Thanks for the replies. The car arrived yesterday. I'm getting the battery charged (will check again before Chrismas).
Would a wise investment be a spare battery? It says it can take two with a Y harness, and i can get both from my local hobby store.
Given he's a 10 year old though, i thought maybe having one running and one on charge would be a better idea - it would give him a break!
Also, the better battery charger referenced above - will that charge quicker than the specified 6 hours with the charger supplied? I saw a Traxxas EZ charger which references a 90 minute charge?
One more thing - is it worth getting a higher capacity battery? They list a larger capacity battery which I assume is more expensive
Thanks again for your help and patience