http://hpisavagex46.wordpress.com. HSP-what? HSP is a China-based RC Car Manufacturer that produces parts and cars for many better known brands in the world. Their most famous offering is the HSP Bazooka, also sold by Redcat Racing as the “Hurricane XTR”, a 1/8 Scale competition-class buggy based on the Kyosho Inferno 7.5. However, in more recent times, they’ve made their foray into the rockcrawler market, and HSP is already beginning to make a name…..
Like most China-produced RC cars, their 1/8 rock-crawlers bear merely a serial number, and they run from 94880-94883. The also have a 94880L, which as the name suggests, is a long-wheelbase version of their stock crawler.
In the wake of the Bazooka buggy, HSP has come to be recognized as the stable of “poor man’s race-horses”, or rather, race-cars. Not necessarily for “poor men”, but RC enthusiasts with less to spend. Yet, they’re able to hold up against the big boys all the same, i.e. the Kyosho Infernos, the Mugen MBX5s, the Team Durangos, Losis, RC8s, etc.
With great achievement, comes great expectation, and HSP doesn’t let down with their 1/8 rock crawlers. Like good rock-crawlers should, they come with twin high-torque RC540 motors, independent gearboxes, full-metal chassis assembly, aluminium shocks, and fierce-looking 18-screw beadlock wheels with tough knobby high-grip tyres – not forgetting the open option of 4-wheel-steering. All RTR kits also come with a 2.4ghz transmitter and receiver system. Some crawlers on the market actually have plastic suspension arms which really is asking for trouble.
According to much internet speculation, it seems highly possible that Integy Racing approached HSP to produce their “iRock” 1/8 rock-crawler. Way too many visual similarities, if you’d look at the photo.
Bashers and rockcrawling enthusiasts have described the HSP Rockcrawler to be of extremely high build quality and durability, and that with just few a few modifications, would be ready for competitive climbing. The generally recommended setup is to replace the lower suspension arms with stiffer, stronger Gmade parts, and the axles too. For those seeking some ditch-water action, they would want to water proof their receivers and coat their batteries in Plasti-Dip.
Despite it’s excellent purpose-built performance, like most China RC products price is the ultimate draw for enthusiasts to the HSP 1/8 rockcrawler. At the price of a big-name crawler’s race-roller kit, i.e. Axial, you can get a complete HSP rtr rockcrawler.
Here’s what an RCUniverse.com user had to say:
If you’re wondering which model to get, based on my experience with China RC products, always go for the highest number- in this case, the 94883, as it tends to represent the latest edition of the model, unless of course, you want to go for the Long Wheelbase Edition, the 94880L, which I assume is based on the 94880. Perhaps owners of both 94880 and 94883 editions may want to comment on the differences between the two.
In closing, here’s a noteworthy post on HSP by Redharris on RC Universe:
What a Joke THAT is……
NAMES get Established when Folks take a chance on a New Product that turns out to be Good!
Cornel OBVIOUSLY was not around 10-15 years ago when Traxxas first entered the Scene…….
Everyone Scorned these new Traxxas Cars and said they were not up to Par with the Real Hobby Grade RC’s…..
10 years later, Traxxas Rules the Market and the Revo is one of the Most Innovative RC’s on the Market…..
Who Knows?…..Drew MAY turn out to be a TRENDSETTER……
In the Mean Time,,,,,Maybe you shouldn’t Dismiss a car that you dont Own and have never Driven?
by Julian Wong