Awesome Short Course Action!
What is all this 'Short-Course' stuff about?
New for some, however, off-road short-course racing is nothing new. It’s what we have been doing within the R/C industry for years!
As the R/C industry takes a considerable amount of styling cues from full-size motorsports, the short-course R/C rage is no different. One look to the off-road sector of motorsports, short-course racing is what is in style or trend right now. But is it just that, a trend or fad?
In recent years, short course racing has come to be in the mainstream consciousness more and more, with crossover racing stars and major companies taking part in events like the X-Games, Baja racing events, rally racing, motocross freestyle competitions and even BMX dirt jumping and mountain bike trials. Off-road is BACK, and in a big way!
This doesn't mean that HPI is brand new on the scene, though - ever since the release of the Savage in the early 2000's, then the monster appeal of the Baja buggy and 5T truck, HPI has been at the forefront of the off-road scene around the world. Our fabulous 120-mile trip on the famous Barstow to Vegas off-road run and the even bigger 800+ mile jaunt around the edges of Iceland proved that the Baja was not only rugged enough to make the journey, but that it could go much farther than anyone could anticipate!
While our 1/10-scale BLITZ Short-Course Truck is new, HPI is not new to the game of off-road.
The Blitz is the perfect off-road basher, as well as a supremely confident racing machine. Based around a lengthened version of the E-Firestorm chassis - which has proven its worth when fitted with a monstrously powerful Flux brushless motor - the Blitz includes features that you wouldn't expect, but drastically improve durability, handling, rear traction and utter coolness!
The Blitz can take big air: take-offs and landings are a breeze, just control the nose of the truck with a blip of throttle or a dab of brakes.
The Blitz lands superbly off the jumps: a massive skid plate adapted from the Baja 5T protects the front end while the long-stroke suspension cushions the blow.
The Blitz handles like a dream: officially licensed Maxxis Trepador Comp tyres grip all surfaces and 3-degree rear uprights help keep the rear end planted.
HPI RACING has teamed up with MAXXIS International [a full-scale global tyre manufacturer] for a collaborative
effort to reproduce the Maxxis Trepador tires for the Blitz.
The full-size Trepador Competition Bias Tyre is part of the Maxxis Competition Division where extreme off-road driving
calls for a tough tyre. The unique tread element arrangement ensures a uniform tread contact area for sure-footed
handling. A multi-stage staggered shoulder pattern provides improved control even on the most difficult off-road and rocky terrain.
These are the design elements that HPI Racing BLITZ designer, Erik Shauver keyed into as he set out to capture both the original design of the Maxxis Trepador Comp Bias while also creating a tire that works within the R/C "scaled" environment. Not a simple task, "It's not like you just stick a full-size tire design in the copy machine and hit the reduce button," says Erik, who was also behind the E-Firestorm, Firestorm, Nitro 3 and other popular HPI designs.
While making use of the Maxxis Trepador tread pattern, Erik blended its unique design characteristics with inner fabric belting that extends the life of the tyre and adds extra life to the tread. Also, the tyre's inner-foam is composed of a unique compound and texture which work with the shape of the BLITZ wheel for increased performance. Our 1:10 scale Maxxis Trepador tires are well suited for a wide range of environmental conditions.
Proven HPI durability throughout
The HPI Blitz uses nothing but the finest grade, high-impact nylon plastic on the most critical areas of the truck - from the bumpers to the super beefy arms and everything in between. HPI's industry known strength and durability makes the Blitz friendly for all - be it an R/C newcomer, or the skilled competitor.
The Blitz features an all-new, long wheelbase main chassis based on the E-Firestorm - lengthened to deliver the most stable feel a short-course truck can offer.
High Performance Shocks
The threaded shock bodies feature super smooth shock action , as well as quick, on-the-fly adjustability.
Baja 5T Inspiration
The unique and proven pivoting skid-plates have been adapted from the unmatched Baja 5T platform, which are able to truly absorb impacts.
Maximum Rear Traction
Factory installed quick-change 3-degree rear toe block provides you with plenty of traction, and making changes is easy.
The electronics fitted in the Blitz are rugged and secure, giving you the confidence to take the Blitz to the limit! The trusty TF-1 radio is a pistol-grip style transmitter, with a realistic steering wheel for turning and standard trigger control for acceleration and braking. Multiple crystals are available so you can run the Blitz alongside other RC vehicles with no radio interference. The new RF-6 receiver takes the radio signals from the transmitter and passes them to the SC-15 electronic speed controller, which feeds power to the strong Firebolt 15 motor. The SC-15 also features reverse so you can back out of tough spots! Finally, a sturdy SF-1 servo handles the steering duties. All of this equipment features standard connectors so you can upgrade individual parts as you desire.