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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.
IF you would like to do jumps and off road.. Then invest in something better, because this is a waste of time and money.
For starters, There is some lag between the Transmitter and Receiver. Not a deal breaker, But is noticeable.
Second. This car is super NOSE HEAVY.. You have to stay on it full throttle for it not to nose dive - with any kind of jump. Which isn't good for the car.. Landing while on full throttle.
Third.. The shock towers in this car are soooooo weak.. I bent the front one my first nose dive.. straightened it out easy enough with a pair of pliers. But the damage was done before I noticed that it had also warped the dog bones to the front drive shafts..
So there I was 2 weeks after buying the car - ordering another 30 dollars in parts..
Oh it doesn't end there.. They must put lock-tight (TOOO MUCH) on the top shock cap screws.. I was able to free one, but the other stripped out.. They have cheap/soft screws that can't hold up to any torque. Which you must give it because of all the "lock-tite" The put on them. So there I was having to drill out a screw about an hour later I had it freed and found another screw to fit it's place.
Lastly, I put in the new "hop up" universal drive shafts on the front to replace the bent dog bones.. Well 10 minutes into my run, My steering goes crazy.. I noticed that my front wheels weren't moving.. After taking it apart I noticed that the new front universal drive shaft had "come apart". The pin that holds it together never got crimped or something.. The other one is like that also..
So now, After 30 + more dollars, about 4 hours of tearing the car apart - I still have no car to drive.. And it looks like I probably messed up the front transmission. Was so aggravated.. I didn't want to mess with it anymore.
Good news is the new shock tower is like twice as thick as the stock one..
This car is super fun to drive, and pretty darn fast..
If you plan on buying this - buy the front shock tower immediately, because this will save you from having to replace bent drive shafts too - hopefully :) And then I would still try to keep all 4 tires on the ground..ie no jumping.. I was just on a regular clay/dirt track... Not even bashing it.
Other then that super fun car.. I would say put street tires on it and "keep it street"..
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.
Next. A nice crawler to add to my RC collection!