Competition breeds innovation. The desire to be better than anyone else is a driving force behind those in the racing community, whether you're talking about drivers or manufacturers. A lot has happened since the last all-new buggy design was released by Team Losi Racing over 11 years ago. We've gone from 2000mAh sub-C NiCad batteries and 12-turn brushed motors to 6000mAh LiPo batteries and 6.5-turn brushless motors. Tires have gotten softer and stickier to better adhere to tracks that are no longer dirt, but high-bite clay. Tracks have also changed from rhythm and washboard sections to Supercross-style tracks. With the demands of tracks and drivers changing, it was only appropriate that a new type of car was due to meet these requirements. The folks at TLR have answered the call with what they feel is the most innovative, original and fastest 2WD buggy ever created in the 22. The 22 capitalizes on knowledge gained during the development and testing of their multi-National Championship-winning 8IGHT 1/8-scale buggy to create one of the most unique vehicles to come across our bench in a long time. The 22 features an all-new aluminum chassis, big bore 12mm shocks, beefy suspension components and much more. They've even taken the extra step of including all-metric hardware to make this a more "world-friendly" platform. If that wasn't enough, you can also configure the 22 in one of two different orientations -- either in a traditional rear-motor configuration, or as a mid-motor chassis. We built the car in the more traditional rear-motor configuration; however, we will be visiting the mid-motor configuration in the near future. We glued up some Pink-compound Losi tires, charged our LiPos and hit the track at RJD Hobbies and Raceway to see if the 22 lives up to all the hype.
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