To start off, this Rc car arrives well packaged and protected. I purchased this item at a discount from Geekbuying in exchange for an honest review. After opening the box, the first item included is the users manual. This is presented nicely in a plastic bag, and the English in the manual is great, compared to a lot of other Rc products having bad English. The manual has charging info, as well as a very detailed parts list. The package also includes a useful wheel hex, which can be used to tighten or replace the tires.
The next item included is the charger. It comes with an adapter, depending on your location. For example, mine came with a North American plug. The adapter can be plugged into your wall outlet. Then, you plug the charger into the adapter. After that, you plug in the balance port, and then you plug the battery into the balance port. The balance port will have a red LED that is on while the battery is charging. Once it is done charging, the red LED will turn off, and a green one will turn on instead. The charger has a smart balance system installed, so it is very difficult to overheat or overcharge the battery. The charging time is two and a half hours, and the run time is about ten-fifteen minutes. The battery is a two cell, 7.4 volt, 1100 mAh Li-po. The charger is specifically made for this battery, so it will not charge a three cell Li-po successfully.
The next item included is the transmitter. This is a pistol grip style transmitter. It is very comfortable to hold; it even has a soft rubber strip down the middle. The tension of the throttle and turning is perfect. This is an entry- level hobby grade style car, so it obviously has both proportional steering and acceleration. The radio has a small antenna mounted on the top, as it uses 2.4 Ghz control frequency. It takes 4 AA batteries, which are easy to install into the bottom of the remote. The transmitter has a maximum range of about 90 metres, which is fantastic. Also, there are 4 trim buttons on the face of the transmitter. These operate as reverse, forward,left, and right fine tuning buttons. The On/off button for the transmitter is located at the bottom of the transmitter. When the transmitter is on, an LED on it lights up.
The last item included is the car itself. It is about 25 cm long, as it is a 1:18 scale buggy. It weighs a little over a pound, so it is not too heavy. Almost all of the components are plastic. The body is removable, as it uses a pin design to stay on the chassis. The car looks very sleek, as it is low to the ground and flashy with its blue colour. All four wheels have oil-filled shocks, which due a great job of reducing body slap after jumps and reducing vibration. It has a small front bumper, as well as a sporty looking spoiler mounted on to the back. They tires are rubber studded to help grip the driving surface. They do not have foam inserts. The motor is a 390 brushed engine, and to break it in, I simply drove at minimal throttle for the first three runs. The drive shaft and spur gear are both plastic, as are the differential caps and the differential itself. The pinion is brass, which is better than plastic. The car is all oil bearings in every wheel hub. To install the battery, you simply connect it to the open port on the ESC, and then use the provided Velcro to strap it in place. The steering is responsive and quite strong. The motor does get very hot after running the car continuously for ten minutes. However, the motor comes with a big aluminum heat sink on it, which helps keep it running more efficiently.
The performance of the car is what really stands out. Since it is four wheel drive, it can handle short grass, and it has fantastic acceleration as well as handling. Although the top speed is listed at 50 km/h, I was only able to take it up to 41 km/h. That being said, with the small size of the car, it feels like a rocket. It whizzes by beautifully, and when you are driving it in dirt, it has quite an impressive rooster tail. However, small pieces of gravel can get stuck in the drivetrain, which becomes a nuisance after having to disassemble the car a couple of times. I found that using a small piece of tape to cover the gear box greatly helped this issue. Other than that, a plastic steering rod snapped, which I am going to replace with the upgraded aluminum parts available online. Aside from these minor issues, the car is an absolute blast. It definitely has the feel of a hobby grade product, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap, fast, and fun Rc car.
In conclusion, due to the speed, handling, acceleration, looks, and available upgrades, this car is a fantastic buy, especially at just $60. Once again, purchase it here: