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Welcome to Optima Print Ltd whose customers now enjoy the benefits of a creative design company, a repro house and full colour litho print facilities all under one roof. If you are looking for top quality printed materials that are competitively priced then you have come to the right place.
We have been trading for a number of years during which time we have built up a loyal customer base around the UK. We like to think we are small enough to provide a personal service to all our clients but large enough to meet all their printing needs.
We use state of the art technology and printing equipment to produce your stationery and marketing materials. Our design studio is staffed by some of the best designers in the printing industry. They can turn your dreams into reality when it comes to designing the likes of brochures, leaflets and banners to ensure that you maximise the opportunity to win lucrative business.
Over the years we have expanded taking on key personnel in design, print, finishing and multimedia. Our multimedia team are committed to the creation of new and exciting interactive websites for our clients and will even arrange hosting and domain names.
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We pride ourselves on the standard of service we provide to our clients and will go out of our way to exceed your expectations. Whether you want to place an order for us to produce 100 leaflets for your village summer fete or to design and print 5,000 corporate brochures, all our customers receive the same level of service.
We print a range of products that includes business cards, programmes, tags, labels, tickets, NCR books, signage, banners, posters, leaflets, flyers, brochures, compliment slips and letterheads. These can be produced in a variety of colours, styles, sizes and paper quality.
So, if you are looking for stationery, marketing material or a new website that can be designed to improve your brand awareness and increase the level of your sales, Optima Print are committed to helping you achieve this.
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The Kia Optima is a four-door mid-size car manufactured by Kia Motors since 2000 and marketed globally through various nameplates. First generation cars were mostly marketed as the Optima, although the Kia Magentis name was used in Europe and Canada when sales began there in 2002. For the second generation models, Kia used the Kia Lotze and Kia K5 name for the South Korean market, and the Magentis name globally, except in the United States, Canada, and Malaysia where the Optima name was retained. The Optima name is now going to be used for all markets except China, where they will also use the South Korean market name.
- Kia Magentis (Europe and Canada)
- Kia Optima (South Korea)
- Kia Optima Regal (KDM facelift)
- 2004–2011 (China)
- South Korea: Hwaseong (Hwaseong Plant)
- China: Yancheng (Yancheng Plant) 
- Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor) 
- 2.4 L Sirius III4 (gasoline)
- 2.5 L DeltaV6 (gasoline)
- 2.7 L Delta V6 (gasoline)
- 4-speed automatic
- 5-speed manual
From 2000–2005 Optimas were a rebadged variant of the Hyundai Sonata, differing only from the Sonata in minor exterior styling details and equipment content.
In Australia, the Optima was introduced in May 2001, offered only with a 2.5 L V6 engine, and choice of manual or automatic transmission. The updated Optima was offered with a new 2.7 L engine, 4-speed automatic (the manual was dropped), and features such as full leather interior and alloy wheels were made standard. Thanks in part to better marketing, sales increased to 41,289 units in 2005, an all-time high. The Optima was sold until 2006, when it was replaced by the Magentis.
The 2001 Optima received Poor to Average ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 
The 2002 Optima received a minor update. The car was a luxurious version of Kia Optima sold in South Korea. The grille was redesigned for the United States in 2003 (2004 model year) to feature the Kia badge, and the headlamps were restyled for 2004 (2005 model year).
2003 Kia Magentis (Canada)
2005–2006 Kia Optima (US)
Facelift Kia Optima (China)
- Kia Magentis (Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Singapore)
- Kia Lotze (South Korea)
- Kia Lotze Advance (KDM model year)
- Kia Lotze Innovation (KDM facelift)
- South Korea: Hwaseong (Hwaseong Plant)
- Malaysia: Gurun (NAM) 
- Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor) 
- 2.0L Theta 143hp I4 (gasoline)
- 2.4L Theta 138-162hp I4 (gasoline)
- 2.4L Theta II 175hp I4 (gasoline)
- 2.7L DeltaV6 170hp (gasoline) (2005–2006)
- 2.7L Mu V6 185-194hp (gasoline) (2007–2010)
- 2.0L CRDIVGT 140hp I4 (diesel)
- 5-speed manual
- 4-speed automatic
- 5-speed automatic (Mu Engine only)
The second generation Optima, known as the Kia Magentis globally except in United States and Malaysia, and as the Kia Lotze in South Korea, was launched in South Korea in November 2005. This generation differed further from the Hyundai Sonata donor vehicle than the previous model. Unlike the previous Optima though, this vehicle uses a global platform, unique to Kia, designated «MG». The car continues to be built in South Korea and shares its 2.4-liter inline-four engine, five-speed Sportmatic automatic or five-speed manual transmission with the Sonata.
The second generation Kia Optima was launched in Malaysia on August 15, 2007 powered by a 2.0 liter Theta DOHC CVVT engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Optima received a crash test rating of five stars from the NHTSA,  and four stars from EuroNCAP.  The 2006 Optima received Marginal to Good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 
The Optima was revised and updated in 2008, debuting at the New York International Auto Show (as a 2009 model year). This update features new front-end styling and tail lamps. In addition to the revised exterior, length is also slightly increased by roughly 70 millimetres (2.8 in) to approximately 4,800 mm (190 in) long. There is also a new engine and the interior has also been revised.  Main changes in the interior are a redesigned instrument cluster and a Sirius Satellite Radio/AM/FM/MP3/CD with an auxiliary jack. In certain markets, the option of satellite navigation is offered.
The new Theta II 2.4-liter I4 employs dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and a variable intake system (VIS) to increase power to 131 kW (176 hp) while returning improved fuel consumption over its predecessor. Torque is rated at 229 N⋅m (169 lbf⋅ft) there is 2.0 L for other markets middle east etc. a 2.0 L 4cyl with 5 manual or 4 automatic gearbox with power 164 hp (122 kW) at 6200 rpm and 197 N⋅m (145 lb⋅ft) torque takes it from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 9.2 sec for manual and 10.1 for auto with top speed up to 208 km/h (129 mph) outside the US. The 2.7-liter V6 has few changes to the previous model, though power is increased to 144 kW (193 hp), and torque to 249 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) with standard 5-speed automatic takes it from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 8.9sec with top speed up to 220 km/h (137 mph). A five-speed manual transmission is standard in the base model, and a five-speed automatic is included with mid- and high-end levels (or as an option in the base model).
2010 models see the addition of a Proximity Key with Push-Button Start and paddle shifters on SX models.
In Australia, the Magentis was introduced in August 2006, and replaced the Optima. Initially available with a choice of 2.4 L 4-cylinder or 2.7 L V6 engines, the Magentis’ sales never caught on, with sales peaking at only 741 units in 2007. In 2008, the V6 engine was dropped, as was the EX-L model, leaving only the entry-level 2.4 L EX on sale until its discontinuation in 2009. While the facelifted 2010 model was never officially launched, a very small number were imported for «evaluation» purposes, and eventually sold to the public as demos.
U.S. engines Edit
- Kia K5 (South Korea, China)
- Kia Optima K5 (Malaysia)
- South Korea: Hwaseong (Hwaseong Plant)
- China: Yancheng (Yancheng Plant) 
- Kazakhstan: Oskemen (Azia Avto)
- Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor)
- United States: West Point, GA (KMMG) 
- Peter Schreyer
- Miklós Kovács
- Davide Limongelli
- 2.0 L Theta III4 (gasoline)
- 2.0 L Theta IIGDIturbo I4 (gasoline)
- 2.0 L NuCVVL I4 (gasoline)
- 2.4 L Theta II I4 (gasoline)
- 2.4 L Theta II GDI I4 (gasoline)
- 1.7 L U2CRDiTD I4 (diesel)
- 2.0 L D4EA CRDi TD I4 (diesel)
- 6-speed automatic
- 6-speed manual
The completely redesigned Optima, sharing the same platform as its sibling Hyundai i40, named the Kia K5 in the South Korean and China market, made its world debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show. It features a much sleeker, sportier profile designed by new Kia design chief Peter Schreyer, following the new design language featured on the Kia Forte, Kia Sorento, and upcoming Kia Sportage and Kia Cadenza — and using Kia’s new corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose, also designed by Schreyer. Lead designer of the TF in the team of Peter Schreyer and Miklos Kovacs was the Italian Davide Limongelli. For the first time, this model will be using the Optima name worldwide, where the Magentis name had been used previously.
As with its Hyundai Sonata sibling, the Optima’s lineup has been replaced with a universal GDI 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, either mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Eco dash display, or to a 6-speed manual transmission that is only standard on the LX model. Sales began in fall 2010. The new K5 was released in the South Korean market on April 29, 2010.
The new Optima retains its trim lines of the base LX, upscale EX, and sporty SX models. Standard equipment includes safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes, as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, cooled glove box, iPod connectivity, and handsfree Bluetooth phone operation. Starting in October 2013, on LX models, Kia will offer the UVO infotainment system by Microsoft as part of the convenience package. EX model options include Kia’s new UVO infotainment system by Microsoft, integrated backup camera, and Proximity Key with Push-Button Start. A panoramic moonroof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a navigation system are also available. SX models add a rear spoiler, metal pedals, black hybrid metal and carbon insert trim, paddle shifters, and illuminated scuff plates.
A Hybrid model and a Turbo model were also released. In addition, a wagon version was planned for European markets, and two-door coupé version was mooted for the United States.  The turbo model will have the same powertrain as the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T.  The turbocharged model will have 274 hp (204 kW) and 269 lb⋅ft (365 N⋅m) of torque in the North American model.  The car is estimated to obtain 34 mpg‑US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg‑imp) on the highway. 
The third generation Kia Optima is built and manufactured in West Point, Georgia, which began in 2011 with the 2012 model.
In Australia, the new Optima went on sale in January 2011. Initially available in only one grade, the highly specified «Platinum», it was later joined by an entry-level «Si» model in the 2012 model year. Both models feature a 2.4L GDI engine with 6-speed automatic. A manual is not offered.
The facelifted 2014 model was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March.
The third generation Kia Optima was launched in Malaysia on December 27, 2011 powered by a 2.0 liter Theta II MPI engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission  and in January 2014 the facelift version was launched in Malaysia. 
The 2011 Optima received a «Top Safety Pick» rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 
Kyosho Corporation ( 京商株式会社 , Kyōshō Kabushiki Kaisha) is a model car company based in Tokyo, Japan. The brand operates internationally under the name KYOSHO. The company’s main office is located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, and the production headquarters are located in Atsugi, Kanagawa.
The company is one of the oldest model rc car makers in Japan, and produces a wide variety of products, including radio-controlled cars, planes, helicopters, and boats. Kyosho also produces highly detailed die-cast model cars. Its major competitor in the RC automobile market is Tamiya. Kyosho has avoided direct competition against Tamiya in the hobby grade RC cars market since the 80s and 90s, where Tamiya was most active, focusing instead on designing professional 1/8 scale racing buggies, Mini-Z series, and RC helicopters; areas in which Kyosho dominates today. The company is best known for the Inferno, its 1/8 scale competition buggies; Mini-Z series, and RC helicopters, but it also produces remote-controlled bipedal robots in the Manoi series.
The company was created in October 1963 and created its first trademark R/C car in 1970. Production of die-cast model cars began in 1992.
Kyosho produces a wider range of RC products than any other RC manufacturer, including racing and ready-to-run cars, trucks, excavators, helicopters, scale, sport and warbird RC planes, and a range of RC boats. Having recently acquired Team Orion, Kyosho now has category-leading products in electric motors (brushed and brushless), Ni-MH and Li-PO batteries and battery chargers.
- 1/8 scale engine cars
- 1/10 scale engine cars
- 1/10 scale electric cars
- 1/50 scale electric earth moving equipment
- 1/28 scale Mini-Z racers
Products that have won the IFMAR World Championship
- 1/10 Electric Off Road 2WD
- 1987 — Ultima
- 1/10 IC Track
- 2004 — PureTen V-One RRR
- 2008 — PureTen V-One RRR Evo 2
- 1/8 IC Off Road
- 1992 — Inferno
- 1994 — Turbo Inferno
- 1996 — Inferno MP-5
- 1998 — Inferno MP-6
- 2000 — Inferno MP-7.5
- 2002 — Inferno MP-7.5
- 2006 — Inferno MP777 WC
- 2010 — Inferno MP9 TKI2
- 1/8 IC Track
- 2003 — Evolva
- 2005 — Evolva 2005
- 2007 — Evolva M3
- 2009 — Evolva M3 Evo
Engine cars Edit
Notable current models
- 1/8 on-road
- Evolva series (Evolva 2003, Evolva 2005, Evolva 2007, Evolva M3, Evolva M3 Evo)
- Inferno GT series
- 1/7 off road
- Scorpion GP XXL
- 1/8 off road
- ST series
- 1/8 off-road
- 1/10 on-road
- Pure-Ten series (Alpha, Alpha II, Alpha III, V-ONE, FW-05T, FW-06, FAZER)
- 1/10 off-road
- Inferno TR15
- 1/16 off-road
- GP Mini Inferno 09
Notable past models
- 1/8 on-road
- Fantom series
- 1/8 off-road
- Circuit 20
- 1/10 off-road
- Circuit 10 series
- 1/12 off-road
- PeanutBuggy series
- 1/12 on-road
- PeanutRacer series
- mini Z
Electric on-road cars Edit
Notable current models
Notable past models
- 1/12 scale
- Super Alta
- Fantom EP-4WD
- Plazma EP 2WD MarkI,Mark II,and Mark III
- Fantom EXT EP-4WD
- Axis EX
- 1/10 touring scale
- PureTen EP Spider
- PureTen EP Spider TF-2
- PureTen EP Spider TF-3
- PureTen EP Spider TF-4 Type-R
Electric off-road cars Edit
During the 1980s, the 1/10 scale electric off-road car (buggy) was immensely popular, leading to the release of several different models. Many of these models have retained popularity, even after going out of production. [ citation needed ]
Notable models Edit
- 1978 Eleck Peanuts
- 1979 Rally-sports Renault Alpine A310
- 1982 Scorpion
- 1983 Tomahawk
- 1984 Progress 4WDS
- 1985 Optima/Javelin
- 1987 Ultima
- 1988 Optima Mid
- 1989 Turbo Optima Mid
- 1989 Lazer ZX
DASH 1 Edit
Kyosho started selling the DASH 1 in 1970, accepted widely in the industry [ by whom? ] as the first RC car made in Japan. [ citation needed ] There were three body styles to be chosen from; the most popular racing machines in the Japanese Grand Prix: the Porsche 917, Lola T70 and McLaren Elva. The bodies were vacuum molded, a totally new innovation in RC cars at the time. The DASH 1 was priced at 23,000 yen, not including the engine. Engines used were still the imported 19-class VECO (West Germany) and K&B (U.S.A.) marine engines with a Perry Carburettor and Kyosho’s Fuel Stopper and a car muffler.
DASH 2 Edit
In 1971 the DASH 2 targeted at beginners (price: 16,500 Yen) was released. The DASH 1 used a two-piece chassis, but the DASH 2 had a one-piece chassis and the engine was only at a slight front angle. In addition, the SUPER DASH (price: 26,000 Yen) was released as a competition level machine.
DASH 3 Edit
The DASH 3 and the DUNE BUGGY were released in 1972, starting the buggy racing phenomenon. [ citation needed ]
Eleck Peanuts Edit
This was the first electric off-road car sold by Kyosho. A motor was placed on the PeanutBuggy, which had previously been sold as an engine car. It was sold for 9,800 yen at the time.
A 2WD off-road car with a RS540 motor in the rear. The frame was that of the Alpine A310. Uses a double wishbone for front suspension, and a semi-streaming arm for rear suspension. The cars aluminum frame and rear design were passed on to the Scorpion. Sold for 16,000 yen at the time.
Races with electric off-road cars increased in popularity after the release of Tamiya’s Rough Rider. [ citation needed ] The 2WD «Scorpion» was released by Kyosho during this period. Kyosho had been promoting its 1/8 scale engine buggy «Circuit 20» in races at the time, and the Scorpion can be described as a miniaturized version of the Circuit 20. The double trailing arm front suspension, semi-streaming rear suspension, aluminum ladder frame, rear-mounted RS540S motor, oil damper and coil springs very much resemble the design for a 1/8 scale racing buggy of the time. The thin body was realized by placing the batteries pointing forward, and its light weight (1680g, with full equipment) gave it a huge advantage over rival models. Its main rivals were Tamiya’s Rough Rider and ayk’s 556B.
The Scorpion revolutionized radio-controlled racing with its release, as it became almost impossible to win races without using a Scorpion. This model became one of the most popular of Kyosho’s products, and sold for 17,800 yen at the time.
The «Tomahawk» uses the same suspension as the Scorpion, but its layout was completely made over. The plastic mech box was changed to a double-deck mech plate, allowing its weight to decrease to 1,450g. It was sold for 19,800 yen at the time.
The «Turbo Scorpion» was also derived from the Scorpion. This model was sold for 19,800 yen at the time.
The same chassi was used for the engine driven models «Advance» and «Assault» These were popular models at the time but not near as popular as the original Scorpion.
In 2012 Kyosho presented a new model using the Scorpion name: the Kyosho Scorpion XXL Ve. It is a 1/7th scale rear wheel drive, brushless dune buggy and it’s completely unrelated to the original Scorpion in its parts.
In 2014 Kyosho announced a re released version of Scorpion, beefed up and refined where needed so it can be outfitted with modern gear such as Lipo and brushless motor. Modern highlights include a slipper clutch, 48-pitch geartrain, compatibility with the Ultima RB’s ball diff (as an upgrade from the supplied gear diff), and wide-track front suspension. The shocks are also improved, with the smooth action expected of modern oil-filled units.
Progress series Edit
The «Progress 4WDS» was Kyosho’s first electric 4WD off-road racer. The motor was mounted on the rear overhang, and the forward wheel moves with a chain extending from the rear gearbox. This chain system was also tried on the on-road racer, «Fantom EP.» The rear suspension was an orthodox double trailing arm and oil damper with coil springs, but the front suspension featured a double wishbone and mono damper, and substituted a torsion bar for a spring. This unique front suspension was rather difficult to set up, and had a short arm, which prevented it from taking powerful strokes.
The front wheel on the 4WS series could only move in the opposite direction as the rear wheel, and turning wide curves was also difficult with this series.
Adjustments were made with each successive model, but the Progress series became infamous as a slow car unable to live up to its full potential. [ citation needed ] Kyosho’s first series of 4WDs was too heavy and clumsy to compete in serious RC racing.
- Progress 4WDS
- Gallop 4WDS
- Gallop MKII
Optima series Edit
This was Kyosho’s highly successful series of 4WD off-road racers. Many of the models gained widespread popularity in off-road RC racing. [ citation needed ]
Notable models (in order of release)
- Optima (a 4WD buggy with a chain drive system. Uses an aluminum ladder frame)
- Javelin (uses the same frame, but was equipped with a frame-like body. Some parts, including the damper stay, became optional parts)
- Gold Optima (this limited model was released after the 100,000th Optima was sold. 10,000 of this model were produced. The name comes from the gold colored anodic coating) used on many of its parts.
- Turbo Optima (sections were strengthened to allow an 8.4V battery to be used. Equipped with a Le Mans 240S motor and ball bearings)
- Salute (a Turbo Optima with a different body. The motor was sold separately, resulting in a cheaper overall cost)
- Optima Pro 4WD (the last Optima to use a chain drive system. Uses an amp (ESC))
- Optima Mid (all of the Optima models below are belt drive models. The location of the motor was changed from the rear overhang to an RMR layout. The frame was made of duralumin and fibre-reinforced plastic)
- Turbo Optima Mid (the upper echelon of the Optima Mid series. Sold with several optional parts)
- Turbo Optima Mid SE
- Turbo Optima Mid Special (the wheelbase of the Optima Mid was extended, and was sold with a carbon fiber frame. Only a maximum of two were shipped per store, as it was a limited model)
- Optima Mid Custom (a low priced version of the Turbo Optima Mid special. The frame is made of duralmin)
- Optima Mid Custom Special (similar to the Turbo Optima Mid special, with the LWB duralumin frame (some were confirmed to have been produced with the carbon fiber frame), but the body was changed to a «bullet type» canopy body)
Ultima series Edit
The 2WD racing buggy created following the Tomahawk. The double wishbone suspension and aluminum monocoque frame gave the buggy far more speed than previous models. The car won 1st place in the 2nd electric off-road 2WD world tournament held in England in 1987.
- Ultima (a 2WD buggy created in the style of the Optima series)
- Turbo Ultima (: duralmin flat pan frame, white color,special «Platinum Shocks» with graphite shock towers and full ball bearings. Ball differential and motor guard. )
- Ultima Pro ( fibre-reinforced plastic frame, Gold shocks,full ball bearings, Ball differential, motor guard, adjustable tie rods, stick or saddle pack battery configuration. )
- Ultima Pro XL (Similar to the Ultima Pro but with a single plate chassis. Longer front and rear suspension arms. Adjustable rear toe in and 48 pitch spur and pinion gears.)
- Ultima II and Turbo Ultima II (The Ultima II was a basic Ultima for beginners. The Turbo Ultima II had Gold shocks,full bearings and ball differential. Both models had the new Kyosho «Kelron» chassis.)
- Outlaw Ultima ST (The only Stadium truck made from the original Ultima II chassis. Kelron chassis and aluminum front shock towers with long shocks. Ford Ranger body came with the kit.)
- Pro X (the first edition had a problem with the ball differential, but was fixed in the second release)
- Ultima RB (appeared for the first time in the 1999 world championship. The Type-R model was geared towards competitions, while the sport model was designed for beginners)
- Ultima RB Type-R Evolution (the Ultima RB Type-R with optional parts included)
- Ultima RB5 (released in March, 2007)
- Ultima RB5 SP (released in May, 2009)
- Ultima RB5 SP2 (released in April, 2010 featuring a new rear end and body)
- Ulitma RT5 (2WD truck released in September, 2009)
- Ultima SC (2WD CORR truck released in February, 2010)
- Ultima SCR (2WD truck released in 2011)
- Ultima RB6 (2WD Electric Buggy, Released Oct. 2012)
- Ultima RB6.6 (2wd Electric Buggy, Released May. 2015)
Lazer series Edit
A series started with the «Lazer ZX», which became the basic model for the Optima series. It evolved from «Lazer ZX-R» to «Lazer ZX sport,» «Lazer ZX-RR, «Lazer ZX-S,» «Lazer ZX-S Evolution.» The body design for the Lazer ZX was rather unpopular from the start, and many users, including the Kyosho racing team, preferred to use the bodyset from the Turbo Optima Mid Special. The current model, «Lazer ZX-5» has a similar name, but bears a completely different design from its predecessors. It employs a shaft-driven 4WD system rather than the belt-driven system of its predecessors, a longitudinally mounted motor, and a new low-profile body. At the moment (2011, June) there is avabile Kyosho ZX-5 FS2, and ZX-5 RTR. The ZX-5 has been a huge success at racing in Europe and North-America. The original kit has been upgraded from FS to FS2 featuring lipo ready chassis, new body and a new rear end. The FS2 has since been upgraded again to FS2 SP specification with the inclusion of big bore shock absorbers and other minor changes.
Since 1992, Kyosho has specialized in creating high end collector’s grade Die-Cast Car Replicas. Kyosho offers a wide array of scale replicas and car makers. Kyosho’s main competition comes from companies such as AUTOart, Minichamps, and Hot Wheels. Kyosho is also the official manufacturer of BMW Authorized scale replicas sold exclusively through BMW Dealerships. As of January 2008, their online catalogue includes approximately 1000 die cast cars and accessories.
The 2000s saw a shift toward the growing hobby of radio controlled model aircraft and the creation of almost ready-to-fly models. One such model, the «Phantom 70,» is a quarter-scale replica of the Aberle Phantom biplane. Based in Fallbrook, California USA, the full-scale Phantom was built by Aberle Custom Aircraft and sponsored by Kyosho during the 2007 Reno Air Races. The plane set a biplane-class speed record in 2004 with a top speed of more than 241 mph. A new record was established in 2006 with a speed of 251.958 mph.  
Since rival company Tamiya renewed the production of popular classic models such as the «Frog,» «Grasshopper,» «Hornet,» and «Hotshot,» many fans hope for Kyosho to do the same with its own classics. However, the company has already gotten rid of most of the old frame casts, making prospects of renewed production costly and difficult.
During the Shizuoka Hobby Show in May, 2006, Kyosho introduced «Optima» and «Turbo Scorpion» in its new «Miniature Racing Buggy series». Though only 10 cm in length, these die-cast pullback toys feature exactly the same package design as the original RC kits, showing that Kyosho does recognize fan demand for renewed production.
Chevy Tops 2018 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational
Mike DuSold’s ’67 Camaro takes top honors in Las Vegas
Mike DuSold’s journey to the top of the Optima Ultimate Street Car world began four years ago. His Camaro was raw but had potential. Meanwhile, Danny Popp’s C5 Corvette was nearly untouchable and in the midst of a run of three titles in a row. DuSold went about his tasks methodically, checking off each area of improvement on his car, both on and off the track, while honing his skills as a driver. Every time he showed up, something on the car was different and Mike’s performances continued to improve.
Sometimes the changes were subtle, like traction control and antilock brakes, while other changes were more radical, like the interior that closely resembles a WWII-era fighter plane cockpit and a camouflage paint scheme. DuSold’s Camaro made its way into the Top 10 in that first year, the Top 5 the following year, and up to the podium in 2017.
The fourth time was the charm for Mike DuSold’s ’67 Camaro. It motored past a stacked field of Corvettes, a Viper, and an all-wheel-drive import to take home the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) title for 2018.
This year, DuSold had his sights set squarely on the top prize, but the competition was incredibly fierce. The regular-season championship in the Holley EFI GTL class was decided by a single point and, as Mike readily admits, that point came down to a thousandth of a second on the track. Moving to Las Vegas, Ken Thwaits was determined to repeat as champion in his Mitsubishi Evo, but on the first day of the competition opened the door to the others when he finished Fifth in the Detroit Speed Autocross. DuSold placed Third.
Mechanical attrition took its toll on several of the top competitors on Saturday. Logan Palmer, Steve Kepler, Larry Woo, and Rich Willhoff all had the potential to finish in the Top 10, but none were able to complete the LucasOilRacing.tv Road Rally through Las Vegas. That thinned the herd of contenders considerably.
Four-time OUSCI champion Danny Popp was the top finisher in the Detroit Speed Autocross and also logged a runner-up finish on the Falken Tire Hot Lap Challenge and a Third-place finish on the PowerStop Brakes Speed Stop Challenge on his way to a Fourth-place overall finish.
When the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering Challenge results were announced during the lunch break on Sunday, DuSold found out he picked up another point on Thwaits. Five of the other top 10 spots in D&E went to QA1 GTV class cars, which weren’t in contention for the overall win, that opened up a gap in the field, making it seem like a two-car race between DuSold and Thwaits. However, Thwaits came up just short of DuSold in every segment, while Austin Barnes’ Dodge Viper nearly swept all three timed segments. Barnes had a solid score in Design & Engineering, but DuSold stayed close enough to him everywhere on the track that Austin couldn’t overcome the deficit, allowing DuSold to cruise to the victory.
Chevys ended up capturing eight of the top 10 spots, with seven of those finishes being posted by Corvettes. That group included past OUSCI champions Danny Popp (fourth) and Brian Hobaugh (eighth).
Jake Rozelle’s ’03 Corvette looks very similar to Danny Popp’s C5 and Rozelle finished just behind Popp in Fifth place, thanks to a tie-breaker with Sixth-place Jordan Priestley’s Corvette.
If you couldn’t make it out to Vegas to see the finale in person, catch it on Friday, November 30th at 8 p.m. Eastern & Pacific on MAVTV. Most of the dates for the 2019 qualifying season have already been announced, so if you’d like to become a part of the Ultimate Street Car story, get your car ready and sign up when registration opens in December at DriveOptima.com. CHP
2018 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Champion
Mike DuSold, 1967 Camaro
QA1 GTV Class Cup (pre-1990, 3,200+ pounds)
Efrain Diaz, 1969 Camaro
Efrain Diaz’s ’69 Camaro finished nearly 100 points behind QA1 GTV class champion Dusty Nixon in the regular season points chase, but the tables turned in Efrain’s favor in Las Vegas. Diaz was “Mr. Consistency” across all segments and was the top finisher among QA1 GTV class (cars built before 1990).
Recaro GTS Class Cup (post-1989, 3,200+ pounds, two-seaters and AWD vehicles)
Austin Barnes, 2010 Dodge Viper
Holley EFI GTL Class Cup (non-compacts under 3,200 pounds)
Mike DuSold, 1967 Camaro
GTE Class Cup (BEV electric vehicles)
Matthew Scott, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq
Jim Stehlin’s ’73 Camaro might’ve only finished 33rd overall, but it definitely had an impact on the event. His seventh-place finish in the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering Challenge helped contribute to the insurmountable gap OUSCI champion Mike DuSold held over his competition in that segment.
GTC Class Cup (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)
Brian Johns, 1993 Mazda RX-7
Franklin Road Apparel GT Class Cup (post-1989, 3,200+ pounds, two-wheel drive sedans, four-seater coupes, trucks, etc . )
Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Ford Mustang
2019 Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Tentative Schedule
Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 16-17
Daytona International Speedway April 12-13
National Corvette Museum June 1-2
Pikes Peak International Raceway July 6-7
Road America August 16-17
Auto Club Speedway September 14-15
To Be Determined October 5-6
Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational November 9-10
It’s not easy to come off the SEMA showroom floor and run your car all weekend long on a racetrack. However, Brendan King found a way to make it work and was the top-finisher among 10 SEMA show invitees in his ’71 Camaro.
Larry Woo’s ’68 Camaro was primed for a great performance at the OUSCI and a Fourth-place overall finish in the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering Challenge got him off to a great start. Unfortunately, mechanical gremlins caught up with him and ended his weekend early.
Eric Sheely went from getting a golden ticket invitation last year to winning the Franklin Road Apparel GT class championship this year. His ’18 ZL1 1LE was also the top-finishing Camaro in the event after Mike DuSold’s ’67 F-body.
Some said a C4 Corvette fell in a no man’s land in these events, where it could never be competitive in any class, while others thought pre-1990 models were a hidden gem waiting to be exploited in the QA1 GTV class. CB Ramey has a C6 hiding under his C4 that has proven the latter to be very correct.
There are a lot of experts who claim to know what will work in this event and what won’t, but Michael Erickson’s four-door Chevelle proves those wrong who claim such cars are too big and too heavy to make it to Vegas. Michael had all but five GTV class cars covered on the Detroit Speed Autocross and more than held his own everywhere else.