RedCat Racing Blackout SC Pro Review - Initial out of box thoughts

RedCat Racing's Blackout series of trucks and buggies is based on a new 1/10th scale 4WD platform. This new platform supports not only a short course variant reviewed here, but also a buggy and monster truck. The RedCat Racing Blackout SC Pro includes a HobbyWing Brushless motor system with a 3800kv motor.

First impression out of the box is that the chassis is well thought out and of great quality...especially for a RTR brushless RC vehicle with a street price of $199.99.


 
How the RedCat Blackout SC comes in the box

Truck comes complete with 3200mah Lipo, charger, Radio, full user manual, needs 8AA batteries for the Radio!

 
Body is sharp! Other SC bodies will not work....the RedCat's wheelbase is shorter than standard 1/10th SC trucks.

Another view of truck. Notice nice scale detailing with the real rubber mud flaps!



Tires seem medium soft for decent traction and wear, they all appear well glued from the factory!
Early forum reports and other reviewers complained about servo saver. This appears to be an updated design. The spring seems strong and similar to the Terremoto 10 design. The Pro SC comes with a 15g servo.

Suspension is same on all four corners so interchangeable arms and hubs makes parts count lower. Fully adjustable arms are nice on a RTR in this price range. The oil filled shocks have a smooth and robust damping action. Threaded shock bodies are a nice touch for ride height adjustment. Beefy aluminum shock towers front and rear plus hex hardware makes this a quality ride.

Front and Rear are identical setups. Even the front and rear hubs are the same.

Hinge pins are captured...so no hard to handle e-clips. just one screw w/washer holds them in place. Easy servicing.

 
heavy duty aluminum shock towers. Front and rear. Shock mounting hardware is strong and looks up to task.
Excited to run this truck as soon as the weather here improves. First impression is this is a quality RC ride. With HobbyWing brushless ESC and 3800KV motor I suspect the Blackout should run fast. As soon as we give it a run I will update our blog with a continued review post!

Mike Mizzi is a RC blogger and runs www.HiPowerRC.com

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