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HPI Switch FWD RC Review

Switch With Scion Bod

So, today I was browsing through our awesome RC Nightmare Forum, chit chattin and what not and got word of a new RTR front wheel drive electric on road RC from HPI called the Switch – shout out to Dizzyinzo for the post! So I thought I’d do some research, check this thing out for your guys and tell  you what I found and kind of what I think.

I probably should tell you I was a little biased immediately. The older version of the HPI Switch looked like a soccer mom’s minivan and the new version has the Scion xB body, which I think resembles my toaster. Even HPI took the original version off their website! I was thinking, what could this thing possibly do? I was then looking through an article about it in which the guys were really bashing on this car saying it was a POS, lemon, slow, and that HPI really missed the mark on this. I mean, this car has really gotten some flack since the original came out.

BUT…I can’t judge the car itself based on the way it looks or what other people are saying. A lot of people like the look of the Scion. And you can totally change the body if you don’t like it. There have been good reviews as well. One of the good things is that this would be a great car for a beginner  – someone looking to learn and not spend too much money on their first RC. And the fact that it comes from a respected and well-known RC company like HPI is great for a beginner as well. HPI even markets the car that way – as “a fun front wheel drive (FWD) electric car that makes getting into R/C quick, easy, and inexpensive.” It is ready to run with a factory-assembled chassis, painted/trimmed body with decals applied, and complete electronics that include the transmitter/receiver, reversible electronic speed control, battery pack and

The Original Switch

AC charger. Plus its a mini which is kinda fun and cute :)

A few more things about the car itself:

  • Electric-Powered True Ten (Mini size) on-road car
  • Wheelbase can be adjusted from 210 or 225 to fit various mini bodies
  • Width can be adjusted between 164mm and 174mm
  • Total of 8 body mount configurations
  • Independent McPherson Strut Suspension
  • 12 ball bearings are used in the drivetrain
  • 7.2V 1500mAh rechargeable Ni-CD battery pack
  • Quick-change battery holder
  • High Torque 35T Saturn Motor
  • Front midship motor layout
  • Cam-type motor mount for easy gear mesh adjustments
  • AC Wall Charger
  • Black Chrome Wheels
  • Molded Rubber Tires
  • Steel Dogbones

In my opinion, there are a lot of great cars out there for beginners and this could fit in with those. So, judge it for yourself and let me know what you think. This is just my opinion based on some of the facts, initial thoughts, and some info from other racers.

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