Horizon Hobby, LLC. is an American international hobby product distributor, headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, United States. It currently manufactures various hobby-grade radio-controlled (RC) models, as well as Athearn model trains and die-cast models, which it sells direct to consumers as well as to hobby retailers.
In October 1985, Horizon Hobby was founded by Rick Stephens, an American entrepreneur.
On December 9, 2013, Horizon announced that the company was being bought by a group of investors led by Horizon's CEO, Joe Ambrose. The group includes Minneapolis-based Mill City Capital L.P. and Champaign-based Armory Capital LLC founded by Jacob Ambrose.
Horizon Hobby entered an agreement to purchase its competitor, Hobbico, in April of 2018.
Before being purchased by Horizon Hobby, the Losi remote-controlled car division had been a separate company founded by Gil Losi with the release of the JRX2 in 1988.
On February 7, 2020 Horizon Hobby posted a video to YouTube.com talking about the new proposed FAA regulations on Remote ID.
Team Losi Racing often referred to as TLR has been designing innovative radio-controlled cars and accessories for 40 years primarily as high end competition products. The brand date dates back to the early 1980s with roots in Southern California. In 2000, Losi become part of the Horizon Hobby family. The company was founded by Gil Losi Snr and Gil Losi Jr. who won the first IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championships held in 1985. The car he raced was a highly modified Yokomo - YZ-834B.
Team Losi's first vehicle, the JRX2, was a 1/10 Scale 2wd Off-Road racing buggy. When it was released to the public in 1988, the JRx-2 featured many innovations that were unheard of at the time, from its unique 5-link rear suspension arms, carbon-graphite chassis, and all-natural rubber racing tires, the JRX2 set the stage for technological advancement and innovation. Team Losi, along with Team Associated, have helped shape the R/C industry into what it is today. The JRx-T was the first "purpose built" electric stadium trucks that didn't require racers to modify an existing buggy. The JRx-Pro SE was the first competition buggy to come standard with a molded composite chassis in an era where stamped aluminum and graphite plates were the standard. The Street Weapon was not only Team Losi's first on-road Sedan, but also the first IFMAR IWC Touring Car Championship Chassis. Team Losi early success in the 1/10-scale offroad electric category winning multiple world championship.
In the late 1990s, Ernie Provetti's company (Trinity) bought a 50% stake in Losi. Most (if not all) Losi Factory Drivers were using Trinity motors or batteries at the time. However, the partnership lasted only a few months before the two companies split. Gil Losi Sr. of Team Losi sold the Team Losi brand to Horizon Hobby in 2001. Losi continues to operate in Southern California alongside Horizon Hobby.
Other, unusual items produced or endorsed by Losi include the PlayStation video game "Team Losi: R/C Racer" and a Team Losi line of high-performance yo-yos designed by Steve Brown. These were the 'Cherry Bomb', 'Da Bomb' and the 'Grim Sleeper', both using Losi race-specification ball bearings.
In March 2007, Gil Losi, Jr., co-founder of Losi, left Losi for Kyosho America.
|1997||2WD 1:10 Elec Offroad Buggy||Brian Kinwald||Losi XX-CR||Ranch Pit Shop||Ranch Pit Shop||Pomona, California||United States||Dirt||||Report|
|1999||4WD 1:10 Elec Offroad Buggy||Jukka Steenari||Losi XX-4||Rauman Urheiluautoilijat||Uimahalli||Rauma||Finland||||Report|
|2002||2WD 1:10 Elec Offroad Buggy||Matt Francis||Losi XXX||Tshwane Raceway And Promotions||Skilpad Tortoise Hall||Pretoria||South Africa||Dirt||[nb 1]||Report|
|2002||4WD 1:10 Elec Offroad Buggy||Jukka Steenari||Losi XX-4||Tshwane Raceway And Promotions||Skilpad Tortoise Hall||Pretoria||South Africa||[nb 1]||Report|
|2003||4WD 1:10 Elec Offroad Buggy||Ryan Cavalieri||Losi||Minnreg RC Car Club||Minnreg RC Speedway||Largo, Florida||United States||||Report|
This includes current ONLY TLR vehicles.