Originally Posted by Raeodor
From all the videos i've been watching the last few weeks, the backdraft seems much faster. Even with near identical hardware, I havent seen a hurricane going as fast as Backdraft does.
Yes old post I know! ... "bite me!"
Online videos is not proof of anything! ... besides it's not possible to tell by a video alone, how fast a car is actually going. The only time you could make an assumption which might be faster, is if you have seen the Backdraft 8E and Hurricane XTE in a race-off. (There is no such video that I'm aware of.)
I can however tell you that the top speed of the Hurricane XTE is 70 km/h = 45 mph (stock out of the box)..I know as I have one!
I can't speak on the top speed of the Backdraft 8E, as I don't have one.
You will know since you appear to have done some research, that the overall consensus is that the Hurricane is a lot more durable than the Backdraft 8E.
Why some people are so hooked on top speed when it comes to off-road buggies, is somewhat beyond me, as top speeds are rarely accomplished on off-road race circuits.
"It's NOT the buggy's top speed that wins races ... it's the drivers skill and consistency that DOES!"
If speed is your primary concern, perhaps a buggy is not the best choice for you. If you want to bash however, top speed should be your least concern. Durability should be your primary concern!
If however you're looking to compete, you are barking up the wrong tree entirely as Redcats are in no ways competitive (not their market), when compared to the high end race level, competitive cars. You'll just be wasting your time and money and chasing after a dream what will never be realized!
Redcats are for all intensive purposes, entry level cars at an entry level price point, offering loads of performance and excellent bang for your $ more suited to the casual basher on a budget. They are nothing more, nor do they profess to be!
I personally would not recommend upgrading any Redcat with regards to changing pinions & gears, just to get better performance as the stock electronics are not designed to handle the upgrades and you STILL would not be competitive with the higher end brands.
Same goes for 'upgrading' to aluminum parts, which admittedly does ad cosmetic 'bling (if that's your thing!), however is rarely a better option over plastic.
"Just because you can....doesn't mean you should!"