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Redcat Racing Brushless Electric Tornado EPX PRO Buggy with 2.4GHz Radio, Vehicle Battery & Charger Included (1/10 Scale), Blue/Silver
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- Electric Brushless RC-540 Motor
- Vivid Polycarbonate Body Armor, Aluminum Capped Oil Filled Shocks
- Transmission Forward and Reverse
- 2.4GHz Radio, Vehicle Battery & Charger Included
- Radio requires 8 AA Batteries (Not Included); Now includes Waterproof Electronics! (ESC, Servo, Receiver)
- Refer user manual for guidance. For detailed battery information, refer page 6 and for trouble shooting, refer page 9.
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Leave your competition in a whirlwind of dust with the exciting Tornado EPX PRO. This mini cyclone of muscle is equipped with a speed regulator and brushless motor making it easy to operate and control either on or off the track. This bold RC RTR buggy comes complete with an electric brushless 3300KV 540 Novatech motor, four wheel drive, forward/reverse transmission and a two channel 2.4GHz radio. The Tornado EPX PRO is fully equipped with soft compound knobby off road tires, vivid polycarbonate body armor, aluminum capped oil filled shocks, battery and charger. Running at speeds similar to nitro vehicles, this buggy is ready to go almost right out of the box. Just add 8 AA batteries to the remote and you are ready to kick up your own funnel clouds.
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The Tornado EPX Pro came with lots of aluminum parts, including the shock tower and center longeron. All the electronics are waterproof, and the differentials are entirely enclosed. I ran it through my yard, on the street, and through some snow for about 20 minutes. Snow and grass were literally packed under the shell, covering everything except the ESC fan (see photos). And it had zero problems. A low setting on the heat gun and paying attention to the drip path (to avoid pooling water in the electronics), and it's as good as new.
So far, I haven't taken the Tornado to a real course, so I haven't tested it jumping, yet. But I have run it for another 20 minutes on a dirt field. It's very fast for having a stock 3500mAh LiPo, and very responsive. The steering servo is fairly quick, and centers properly.
The included radio has both steering and throttle adjust, and steering d/r (to set the width of the servo response). I wish it had a throttle limiter on the controller to ease the learning curve, but that just means I have to be more careful while I gain experience.
I'm quite happy with this buggy, and would recommend it as a starter car for those who are not interested in constant repairs or upgrades. My son's car is great for learning how to build (and rebuild), and learning about upgrades, but that naturally comes at a price of downtime and cash out of pocket. The Tornado is a fantastic vehicle for the less tinkering inclined.
I've seen a few reviews and concerns about the battery. As most have said, get rid of the stock charger and spend $30-$50 on a good, basic charger that supports putting the batteries in storage mode. I also suggest getting a LiPo bag for use while storing *and* charging. They're not too expensive, and can potentially save your home and your body.
I charge my batteries on an old steel cookie sheet in a purpose-made fire resistant LiPo bag. My charger has an alarm for both temperature and completion, and charges my son's NiMH batteries really well.
Do NOT skimp on battery safety. LiPo batteries can quite literally blow up if you mistreat them or short them out. Fortunately, it only takes a little care to be safe with them.
Make sure you have plenty of open spaces to drive as this thing is fast. I clocked 40 mph with stock battery and internals on a 2s 7.4 lipo.
Seems pretty solid, though definitely planning on some upgrades which are readily available.
Been a few weeks and here are my thoughts:
1) The aluminum shock towers that come stock are laughably weak. Had one bend on me the first semi hard crash (thanks nephew). After replacing it, I saw that I could bend the original part with my hands (and I don't mean where it was already damaged). Fortunately the Hop-Up upgrade kit aluminum parts are much thicker (still fitting in the car easily) and much sturdier.
2) The throttle response has a touch of lag. I've tried playing with the settings, but still feel it. I plan on linking my Spektrum Dx6i controller (old school dual stick) as that's a much better radio with much more sensitive controls. Once I do I'll update this with another edit and tell how it worked out.
Its not slow but I wish it had a little more speed. but then again maybe not. it dose spin out pretty easy.
I am writing a blog review on this read if you would like. redcat-review.blogspot.com it also is on the redcat volcano
with what problems my wife had with her Chassis. I decided to order my chassis when I bought this car. I also got the aluminum steering and tire hub set up for this. which all went on great.
Yes, the stock battery and charger you can place in the recycle bin without even using. Just buy this and you will be good to go.
Still, you would need to spend at least double or triple to get a car this nice from Traxxas.
This car is so fast with NiMH but I might try a Lipo battery at some point, definitely not for little kids!