Originally Posted by Cornelius
It does seem to be a rebadged mamba 5700 with a sidewinder ESC.
Should be a great system.
Does it have the same driveline as the standard e-firestorm?
Turbo - I was under the impression Castle sourced components but did the assembly inhouse. Is this not the case?
Maybe they do some of the stuff there...but I would bet you that that new one...the REALLY cheap one is "Hecho in Chine". Their motors already are.
Just checked their website...LOL...look for what it doesn't
say. It has some rather novel language about where it was "designed" and "manufactured" (using globally sourced components, natch), but no "made in the US" statement. You could think of those as wiggle room...they're subject to the federal rules, which are relatively lenient...yet they still didn't want to say it. "Manufactured" can mean lots of things.
It just seems more likely that since the new one is way cheaper than every other ESC out there...that if is looks like a rose...smells like a rose...
...it must be from off shore.
Plus...what other electronics device do you suppose would be exported to SE Asia in a finished condition? Cheap enough to make margins for an RTR? I think if you believe that one, I have some oceanfront property in Kansas for sale.
I bet that they have some very substantial components made over there and that they have some kind of arrangement with HPI to private label them directly to whoever is doing the HPI stuff...the Castle Link thing just can't be a coincidence.
I'm sure that someone from Castle will now be on here to say that they make the whole board and everything right there in Kansas...LOL...I bet they even make their own solder.
I've been wrong before...who knows?