The Kyosho Inferno MP9e Evo V2 Readyset 1/8 4WD Brushless Electric Buggy contains the same DNA as the competition level model that competes at the highest level in major 1/8 scale electric buggy races around the world. To keep pace with the rapidly changing race scene, this latest evolution ensures the MP9e Evo has the latest racing technology needed to win.
Based on the competition-level MP9e Evo, this “MP9e Evo. V2” Readyset package represents excellent performance value. While maintaining the exceptional flat maneuverability and aerial control of the previous model, the chassis layout of the MP9e incorporates improved balance for even greater control. The aero body has been designed specially for this electric racing buggy to deliver critical elements such as steering, traction and rough track stability. At the heart of the MP9e is the KYOSHO SPEED HOUSE brushless motor and ESC. This factory-finished Readyset package contains nearly everything needed to hit the track; all you need to add is a charged battery to the chassis and batteries for the transmitter!
- Rib reinforced long front suspension arms from the Inferno TKI4 realize superior steering response. Front hub carriers with wider 17.5° caster angle also contribute to improved running stability.
- In addition to lower center of gravity from the lower position of the battery, the belt fastening doesn’t affect the chassis flex that contributes to roll and pitch.
- Fully assembled chassis with completed body in a Readyset includes everything except battery for the chassis, battery charger and batteries for the transmitter.
- Equipped with KYOSHO SPEED HOUSE brushless motor and ESC for dynamic power and performance.
- High torque KS5031-09MW waterproof steering servo included.
- Equipped with stabilizers that reduces roll during cornering and contributes to improved steering response.
- Allows precise setting adjustment of wheelbase, tread, toe angle, camber angle, caster angle and roll center etc.
- *Dust guards equipped on rear suspension arms to minimize interference with the drive system.
- Full ball bearing specifications.
- Compatible with most optional parts for the Inferno MP9.
- Completed chassis with R/C radio installed
- Pre-cut and colored printed body
- KYOSHO SPEED HOUSE brushless motor & ESC installed
- Syncro KT-331P transmitter
- 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0mm L type hexagonal wrench
- Cross wrench (large)
- 17mm wheel wrench
- (4) AA batteries for the transmitter
- (2) 7.4 or 7.2V batteries or 14.8 brick pack for chassis
- Charger for chassis batteries
This product was added to our catalog on October 16, 2020
First off, let me say that the MP9e Evo is an amazing 8th-scale buggy, but there are components that will bend and break, unfortunately. The Evo is slightly more expensive than many of the competitors in this class, but that said, I'd reckon it's in the mid-range cost-wise; you're paying for a superior build and performance. Box stock, I can say without question that it's a race-ready machine. It floats like a dream and the components are well designed and strong, but not invincible. The handling in the air was the most impressive thing to me during the first practice laps at the track.
My setup is as follows:
-Kyosho Inferno MP9e Evo V2 Buggy
-ProTek LiHV 5600mAh, 4s, 15.2V, 100c Batteries (unavailable currently) + Protek Prodigy 625 Charger
-ProTek RC Low Profile 5mm "Super Bullet" Solid Gold Connectors (2 Male).
* Before operating I soldered 5mm 'Super Bullets' vs. using Dean's plugs and the Y-Cable that comes standard *
The MP9e Evo rips, but I exchanged the stock pinion gear for a Robinson Racing 16T mod 1 steel gear. It's remarkably faster and stronger than the stock pinion. 3-teeth broke off the stock pinion and so it needed to be replaced. I'd expect this to happen to anyone who drives regularly or races off-road. Cornering is sharp and the servo is wicked fast for a stock buggy, and because of the wide and low-profile chassis, it's easy to control when cornering. The hardware on the Evo are Philips head screws, so I replaced them with stainless steel hexes as I worked. Every time I wrenched I'd swap out the old with the new (MP9e Evo RC Screwz). Hexes are a personal preference but for racing my thought is that they're better.
The negative aspects of the buggy are that things inevitably break. If you're told that nothing breaks or needs upgrading on the vehicle, don't listen to the bull. These little buggies go r-e-a-l-l-y fast and jump r-e-a-l-l-y far/high, so what do you expect? It was approximately 5-months into owning the vehicle when this stuff started happening, so that's a huge win by comparison to other manufacturers' rigs.
Some people have noted the front of the chassis can bend and break, though that hasn't happened to me, thank goodness. I already mentioned that the teeth of the pinion gear shattered. The center driveshafts bent, both the long and short ones; this happened at approximately the same time. I assume that when one went (the longer one), so did the shortie. That's with regular use at the track on the weekends. Next, the front and rear driveshafts bent. The front was severe enough that the bent shaft scraped against the shock spring and left blue paint on them. The rear was less severe but yet they still bent to the point the rig wasn't drivable. The front kingpins became loose as well, (this happened to me several times before I figured out what to do), and as a result, the driveshaft popped out of the front differential outdrive during a race. You'll want to apply a fair amount of blue Loctite to the kingpins before driving the Evo, that's the trick! The outdrives will be worn to the point you need to replace them at the same time the rest of this stuff happens. It's all interconnected so it makes sense that the components went out together. And finally, the front and rear suspension towers bent due to repetitive jumping.
Always make a mental note to keep an eye on this stuff and avoid further harm to your Evo. Pay attention to the sound of the machine as you're racing and if anything feels off, shut it down. That's how I figured out the driveshafts bent because they were rubbing on the suspension springs, I.e., NOT GOOD TO HEAR! The final drawback is that finding parts can be difficult. A multitude of parts is out of stock regularly. You have to pay attention to the product pages to catch them at times. The aftermath of the COVID pandemic continues to wreak havoc on supply and demand, but that's not AMain Hobbies fault. They're the absolute best in the business, even compared to companies outside the RC industry. Best customer service in decades! Most hobby shops don't typically carry the parts you'll need, so I'm thankful for AMain which allows for preorders/backorders, even if it takes some time. AMain has more specialty parts than any other local hobby shop and/or online retailer also. The parts can be spendy but to reiterate my previous sentiment, you're paying for quality.
To close, I'm certain additional problems will arise in terms of broken components, so I'll update the review consistently, as I always do with mine. I think quality reviews should offer fellow consumers a fair breakdown of what to expect with their new toys, especially when considering the copious hard-earned funds we spend on the gadgets. Feeding the addiction! Compared to other vehicles at this price point, scale, and caliber, Kyosho has easily outdone the competitors. Overall, despite the replacement parts and occasional headaches, the MP9e Evo gets 5-of-5 stars. Well done Kyosho!
Added few upgrades, such like additional differential gears, stock only had 2 planetary gears on all 3 diffs. Shock boots to protect dirt and mud.
Future upgrades might be the center universal shafts, rear universal drive shafts.
But 126,97 USD taxes in addition to my purchase are definitely too much