R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric Off-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-08-2008, 06:54 PM   #1
Tech Adept
 
ThreePointThree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 155
Send a message via AIM to ThreePointThree
Default NEW E-FIRESTORM BRUSHLESS RTR!!!!

Looks like HPI is getting on the train with Traxxas and Losi, there making an RTR brushless stadium truck now too!!

http://www.hpiracing.com/kitinfo/10553/


They also came out with a new XL-Savage w/ a 5.9CC big block!
__________________
RC18MT w/ C4 9200kv
ThreePointThree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2008, 07:04 PM   #2
Tech Elite
 
Turbo Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Corona, CA
Posts: 4,878
Trader Rating: 41 (100%+)
Default

From that page:
Quote:
Castle Link(tm) compatible for the ultimate in race tuning.
Hmmmmm...LOL...
Turbo Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2008, 07:26 PM   #3
Tech Fanatic
 
stickman310's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Townsville, QLD (TMORC)
Posts: 869
Trader Rating: 10 (100%+)
Send a message via MSN to stickman310
Default

Haha that looks like the new Castle Creations Sidewinder ESC. It also comes with a 5700kv motors... bit obvious the system is pretty much direct from Castle Creations.
stickman310 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2008, 08:53 PM   #4
Tech Adept
 
AEracer40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hawthorne,NV
Posts: 181
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Send a message via Yahoo to AEracer40
Default

Yea, especially when it says on that page that the system is compatible with the Castle Link system. Kudos HPI. Now i have a reason to buy an E-Firestorm.
AEracer40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2008, 09:16 PM   #5
Tech Elite
 
Turbo Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Corona, CA
Posts: 4,878
Trader Rating: 41 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by stickman310 View Post
Haha that looks like the new Castle Creations Sidewinder ESC. It also comes with a 5700kv motors... bit obvious the system is pretty much direct from Castle Creations.
Or more like it's from the same place that makes it for Castle...
Turbo Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2008, 11:24 PM   #6
Tech Elite
 
trdsupra88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southwest
Posts: 2,531
Trader Rating: 25 (100%+)
Send a message via Yahoo to trdsupra88
Default b

Seems like a good intro vehicle...has anyoneseen or used that motor before?
__________________
I cut my own hair ☆
trdsupra88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 12:58 AM   #7
Tech Regular
 
DARKWAV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 373
Default

I was wondering about the motor too. It doesn't look like a Castle 5700.
DARKWAV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 03:47 AM   #8
Tech Adept
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Australia, East Coast
Posts: 141
Default

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?
Cornelius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 04:06 AM   #9
Tech Fanatic
 
stickman310's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Townsville, QLD (TMORC)
Posts: 869
Trader Rating: 10 (100%+)
Send a message via MSN to stickman310
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
Turbo - I was under the impression Castle sourced components but did the assembly inhouse. Is this not the case?
That's what I thought. I was always under the impression that castle had a couple of smart engineers or something and made and developed all their own products. There is a video on the castle creations website that shows an inside look at what castle creations does and a little bit of what happens 'behind the scenes'. (It's in the 'Media' section)
stickman310 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 07:17 AM   #10
Tech Adept
 
ThreePointThree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 155
Send a message via AIM to ThreePointThree
Default

My question is, could you just take that truck right out of the box, put it on a track, and be competetive with the XXX-T's and the T4's ?? anyone tried racing the E-Firestorm chassis against the popular race trucks?
__________________
RC18MT w/ C4 9200kv
ThreePointThree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 07:26 AM   #11
Tech Adept
 
Noah R.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 164
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

if its anything like the Cyclone D2 then it'll probably drive alright, my only issue with HB / HPI cars are that parts are kind of dificult to get.
Noah R. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 08:02 AM   #12
Tech Elite
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,570
Trader Rating: 26 (96%+)
Default

When will they come out w/ an ss version of this truck? I would actually like to give one a try, but I don't want to spend $350 to get it race ready.
party_wagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 08:07 AM   #13
Tech Elite
 
joe of loath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Posts: 4,857
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by party_wagon View Post
When will they come out w/ an ss version of this truck? I would actually like to give one a try, but I don't want to spend $350 to get it race ready.
this is HPI, they won't...
__________________
HPI E-Firestorm - Tamiya TA05 racer (carbon chassis, 10.5 brushless etc) - LRP Blast S10 BX - Revo 2.5r truggy conversion (in progress)
joe of loath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 08:45 AM   #14
Tech Elite
 
Turbo Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Corona, CA
Posts: 4,878
Trader Rating: 41 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
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.

http://www.castlecreations.com/products/sidewinder.html

I've been wrong before...who knows?
Turbo Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 01:34 PM   #15
Tech Regular
 
DARKWAV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 373
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ThreePointThree View Post
My question is, could you just take that truck right out of the box, put it on a track, and be competetive with the XXX-T's and the T4's ?? anyone tried racing the E-Firestorm chassis against the popular race trucks?
The truck is very well balanced and it is as adjustable as the Losi or AE STs with exception to the sealed gear diff. It may be a little heavier.

Things that i recommend getting for the truck for racing are some items to tune the suspension and diff. Get some softer springs (truck comes with 3.3 and 3.6 lb springs. 2.4, 2.7, and 3.0 are available as option parts), shock fluid and diff fluid.

I currently use 30K AE diff fluid, which has given me plenty of traction. I'm really tempted to try the 10K. For shocks I've got HPI 25 wt fluid and the 3.3/3.6 springs. Way too stiff. I need to get softer springs on there and maybe try the 20 wt oil. Overall I would say that my truck is on the tight side and can use some help on the sharp corners. It's wicked fast bombing around the sweeper into the long front straightaway though. I've got the Sidewinder 5700 brushless system in mine.

The stock tires aren't bad...but you still want to run whatever tire everyone else at the track has. I'm getting by with mine, really it is my newb driving and the stiff suspension that's holding me back.

It could probably use a better servo, but the stock one gets you going OK.
DARKWAV is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone have the HPI E-Firestorm Flux brushless RTR truck? pgeldz Electric Off-Road 9 10-29-2008 08:52 AM
HPI E-Firestorm - Why? Drift_Buggy Electric Off-Road 8 06-24-2008 10:46 AM
HPI E-Firestorm 10T Flux RTR DSX-2 Brushless Cain Electric Off-Road 0 05-11-2008 11:24 AM
HPI FIRESTORM beachragz Nitro Off-Road 2 12-18-2007 03:01 AM
HPI E-FIRESTORM! Potter Electric Off-Road 2 11-13-2007 10:09 AM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 01:58 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net