This is a four wheel. Drive brushless powered monster truck. You can get for around 320 to 350 dollars, depending on the version you can get um. This particular von kitten, jr version with the standard hpi body is around 100, is about 320 bucks um 330, depending on where you look, and then there is a currently a alcamino version with a licensed el camino body uh, which is more like 350., and the differences Between the two versions is literally just color schemes, bodies and wheels and tires the the alcamino version will come with the standard, wheels and tires of the savage excess flux, and then this this vanguard and junior version will come with these hot bodies tires, which i think Are much softer, look much nicer and probably perform better than these. The complete standard tires, but we’ll talk about that a little bit more later um. This is a pretty small truck. This is not 1 10 scale, though it does use 10 scale parts. This is probably close to around a 1 12 scale vehicle, so it’s on the small sides, so body options may be a little bit limited, especially bodies that will be able to handle the the punishment that this thing will dish out. The body clips that are on it are really nice and beefy body clips steel body clips, so that’s, really nice, but overall presentation of the truck is really nice: the color scheme, i’m, a big fan of the graphics and all the stickers the green wheels.
These particular this particular wheel style on this version, i think, looks really nice and then the tires is a very like racy tread pattern. So it looks very high performance, um, the bumpers, nice, durable bumpers, front and rear um and taking off the body. The body is a pretty thick lexan body, really really durable, um hasn’t really broken on me um. You can see there’s a little bit of road rash on the hood and you can see a little tiny hole right there, just from it wearing through, but it hasn’t, really cracked or anything on me. So i think that’s, a pretty good body um, the rounded shape of the body, also adds to the durability. I’M. Looking under the truck, you can see it’s a pretty unique design as far as monster trucks. Go these days most trucks. These days use like a bathtub style or a tub style chassis, whereas this one uses more the traditional twin vertical plates chassis style. This is basically a scaled down. Version of the eight scale, savage um, so you see the two vertical plates. They are very, very stiff and thick plastic plates, so that’s, pretty pretty nice waterproof receiver box there’s a shroud over here with the servo in here it’s, a plastic gear servo, unfortunately um and then it has a really really powerful hobby wing brush motor brush motor brushless Motor that they have um branded as their hpi flux system same thing with the esc, nice, powerful, esc there um all the electronics are waterproof um and then the battery goes on this side and just uses these clips right here, no body clips or anything like that.
These little tabs that you just rotate and it just hinges open and you can just fit a regular 2s lipo pack in there it’ll fit right in i’m, just going to tuck in your wires a little bit and that it is designed to fit this style of Battery um and it fits very nicely in there just it’s pinching the wires, just kind of adjust the wires a little bit and it’ll fit in there. So that’s pretty nice that it uses a standard battery. You don’t have to use like some weird size mini battery. Like a lot of uh, smaller scale, rc monster trucks tend to make you do the shocks on. It are adjustable threaded body, but they are plastic, but they are. They are set up pretty nicely, probably one of the nicest setup shocks i’ve ever seen on an rc car, rtr um. You can see there’s very little like like springiness like bounce back and then the damping rates also really nice it’s. Just a really nice suspension system. Uh and suspension setup overall um it has metal dog bones for the drive drivetrain a metal dog bone for the center drive train as well. It has a slipper clutch in there um what else uh all the links and stuff like that are non adjustable plastic pieces, because this is a basher. So you really want durability over adjustment. The arms are identical, front and rear, so you can swap those back and forth so that’s nice.
The knuckles are also swappable left to right, but not front to back, and you can see down here pretty unique, look down here as well. Um adjustable body posts, though um very nice, looking truck having gone over some of the features about this thing, let’s go, take it outside and see how it drives as soon as you pull the throttle trigger on this thing, um you’re going to realize how much power This thing really has, if you really underestimate it, and just really pull on that throttle. This is how this thing’s gon na drive for basically the entirety of the pack um. I do have different wheels and tires on here because in this particular position it the stock tires, would not grip at all, but even if they do have grip, it is very fast and very hard to control um. This requires a very experienced hobbyist it’s. Definitely not a car for a child or a beginner, but if you do have that throttle discipline and know how to drive it, even a small backyard like this, it can be quite fun uh. It drives through the grass really well um, despite being a pretty small truck the wheels and tires for the size of the trucks, is technically kind of big and um, also being four wheel drive and having all that power definitely helps it power through even grass and Um tougher off road terrain like this um, you can see i’m taking on a little taking a little skateboard jump and it does the jumps pretty decently um how it controls in the air.
You do need to be careful and control it in the air manually because otherwise it’ll just it’s just going to do back, um it’s, just the nature of the beast um but yeah. I i did quite enjoy driving this thing in my backyard. So here, in a larger parking lot i’m able to open this thing up, uh all the way i have different ones and tires still on the rear again, because um in this condition it just wouldn’t get any traction. So i had to do this, so it would at least drive straight and for me to gauge how fast it would go and top feed on this thing. Um, i don’t have a radar gun, but i would estimate it at probably around 30 35 miles an hour out of the box, which is pretty quick for how small and short this this thing is on the 3s pack and um definitely grip your tires on the Right conditions, you could probably hit 45.50 with this thing um and while saying that you always have to keep in mind how small and short wheelbase this thing is: it’s not like a arma infraction or something it’s. Just not gon na be able to be controllable um, but because of all that power, i actually enjoyed this thing. A lot more in loose surfaces like this uh like light dusting of snow or um loose dirt, or something like that, just the way it drives or sliding around throwing up.
Booster tails um. This was an absolute joy to drive. It also jumps fantastically high because of all that power and hp. I definitely know how to tune their vehicles so it’s a very well handling truck. You just have to know how to control it. So i’ll talk more about durability in a second, but i just wanted to show you guys some clips from my durability test of this thing. Uh. This truck is definitely not for beginner, like i said, but even non beginners will crash sometimes and when you do um, especially at the high velocity that this thing crashes uh, you wan na see it survive. So as far as durability goes with this truck. Unfortunately, i did have quite a number of breakages, though a caveat there is. This truck was driven in very freezing temperatures at the skatepark and it has a really powerful brushless system, so that and the truck’s also pretty dense and weighs a decent bit for how small it is. So all those things add up to catastrophe basically, but even with that said, a lot of parts did end up breaking my body post here you can see these snapped in half both front and rear. They still hold the body fine, but they are broken. This roll bar broke up here when i landed on its roof at the skatepark. You can see my stub axle back here is missing and the stub axle up here is just freewheeling um, because i broke two of the stub axles on here.
Doing some cartwheels these stub axles do seem like an actual weak point. The rest of it can be chalked up to plastic parts and freezing temperatures, but these stub axles, metal, stub, axles, shouldn’t be really breaking. So that is definitely a weak point. Um and the chassis down here you can see a big chunk of it is missing, there’s, a huge there’s, a crack going down this half of the transmission and this top of the chassis, and this shroud here is also cracked, pretty bad. I had to replace the screw back here with the longer screws, so i could still mount the shroud on because that part also broke and cracked. So quite a number of parts that cracked and broke on this, but those parts are replaceable and they’re fixable and the parts are really available. So i don’t that’s a huge problem. My main issue with the truck was the slipper clutch, the slipper clutch design. I do not like um the slipper clutch material. I do not like the slipper clutch material is very sensitive to moisture, so if it gets wet in any way, it tends to slip and break down. The slipper clutch is also internal in the transmission and so it’s. Next to all the other grease covered gears and stuff like that, so if it gets water in it and the grease like gets moves around or the grease moves around in general, that tends to make the slipper clutch slip.
Another thing is the slipper clutch adjustment nut here in the spring, they tend to back off because it’s not a lock nut, it’s, just a regular nut and it’s a strange design, so that tends to loosen up as well, which will make the slipper clutch slip. So all of that adds up to a pretty pretty poor design, slipper clutch and i think that’s its only main problem, um other than that and everything else can be fixed yourself and can be adjusted and tuned. So not a huge deal, but that separate clutch is pretty unfortunate. So as far as my overall recommendation for this truck um, if you really want this truck i’m, not gon na come out and stop you, it is a really cool truck. It is very, very fast. Um it’s very exciting, to drive um and overall, you might have a bit better luck in terms of durability than me, especially if you’re driving in warmer climates, but personally it’s, not a truck that i would buy again unless hpi were to do a version 2 and Update some of the problems with this truck and some of those problems, i think these definitely need to update that slipper clutch design, that’s a pretty poor design in my opinion, um, so super clutch needs to be updated. Uh, maybe maybe um offer a a brushed version of this, a cheaper brushed edition of this, which will get this truck in the hands of a lot more people which will make parts support and aftermarket support more readily available, and even with the brushless edition.
I think the novelty of this is a huge power kind of wears off after a couple couple packs. At least it did for me. So personally, i think it could use a slightly weaker, brushed brushless system. If you do want to do the huge jumps and crazy jumps and stuff like that, there’s always the option of slapping a 3s battery in there as it is out of the box, i don’t recommend you to run it on 3s at all it’s going to be Absolutely destroyed if you run it. On 3s it’s already broke quite a lot of parts, even just on 2s in cold weather, which doesn’t help, but it did break a lot of parts and it did crash a lot even just on 2s, so um, maybe gear it down a little bit or have Like a weaker a little bit slower brushless system in there um – and i think those uh those uh updates – would definitely help the vehicle. The stub axles are also pretty weak, so maybe cv axles or something that can or maybe a stronger stub axle design would also help. And if, if hp, i were able to make some of those minor tweaks on there, i think, overall, this is going to be a really nice truck to drive and more worth the money that you pay for it. As far as value goes. Personally, i don’t think the value is really there. Um people may argue with the explosive power and performance that this thing has.
It is worth the high price point, but in my opinion the chassis does not stand up to the power that this thing has. So i don’t think the value is there in that aspect. The parts for hpi vehicles at the moment are a little bit pricey because um they tend to be a little bit scarce. You can get parts for this from hobby, recreation, product or hrp in the united states, so parts are readily available at the moment, but they are a little bit pricey compared to some other trucks and for over three hundred dollars. There’S a lot of competition out there that, in my opinion, i think, does a little bit better than this. The arma granite 4×4 seems like it’s a pretty durable truck a lot more easier to work on that one and it’s the same price as this brushless system. Um really durable, very reputable company very good part support. My h, my um redcat rc mt 10e is cheaper than this at 299., that one’s brushless, full metal, uh transmission and everything like that. Um it’s not quite as fast as this, but it has stood up to the power plant that it has it’s been a little bit more durable and the parts for support for that is also really good, because redcat is stepping up their part support and their distribution Base so that’s also a really good option. My redcat landslide xte is a 300 truck as well, but that one’s a 1 8 scale truck so much larger truck, um four s, trucks and much faster truck as well, but um.
So a lot of competition out there. If you’re, looking for a brushless, four wheel, drive monster truck that is specifically smaller like this um, maybe it might be a good choice for you, um, the overall design of it and the performance of it. I do like a lot more than the traxxas 116 scale line, which is probably what this thing competes more closely against, but it is a little bit more difficult to work on. It is a little bit more difficult to drive just in terms of its power power plant if it just if you drive it a little bit slower if it had a slower power plant, it didn’t go quite as fast it’s. It handles way better than the traxxas ever does in stock form, but um with the power plant that it has. I don’t know if i can quite recommend it um wholeheartedly. People will enjoy it for what it is, but for me personally, i don’t think i would buy this again in the state that it is at. But if you are interested in buying this truck, it is available from hobby, recreation, products or amazon. Has that? Has him um ebay is selling him now, and some of your local hobby shops may be carrying these again, so it is readily available and um. If you are interested in something like this or you just despite what i said, you still think this is an awesome truck uh go ahead and get one i don’t think you’re gon na be unhappy with it it’s.
Just i have i. I have uh a lot of other trucks that do what this thing does a little bit more to my liking, so it’s, not something i will probably keep around for a long time or um would probably buy again so that’s my opinion and that’s. My review of the hpi savage xs flux, if you enjoyed this video or found it informative or helpful.