Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC (180A, 2-6S)

Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC (180A, 2-6S)
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This is the Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC. With the Vortex R-Series product family Team Orion presents brushless speed control technology at its best. Developed by World Champions the new ESC's are unifying unbeatable performance with outstanding drivability and robustness.

Outstanding Drivability
Brushless motors deliver incredible power. Combined with the latest LiPo battery technology, the drivability has become an issue. Not with the Vortex R-Series speed controls; they are optimized to handle the power and give maximum control to the driver.

Ultimate Power
The Vortex R-Series speed controls deliver maximum power whenever you need it. Unique software, integrated power capacitors and high quality FET's have been developed to get what R/C drivers want; power, robustness and drivabilty!

For High Power Batteries
The R-Series speed controls have been specifically developed to get maximum power out of standard batteries as well as new generation batteries with a C-Rate of 70C or more. With the Vortex R speed controls you get the best device for your motors and batteries.

Developed by World Champions
You can have the best engineers if you don't understand what is needed at the racing track. Team Orion has an international racing team including World Champions. Only with their input was it possible to develp the best Orion Electronic Speed Controls ever.

Super Push Brake Technology
Orion was not only working on the power output of the speed controls, but also on the best feel of the brake. The new super push brake technology gives maximum of braking power. The brakes are always under your control and give outstanding feedback and feeling.

Easy Setup
Some products deliver outstanding performance but are just too complicated to be used at the track on a hectic racing day. The Team Orion speed controls can be easily set-up and are highly programmable. You can find a setting for every track condition.


  • Sensor and Sensorless Technology With Ultimate Throttle Control
  • Available For Sensor And Sensorless 2/4-Pole Motors
  • Super Push Brake Technology For Improved Braking Power And Feeling
  • Adjustable Forward/Reverse Or Forward/Brake Function
  • Many Adjustable Software Parameters
  • High Flow Cooling Fan And Large Size Heatsink For Improved Cooling
  • Large Size Integrated Capacitors
  • Compact And Robust Carbon Look ABS Case
  • Heavy Duty 10G Silicone Wire
  • High Power Connectors
  • Updgradeable Software
  • Latest Brushless Technology With Improved Function And Efficiency
  • Great Throttle/Brake Feeling And Control
  • Easy Setup Using The Switch Setup Button
  • Software With Many Adjustable Parameters For Fine Tuning
  • LED And Audio Tone For Status Control High Grade Components With Low Resistance Automatic Battery Cut-Off System
  • High Power Connectors
  • Highly Customizable Software
  • Easy To Use

Type:  Sensor/Sensorless
Constant/Peak Amps: 180A/950A
Resistance: 0.0002
Function: Forward/Brake, Forward/Brake/Reverse
Car Type: 1/8 Truck, Buggy, Monster Truck, 1/8 On Road
Motor Type: 4S LiPo up to 3,000kV, 6S LiPo up to 2,400kV
Battery Type: 6-18 NiMH/NiCd, 2-6S LiPo/LiFE
BEC: 5.75V/3A
Size: 56x46x35mm
Weight: 105g

This product was added to our catalog on September 16, 2011

Monday, Apr 30 2012 (about 9 years ago)
Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC (180A, 2-6S)
We have been using the 1/10 scale Orion ESC and love it (really smooth, and temps are very low after a full 4s battery pack), so we wanted to try this 1/8 scale ESC. The first day we used it (indoor racing on clay), we were amazed by how smooth this R8 was, and that the temps were around 150 degrees after running thru a number of 10 minute runs with 4s battery packs. A couple of fan blades broke on the second day using this ESC (indoor racing on clay), and the fan quit working all together. Temps went from 150 degrees (when fan was working) up to 190 degrees (based on about 7 minutes of runtime using a 4s battery pack). Cannot find a replacement fan ANYWHERE, and even if I could, I don't see any way to get at the broken fan (case does not seem to be removable). If this is true, then it sure is a bad design. Waiting for a reply from Horizon Hobbies (tech support for Orion on this ESC), and will update this review when/if I hear anything back from them.

Update: Never received the promised callback from Horizon Hobby about my issue with the fan.
Wednesday, Sep 26 2012 (about 9 years ago)
Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC (180A, 2-6S)
Not very happy with this ESC, used it twice at the track on 4s and the fan broke almost all the fins off, its very hard to replace , Then it stoped all together and warrenty said "i got dirt inside it and the motor so they cant and will not help me" , its an off road ESC for buggys ffs obviusly thers going to be dirt everywhere, did they want me to drive it in bubble wrap?. and for this i hate team orion, yea its fast with ther motors but for how long , dont get me started on the motors, i am now running a tekin rx8 ESC, im never buying over priced hobbywing (team Orion ) gear again.
Saturday, Jun 29 2013 (about 8 years ago)
Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC (180A, 2-6S)
I just bought the Orion esc r8 pro a little disappointed in performance glitching When punching the throttle It hesitate" When I approach the jump and punch it to make the jump It just doesn't deliver the power to make the jump I'm running it in a team associated SC 10 4 x 4 with a vortex four pole motor and a savox 1250t Servo Please help
Tuesday, Apr 2 2013 (about 8 years ago)
Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC (180A, 2-6S)
Was extremely dissapointed as others have been when I found out how weak the BEC is on this ESC!!! I also cannot run a 1/10 scale 4 pole motor and a savox servo without this esc browning out!!! It has only a 3amp bec... That is on par with other 1/10 speedcontrols! WEAK!! My tekin rx8 has a 5 amp bec and never glitches. LRP 1/8 esc has a 6 amp bec!!! I am now forced to run an external BEC, seperate reciever pack, or a combo of weaker motor and servo !! What a waste of time!!! DONT BUY THIS ESC!!!!! Get the LRP OR TEKIN!!!!
Wednesday, May 2 2012 (about 9 years ago)
Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC (180A, 2-6S)
I've been using R8 for 2 months in my RC8.2e along with an Orion Motor... it's lightning fast and lays the power down exactly where I need it. Unlike the other reviewers, I have had no problems whatsoever. I also have the R10 in my B4.1... and it holds the fast lap record at my local track.
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Sunday, Apr 1 2012 (about 9 years ago)
Team Orion Vortex R8 Pro 1/8 Scale Brushless ESC (180A, 2-6S)
Not a good ESC for the 4 pole motors with a 2s baterry. I had to purchase an aftermarket BEC to make this ESC work in my SCTE. Very dissapointed with that factor.