Maverick Strada TC 1/10 RTR 4WD Electric Car

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MVK12616
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Want to hit the track in style, with race-tuned suspension, 4WD traction and killer style? Look no further than the Maverick Strada TC!

The Strada TC features a moulded tub chassis that provides durability and a stable and tough platform for a strong 4WD shaft drivetrain. Pre-built oil-filled shock absorbers and dual-wishbone independent suspension front and rear, give you supreme confidence on all driving surfaces. The MS-22 servo controls the steering through a dual-point steering system that features an integrated servo saver to protect the servo against crash damage. 

The Strada 4WD drivetrain uses efficient ball bearings throughout to give drivers maximum runtime and efficiency, and features a molded gear cover to keep dirt and debris away from the gears. Front and rear gear differentials easily transfer the motor's power to the pre-mounted tires at all four corners.

Features:
  • MM-22 powerful 540 motor
  • MSC-30BR-WP forward/reverse waterproof speed control with 12-turn brushed motor limit
  • MBP-22 1800mAh Ni-MH battery included with Tamiya battery plug
  • MS-22 high-strength steering servo
  • MTX/MRX-243 2.4GHz transmitter and receiver with built-in failsafe
  • Moulded tub chassis with optimised weight distribution
  • Fully adjustable suspension
  • 4 oil-filled rebuildable shocks with coil-over springs
  • Aluminum gold anodised shock tops
  • Fully independent double wishbone suspension
  • Tough C-hub front steering knuckles
  • Tough efficient 4wd shaft drive train
  • Fully ballraced drive train
  • Aluminum gold anodised upper deck
  • Aluminum gold anodised lightweight centre shaft
  • Pre-cut body factory-finished
  • Fully adjustable turnbuckles all round
  • Front and rear moulded bumpers
  • Twin-point steering with integrated servo saver
  • Moulded 1-piece rear wing
  • Moulded protective gear cover
Specification:
Length: 460mm
Width: 200mm
Height: 120mm
Wheelbase: 255mm
Weight: 1.45kg

Items Required:
  • (4) AA Batteries

This product was added to our catalog on December 12, 2017

Jason Howard
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Oct 9 2018 (2 months ago)
Maverick Strada TC 1/10 RTR 4WD Electric Car
Surprisingly good for under $150 USD. Also comes with a huge and nice manual you would expect from a higher end kit. It feels like any other HPI RTR you would buy and IMO that's not a bad thing. (Maverick is an HPI sub brand more common in the EU and UK) I think this would be an awesome first touring car for anyone looking to get into the hobby cheap, not sure if they would want to keep at it or not. As far as I can tell this is exactly the same as the brushless version of this car, but with a brushed power system.

The GOOD:
* Very comfortable basic radio. Range seems fine if you take the time to use the included antenna tube on the receiver.
* Does pretty OK with the stock 22T brushed motor. Not nearly as fast as even a modest brushless system, but a great starting point.
* Doing lots of hard throttle with the included 1500mAh NiMH battery doesn't cause the motor or ESC to get super crazy hot.
* Heat sync on the motor is generic, you could move it to almost any other 540 motor, brushed or brushless and it does a good job.
* Fun basher tires. THey aren't super gruppy and you can do a little drifting, but they grip well enough to drive normally and not be drifting when you don't want to. With a more powerful motor I don't think these tires would do as well if your looking for parkinglot races.
* Nice pre-painted body... after some adjustments (More in that in the bad section).
* Well put together RTR. The only loose thing I found was a wheel nut. QC per vehicle may vary though.
* Seems to have metal parts throughout the drive-train
* Ball bearings throughout as well it seems. But I haven't taken apart the transmission yet.
* The ESC is LiPO compatible. You need to put it in LiPO mode with a jumper however.

Good & Bad:
* Ride height is a bit tall for a touring car. For parking lot racing or bashing without traction compound and competition tires, I think this is fine. But for competitive high traction racing I think this car will traction roll at every other corner. If you want to race this thing you'll want to take special car to get it as LOW as possible! So this is kinda good and bad. Good for parking lots on stock tires, bad for racing on a prepared track and race tires.

The BAD:
* Body was kinda "mushed" out of the box and needed tweaking. I used a low power heat gun and was able to form the door panels to be more flush with the front and rear fenders. I also didn't like how much wheel gap there was on the back wheels. I lowered the back end down several notches and trimmed a little of the back edge of the side skirts. This may not bother you but it bothered me. With a little bit of work this is totally fixable. This happened because the car was zip-tied to to the inside of the box, pressing the sides of the body outward and over time it got trained to that position.
* The battery and charger are super basic. The charger takes at least 6 hours to charge the battery to full and even then it doesn't auto stop. The manual just says not to charger for more than 6 hours. It will get you started. The included battery on it's first 6 hour charge got me about 10 - 15 min of bombing around the parking lot at work. That said it's a $150 RTR so the fact that it included a battery and charger at all is great.
* Tamiya connector: I don't think this will be an issue with the included motor but it might. the old Tamiya connector included on this brushed ESC is not known for high current. If you upgrade this car to LiPO I would advice against using an adapter, go direct bullets to the battery or something higher current like deans, XT-60 or the older Traxxas connector.
* I feel like it could use some more steering but my other two R/C vehicles are an RWD Buggy and RWD Short Course. I'm revisiting on-road after many years doing other things and I haven't spent any time on it tweaking the steering yet. Waiting to put a receiver for my normal radio in it for that.
* Sloooowwww steering servo. Again, cheap kit I knew the servo would be slow, and again for parking lot stuff it's fine. It is reasonably strong however and has a servo saver built into the bellcrank setup.
* No AA's for the included radio. Also the battery door on the bottom of the radio is a bit fiddly to get back on after you put the batteries in.
* plastic tub and kinda heavy. I'll keep saying it though, $150 is a great price for all this.

I guess that's it. I'm giving it 5 stars because I feel like for the price, it's really excellent. It's not perfect but I think this is one of those cases where you maybe get a little more than you're moneys worth. I plan on slowly upgrading mine over time and learning as I go with the end goal of seeing if I can get into some club races to see how well I can do with a heavy cheap TC in the 17.5 class.