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Old 08-22-2011, 07:38 AM
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Default Official HPI Savage Flux XS thread...

The HPI Savage Flux XS is HPI's mini version of the popular Savage monster truck. Nominally it is 1/12th scale, however, its dimensions more closely match those of a 1/10th car (arguably due to the fact that a monster truck is a big car in reality, therefore, the scales are all a bit larger). It is brushless electric powered, with no announced plans to produce a nitro version, and although it probably shouldn't be completely ruled out, it seems unlikely at the moment.

So...Here are some of the frequently asked questions we've seen, I will add to these as the thread develops.

Q1) When can I buy it!!?!!?!oneone
A1) It should be shipping in early september!

Q2) How much?
A2) We've seen preorders available from $299 to $349, with the average seeming to be around $310

Q3) Is it nitro or electric? Does it have 2.4Ghz radio?
A3) It's electric, brushless. It has a 2.4Ghz radio for zero interference.

Q4) What else will I need to go with it if I buy it?
A4) Suitable batteries and a charger

Q5) What kind of batteries? What size, etc?
A5) You can use the older style NiMH stick battery packs up to 10 cells, or LiPo batteries of 2s (7.4v) or 3s (11.1v). The battery box dimensions are 143mm in length, 31mm in height and 51mm width. The Castle speed controller comes with a Deans plug on it, so anticipate either changing that to the plug of your choice or changing the plug on any batteries you buy. I will update this as I get more info. Running on 3S is currently not recommended on the stock speed control, they have a habit of letting out their magic smoke (or at the very least, just dying). HPI may fix this, or they may not. If you wish to run 3S, the motor is fine for it, but a 60A esc or higher is recommended.

Q6) What kind of motor and speed controller will it have?
A6) It appears to be another Castle controller, possibly Sidewinder V2 derived, apparently non-sensored, coupled with an apparent 4000kv motor.

Q7) How fast does it go?
A7) According to HPI, on 3s lipo batteries it will hit 65mph. Since electric motor torque and rpm are pretty much linear, you can expect around 45mph on 2S (and a little less, maybe 40ish on regular 7.2v NiMH stick packs)

Q8) Wheels, tires, bodies?
A8) Glad you asked! This is one of the best things about this little monster. The car will take standard 2.2 sized wheels and tires. As for bodies, the wheelbase is 225mm, and while I would need to try it (they may be a bit wide), it seems as though the 'M' and 'Cup Racer' type 225mm WB bodies should go on. Only width might be a concern. Will confirm this as soon as I am sure.

Q9) Anything else you think I need to know?
A9) It has plastic TVPs, an all metal drivetrain, takes standard 1/10th size electronics, is water resistant with the stock electronics, and has a slipper clutch.

Q10) You getting one?
A10) Eventually, definitely.

Q11) You planning any upgrades?
A11) We'll see, maybe. I like the idea of carbon fiber TVPs and maybe shock towers.

[link=http://www.hpieurope.com/kit-info.php?partNo=106572&lang=en]HPI Europe Official Savage Flux XS Page[/link]
[link=http://www.hpiracing.com/kitinfo/106571/]HPI North America Official Savage Flux XS Page[/link]

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Here are some more pics...









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Could have just used the first thread for this....[&:]
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Looks nice. I am selling my MERV as I have hardly used it. This would be a great replacement if I think I could find the time to play. This would be (slightly)smaller than my old HPI Savage 25 then?
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Quite a bit smaller.
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Cool.
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the battery box just too small, none of my 3s can fit []
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the battery box just too small, none of my 3s can fit []
What size does the manual say will fit?
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dcfever: Where did you  the picture from?
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Default RE: Official HPI Savage Flux XS thread...

Woah! The photo shows the manual saying 143x47x31. My 3Ss won't fit either. It's the width that's the problem, even my 2S won't fit!! not many batteries that thin (47mm), either 2s or 3s... :/

Lemme have a look on HK... Hm...scary. HK doesn't have a single 3s battery less than 49mm width. :/
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Could have just used the first thread for this....[&:]
Too much "when can I get one" in that thread. I'll lock it with a link to this one when the truck comes out.
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Where did you get yours? Tower does not even have them yet...
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I don't have one yet, I'm just reading off that photo posted by the other guy (who I assume has one somehow).

If HPI has done this to sell the plazmas that would be pretty disappointing. Funny, their 3s is exactly 47mm wide... :/
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My 2s zippy hardcase is 135mmx46mmx21mm
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My 3s Nano tech is 150x46x20 just a little too long.
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My Zippy 3s 5Ah softpack is 146x50, height won't be an issue. I'm hoping the curved sides of the batt tray mean that a softpack a few mm longer can be squeezed in, it will only need 1.5mm on each side, but I'm worried about the width. May need to find a way to mod the battery door to get an extra 3mm. DAMN! 3mm too long and 3mm too wide. Sounds like it should be supplied with a dremel
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This one will fit... only 3300mah tho http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/s...Lipo_Pack.html
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Luckily for me, the matched and zapped NIMH I want to put in is 138 x 45 x 23 mm!
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I got the car myself 2 days ago
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Ok, what are your first impressions of the car?
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the car is actually out already, just shipping to US takes few more days from now.
It is very cute but solid like a tank
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I still not run it yet because of the battery tray
my 2S also can not fit, I need new battery not many 3s out there can fit
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I don't have one yet, I'm just reading off that photo posted by the other guy (who I assume has one somehow).

If HPI has done this to sell the plazmas that would be pretty disappointing. Funny, their 3s is exactly 47mm wide... :/
yes very very disappointing, will be forced to buy the HPI plazmas, the tray fits exactly their 3s. I am still looking for other choice, will drop by at LHS again tonight
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I don't have one yet, I'm just reading off that photo posted by the other guy (who I assume has one somehow).

If HPI has done this to sell the plazmas that would be pretty disappointing. Funny, their 3s is exactly 47mm wide... :/
yes very very disappointing, will be forced to buy the HPI plazmas, the tray fits exactly their 3s. I am still looking for other choice, will drop by at LHS again tonight

Any luck finding a battery for it yet? I have a hard case 3s sky lipo but from specs and the looks it is too big . I don't have one yet because tower doesnt have them instock.
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Would this battery fit?


http://www.hobbypartz.com/98p-25c-3300-3s1p.html
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