Cool Stuff about HPI!
Australian Supercar Racing | 2001 National Model and Hobby Show pictures pictures | HPI Team Van | 2001 Shizuoka Hobby Show | Drag Racer Dean Skuza | Dale Earnhardt Jr | HPI Stock Racing | HPI in Road & Track Magazine | HPI Nitro cars on TV | Juan Pablo Montoya and his HPI | More cool stuff!
"V8 Supercar" is the premeire touring car racing category across the continent of Australia, and HPI is proud to be one of the sponsors for one of the top teams in the Shell Championship! Our Australian distributor Bolt-On Hobbies organized a sponsorship deal with one of the premiere V8 Supercar teams in Australia. Brad Jones is the director and driver of the OzEmail Racing Team Ford Falcon, and during a recent 6-hour endurance race finished 2nd, just 2.3 seconds behind first place!
Note: The use of the above pictures on the HPI Racing website has been expressly approved by the OzEmail Racing Team and the photographer who took these pictures. Please respect their copyrights if you intend to use these pictures.
See our coverage of the 2001 National Model and Hobby Show! Our award-winning booth and staff was on hand to answer questions from customers, see what was new and hang out with industry professionals!
HPI recently finished work on the HPI Team Van, a slick Honda Odyssey van! The first thing we did was lower it with Eibach springs and a 19" wheel and tire set courtesy of Axis and Yokohama Tire. Next, the folks at Wings West fitted their brand new Odyssey body kit to the van, then vinyl graphics from Modern Image were applied in a subdued yet striking design. The next thing to add is a set of PIAA driving lights. Check out these hot views of the HPI Team Van!
We would like to thank the following companies for helping us drive in style:
The 2001 Shizuoka Hobby Show is the biggest hobby show in Asia, and as usual HPI Racing was there! Check out the latest preproduction pictures of the Micro RS4, pictures of upcoming bodies and of course see the huge HPI booth and demonstration area! See it all here!
We recently found out that NHRA Winston Drag Racing driver Dean Skuza and his dad (and crew chief) Don Skuza are big fans of HPI cars and trucks. They got hooked on our cars a while back, and got the chance to visit HPI for a factory tour when they were in California for the NHRA Winternationals event.
Dean has been doing well so far this year with his MOPAR sponsored funny car, he's due to break through for a win soon, he recently made the finals so he's in the hunt. Some of you may have seen Dean's car with HPI stickers on the rear fender on TV. We gave him some stickers while he was here, and to our surprise they were on his funny car the next day!
His MOPAR pit crew is also into R/C, they travel around the country and find the local hobby shops to support their R/C cars. On their trip to California they visited Pegasus Hobbies to stock up on parts. These guys can dial in a funny car to do 300+ mph in 4 seconds, so extremely modified R/C cars with high power engines, tuned pipes and headers are right up their alley.
Plus, Dean is co-host of the TNN TV show "Popular Hot Rodding TV" with Cameron Evans. Both of those guys are nuts about R/C and have already snuck HPI cars into one of the episodes. Look for another appearance in the near future, and maybe a feature segment on R/C if they can fit it into the schedule.
Thanks for visiting HPI Dean and Don! Good luck on your racing season, we're pulling for you to come through with some victories.
Click here to check out his visit, and see where HPI personnel got to demonstrate our stock cars!
racers take part in stock racing fun!
Nitro Racer 2 in Road & Track magazine!
The article starts with a description of the car in full-size car terms, such as horsepower per liter, top speed, acceleration, braking power, engine RPM and more. After surprising the full-size car enthusiast with numbers like 476 hp/liter (even the most powerful street cars in the world do "just" 104 hp/liter) and 37,000 RPM (street cars can do 8,000 RPM at most), the article goes into the details of the actual R/C car and explains how the different systems of the car work together to make the Nitro Racer 2 a 1/10 scale racing machine.
Find the April 2001 issue of Road & Track magazine at newsstands and bookstores, you won't be disappointed!
HPI RTR Nitro RS4 cars were shown in an episode of Popular Hot Rodding Television the weekend of January 13-14, 2001 on the TNN network! Popular Hot Rodding Television is a new half-hour show about hot rods and the performance car lifestyle that uses a new format of 3-D animations combined with features on location and a set to explain the way things like engines, transmissions, hop-ups and more work.
The premiere episode of the show's first regular season, Episode 219801 (there's a link on the front page of the site) will showed hosts Cameron Evans and Dean Skuza driving and talking about the RTR Nitro RS4 cars in the garage bay of the set. The cars were also shown in the background in several shots during the filming of the show.
HPI Racing and the kits used are also referenced on the Products Seen on the Set section of the Popular Hot Rodding Television site!
We're proud to count CART Champion and current Compaq BMW/Williams Formula One race car driver Juam Pablo Montoya as a customer! A-Main Raceway in Oregon was the site of his first drive of an HPI car. See all the pictures and read the details here! (Courtesy of NitroRC.com)
See what HPI Racing debuted at the 1999 RCHTA National Model and Hobby Show! Plus, you can visit the booth and read about all the HPI personnel that were on hand to help out customers, dealers and distributors.
HPI Challenge 1999
HPI Challenge World Finals at Honda North America HQ
Do you want to see R/C TV?
Recently, word has spread around the R/C internet community that a new show dedicated to the radio control hobby is on its way. This coming August, Ambassador productions is scheduled to have the first broadcasting of its' "R/C TV" show on Public Broadcasting Stations around the country. This is an excellent way to get people interested in R/C, especially if they've dropped by a parking lot race and wondered, "Hey, how do I get involved with this?!"
Scheduled topics include an introduction to R/C, famous racer interviews, racing tips, how-to's, and product reviews. This is sure to get the attention of people who are interested in the R/C hobby, but have never checked it out further.
Your local PBS station will have the rights to show "R/C TV" whenever they like, but racers and hobbyists like yourself have to get involved and call, write or email your local PBS station to show it. PBS stations keep track of the input they receive on a given program, so it's worth it to spend a few minutes composing an email or making a call to get "R/C TV" on the air, right?
Available for your viewing pleasure is our own tour of the 1998 National Model and Hobby Show. We took our camera to many of the booths around the show, both R/C and non-R/C, and we're now able to show you most of the interesting things from the show. Check it out!