HPI Goes Nitro With Latest Ken Block Car

Feb 15, 2014 No Comments by

HPI just announced a new addition to their lineup of officially licensed Ken Block cars, joining the Micro RS4 and 1/8 scale brushless WR8 Flux versions. The latest Hoonigan ride is also 1/8 scale and built on the shaft-driven WR8 3.0 4WD platform and powered by a Nitro Star G3.0 HO engine.  The car is based on the Bullet ST, which should make this machine ideal for duplicating the tire-scorching hooning action KB is known for. Fingers crossed for one of HPI’s “replica videos” to go along with this release.

Official hype from the car’s page at HPI.com follows the pics.

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Yep, looks good…HPI is one of the best brands at scale stuff. Be glad you’re not the one who has to decal the body.

 

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Plastic shocks and a painted pipe will trim a few bucks without cutting into the fun factor. No Roto-Start for this guy, you have to pull the string.

 

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Side view, yep. The stance is just right.

 

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Remember when HPI was all about purple ano? Now it’s orange. Note the linkages on both sides of the throttle/brake servo. The WR8 3.0 chassis has dual brakes and a center diff, so you can set brake bias.  Go for a rear bias and get your drift on.

 

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The Ken Block WR8 is now available with awesome HPI 3.0 Nitro power! Now you can grab yourself the only officially licensed nitro-powered replica of Ken Block’s Global Rallycross Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. in his eye-catching blue and black GRC livery! The powerful and fast WR8 3.0 from HPI is fitted with a fire-breathing, smoke-spewing, high-revving HPI Nitro Star G3.0 HO engine that makes this 4WD rally car the ultimate Ken Block-approved replica. Get yourself behind the wheel for fantastic top speed runs and jaw-dropping rally or gymkhana-style Hoonigan action!

Underneath the replica Ken Block Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. body, the WR8 3.0 chassis is based on the Bullet 3.0 nitro monster truck, which means it’s massively tough and can take a real beating on or off the road! The WR8 3.0 uses the same tough bevel gear differentials, twin disc brakes and fully ball bearing-supported 4WD shaft drivetrain of the Bullet nitro truck, but adds the Nitro Star G3.0 High Output engine, a racing-style clutch, WR8 rally-style suspension geometry, custom-designed shock towers and dampers and extra-thick sway bars for extra control! Top it off with tarmac rally tires and bright blue Speedline wheels and you’ve got an instant head-turner in your hands!

The WR8 3.0 kit is completely pre-built, just like all RTR (Ready To Run) kits from HPI Racing. There are a few supplies you’ll need, which your HPI retailer will be happy to provide: fuel, a fuel bottle and a glow plug igniter with battery. Enough AA alkaline HPI Plazma batteries are included with the kit to power the hassle-free 2.4GHz radio system.

 

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