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Savage XL is Big, Bad And Heavy! - Hobby Letter #6/22


Brwargh! Heikki from Storage Room here with a monstrous topic! No more no less - HPI Racing just released a new version of their beyond-than-legendary Savage XL. This thing is just huge and oh boy it is heavy, too! Lets see what this Absolute King of Monster Trucks has more than others.

Today you often see this "bashing" stuff in YouTube where someone tries to make unsuccessful "suicide jump" just for laughs and try to destroy their trucks on purpose. Then they drive it full speed to metal pole front wheel first and wonder why the suspension arm broke.

Hear me out - having a good RC truck does not make you a good driver. For me bashing is bashing with the truck itself - not bashing the brands in name of fanboyism. You can anyhow blame HPI Savage of this culture today. Savage started this all and if it wants, Savage can end it all too.

Not a Buggy

It's Massive. Oh I think I said it already. But I'll say it again - Savage XL V2 Flux is a MASSIVE monster truck. It is not biggest in the market but to be an Absolute Unit means more than just a size. Yes, Xmaxx is bigger and yes, 1/5 Kratons are bigger. But thats pretty much all they have to give.

Most of the Big Offroad Cars and Bashers are basically just buggies on steroids. What manufactures like to do is to take their blueprints of eighth-scale racing buggy, zoom in and print them just bigger! It is not very hard to make a big buggy - but to make something that has impact and impression is other thing!

For me, Savage XL V2 is a Real Monster Truck and not a everyday off-road racer with big tires. Why so? It does not even have solid axles?! How dare you say such evil things about my favorite truck! Chill bro and let me tell ya!

Monster High

It takes more than just huge donuts as tires to be a Real Monster Truck. It is about identity and what lies under the beautiful (yet flimsy!) polycarbonate body. HPI Racing Savage has been around for a some time. It was not the first monster truck out there but it was definitely the one that was playing it big when the extreme side of RC hobby started to trend up.

Savage was already there popping wheelies when they started to call bashing as bashing. Nitromethanol powered Savage 21 is where it all begun and its capabilities were soon noticed by everyone. No other nitro truck could do such amazing flips and survive from impacts that would have shred other trucks in molecular level of destruction.

Dual Motored Savage-E saw daylight already two decades ago and can be also held responsible of making mindless but fun bashing culture more popular!

Original HPI E-Savage from our RC Museum collections. Notice the dual 550-motors and chassis plates.

Twin Vertical Plates

What is so different in Savage XL then huh? Like I said, it brews down to the identity. For example the chassis - one of the most important and often overlooked part of RC car - is not a buggy chassis - it is a Monster chassis.

In real sized world, true monster trucks have always a tube chassis that is specifically designed for the show. It lets the massive axles move freely and help to keep the weight low. While Savage XL does not have a full tubed chassis (in RC they are not really useful as they are pretty top heavy anyway) it has something better - Twin Vertical Plates that do basically the same.

Chassis is designed to keep electronics safe. Battery cases are on the both sides for better balance.

TVP-chassis is like a hamburger but sideways. Long, sturdy aluminum plates are placed vertically and all essentials are bolted directly on them. You can see them as a real backbone for the truck that keeps it staying strong even after the most heated bashing sessions.

This design is significantly better for trucks this big BUT is more expensive to manufacture and more complex in design. This explains a bit the high price. Hear me out one more time - Savage XL is NOT a buggy with some power ups.

More rigid by nature it is free of oh-so-popular "chassis tweak" issues and it really gives some space for axles to do their work. TVP chassis also offers a perfect, safe place to hide all the expensive electronics. For this latest V2 version HPI has also redesigned their chassis to go even lower than before helping to prevent the barrel rolls.

When driving in wet conditions - and that's what I do - the bathtub type of chassis that buggymonsters have pretty fast proves it name in the very meaning. With TVP-chassis you are free of all this nonsense. Can't have a bath if you don't have a bathtub!

Sometimes I get Overcharged

Many bugg-- monsters have a place for one battery. Savage XL respects it balance and has two battery boxes to hold equal amount of weight on both sides of the truck. You can easily make it run as 4S with two 2S batteries. Or make it 6S using two 3S!

It has plenty of power to give also like you would expect from truck this size. ELH6S Flux Speed Control gives noble 150A of constant current and brushless 4-poled Flux MLH-2200 motor is more than ready to show what it has when you are finally ready to Send It.

I think I am getting addicted to these bigger trucks. Real monster may feel like an expensive purchase at the beginning but keep in mind that you may end up spend more on the spares (and updates to replace those roasted electronics) when fooling around with a big but fragile plastic buggy.

For some it is important that their Monster Truck has solid axles. I understand this but where I draw the line is the type of the chassis. We can discuss, send me email and change my mind!

Meanwhile I am delighted to notice that we should be receiving a batch of Tamiya Super Clod Buster Kits later this spring if everything goes right. Go fill that Notification to E-mail field and be ready when our system automatically gets back to you when they have landed!

Members Ride time! Today we have two photos from our good mate Andy M. First one is his amazing nitro powered Winter Racing Sledge Team Associated RC10GT with 3D printed front skis that makes Santa piss his pants.

Another shot has good old Sand Scorcher with sweet flakey paint job. We like your style Andy! And you my dear subscriber - be like Andy and keep those photos rolling in! All types, colors, sizes and versions are welcome!

Keep on Bashing for the Free World!

Heikki / EuroRC

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