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Big Gas-Burnin’ Buggy: TLR Announces New 5IVE-B [VIDEO]

Big Gas-Burnin’ Buggy: TLR Announces New 5IVE-B [VIDEO]

Now here’s something that we didn’t see coming! The new TLR 5IVE-B gas buggy is here and unlike other 1/5-scale vehicles that have come out of the Horizon Hobby camp, the 5IVE-B is under the TLR name instead of Losi . And it’s a kit, so you get the joy of building it yourself and picking out the gear that you want to use to make it go. Things like the dual steering-servo setup, hard anodized shocks, light weight wheels, aluminum clutch housing and more should make this buggy handle and perform better than most 1/5-scale vehicles on the market. We’re looking forward to getting a test car for review, but until then you can scroll down to check out video, the official word from TLR, and a bunch more photos.

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From TLR:

The 5IVE-B™ buggy is the 1/5-scale kit for hardcore racers who don’t want to settle for anything but the best. The 5IVE-B has been designed from the ground up to the exacting standards of TLR® engineering and includes standard features you simply won’t find in anything else.

Purpose-Built Racing Chassis
Unlike lesser 1/5-scale basher-based buggies modified for racing the Team Losi Racing 5IVE-B has been designed for one purpose: Racing. The 5IVE-B features a 5mm 6061-T6 aluminum chassis specifically engineered for competition. The chassis plate has been inspired by the legendary TLR 8IGHT™ platform, featuring a shorter wheel base than others for improved handling. The chassis plate also has milled pockets that save weight and allow enough flex for maximum traction under hard acceleration.

Heavy Duty Braking System
The 5IVE-B features stamped-steel rotors and, when combined with the heavy duty plates and pads, provide a sense of confidence and control that allows racers to drive harder into corners and come to a stop more quickly. Front-to-rear braking bias can also be fine-tuned for evolving track conditions.

Dual-Steering-Servo Radio Tray
The 5IVE-B radio tray has been designed to accommodate the most powerful 1/5-scale steering servos available. This includes the Spektrum™ line of 1/5-scale servos with patent-pending Back EMF technology that prevents servo fade and maintains maximum holding power for the duration of a receiver pack.

Racing Body and Wing
The 5IVE-B body has been inspired by those used on 1/8-scale racing buggies, featuring a cab-forward design. This distinctive shape provides greater front down force which improves steering. The wing features a removable wicker bill for tailoring the rear down force to meet the precise track conditions.

Aluminum Clutch Carrier and Center Diff Case
The 5IVE-B features race-bred drive system engineered to exacting standards to harness the power of a high-output gas engine during the most-extreme conditions. The clutch and center differential are both CNC-machined aluminum, providing strength and durability while helping to dissipate heat, keeping things cool and providing more consistent performance throughout a run.

Hard-Anodized Aluminum Shocks and Shock Towers
The hard anodized 24mm shocks include bleeder caps that make them easier to build without sacrificing performance. The machined aluminum shock towers offer multiple shock mounting options that give racers an abundance of tuning options for different track conditions.

One-Piece Glue-Style Wheels
The low rotational mass of these wheels allow the 5IVE-B to accelerate faster with less stress on drivetrain components.

Air Filter Designed Specifically for the 5IVE-B Buggy
Whatever 25cc-to-32cc engine you install in your buggy the included air filter has been designed for maximum air flow to the carb while keeping dirt, grit and debris out of your engine. This translates into an air filter which provides maximum protection while unleashing the monster horsepower your engine was built for.

Axle Boots
Molded rubber boots on the CVAs and center drive train dog bones increase U-joint life. The boots help keep grease in and dirt out so your axles last longer and require less maintenance.

Adjustable Toe and Anti-Squat Plates
For maximum tuning the 5IVE-B includes adjustable front and rear A-Arm mounts. By swapping out inserts you will be able to fine tune your car by altering the toe-in, anti-squat to maximize the traction and overall performance of the chassis.


  • Purpose-built, racing kit based on the 8IGHT platform
  • Hard-anodized, 5mm 6061-T6 aluminum chassis plate
  • Heavy duty brakes
  • Dual-steering-servo radio tray
  • Cab-forward racing body
  • Racing wing with removable wicker bill
  • Aluminum clutch carrier and center-diff case
  • Hard-anodized, 24mm aluminum shocks with bleeder caps
  • AHard-anodized aluminum shock towers with multiple mounting holes
  • Light, one-piece, glue-style wheels
  • Specially designed air filter for racing engines
  • Protective axle boots
  • Adjustable toe and anti-squat plates

Product Specifications

Type: 1/5 Scale 4WD Buggy
Length: 32.75 – 33.25 in (831.8 – 844.5mm) Total length can change based on the wing mount spacer used
Width: 18.0 in (457.2mm)
Height: 12.13 in (308mm)
Ground Clearance: 3.5 in (88.9 mm)
Wheelbase: 22.75 in (577.9mm
Weight: 30.5 lbs (13.8kg)
Chassis: 5mm Plate, 6061-T6 Aluminum
Suspension: 4-Wheel Independent
Gear Pitch: 1.5 Module
Wheel Size: 5.5 in (139.7mm) x 2.5 in (63.5mm)
Kit/RTR: Kit
Shock Type: 24mm, Hard Anodized, Oil Filled with Bleeder Caps
Body: Clear
Ball Bearings: Full Rubber Seal Ball Bearings in Car, Metal Shield for Clutch housing
Fuel Tank Capacity: 27.1 oz (800cc)
Experience Level: Advanced
Recommended Environment: Outdoor
Assembly Time: 7-9 Hours


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Updated: June 13, 2016 — 3:44 AM

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