You may, or may not, remember some time ago that I purchased a Hobbywing Quickrun combo for my son’s buggy along with the matching 17.5 turn motor. Yup it was over a year ago I am sorry to admit.
Why so long to review this, well that is somewhat of an embarrassing story. At the time I purchased myself a new buggy, and moved my electronics into that, and set up my old buggy for my then 8 year old (now 10 year old) son. I got it all together and ready for the next race meet at my local track. My son was super excited ad ready to rock. We got to the track, and that is when it happened.
The Rookie mistake!
Yes I plugged the battery in, turned the car on and the smoke came out! Yes I had plugged the leads into the battery backwards proving it can happen to anybody! In my defence, I have one battery pack where the terminals are on opposite sides. However that is no excuse for being lazy. So no EVERY battery pack I have has the positive side tube painted RED with Humbrol red paint from my local hobby store so I can’t make the mistake as easily ever again!
Well I can’t review the ESC because I had to borrow an ESC that night and eventually purchased a 2nd hand blue Hobbywing Juststock esc to replace the promising looking Quicrun. I thought about having it repaired, but really as it was my mistake it was never a warranty job so chalk one up to experience
The 17.5 turn motor however I can briefly talk about as now this is basically a long term review. So as I mentioned, this car is in the hands of an 8 year old boy most Friday race nights, and whilst he is improving (and has just turned 10), he is not the most sympathetic towards his vehicle. BUT, this motor is still kicking on strong. It provides great torque and power for a very low cost proving the worth of these budget items from Hobbywing. Really it is an amazing unit for the price. Whilst the track conditions it is used in are not dusty due to racing indoors on carpet, the surface being concrete is not gentle on cars, and nor is Novice/Junior racing. Yet it hasn’t missed a beat, not even the sensor cable coming loose.
Well I would have to say on what i experienced of the ESC before I killed it, and what I have seen of the ESC in other people’s cars, I would have to say that I am certainly converted to Hobbywing and would not hesitate to recommend this combo to anybody getting into the sport. Whilst I have been looking for a ESC/Motor manufacturer to use since the departure of Novak from the scene, I think I can safely say that Hobbywing will be filling that place for future purchases.