Written on: 06/04/2011
Good beginners car - however some major design flaws and shoddy build quality in the RTR versions.
The car does around 25mph out of the box and can handle rough ground with ease. If you run it on tarmac, the tyres will wear quickly. You can adjust plenty of things on this car. On mine, the steering was toed out quite a way - this can be adjusted by screwing the hex nuts in or out behind the front wheels - or a much coarser adjustment can be done by moving the steering links to different positions. It is also possible to adjust the camber etc. On the one I got, the screws in the steering links had been overtightened and the threads were stripped.
If you decide you want more speed, you can replace the ESC and motor with a brushless setup - however the car has no slipper clutch and is very hard on gears as a result. It is possible to get custom made gears (see ebay) which are hardened steel and solve the problem - these are pretty expensive though - especially if you break a tooth off one!
With regards to build quality - my RTR version had numerous screws which had been overtightened - one on the steering link, one on the front suspension mount and one on the gearbox cover / rear diff. I also question the quality of the platics used - they may be a little flimsy - I managed to break a suspension arm within days of getting the car simply by clipping a curb - however I have also had some spectacular crashes where nothing has broken!
Overall this is a good introduction to the sport, but may prove less reliable in the long term.