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Moulded Main Chassis
The chassis is designed with a perfectly smooth, countersunk underside and angled side pods for extra cornering performance. The heavily braced, modular front end bolts on with four steel hex screws, providing the optimum amount of kick-up for top off-road performance. The rear suspension and transmission also mount onto a single modular place for quick and easy maintenance.
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 truck a unique 'future-proof' design.
Because it is the heaviest single component of the truck, 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 Flux! 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.
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 tires 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!
Laydown Steering Servo
The steering servo gets the same amount of attention, with 'laydown' mounting for a low center of gravity (CG). The standard and reliable HPI SF-1 servo does the steering duties, although it's extremely easy to replace it with a faster or stronger racing-level servo should you wish. Any standard servo designed for 1/10th scale vehicles will fit and act as a suitable replacement.
Full Racing Suspension
The E-Firestorm uses the tough suspension design and suspension geometry from the Firestorm 10T truck for extreme ruggedness and durability. Extra-long suspension arms are damped by adjustable shock absorbers, and turnbuckle camber links can be mounted in multiple locations for fine-tuning of the handling. This makes the E-Firestorm nimble and easy to handle in all conditions!
The E-Firestorm Flux uses the same front suspension as the nitro Firestorm and electric E-Firestorm, so you know it will be tough and long-lasting. The entire front end of the nitro Firestorm can actually be removed and bolted right on the E-Firestorm Flux! This means that not only will spares be easy to find, but the tough front end parts of the Firestorm are the standard parts of the E-Firestorm Flux. The rear end of both trucks share several parts as well, including the hubs, shocks and turnbuckles.
The shock absorbers are factory-fitted, and are precisely filled with oil for exceptional handling in turns and cushioning when landing big jumps. Pure silicone shock oil resists ambient temperature changes, so you know you'll get consistent shock action no matter the conditions at the track. With big coil-over springs, the shocks are the perfect match to the long suspension arms! The threaded shock bodies allow fine ride height adjustments to suit driving on rough or smooth surfaces.
|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 aluminum 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!
3-Gear Laydown Metal Gear Transmission
Getting the power to the rear wheels is a durable low-profile gear transmission that features all-metal gears for extra toughness! The gearbox uses a 2.6 to 1 gear ratio to enhance traction and efficiency in all conditions. Directly driving the driveshafts is a sealed planetary gear differential, giving you exemplary corner grip as well as longevity and minimal maintenance. The low profile transmission enhances the E-Firestorm's center of gravity, keeping the handling tight and tidy! Tight like a tiger!
Rubber-Sealed Ball Bearings
For extra efficiency, all the components of the drivetrain, from the spur gear to the wheel axles, spin on rubber-sealed ball bearings. With these bearings you get long runtimes and long engine life while the rubber seals keep out dust and grime!
Chrome Scorch Wheels & Grippy Rubber Tyres
To get maximum performance on and off the track, the E-Firestorm Flux uses the same tires as the groundbreaking Firestorm 10T and E-Firestorm: Front Line asymmetric ribbed front tires and Ground Assault medium pin rear tires. This combination of precise control and massive traction gives you ultimate control and speed! The tires are also mounted on bright chrome Scorch wheels for durability and great looks.
The reliable and sturdy HPI TF-1 radio controls the E-Firestorm Flux, 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 Flux Motiv speed controller, which handles the throttle, brake and reverse commands to the Warp 5700 motor. You get long-range, reliable connections between your transmitter and car with the RF-1 and dependable control from the SF-1 and Flux Motiv!
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 Flux will accept any standard 540-size brushed or brushless motor, and also any RC battery pack, of stick or side-by-side design. Lithium-polymer hard case batteries will also fit right in!