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HPI Drift RC cars
« on: June 08, 2010, 07:24:53 PM »
I was thinking about buying a ready to run drifter RC car.


Anybody in here know what it's all about?
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2010, 07:37:00 PM »
I played around with one for a while. It's pretty good for learning how to drift with out dropping a ton of money into a more custom car. It seems to be a cross between a Velocity and a Protostar. Pretty good to learn on, pretty good to continue on, but there are some better ones. But nothing beats the price to performance ratio it has.
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010, 09:57:01 PM »
looks nice. I dont really know much about drift because I was never actually interested in them.
Im more into monter truck and buggy
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010, 10:24:04 AM »
RC cars are so much fun!  not too sure about the HPI drift cars but RC in general is a LOT of fun... any HPI 1/10 electric would be a decent
starting place  O0

I did the 1/10 nitro on-road stuff and some random 1/18 on-road and off-road fun for many years!

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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010, 11:42:17 AM »
I had an on-road Nitro RS4 from HPI, and I had a problem because of how not smooth my road is. It is not the rough road in town, but just little cracks in the road really destroyed my car. So I didn't do any drifting, but it was still fun, when it didn't break.

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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010, 02:38:55 PM »
can't go wrong with HPI....but any awd rc car can be made into a drifter....check out the tamiya tt01...cheap.. easy to build...lot of hop-ups!

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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2010, 03:49:43 PM »
I had an on-road Nitro RS4 from HPI, and I had a problem because of how not smooth my road is. It is not the rough road in town, but just little cracks in the road really destroyed my car. So I didn't do any drifting, but it was still fun, when it didn't break.

I was into RC for a long time..

I had a Nitro 4Tec with Rossi engine, a few HPI RS4s,  A severely hopped up TC3 electric and a Couple HPI Savages which were built like tanks compared to the Tmaxx. And some misc electrics here and there. oh and a Xfactor Truck which was a POS.

It is so much fun but I was making a trip to the hobby store every other day to buy parts from playing the day before. It got WAY expensive.

Check out the Team Associated TC3 as well, it can be set as a drifter which I did do, and has a bazillion hop up parts. And in my eye was a way better RC then the HPI electric and nitro stuff.

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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010, 09:59:46 AM »

It is so much fun but I was making a trip to the hobby store every other day to buy parts from playing the day before. It got WAY expensive.

Check out the Team Associated TC3 as well, it can be set as a drifter which I did do, and has a bazillion hop up parts. And in my eye was a way better RC then the HPI electric and nitro stuff.


I think the Team Associated TC3 would be the best place to start... they have a Ready to Run version, I think the new one is now called a TC4.
And if you get into it they are fun and easy to hop-up... I would take the Team Associated over a HPI electric anyday!
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2010, 10:35:49 AM »
I wouldn't recommend a nitro for drifting, just because electric is much more responsive, which is what you are looking for in a drifter. Any electric 4wd would work well. You can use a nitro for drifting, but it's a lot harder. All in all, if you want a race car, on or off road, get a nitro, if you want a drifter, get an electric.
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2010, 02:34:44 PM »
Any electric 4wd would work well. You can use a nitro for drifting, but it's a lot harder.
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I used to be a lot into RC drifting a few years ago. I was using a Tamiya TL-01 with a bunch of hop-ups. Here's some things I've learned:

  • Don't bother with expensive tires when you're starting out, just wrap your regular tires with electrical tape (in the right direction of course).
  • You want a motor with lots of torque. Torque is king for drifting. I was using a P2K2 Pro for a while, great stuff.
  • Get a foam front bumper if your car doesn't come with one. Trust me, you'll need it while learning.
  • If you can afford it, go for a really fast steering servo, it'll be easier to react mid-drift.
  • It's kind of expensive, but the D-Box gyro is a good learning tool. Helps you learn what a car should be doing.
  • Start with a really cheap car, there's no point banging up a nice one.
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2010, 06:59:19 PM »
I did the whole "make your own tires out of pvc" trick and it worked out pretty well. And yeah the faster the turning servo the better. I would upgrade the bumpers and servo before anything else, unless the motor is absolutely dreadful.
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2011, 02:19:23 PM »
I worked with Rossi engines nitro 4Tec, a few heifers RS4s, a serious jump on TC3 electric and a couple tanks like the HPI Savage built Tmaxx compared. And some miscellaneous electrical appliances, here and there. OH and a Xfactor car is a POS machine.

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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2011, 05:01:34 PM »
I always wanted a nitro drifter, I never got into electric.
I'd look into ofna if I were you, I know they have a new electric drifter. Not sure about all of them, but mine has lots of metal parts and pretty much never broke while bashing. Unlike my duratrash.

I used to drift (kinda) with my OFNA LX COMP, until I got a little too crazy on ice and cracked my engine block from over revving. I have a Duratrax MT pro with all the aluminum upgardes as well.

Go with nitro though, you'll have more fun, you'll make people with electrics feel lame cuz their cars sound lame, and the exhaust smells good :-P

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« Last Edit: November 16, 2011, 05:36:49 PM by pickyourking »

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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2011, 04:00:49 PM »
LOL ?Micro-T FTW LOL my 2 cents ::rofl::
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2011, 04:59:26 PM »
Haha I ran over a micro t with my nitro buggy. It bounced out like a hotwheels

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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2011, 01:07:35 PM »
ah ha ha nice i have the micro baja and the XXX-T 8)
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2012, 06:34:59 PM »
hey did you ever get one? I have a really cool custom tamiya I'd sell you really cheap.
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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2012, 10:26:56 PM »
I got the sickest drifter of all. A Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin all stock. Just needs electronics. Any suggestions? I want to order soon for the snow

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Re: HPI Drift RC cars
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2012, 05:21:54 PM »
lol pick your king if your still looking for an engine I have a very powerful 10th scale, its the Jato 2.2
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