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Hey-Ya! Heikki here from EuroRC Headquarters. Did you service your differentials like I told you? If you missed that important message, you can find it and other previous Hobby Letters from our News archive!
Today we take a quick insight in Maverick RC, hobbyist-friendly subsidiary of legendary HPI Racing. We took some of their latest trucks in to a pressure test and were pretty impressed what these next generation Mavericks can really handle. Big Brother of the Maverick family, Quantum+ XT Flux took our test blast really well. As video often tells more than thousand words - here is a fresh video of a fresh truck! Get fresh!
(Note: Always make sure that your electronics and receiver box is fully waterproof before hitting any splashy action!)
Maverick made by HPI Racing
This is not a secret and you can find stamp of HPI from every Maverick box. Maverick has been around since 2008 and has always been targeting their products for beginners and those who want to try this great hobby out with a budget. Our experience is that for their price they are more than good. During that intensive bashing session I ended up breaking the wing mount and finally a rear axle but I see those as a trophy! For sure everything breaks if you don't treat your toys nice. There is also reason why bigger and faster bashers cost the double more.
I know many active RC hobbyist who started their career with Mavericks and while they have grown out from these beginner level RC's, they still have a strong soul connection for brand of "MVK". At this moment Maverick has four different families in production. Up-to-date and modern requirements meeting Quantums, older Strada, very budget Phantom and small 1/18 sized mighty iON-series.
Here in EuroRC we respect the gods of speed and power. For this reason we did not take any traditional brushed versions in our shop. For bashing trucks the future is brushless!
Today is now!
Maverick has been starting to take over the market of budget priced monster and bashing trucks with a blast with Quantum and Quantum+ models. They even have two versions from their brushless Flux -cars, milder basic version and wilder 80A versions. Muscled up Quantum+ XT Flux boasts full 100A out of its electronics. That is quite much for a one-to-tenth model to be honest.
Flagship model, 1/10 sized Quantum+ is a beefy truck. Car itself is based on strong bathtub-type of chassis that has been strengthened with a honeycomb structure. Both front and rear end feel very sturdy and bumper mounts are designed to be flexible. Shock and shock towers are strong plastic but there is aluminum hop-ups available for those who like their trucks upgraded with shiny.
From the world of full sized big bashing and racing trucks Quantum+ XT Flux borrows the superior "pivot-ball" type of wheel hubs. It is a strong design and in case of hard impact the wheel hub pops off and it shouldn't rip the suspension arms away during its departure.
Soul connection for full sized 1/8 comp buggies can be found also from the powertrain layout. Quantum+ has full three differentials and main gears are rough but more durable MOD-1 of design. Driveshafts are HD-metal by stock. Servo is equipped with metal gears, is waterproof and located in easy-access place so you can replace it without disassembling the whole truck. Hey, this starts to feel like a real RC truck!
Basic versions such as Quantum MT (non-plus) share much in design and are technically very close to these premium models. Plus version is just.. bigger! Like said, we took only brushless models in our shelves. We want to sell cars that are fun to drive and hobby! Not lazy ones that make you feel sleepy during the acceleration.
Evil speedhead brother of the family is QuantumR 4S Flux Race Truck. This large, 1/8 sized absolute speed demon is true on-the-road racing machine. It is based on the rugged chassis of Quantum+ with HD parts and equips 120A 4S powered 2250kV brushless Flux motor. With this setup we can calculate that the top speed of QuantumR should be more than enough. We here at EuroRC speedshop can hardly wait to get these in our hands and blast them with no mercy!
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So for who these trucks are for? Maverick RC has always been a budget brand and are focusing to cater the needs of beginners and newbs of this hobby. Quantum-class is a new, up-to-date platform and are easily light years better than the old Stradas. First impression is that HPI Racing has been able to develop a product line that pretty much fills the gap of budget priced but high performing bashing trucks. Sure, everything can be broken if treated reckless but when you compare the features for it's competitors in this class (Traxxas, ARRMA..) we'll notice that these trucks are not behind in any means.
Quantum and especially Quantum+ fit nicely even in experienced hobbyists Shelf-of-Cool. They are not really an Xray kits if you start to compare but these cars feel good and their electronics are waterproof and up-to-date. They also look awesome - or "dank swag" as the always-so-spoiled-kids-of-today go! If you are a beginner or looking a RC car for one, these trucks may be the best you can get in this price range. With a price tag of a large scale basher you can get four of these.
Making a budget RC that is cheap to get but meets high demands of today is not an easy task to complete. Way that people treat their RC also varies a lot. It is so easy to go online today and start bashing there about the quality. It is very OK and times today are like this but always remember that those who have no problems with their cheapies stay home happy and say nothing!
My own impressions about Maverick today is now better than it was when I was fixing my brothers Strada Monster on the curbside while others were racing. When looking for very cheap and budget RC I also recommend you to pick up a models that has smaller tires, such as buggies. Big monster tires are heavy and if you make a bad landing while still accelerating the carnage gets real very quick.
What to say? Be realistic with your budget and drive nicely especially with cheaper trucks. And when you are ready to get something that can really send and receive, you know who to call!
Greetings from gloomy highlands of Tavastia,
Heikki from EuroRC
ps. Xray is kicking the goal posts out of the field again with their new Xray X4 Touring Car. Have a look and check out all of the pictures to see what can be done in technology of today when you got the vision and knowledge how to. Very impressing and dilutes the point of my message today - you get what you pay for!
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