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tinyrc
07-05-2002, 11:14 PM
Here's an article we scanned from a Japanese RC Magazine; this looks like one killer package - the tiny cells and sensible component placement suggest that this will be a great platform:

Btman
07-08-2002, 05:17 PM
Can't wait to get more details on this one!!! 1/24-1/27 scale rc is expanding at an amazing pace. The nice thing about this scale is that you can race them in places not possible with 1/10 or 1/12 scale. This makes year round racing possible for many who never had the chance before. This is the most excited I have been about this hobby in over 20 years!!!

ViperKid
07-08-2002, 06:17 PM
wow! those look like mini-z wheels and a ball diff similiar to a mini-z, is it? i bet that thing handles good, do you know when they will be in?

tinyrc
07-08-2002, 08:02 PM
i bet that thing handles good, do you know when they will be in?

Not yet, but we'll get them as soon as they are released in Japan! :D

Draconious
07-08-2002, 10:41 PM
Apears same size as Mini-Z... apears to hold the mini-z bodies there apears to be a tab or whatever were the bodie posts would grab.. wich makes me want the GT40 body they have for the sonic for my Mini-Z but ONLY if I can just snap it onto my Z ;).. and I hope its non painted or comes in various colors...

ViperKid
07-08-2002, 10:52 PM
it looks a little wide for a mini-z. i don't know though because i have neve seen one in real life

Draconious
07-09-2002, 04:52 AM
Well that photo is probly 6mm wider then usual yea.. because it has the GOLD CLK rims on it !!! :)

Btman
07-16-2002, 07:11 PM
Any news yet on when and how much yet TinyRC?.

tinyrc
07-16-2002, 08:04 PM
No news yet - I'll post info as soon as I have it! Thanks!

was ist los?
07-17-2002, 04:38 PM
i thought it was to be called the m1

was ist los?
07-17-2002, 04:45 PM
oh, i read it will be around $100-150 and includes radio and batteries(nimh). read about the prototype:: http://www.radiocontrolzone.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=83148&highlight=yokomo

was ist los?
07-18-2002, 02:42 AM
check out these links too http://www.geocities.co.jp/Playtown-Bingo/7322/hobbyshow2002/hobby_pic/sonic_b.jpg http://www.geocities.co.jp/Playtown-Bingo/7322/hobbyshow2002/hobby_pic/sonic_kata_b.jpg

Mondo
07-22-2002, 03:23 PM
Those wheels look very similar to the CLK wheels, don't they?
I reckon the design makes sense.
I'd probably get one of those before I get an ABC DTM

super_micro
07-22-2002, 06:25 PM
I wonder how sturdy the chassis is? And the way that the servo sits doesnt look very promising if its only those clicps that hold it in. But hey u never know until u test it out:cool:

tinyrc
07-23-2002, 10:44 AM
Those wheels look very similar to the CLK wheels, don't they?

Mondo, I think that they are CLK wheels, or are exact clones - the Sonic Racer is designed to be extremely Z-compatible, including bodies, wheels, diffs, etc.

The Thunderer
07-26-2002, 04:50 AM
WOW! This looks REALLY KEWL! I'm VERY INTERESTED (but unlike Mondo... AFTER my DTM... LOL).

TinyRC... is RadioControlZone yet ANOTHER sister site?

tinyrc
07-26-2002, 10:19 AM
TinyRC... is RadioControlZone yet ANOTHER sister site?

Nope - it's RC Car Action magazine's Forum.

WRCRacer
07-26-2002, 08:27 PM
tinyrc (gawd, i almost called you mini-z, lol) my question is, would you really want radiocontrolzone.com? sounds like an assload of work, lol.

tinyrc
07-26-2002, 10:04 PM
Not sure about a lot of work, but their site really sucks - each car, e.g. Mini-Zs, only gets one THREAD! Not even a sub-forum, but a single thread, like this one, to discuss every aspect of the car. Yuck! :rolleyes:

The Thunderer
07-27-2002, 01:17 AM
That's exactly what I thought! It was WAY to unwieldly for me to have to read EVERY post and then figure out who said what about that when and if we were talking about the same thing!!!

These boards (yourmicro.com and minizracer.com, along with this site) are the best! KUDOS!

tinyrc
07-27-2002, 01:39 AM
Thanks The Thunderer! If anyone is aware of any other RCs that lack good forums, email us and we'll see if we can set one up!

was ist los?
07-30-2002, 02:48 AM
do you guys think this thing would be quicker than abc sp or x4s, mini-z, or kawadas?

tinyrc
07-30-2002, 11:46 AM
I think it is intended to be a Mini-Z killer, so it will be faster than a Mini-Z. Not sure about an ABC DTM SP though, as these are already Mini-Z killers!

usagi
08-08-2002, 10:17 AM
How much are they saying they will cost? they will not be more then 8,000 yen here in Japn.............. There is not news of their release yet. Maybe not until oct or nov..............

was ist los?
08-08-2002, 02:49 PM
usagi, you said you saw the car, how many cells does it use?

usagi
08-08-2002, 11:31 PM
it takes 4 cell 1.2v 270mAh The halfcell as they call them out here. The 8000 yen is only the kit. the Whole set will be around 14,000 yen or so.

tinyrc
08-09-2002, 10:59 AM
By whole kit do you mean including electronics etc.? So 8000JPY is just the chassis?

usagi
08-09-2002, 12:14 PM
The existing chassy is just a proto type materal ( molding proposes only, The way the sevo is fixed does look weak, but its going to be better in the final design. The cells are on sell now for the sonic car, strange, but from what i heard they car should have been released 2 months ago......... But then again the puchi maru was delayed 3 months before it hit the market. Yokomo is akway late..................
Yes 8000 is only a chassy, but (said back in may)yokomo is know saying they will not sell just the chassy for now, but the complete set.

bilbo
08-09-2002, 10:45 PM
Don't know if anyone can verify this or not, but I read
elsewhere on the net that the 8/02 edition of rc extreme
shows the new yokomo. mini-z bodies fit.
$150 for the car, all electronics, ni-mh batteries, charger, and an FM radio. It's called the M-1 and slated for late summer.
that's an unbelievable estimated retail price if this is accurate info.

was ist los?
08-10-2002, 12:45 AM
i read that in xtreme too, but we already know that info.

usagi
08-10-2002, 04:49 AM
HUM:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

Anways, The FM radio that comes with the sonic is the same one the puchi maru came with 1/60 scale. The charger unit is cool, it charges all the car cells and radio cells too. It going to be one hell of a car........... Can`t wait to get it?

bilbo
08-10-2002, 09:49 AM
Thanks Usagi. I should read the forums more closely. It sounds
cool to me too. I think I want the kawada mid first though. I think the mid will be better for configuring and riding on a variety of different surfaces. the yokomo sounds like it would be especially good for track racing.

usagi
08-10-2002, 12:42 PM
Bilbo, I just got the mid24 today......... its cool. But problem I know want the sonic too:D

herman
08-26-2002, 12:04 AM
does anybody have any idea on estimated run time for half cell 270mah???

herman
02-02-2003, 11:51 PM
mr. usagi...

any news on yokomo sonic racer release? what's the latest development?

Btman
03-15-2003, 03:07 PM
I haven't heard any new info on this car in a while. It is way past the holiday season and we still do not have an update on availability. Does anyone have any new info on release date or why it is taking Yokomo so long to release this car? The wait is killing me.

tinyrc
03-16-2003, 10:21 PM
No update - Yokomo refuses to give us an ETA! :rolleyes:

Racer9
06-20-2003, 02:08 PM
Radio Control Car action has some ads for it and they did a mini article about it but no release date.

Racer9
06-24-2003, 03:02 PM
They don't have it on their website that I saw!:(

Btman
08-16-2003, 05:01 PM
It is now close to the end of August and still no Sonic Racer. Now that the Kyosho mini-z chassis is in distribution, Yokomo needs to get the ball rolling on this car quickly. The irony is that most of us knew about the Sonic Racer long before info was available on the Mini-Z MR-02 chassis. Any new info on the Sonic Racer?

ikinari
12-19-2003, 12:16 AM
According to the YOKOMO japanese BBS, the sonic racer is discontinued. OMG.

herman
12-19-2003, 12:45 AM
hey ikinari...

season's greetings... sad to hear yokomo is discontinuing their sonic project... i think the mr02 killed it...

ikinari
12-19-2003, 03:56 AM
hi herman, yeah, YOKOMO should have released the Sonic earlier, and in fact they could do I guess.

viperdout
03-17-2004, 09:50 PM
That thing was calling my name...


...And for 6 cells!