I think most people agree. This thing looks fantastic with its scale, looking van body, so they’ve done a gorgeous deep red metallic finish on the lexan. Then they’ve got some hard plastic scale bits that really finish it off. So it’s got light buckets which makes the lights look really realistic and you put optional leds in which i have done so. The lovely body. Shell is probably its greatest asset, but maybe it’s also its greatest weakness, which brings me on to the next category, which is durability, so durability, wires, haven’t really broken anything as such, but on the body, the back lights, keep popping out which is damaged the lexan a Bit and also the edges of the front grille come out and i’ve lost one of the little clips, which holds it in and it’s worth saying i’m doing any major big jumps with this that’s, just some general rollovers and some low jumps. So what i’ve done since then, is to use some sugar on the back of the lights and hopefully that’ll stop them coming out. So the lights are a bit of an issue, but the other details like the sun, visor and the roof bars are good and provide a bit of protection for the body. So everything else has been fine. The plastics on the chassis and the suspension and everything is so bendy that i would imagine they would bend rather than break. One problem i did have is that one of the front drive shafts partially came out during a bad landing and it slightly mangled one of the plastic drive cups.
I think that possibly happened because of how bendy the suspension is. One thing it could have really done with us a bigger front bumper to protect it better from crashes and bad landings. The drivetrain’s got all metal gears and they’ve opened it up now look inside and they look to be high quality, so they should last well one thing: i’ve noticed, though, with the metal gears is it’s quite noisy at speed. I don’t think it’s actually anything wrong with it, because i’ve seen other people comment about this on youtube. So, overall, durability is pretty good and the next category is performance, so performance wise is pretty lively, as you might expect from quite a lightweight rc car, with a 4000 kv brushless system and a 2s lipo on the box they’re claiming a top speed of 60 kilometers Per hour, which is about 37 miles per hour, i’ve not tested it myself, but i’ve seen people getting pretty close to this. One thing i’ve noticed is that the tires aren’t that well balanced and the wheels wobble about a bit at top speed Music. The esc could actually take a 3s lipo but, to be honest, it’s plenty, quick enough on 2s, the handling’s really nice on this and it’s easy to throw around and slide it round corners. The tires are grippy enough on those surfaces, but they slide around a little bit on wet grass. This works well in the forest under that general loose stuff, you get under the trees and it’s really good for jumps, and you can adjust the angle of it in the air quite easily using the throttle Music.
So, overall, the performance is really good, and this is a fun rc truck and next i’m going to compare this with some other rc cars. Now the obvious comparison is with the tami: lunch boxes got a similar, retro style, 80s van body and monster truck wheels and tires. That is pretty much where the comparison ends, though, because they’re very different in terms of the chassis and the handling, and obviously this one’s four wheel drive. Whereas the lunch box is two wheel, drive fairs, say the mad fan handles way better, with its low centre of gravity and double wishbone suspension. The lunchbox, on the other hand, is hilarious, retro fun, but it handles like um handles like a lunchbox, so the other rc i’m going to compare this to is the armored granite which, like the mad fan, is a four wheel, drive truck with big tyres and quite A low center of gravity, so these two are fairly similar in terms of the general layout of the chassis and the suspension, but mad van is much more lightweight in terms of its actual weight and also how it’s built the granite feels incredibly solid. Despite having a lot of plastic components and it’s held together mainly with nuts and machine screws, as previously mentioned, the mad band is made from quite bendy plastic and it’s, held together largely with self tapping screws tapping into plastic. The design. The mad van chassis is more like a four wheel: drive buggy, really like the tamiya tt02, but with big wheels on it’s worth saying.
The mad van’s got all metals gears, whereas the granite’s got plastic gears apart from the pinion which is steel. Having said that, though, the granite gears are incredibly hard wearing so price wise, the mad band’s, currently 270 pounds on the uk, and that seems about right for comparing the granite, which are about 330 pounds at the moment and worth the extra 60 pounds in my opinion. So the next thing to discuss is: should you buy it? Well, if you’re after something that looks really cool, then this one scores highly i’ve classed this as a fairly tough park or forest basher. I think the body will take a fair beating apart from those lights which may fall out worth saying, the replacement body sets for this are really expensive. So you might want to find an alternative shelf for bashing i’m using the shell from my ftx bug still, which fits reasonably well and you can buy these quite cheaply. If you wanted an rc to do bigger, jumps and really beat around, then maybe look at the aforementioned armor granite that’s about all i’ve got to say about the mad van v e for now, and i hope you found at least some of it useful. If i discover any new problems with this after i post the video, then i’ll write about it in the comments. I’Ll leave you with a bit more run footage thanks.