|Torment RC Truck|
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The Tourment RC car is great for someone who wants a high performance RC car without spending hundreds of dollars. This is a true hobby grade RC car and you’re getting most of the features found on more expensive professional models. Features like 4 wheel drive, quality oil filled shocks for excellent handling, and accurate digitally proportioned steering. I’ll get into what all that means in my review!
First off, I’ve been burned before buying those cheap RC cars and trucks at the toy store that claim to have 200mph scale speed and independent shocks, only to be majorly disappointed. Finally the ECX Torment RC car GOT IT RIGHT! While this truck isn’t for the hardcore RC car enthusiast that races every Sunday, I do believe that it’s perfect more MOST.
You’re getting things like 4WD, and oil filled shocks that you usually only see on more expensive models. If you’re new to RC cars, I want to stress that this is nothing like those cheaply made cars you might have bought from the toy section at your local store.
This is a durable hobby grade truck that comes with everything you need for around $100 bucks.
Even if you’re looking for a RC Car for a kid who has never driven one before, the great thing about this one is the transmitter has dials that can adjust the speed and steering! So if you’re worried about your son or daughter tearing through the house and breaking things, you can simply turn down this dial and the Torment will drive much slower and be almost impossible to break. And the steering dial will adjust how sharp the truck turns. If you turn this up to 10, this thing turns on a dime. If you’re driving fast on larger tracks I recommend turning it between 1 and 4. It’s a cool feature to have!
A lot of people bring up the fact that mini rc cars can’t drive through tall grass. The problem is the clearance underneath is only around 3/4 inch so you’ll have to stick with short grass, dirt, and pavement.
As far as upgrading the Torment, I did buy an extra battery 1200mAh and a Tenergy Smart Charger. Besides upgrading to ball bearings, I wouldn’t recommend upgrading anything else on the Torment. Here is what comes stock, it’s just plastic It runs really good stock and if you start tossing in Lipo batteries you’re going to burn out your electronics.
The one thing that I really wasn’t happy with was the included charger. It’s a very basic charger with no lights letting you know when the battery is fully charged. The instructions say that is charges at 100mA/hr and the stock battery is 900mAh so you’d have to wait 9 hours to charge this one and 12 hours for the battery I bought separately. That was too long for me and that’s why I spent $15 bucks on a better charger that will charge my batteries in about an hour. You will also need a (EC3 Style Male to Tamiya Female Connector) which will cost you around $5 bucks .
If you do buy another battery make sure to let your truck cool down for at least 15 minutes as the motor gets very hot!
Full speed is around 20 mph which is pretty good and the Torment accelerates very fast. Battery life is around 8 – 10 minutes if you’re driving fast.
The suspension on this truck is very good. You have 4 springs and oil filled struts, these are way better than the bouncy springs you’ll find on cheap RC cars. This will give you a nice smooth ride and keep your truck from bouncing around. You can tell there was a lot of thought put into the design. The rock guards are very strong and do a great job protecting the shocks and body. Having needle nose pliers will help remove the body clips and push out a stuck battery especially if dirt gets in there, it’s a tight fit and can get stuck! Remember to keep a quarter around to get your battery out!