When using our RC’s, we have all suffered a Roll Over that has left our wheels off of the ground and then we need to take the “Walk of Shame” to put it back upright, so that we can get back to driving. Depending on how far you are away from your vehicle, the “Walk of Shame” can also be a bit of a pain and possibly risky. Well, those days can be a thing of the past, Torsional Concepts have come up with the RhinoForce S2, the “First Hobby RC Vehicle Self-Right System.”
The RhinoForce S2 is made from 5000 series sheet metal and steel springs. It weights 12 ounces and mounts directly to a roll cage (sold separately). To date, the RhinoForce S2 has been successfully tested on Traxxas Slash 4×4, Team Associated SC10 and Trinigy Trooper 4×4.
We love this idea. This sort of ingenuity can be a real game changer for the hobby. People with disabilities or limited mobility, could easily get behind an idea like this and when you factor in Bashers, Crawlers, New comers to the hobby, as well as the safety aspect, the RhinoForce S2 may not be for everybody, but it should be able to find its place within the RC community.
Check out the videos below to see the RhinoForce S2 in action.
We reached out to Torsional Concepts and asked them for some more details on themselves and the RhinoForce S2. Co -Owner and Engineer for Torsional Concepts Thomas Pischiera took some time from his day and answered some questions for us.
Tell us a little about Torsional Concepts.
Who is involved in Torsional Concepts?
Torsional Concepts is a start-up company created by Rico Pischiera (father), Thomas Pischiera (son) and Vinny Dimino (uncle). Rico is an Electrical Engineer by degree, Thomas is a Mechanical Engineer by degree and Vinny is a multimedia applications specialist.
How long have they/you been in the hobby?
As a team we have been involved in RC vehicles since the 80’s. Have built and used planes, boats, nitro trucks and now the new hi power electric vehicles.
Is this a full time venture?
Currently all three members have full time jobs, so for now this is a side venture. We will see where the road leads us. But, with that said we have been working this company as if it was a second full time job.
Will Torsional Concepts focus solely on RC products?
The plan for now is to focus only on RC cars. The current design is designed around the Short Course trucks. So we have a lot of work in front of us to adapt it to other platforms. With the patent pending we have for the flip kit system we have left the door open to enter into unmanned vehicles or whatever may present an opportunity.
Do you have any other ideas in the works? If so, can you give us any info?
The main thing we are focused on is the self-righting system. RC enthusiasts have positive feedback for the concept and the functionality. We are in the works of designing the automatic version, this one will open to flip the truck over and then shut itself so that the driver does not have to bring the truck back and reset the flip plate manually.
Lets Talk about the RhinoForce S2.
How does it work?
Has this project been funded independently or did you use one the services available online such as Kickstarter.com?
As of today this project has been funded within the company. We plan on launching a Kickstarter campaign sometime in early March. We are trying to market now to get the product to all RC enthusiasts before we launch.
When do you hope to have the RhinoForce S2 available?
Once we launch kickstarter, all backers will have their S2 system in the June time frame. With that said we hope to have it available for general sales this summer.
The why for the RhinoForce S2 is pretty easy to understand. Can you explain how you came up with the idea?
The idea was brought to light by Vinny. He goes to races all the time and watches people run out onto the track to flip cars over. Those people can be in harms way since they can be struck by a car. Also when you are at home and driving the vehicles who wants to run down the block to flip their vehicle over. If it is a busy street it will help get your vehicle out of harms way as well.
How long a journey has it been for Torsional Concepts to bring the RhinoForce S2 from the idea stage to the development stage?
We have been working on the project for about a year now.
How many prototypes have you gone through at this point, to get the RhinoForce S2 ready for the RC community?
We have gone through several prototypes. We purchased a 3D printer which has been huge for developing a product. We have printed many concepts and used them for testing. We have also had sheet metal parts made as well. The YouTube video features our latest plate configuration.
How long does it take for you to make one system?
If you are asking about build time for a consumer, maybe 10 minutes. There are some screws to hold some parts into place. We tried to design the product to minimize excessive hardware. Most features are built right into the sheet metal parts.
Can you share with us the how many units will be available for your initial release?
Not sure. All depends on the Kickstarter campaign. There is no limit set, so if people are interested in getting one please direct them to our Kickstarter campaign once we launch it.
Do you plan to sell them from your website?
Yes. After kickstarter, once we have funds to do a production lot to get going.
Will they be available for Canadian and International buyers?
Do you have an estimated price point?
As of now the price point is somewhere between $129.00-149.00 USD. We are still working through the numbers to finalize the exact number.
Do you have anything else you would like to mention?
I will mention, the vehicles were set up to roll over. The Team Associated and the Trooper where hard to roll over even with the flip kit on and suspension tweaked to help roll.
Thomas, Thank You very much we appreciate your time. We wish Torsional Concepts all the best in the future and look forward to you and your team testing some more of the traditional RC boundaries. We will follow along and please stay in touch.
Thanks for your support. We need all the support we can so we can keep developing the automatic version. Think it would be huge and could keep people off the race tracks.
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