Nitro performance and electric convenience!
The design of the E-Firestorm is unheard of at the price level it will be offered at – previously, there were only two choices when it came to electric 2WD RTR trucks: very expensive yet fragile watered-down race trucks, or durable low-cost trucks with limited performance. The E-Firestorm is the first truck in this segment to offer tough race-level quality at TRUE Ready-to-Run prices! You get the handling and performance of the top racing trucks as well as the durability and value of other RTR trucks!
Battery Holder Featuring prominently in the chassis is the battery which provides all the power to the motor and steering servo. A large battery compartment allows the fitting of any standard stick pack or side-by-side pack design, even the larger 7-cell packs which provide more voltage and power for huge top speeds! In addition to fitting the industry standard nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery packs, lithium polymer (LiPo) and other newer battery designs are able to easily fit in the chassis, giving the E-Firestorm a unique ‘future-proof’ design. Because it is the heaviest single component of the E-Firestorm, special consideration was given to the placement of the battery in the chassis. The battery can be fitted all the way forward to enhance steering on low-speed race tracks, or fitted all the way to the rear to give greater traction on larger high-speed tracks. Removing the battery is simple and quick, with specially designed self-centring thumbscrews. Normally an expensive option on race-level 2WD kits, this is a standard feature on the E-Firestorm! Using thumbscrews instead of the normal body clips to hold in the battery allows batteries of different sizes to easily fit in the chassis, regardless of battery thickness.
|Battery position all the way to the front||Battery position all the way to the rear||Convenient and safe thumb screws|
Motor Mount The rear-mounted motor provides the best balance for the rear suspension, allowing the motor to offset the weight of the battery and giving the rear tyres extra weight for maximum traction on any type of surface. The placement of the motor also allows new types of brushless motors easily fit in the chassis, giving you the best opportunity for insane top speeds!
|Threaded shocks for easy and precise ride-height adjustment||Optional mounting points are provided on the suspension arms...||...and on the shock towers for quick and easy suspension tuning|
Hubs and Steering Knuckles The front hubs and steering knuckles, plus the rear uprights, are moulded from tough nylon to take any sort of punishment you can dish out. The optional camber link locations on the hubs and uprights also give you extra tuning opportunities at the track. The front hubs feature alloy steel axles that spin on high-quality rubber sealed ball bearings for optimum efficiency. The alloy steel is extremely strong to take the abuse of rough landings and the occasional crash. The way the axle is mounted in the steering knuckle allows the best steering action possible, giving you maximum steering input and direct feedback through the tight and twisty sections of the racetrack! The front and rear wheels use HPI 12mm 'step' type aluminium hex adapters, making them extremely strong and damage- resistant. Because the front wheel bearings fit into the steering knuckle and directly support the axle, the wheels are extremely easy to swap out to suit changing track conditions. You can also use any HPI rear wheels you have in your collection already, so any wheels you have from a Nitro MT or other HPI 4WD truck will fit on the front OR rear!
Adjustable Turnbuckles Steel turnbuckle camber links allow you to make tuning adjustments while the links are on the truck, so tuning is quick and very easy to do. You also have the option of different mounting points for the turnbuckles as well, with two inner and two outer mounting positions for each camber link, giving you the ability to change the suspension geometry to suit track conditions and your own unique driving style. The steering links also use adjustable steel turnbuckles, allowing you to quickly change the front toe setting for lighter or more aggressive steering. Optional Ackerman holes on the steering arms give you further adjustment and the ability to further alter the steering action.
'Captured' Hinge Pins The suspension pins use a ‘captured’ design to isolate the suspension from the chassis, with the added benefit of using no ‘e-clips’, making routine maintenance simple to accomplish. The front hinge pins feature a tough aluminium brace to prevent bending or suspension arm damage. The rear hinge pin mounts are also interchangeable with option mounts, which allow you to alter the rear toe setting to give you more forward traction or more grip in the corners.
Adjustable Wheelbase Providing just a bit more race-level tuning ability is the adjustable wheelbase, which pro racers use to fine-tune the weight balance of their trucks. This affects steering action, acceleration and grip, and can be an important tuning adjustment.
High-Grip Tyres To get maximum performance on and off the track, the E-Firestorm uses the same tyres as the groundbreaking Firestorm 10T: Front Line asymmetric ribbed front tyres and Ground Assault medium pin rear tyres. This combination of precise control and massive traction gives you ultimate control and speed!
Servo Saver Finally, a tough adjustable servo saver protects the steering servo from any accidents, and is perfect for keeping the HPI SF-1 servo out of trouble.
Gear Box A tough plastic 87-tooth spur gear is driven by the motor’s 20-tooth pinion gear, providing a great balance between initial acceleration and top speed. Protecting the spur gear and transmission is an adjustable dual-pad slipper clutch, a feature normally seen on race-prepared racing trucks and buggies!
The reliable and sturdy HPI TF-1 radio controls the E-Firestorm, giving you ultimate control in a realistically designed radio! The steering wheel design makes you feel as if you’re actually driving the truck, and the trigger-style throttle and brake controls provide you with finger-sensitive action when accelerating and stopping!The radio transmitter features interchangeable frequency crystals, servo reverse switches, a retractable aerial with sliding cover, easy access to radio adjustments and simple battery replacement.
Taking the signals from the transmitter, the HPI RF-1 receiver uses standard RC connectors to send your control signals to the SF-1 steering servo, which controls the steering, and the forward/reverse SC-15 speed controller, which handles the throttle, brake and reverse commands to the Firebolt 15-turn motor. You get long-range, reliable connections between your transmitter and car with the RF-1 and dependable control from the SF-1 and SC-15!
Because all of the electronics are standard-size RC components with
standardized connectors, any or all of the components can be
upgraded at any time, or moved into a different RC vehicle in the
future. The E-Firestorm will accept any standard 540-size motor,
and also any RC battery pack, of either stick pack or side-by-side
15-Turn Firebolt Motor Giving the E-Firestorm the ability to get over and around anything is 15-turn motor, the HPI Firebolt! This fixed-endbell motor has the grunt and power to give the E-Firestorm plenty of acceleration and high top speeds! With standard ‘bullet’ connectors, the Firebolt can work with any electronic speed controller or can be replaced by a faster motor to give you even more speed and torque.
10551 - E-Firestorm RTR (available with either blue or red bodyshell); Comes complete with pre-painted bodyshell, electronics and radio gear (does not include stick pack + batteries). Includes comprehensive instruction manual and HPI RC Cars DVD.