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Mini 8ight from Losi

By Nick Bullock
Published: January 13, 2012
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Product: The ready-to-run Mini 8ight is derived from Losi’s popular 1:8 scale 8ight RTR buggy, which some consider one of the top RTR buggies around.

The Mini 8ight offers much of the same speed and simplicity, but for about a third of the cost.

For this 1:14 scale buggy, Losi avoided the obvious "14ourteen" name and instead chose to benefit from the 8ight’s sterling reputation. The Mini 8ight shares much of the 8ight’s clean design — available in red and black — as well as the same 4-wheel-drive, shaft drivetrain.

The Mini 8ight's 1:14 scale makes it perfect for around the house and smaller tracks. With a length of 11.49 inches, the buggy is nearly half as long as its big brother and weighs almost 5 pounds less.

Performance: Without too many direct competitors in the 1:14 four-wheel-drive arena, it’s hard to put the Mini 8ight’s speed into perspective. But to be sure, a 4500Kv brushless motor and brushless ESC compatible with 2S or 3S LiPo batteries means this R/C buggy can really fly. The Mini 8ight comes stock with a 7.2V 1100mAh NiMH battery pack with EC2 connectors.

Without too many direct competitors in the 1:14 four-wheel-drive arena, it’s hard to put the Mini 8ight’s speed into perspective. But to be sure, a 4500Kv brushless motor and brushless ESC compatible with 2S or 3S LiPo batteries means this R/C buggy can really fly. The Mini 8ight comes stock with a 7.2V 1100mAh NiMH battery pack with EC2 connectors.

It also includes a Spektrum SR300 receiver with 2.4GHz DSM technology.

Keeping in line with its larger namesake, many of the Mini 8ight’s specifications resemble the 8ight. One such similarity is the suspension and front and rear aluminum shock towers, which provide the Mini 8ight with increased durability. Combine that with the 4WD transmission, Mini Kingpin treaded tires and the buggy’s unique size, and the Mini 8ight has the ability to handle tougher terrain and good-sized jumps as well.

One of the main departures from the 8ight is the Mini 8ight’s front and rear differentials, compared to the 8ight’s three-part differential.

Other features of the Mini 8ight include an adjustable slipper clutch integrated into the main shaft as well as hex screws throughout the buggy. It also has the same high-torque servo as Losi’s Mini-Rock Crawler.

Even with the stock NiMH battery, the Mini 8ight has surprising speed right out of the box, likely coming in somewhere around 35 mph. With a LiPo battery, it may just get closer to the 50-mph mark. But the Mini 8ight also provides enough control to make it drivable for newcomers to the R/C hobby.

Marketing: The size-speed combo makes the Mini 8ight a great place for R/C novices to start.

The size-speed combo makes the Mini 8ight a great place for R/C novices to start.

The buggy comes with everything a would-be driver needs to get started. Seasoned drivers will appreciate its 2S or 3S LiPo compatibility — something Losi makes sure to mention on of the box so your customers will see it.

By keeping the "8ight" in the name of this new buggy, Losi allows retailers a perfect opportunity to capitalize on the larger and more-expensive 8ight’s success. And, with a similar design, Mini 8ight even resembles the 8ight.

The 8ight RTR was popular for its ease of use, making it a great buggy for beginners. But with a similar body style and plenty of power, the Mini 8ight, which is available for about a third of the cost, may just eclipse the 8ight as the one of the go-to RTR buggies for novices.

VITAL STATS
Product: Mini 8ight RTR
Maker: Losi
Scale: 1:14
Stock number: LOSB0224
MSRP: $319.99
Availability: Horizon Hobby

BOTTOM LINE
For novice or experienced drivers
Many similarities to the 8ight
Unique size-power combo