Kyosho Mini-Z racers are very small but very professional RC cars. At 1/28th scale, they really are quite tiny, but when hopped up right, pack a h*ll of a punch. All sorts of options are available, such as tyres, motors, alumimium-, carbon-, and titanium parts, ...
These cars are becoming increasingly popular, espescially in winter time, when larger RC vehicles offer little chance of being run - outdoors.
These cars run on 4 AAA type batteries. In their standard (non-tuned) form, they can achieve runtimes of upto 45 minutes. They also come with very detailed hard-plastic bodies.
Five kinds of cars are being manufactured right now:
Mini-Z Racers, available in 3 chassis versions: MR01, MR02 and All-wheel drive. MR02 is the most recent chassis, and has numerous advantages over MR01. Let's just call it evolution.
Mini-Z Overland Cars, the offroad, rally and SUV type of cars. These cars can handle rougher surfaces, but have less hop-ups because they're not as suited for racing as the Mini-Z Racers
Mini-Z Formula 1 cars. These are only suited for very flat surfaces, and are the most vulnerable of the Mini-Z's
Mini-Z Monster Trucks. These can handle the roughest terrains, are excellent for off-roading and pulling wheelies. These largest of the Mini-Z's can even be raced...