New for 2011: HPI Blitz ESE “Pro” – Pictures Included!

Posted: May 23, 2011 in HPI, Pro RC Racers
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Following the successful Savage X 4.6 RTR’s 2011 new look (FOR A HIGHER PRICE), and the Baja 5SC SS, HPI went with the confidence plucked from the two market tests to create yet another spin-off, on one of the younger cars on the HPI lineup – the Blitz ESE, creating a “Pro” version.

The Savage and Baja platforms have been around for long enough to be regarded as pillars of the company and would stand strong so long bashers and fifth-scale pundits exist – no matter what HPI did with the former juggernaut, and the pioneering latter. The Blitz however, is a question mark. No doubt Short Course track racing quickly made its way to popularity over the last 20 months, I just wonder if HPI really thinks they have properly justified the $200 price hike on the preceeding Blitz ESE Kit. According to BigSquidRC.com, which gets first-hand news on all that’s new in the RC bashers’ world, this new Blitz will cost US$469- just for a race-roller! However, Tower Hobbies merely lists this one at a $50 premium over the “lesser” one, at their low price of US$279.99

Let’s review some of the key changes in the Blitz ESE Pro to see how much “more” it is.

The new HPI Blitz ESE Pro Kit

The new HPI Blitz ESE Pro Kit


HPI Blitz ESE Pro Kit features MIP ball differential

HPI Blitz ESE Pro Kit features MIP ball differential

Genuine MIP Ball Differential

For lesser rolling resistance, silky smooth differential action and extra adjustability, HPI has since bumped up to the MIP ball differential as a stock feature on this ESE Pro kit.

HPI Blitz ESE Pro - New HPI MK8. V2 Wheels

HPI Blitz ESE Pro - New HPI MK8. V2 Wheels

New MK8. V2 Wheels

HPI has redesigned their MK8. V2 Wheels, and this time they come with a flat inner profile that uses a single foam insert.

HPI Blitz ESE Pro - Gear Housing Unit

HPI Blitz ESE Pro - Gear Housing Unit (Same as Blitz ESE)

No changes here….

HPI Blitz ESE Pro - Chasis Side View

HPI Blitz ESE Pro - Chasis Side View

No visible changes here either…

HPI Blitz ESE Pro - Chasis Top View

HPI Blitz ESE Pro - Chasis Top View

Nope… still can’t spot anything different.

Verdict: To Buy or Not to Buy?

It’s your call. If you’ve got cash to blow, then you should get this one over the old one. It’s definitely better. But if you ask me if it’s worth paying for though? Well, not at the MSRP of $469 it’s not. But if you get the Pro kit off Tower Hobbies at just a $40 premium over the old one, I think that’s well worth the new MIP differential, new wheels and tyres – because you’d probably spend that much anyway to get it to a similar spec.

If you’re a racer but a basher, I suggest you go for the stock US$239 one. You won’t feel the difference. If you’re a racer though, you would need the extra speed, power transmission, as well as traction and road-holding the better MIP differential and new tyres can give you.

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