Losi’s Pint-sized Mini 8ight DB

Losi’s Pint-sized Mini 8ight DB

A 1/14-scale off-roader, packing plenty of power.

The small-scale R/C landscape has been relatively quiet in 2017. In fact, it’s been too quiet for my taste. Thankfully Losi has shaken things up with their latest release, a 1/14-scale, ready-to-run (RTR) desert buggy that’s loaded with features.

The Losi Mini 8ight DB is a brushless-powered desert buggy featuring four-wheel drive, waterproof electronics, and many other features and component specs that you’d find in 1/10 or larger models. This new, smaller-scale machine looks to be fun both indoors and out, and is a nice bit of competition for other off-roaders such as the Axial Yeti Jr. lineup (even if the sizes don’t line up completely).

In the box, you’ll find everything you’ll need to get rolling, from a complete Mini 8ight DB buggy, to a Spektrum STX2 2.4GHz transmitter and 2-channel Spektrum SRX200 receiver. Rounding out the electronics list is a Dynamite Mini Brushless ESC (electronic speed control) and Dynamite Fuze Mini Brushless motor (3800kv). As mentioned earlier, all of the electronics are waterproof/water resistant, so you won’t have to slow your roll when the elements decide to get nasty.

On the handling front, the Mini 8ight DB includes oil-filled, aluminum-bodied shocks and independent four-wheel suspension. The visual details on the body and the rollcage give this smaller ride an impressive stature.

Losi Mini 8ight DB Specifications

  • Type: 4WD Desert Buggy
  • Scale:1/14
  • Length:13.2 in (335mm)
  • Width: 8.2 in (208mm)
  • Height: 4.6 in (118mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 1.1 in (28mm)
  • Wheelbase: 8.8 in (223mm)
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.1kg)
  • Chassis: 2.5mm aluminum plate
  • Suspension: Independent
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Tire Type: All terrain
  • Motor or Engine: 380 long can (3800Kv)
  • Speed Control: Brushless Waterproof 25A
  • Radio: STX2 2 Ch Radio
  • Servos: Mini
  • Batteries: 7.2v 1200 mAh NiMh Batt, Flat w/EC3
  • Charger: AC Wall 200mAh
  • Gear Pitch: 48P
  • Wheel Size: Diameter: 1.6/2.0 in (40.6/50.8mm), Width: 1.1 in. (27.9mm)
  • Kit/RTR: RTR
  • Shock Type: Aluminum, coil over, oil filled

Priced at $249.99, the Losi Mini 8ight DB is priced higher than some of its small-scale neighbors. That price, however, should be looked at along with the impressive feature list, as not many small-scale machines are packing brushless power straight out of the box.

Learn more about the Losi Mini 8ight DB at losi.com.

Image credit: Losi