The Vetta Karoo has been based on the Desert Racing Trucks of the modern world. You’ve only got to look and you can see the efforts put into the details of making this as scale as possible, from the open windows and the internal roll cage, to the 6 point rear axle and LED bumper light rail.
At the heart of this desert racer is a high capacity rechargeable 1800mah 8.4volt NiMH battery pack coupled to a 40A ESC, this drives the premium heavy duty 21T 550 brushed motor giving you a well controlled positive power transfer to the 4WD system. Designed with the toughest terrain in mind the independent suspension, fully adjustable oil-filled threaded shocks and all-terrain high traction tires just soak up the punishment. The Karoo is guided by high resolution Planet T3W 3-channel transmitter. Whether you’re mud slogging, desert racing, or high jumping, the Karoo just keeps you wanting more.
- 100% factory assembled and ready to run
- All-weather electronics
- Heavy duty 550 brushed 21T motor and 40 amp ESC
- 2S LiPo compatible
- 6 link rear axle
- Adjustable, oil filled, coil-over shock absorbers
- Impact resistant composite construction is strong, durable, and lightweight
- Scale appearance bumper and visible LED light rail
- Toolless battery strap for easy battery installation and removal
- Non integrated electronic components
Motor: 21T 550 brushed with internal fan
Battery: 7 cell, 8.4V 1800mAh NiMH - HCT plug
Battery Option: 2S, 7.4V LiPo only
ESC: 40A Brushed
Weight: 2.63Kg (with battery)
Weight: 2.30Kg (without battery)
Gear Ratio: 11.2:1
Radio: Planet T3W
- Karoo 1/10 Electric Desert Buggy
- Planet T3W 3-channel radio
- NiMH 8.4V 1800mAh 7-cell hump rechargeable battery
- Wall charger
Needed To Complete:
- (4) "AA" alkaline batteries (for the transmitter)
This product was added to our catalog on April 27, 2018
This is my first Hobby Store quality RC car/truck.
Easy to run right out of the box (once batteries charged). Nothing to assemble, nothing difficult or confusing about it.
Truck is MUCH faster than I expected. Honestly, I wish it was slower. I know you don't need to pull the trigger all the way, but it is hard to get my son and his friends to understand that.
It has taken A LOT of abuse and is holding up very well. It has been rolled over dozens of times. Jumped from every curb, step and ramp we have been able to make. It has been run full speed into objects like curbs, truck tires and trees (accidentally, of course). The body has a couple small cracks and some scratches from sliding upside down across the asphalt. Otherwise, nothing broken except for a gear.
I did have a problem last year w/ the gear getting stripped out in the gear box attached to the engine. I suspect this was from the kids going from full speed ahead to full reverse or the opposite.
The acceleration of this things is just awesome, but I think the power was too much with the sudden full throttle and reverses. There is a way to make the truck not switch directions when you reverse the throttle and have it just act as a brake. If you reverse a second time and the truck will go backwards. Since I made that programming change I have not had any more stripped gears. The parts were about $10, so it was not an expensive repair. The repair wasn't difficult either.
I had one of the LED's for the front lights come loose. It looked like they were originally just hot glued in pace. I used my hot glue gun to repair it and have not had any issues since.
A couple weeks ago I noticed that the spare tire felt a lot firmer than the 4 tires on the truck. I cannot remember if I ever compared the firmness of the tires before. The ones on the truck felt like they were "flat". The spare felt like it had some air pressure. I looked into it and it seems like most trucks have foam inside the tire to firm them up as if they had air pressure in them. I removed one tire and found nothing inside the tire. I then removed the other 3 tires. 2 had nothing in them, the other two had what looked like a old cotton ball that was all flattened and worn out.
I did not keep track of where the wheels came off the truck. I am not sure if the two w/ the cotton ball like material come off the same axle or not.
I bought some black closed cell foam rubber from Lowe's that was intended to be used as insulation. I cut it in strips the width of the wheels and then to match the circumference of the wheel. I hope this foam lasts. It is firm, but not overly hard. It is not heavy either, so I do not think it will hurt acceleration. With it being closed cell foam, it will not soak up water like a sponge.
All in all I am very happy with the truck. Especially for the price compared to other trucks at the hobby store. There are a bunch of custom and replacement parts available too, if you want to dress it up a bit. I think that is not necessary, as the stock truck has taken a beating and held up well.