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Kyosho Mini-Z AWD convert to Mini-Z Drift

Mr. Ishikawa Hiroyoshi, who once worked for Kyosho, started his own business after leaving Kyosho and established Enjoy smile Co.. By using the Mini-Z mini remote control car product as a model. Ishikawa believed that the Mini-Z AWD model could drift, so can the 4WD convert to the popular 2WD Mini-Z become able to drift? Ishikawa is developing a drift conversion kit for the 2WD Mini-Z.

Ishikawa Hiroyoshi

// I want to try drifting with the small high-performance radio-controlled KYOSHO MINI-Z! AWD can drift, but can the popular 2WD drift be used with MINI-Z? With this in mind, we are developing the MINI-Z Drift Conversion Kit. While the development process was difficult, it's a fun story about adults who enjoyed the process itself. Let's smile together and realize our dreams!//

// 小型高性能ラジコン KYOSHOミニッツでドリフトをやりたい! AWDではドリフトはできるがいま流行りの2駆ドリフトをミニッツでも出来ないか そんな想いからミニッツのドリフトコンバージョンキットを開発しています 開発は前途多難ではありますが開発自体を楽しんじゃう大人たちの楽しい物語 //

Congratulations to the Mini-Z Drift RC Conversion Project MRD for Successfully Raising Funds


When rcMart learned that Mr Ishikawa Hiroyoshi was developing a 2WD Mini-Z Drift RC car Conversion plan, rcMart had already made some efforts to support it with donations, hoping to successfully promote the implementation of his plan.

rcMart would like to congratulate the MRD Prototype 2WD Drift Conversion Kit on its successful fundraising! The actual product should be released soon and once again set a new milestone for Mini-Z!

About MRD 2WD Drift Conversion Kit

This is MZ Formula MRD Prototype Conversion Kit For Kyosho Mini-Z AWD. The mainstream of drifting with normal size RC cars (1/10 scale is the mainstream) nowadays is drifting with rear-wheel drive vehicles (hereafter 2WD) that maintain a drifting posture with full-counter steering at slow speeds. Drifting with full-counter steering at slow speeds is not possible with AWD. Mr. Hiroyoshi Ishikawa, the designer of the MINI-Z AWD and president of enjoy smile Co. inc. wanted to realize the needs of users who want to enjoy full-counter drifting at slow speeds with the MINI-Z. He redesigned the MINI-Z AWD and made it into a 2WD Drift radio-controlled car "MRD Prototype" was completed. The completed prototype is now capable of full-counter steering drift driving at low speeds, which is not possible with the existing MINI-Z AWD.We named this wonderful prototype the "MRD Prototype".MRD stands for "Micro-size RWD Drift car".We started the HRD project with the hope of creating this product together with many users.

The "MRD Prototype" is newly designed with approximately 60% of its body parts to achieve a front wheel steering angle of nearly 90 degrees (25 degrees for the MINI-Z AWD), which is an essential mechanism for low-speed 2WD drift driving. This newly designed 2WD drift RC car platform is equipped with the MINI-Z AWD servo mechanism, receiver board, rear suspension unit, and other parts included in the MINI-Z AWD Readyset to achieve 2WD drift specifications.

The decision was made to offer the kit as an "MRD Prototype Conversion Kit" with newly developed parts. The reason for this is that we wanted users to experience the development process of "build, run, and improve" based on the project's concept of "creating a radio-controlled car from a prototype with the user. In addition, we thought that the conversion kit would be less expensive than a full kit, making it easier for people to participate in the project.

We wanted to create the prototype "MRD Prototype" in Japan with many users around the world. We decided to raise funds through crowdfunding to pay for the molds to produce the parts to offer the "MRD Prototype Conversion Kit" and to provide the prototype to users. Although it is now possible to produce a small number of parts using a 3D printer, we have concluded that the production of resin parts using a mold is essential to enable many people to continuously experience high-quality products. The molds we will produce this time are not the end of the MRD Prototype Conversion Kit, but a step toward the development of new parts and the creation of a completely original small R/C car as "MRD" with our customers.

MRD 2WD Drift Conversion Kit in Action


【MRD】MRD 2WD Drift Conversion Kit for Kyosho MR-03 AWD RC Car @ Beijing Hobby Expo 2024

MRD Under Development

Mr Ishigawa wants to drift with Kyosho MINI-Z, a small high-performance radio-controlled car! AWD drifting is possible, but can't we do the 2WD drifting that's so popular on Mini-Z? That's why they are developing the MINI-Z Drift Conversion Kit! This is a fun story of a group of adults who enjoy the development process, despite the challenges ahead!

MRD MINI-Z 2WD Drift Conversion Kit #1 - First Run

MRD MINI-Z 2WD Drift Conversion Kit #2 - Tune it to run well!

【MRD Prototype】Explanation Video

【MRD Prototype】2WD Drift Conversion Kit For MINI-Z AWD Explanation Video

【MRD】 2WD Drift Conversion Kit for MINI-Z AWD, AWD Disassembly Episode

【MRD】2WD Drift Conversion Kit for MINI-Z AWD Assembly Episode

About Enjoy Smile Co

Mr. Ishikawa Hiroyoshi, the head of Japanese Enjoy Smile Co., has worked for Kyosho in Japan for many years, and he is also the designer of the Mini-Z series, which is well-known in the remote control car industry. Mr. Ishikawa Hiroyoshi started his own business after leaving Kyosho and established Enjoy smile Co., which continued to develop Mini-Z-related products based on Mini-Z mini remote control car products. Although the development process was difficult, Mr. Ishikawa thought it was an interesting story about adults who enjoyed the process itself. Let's smile and chase our dreams together!

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