Excitement is what it is all about – HPI cars and trucks are renowned for their exceptional durability and high quality, but most of all they are FUN! HPI products are enjoyed by hobbyists of all ages, from beginners to enthusiasts, with an eye for something special.
It all started in 1986: with a minimal investment and a lot of hard work Tatsuro Watanabe started Hobby Products International in Southern California. The initial product range was car accessories like graphite parts, wheels and motors. The Uno motors even won a World Championship title in 1987, proving that the company has what it takes to compete with the ‘big boys’! This early success allowed HPI to grow the product range quickly and eventually release the first car kit designed by HPI, the Super F1.
This was also the time when HPI hired two of the most influential RC car designers, contributing to the outstanding creativity of HPI’s current design team. From here things went fast – Major kit releases came rapidly shifting HPI’s focus from being an accessories company to being one of the most prolific RC car design and manufacturing companies.