Hey guys! I have an update for you for all of you who like HPI! We at RC Nightmare own the HPI Blitz that you’ll see us running a lot in our RC Videos Section, I feel like I’ve talked a lot about HPI lately, but that is because they’ve been coming out with some new stuff and new looks for their cars and trucks and it has been catching my attention. I most recently gave you a first glance and review of the updated HPI E-Firestorm Flux and today we’re going to take a look at HPI’s newest update – the Firestorm 10T RTR 1/10th scale 2WD nitro powered truck. The Firestorm 10T initially came out in 2007 and got some pretty good reviews. People weren’t used to seeing 2WD stadium trucks coming from HPI and they were really excited about this truck.
So, you’re wondering what the updates are. Well, the Firestorm 10T comes from the high performing, nitro burning, Firestorm stadium truck platform and HPI tells us it is better equiped than ever. It still packs the same all metal gear drivetrain, powerful G3.0 power plant and aluminum tuned pipe, but now it comes loaded with an HPI 2.4GHz radio system, two fresh new body graphics, shiny chrome Scorch wheels, and bonus accessories to get you up and running – glow igniter, fuel bottle, extra glow plug, 4-way wrench, and Plazma AA’s for your transmitter and receiver. I’d say that’s a pretty good package to get you goin.
The 10T has a sturdy dual deck chassis featuring a thick 3mm aluminum main deck that serves as the backbone, combined with a tough steel center brace to maintain consistent gear mesh between the spur gear and clutch bell. Basically, this thing can handle some jumps and hardcore landings is what they are saying.
Some facts about the HPI Nitro Star G3.0 engine – it features a racing style SG shaft for the best power transfer to the transmission. An aluminum crankcase with cooling fins and a large forged heatsink head provide optimal cooling for long engine life and consistent performance. An aluminum tuned pipe and one-piece manifold give maximum torque.Finally, a reliable pull starter gets the G3.0 started up easily and a dual stage foam filter round out the engine package to make it the ultimate power source.
They added some fresh new graphics available in a couple different colors which is cool, too. The old version had flames all over it and actually looked pretty cool but I think HPI’s new look is a lot sharper and more modern looking.
Overall from what I’ve seen out there, this is a pretty good car, if not one of the best of its kind. It’s competing with the Traxxas Rustler which a lot of people like as well. It got good reviews in its first release, and I’m going to say a lot of people are probably going to buy the upgraded version. Being a 2WD instead of 4WD means you will get lot more handling opportunities. You may not have a grip that something like Savage can provide, but what you will get in return are great drifting moments, suburb donuts, a high top speed and long sweeping turns on lose surfaces. I didn’t see many complaints out there, either.
So check it out, let us know what you think below or in our RC Nightmare Forum!