Trisha Shetty

Team Losi Mini T

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The Team Losi Mini-T is the first-ever 1/18th scale electric radio-controlled stadium truck made by Team Losi of Ontario, California.

The basic Mini-T is sold as a complete, ready-to-run package, complete with painted and trimmed Lexan body. The design of the Mini-T is based on Losi's XXX-T 1/10-scale truck; despite the Mini-T's diminutive size, handling characteristics and overall vehicle dynamics are remarkably similar to the larger truck. Power comes from a Mabuchi RS-280 motor operated via a miniature electronic speed control. Four "AA" alkaline batteries are required to power the truck; eight are required for the transmitter. Six-cell nickel metal hydride and 3S lithium polymer batteries are available for longer and faster runtimes and more economical long-term operation.

The long-arm suspension allows for exceptional suspension travel over rough terrain. However, the basic Mini-T uses friction dampers in lieu of oil-filled shock absorbers. These are suitable for the type of recreational operation that most Mini-T's will likely be used for. Oil-filled shocks are available as an upgrade.

Like the vehicles which followed, the Associated RC18T and RC18MT and Venom Fireball, the Mini-T is suitable for use indoors. A stock Mini-T will achieve speeds of 10-15 mph (16–24 km/h). Use of a so-called "modified motor" and a NiMH battery pack will double the speed. The "Mamba" brushless motor system from Castle Creations can increase top speed to over 60 mph (100 km/h) with suitable torque to allow for taller gearing and even greater top speeds.

While never intended for such purposes, the Mini-T is a common car at indoor carpet races and holds its own well against newer trucks. Another popular use of the Mini-T is conversion to a mini dirt oval racer. Team Losi also offers the Micro T, a 1/36 scale stadium truck.

References

Team Losi Mini-T Wikipedia


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