engine itself looks very similar to the nitro burners we’re accustomed to seeing, but this one runs on a gas/oil mixture like what larger 1/5-scale vehicles use. This means that the engine should be easier to use, as well as more reliable – because the engine is powered by an ignition system with a spark plug it should be easier to start, easier to tune, and will idle for longer periods of time.
Spektrum’s tried-and-true DX2E in black trim is assigned for transmitting the signals to an all-Spektrum lineup of electronics, all of which are waterproof – including the dual servos tasked with wrestling the truck’s monster front tires to the left and right. The LST XXL-2 also comes with Spektrum’s new driver-assisting AVC unit installed, which is sure to make a monster truck hero out of anyone!
The original LST platform was built tough – and Losi engineers didn’t mess with a good thing. The truck’s durable 2.5mm plate is reinforced with a double deck and huge skidplates for extra stiffness and and rugged durability.
The LST XXL-2′s body is a true monster truck-style pickup body with a brilliant red and white scheme that accents the truck’s red-anodized chassis components. There’s even a cutout in the truck bed so that you can access the screw-on cap for the fuel tank for pit stops without removing the shell.
This video shows Horizon Hobby employees Todd Hodge and Brian Nunez driving the truck. Sounds like a normal nitro engine!
Height: 9.8 in (250mm)
Length: 23.00 in (584.2mm)
Weight: 13.1 lb (5897 g)
Wheelbase: 15.3 in (391mm)
Width: 18.5 in (470mm)
Ground Clearance: 3.7 in (94mm)
Batteries: 7.4V 2400mAh 2S LiPo
Body: XXL 2, screen-painted
Brakes: Steel disc plate
Chassis: 2.5mm Plate, Aluminum
Completion Level: Ready-To-Run
Differentials: Sealed gear differentials
Engine Size: .31 ci
Fuel Tank Capacity: 300cc (10.1 oz)