Good excelleration and torque from the updated Zenoah G230 engine
Thick polycarbonate body takes some abuse without getting thrashed
Updated cv joints at all 4 corners
Grease-filled center differential sends more power to the front wheels than the rear
Hurricane C5 is a 4wd 1/5th scale monster truck sold exclusively
by FGSupply.com. Those of you that are in the know will notice
it looks alot like a Smartech Titan but features a number of performance
upgrades to increase power, reliability, and your piece-of-mind...
which is the most important! FGSupply took the Titan, chucked
the underpowered knock-off engine and replaced it with a much
more potent Zenoah G230RC. Other key modifications to the Hurricane
are steel disc brakes, rear upper a-arms, universal joints instead
of dogbones, and some changes made to the shock tower geometry,
and a few more changes that will be discussed in the review.
photoshoot and video were shot at a local bmx track that had enough
jumps and whoops to fully assess the Hurricane's suspension as
well as acceleration and overall handling. So, if your in the
market for a 1/5th scale gasser, I encourage you to read my review
of the Hurricane C5.
Name:Hurricane C5 Price: $1299.99 Length: 29.5" Width: 20.5" Wheelbase: 20.5" Dry Weight: 27.3 lbs Engine: Zenoah G230 Fuel Tank: 600cc Receiver battery used: Included 5 cell hump pack 1800mah Radio equipment: (Included) FM 3ch pistol grip, receiver with built-in failsafe, heavy duty throttle/steering servos
Hurricane C5 comes packaged in a large cardboard box with it's
name, picture, and key features affixed to the side. Once you
open the box, you actually realize what you just bought; one massive
rc truck! Seriously, this is by far the largest, most burly rc
vehicle I've operated to date. The Hurricane is fully assembled
and packaged very well inside with cardboard supports used to
keep it snug and undamaged during shipping. Everything except
gas and oil are included, and I was glad to see they threw in
eight double-a batteries for the transmitter as well.
body is based off of a Ford F-150 and includes a sticker sheet
with Ford graphics as well as the window and lighting graphics.
I was impressed with the finish of the body. It was cut out well
and the flame and checkered flag graphics look great. Being as
thick as it is, the body can take some punishment without folding.
After a few weeks of beating on it, there are only some small
scuffs to speak of. I also liked the cut-out for the roll bar
which increases cooling by drawing out hot air from the engine
The Hurricane C5's sheer size should put it in a class by itself. This thing is BIG!
Crushing a 1/10th
I'm breaking a sweat!
the body removed we can examine the Hurricane C5 and see what
makes it as tough as it is. A high-impact plastic roll cage protects
the engine and electronics from any hard hits that would come
from an accidental upside down landing or a few rolls. It's somewhat
flexible which provides a little "give" instead of being
rigid and prone to breakage. The cage covers the engine and slopes
down in front to protect the tank and servos. The roll cage also
takes some of the impact away from the body and prevents it from
squishing down if you land on the roof. Body posts are at either
end of the cage and are made of the same flexible plastic to prevent
being snapped off, instead, they will bend and pop back into place.
NOTE: The body is available in Black with yellow flames or
Red with yellow flames.
anodized blue chassis is made of 4mm thick aluminum and features
countersunk philips-head screws. There's a slot cut for the spur
gear to spin freely as well. This is done so the engine and drive
train can sit lower on the chassis, further reducing the Hurricane's
center of gravity. On either side of the chassis are plastic guards
that do a good job of keeping the majority of flying dirt out
of the truck, but like any 4wd, it's still going to get dirty.
Body off, right
Body off. left
Zenoah G230RC is a torquey little engine, and proved to be a much
better candidate for the Hurricane than the 28cc knock-off engine
that originally came with it. And because FGsupply.com ships all
the Hurricanes with this new Zenoah engine, you can rest assured
your's will out run and out accelerate any Titans out there. The
G230 is completely stock and with the needles set right from the
start. There's a primer bulb located on the carb behind the air
filter that makes cold starts easy, especially when used in conjunction
with the choke lever. A stock canister muffler is included with
a rubber stinger to direct exhaust down and away from the body.
There's also a kill switch located on the left side of the motor
that functioned as expected.
engine is fed fuel through a large 600cc plastic fuel tank. It
features a clunk for positive pickup of fuel in almost any position.
Even if you roll your Hurricane on it's lid, it can sit for a
good 30 seconds before starving, if the tank is less than half
full. Although my Hurricane had the older gas cap, all models
now ship with the updated Zenoah gas cap that is also a breather
and prevents the tank from building pressure.
the engine, power is transferred through the clutch, to the gearbox,
which is nothing more than 2 gears behind a clear plastic shield.
The first gear is 37t and the second gear is 43t. The plastic
see-through shield looks trick but soon becomes opaque after a
few dirt sessions when small pieces of sand and debris fly around
in there and scratch it up. No biggie though, it still does its
job of keeping rocks and larger objects out of the gears. The
larger of the two gears is attached to the 16t bevel gear which
spins the center differential. This diff is the only downside
of the entire truck in my opinion. It's filled from the factory
with grease and unfortunately isn't sealed. This makes it impossible
to fill with differential fluid because it will just fling out.
Because it's only filled with grease, there is little positive
locking action and the majority of power from the engine is transferred
to the front wheels. The rears still spin, but with less force
than the fronts. Luckily, a sealed aftermarket center diff is
available from FGSupply.com here
that solves this problem as well as tightening the mesh between
the gears. While the somewhat "loose" mesh between the
bevel gears hasn't presented itself as a problem, it is a bit
noisy. From the center diff, power is transferred through dogbones
to the front and read differentials, and on to the wheels via
universal joints at all four corners. The universal joints are
definite upgrades from the stock dogbones that came with the Titan,
which could fall out under extreme side loads such as off-camber
Front shocks and updated shock towers
Strong front bumper
600cc gas tank
Hurricane uses oversized wheel adapters that are square instead
of hexes. The adapters will hold the wheels tight against the
hub as long as you keep the wheel nuts tight. The front knuckles
are beefy as all get-out and look like they could withstand a
direct grenade hit; I doubt if they will ever fail.
suspension system on the Hurricane C5 is another area that's been
upgraded by FGsupply.com. The first area to receive attention
was the rear upper links. They were originally ball links and
would tend to pop out under a side load. They've been upgraded
with full upper a-arms that match the front. The suspension geometry
was also reworked because the shocks would bottom out before the
chassis did on the other model. This is the worst thing you can
do to a shock next to over extension and repeated slamming of
the shock to full compression will eventually kill it. FGsupply.com
changed the shock towers so the chassis would hit before the shocks
bottom out... problem solved! The shocks on the Hurricane feature
natural aluminum bodies and anodized blue caps. The spring rate
is pretty good and so is the dampening. Preload spacers are included
for adjusting ride height. The shock's only adjustment is at the
bottom of the shaft at the lower arm where you can move them slightly
outboard for a more stiff ride and less body roll. The lower arms
are another beefed-up number and look like they can take some
abuse, in fact they did take quite a few hard hits and
never failed. You can adjust the droop, or how far the wheels
will hang down when in the air, by turning a small set screw located
at the base of each lower arm. Turning it in decreases droop,
and turning it out will increase. This is a good habit to get
into to prevent the shocks from over-extending when your Hurricane
is flying through the air or sailing over a set of mean whoops.
and braking are controlled by a 1/4 scale servo. The linkages
are quite simple with a bell crank for the throttle and a slide
spring setup for the brake. The brake is adjustable at the transmitter
but I don't see any need to adjust the spring tension on the linkage,
it's just right from the factory. The brakes have been upgraded
from fiber discs and steel pads to steel discs and fiber pads.
They bring the heavy Hurricane to a halt really quickly and are
progressive as well. Front and rear bias could be adjusted if
you want, but it's really not necessary unless you plan on racing,
and in that case, a little rear wheel bias would help slide the
back around the corners quicker.
felt precise enough when driving although the stock 1/4 scale
servo had a little trouble turning the wheels at a dead stop.
The tie-rods needed a bit of adjustment from the factory because
of alot of toe-out. There's also a nice sized servo saver that
electronics that come with the Hurricane C5 are a good fit for
this gasser. The servos are of good quality and didn't let go
or act up in any manner and the transmitter is an updated Futaba
3 channel as opposed to the cheaper version that ships with the
other truck. I also liked the 6 volt pack that features c-sized
cells and the included wall charger. Your covered with the Hurricane!
The icing on the cake are the included aa batteries for the transmitter
which saves you money, no matter how small the cost. Radio range
is great from the receiver and I never lost contact, but just
incase something does go wrong, it features a built-in failsafe.
Radio box and steering servo
Rear differential and primer bulb overflow tube
Front hub and knuckle
Front upper arms
Futaba FM 3ch radio
the Hurricane for its first run wasn't too difficult. I applied
the body stickers, threaded the antenna wire through it's included
tube and attached it to the radio box, and mixed up some fuel
at 25:1. After charging the receiver battery, I fueled the truck
and fired it up. The break-in was easy as I let the truck high-
idle for 15 minutes, and then shut it off and let it cool. Do
this 3 times and your ready to throw some earth around!
final thought before you go out in the field with your Hurricane;
make sure the various bolts that hold it together are nice and
tight. The vibrations from a gas engine are pretty rough on fasteners
and some can, and will loosen up. I use a dab of Loc-tite on any
fasteners that come loose after a run. Check your wheel nuts after
every run, and between refueling. Its a another good habit to
get into. Never use Loc-tite on any fasteners that screw into
the Hurricane C5 is exciting to say the least. It's big and heavy,
but it jumps and handles like a smaller vehicle. I found myself
rolling up to tabletop jumps and gassing it in the final 8 feet
before the jump, and still clearing it. The tires grip on all
surfaces and throw some serious roost.
damping is good on big jumps and can be even better with a thicker
shock oil, but it's just fine for bashing with the stock fluid.
The Hurricane likes to drop the nose when jumping or going over
whoops and needs the extra throttle when airborne to remain level
which I attribute to the front-wheel biased center-differential.
As I stated before, it's filled with grease and sends more power
to the front wheels. When traveling over small whoops or short
jumps, it's nice to have the power at the rear wheels to keep
the front up. If you want to remedy this condition, you'll need
to purchase an aftermarket center diff that will hold differential
fluid. For bashing and having fun, it's really not a big deal.
The rear wheels still spin, but the front wheels spin more.
C5 is a wide truck and really wants to stay on all fours. Sliding
turns, off camber turns, and off camber jumps usually result in
the Hurricane landing on all four wheels and hauling off in a
cloak of dust. If it does flip over, it will stay running long
enough for you to walk over and flip it back on it's wheels...
no need to run, it's not a nitro. Body roll is also kept to a
minimum thanks to the shocks.
great safety feature is the front bumper. It's extremely durable
and took a number of landings straight on the nose without breaking.
The thick polycarbonate body took a few direct hits as well and
only suffered from some surface scratches.
time should be dictated by battery life rather than tank capacity.
The 600cc tank supplies fuel to a gas sipping engine that equals
run times above 30 minutes. You can really make a gallon of gas
last with the Hurricane.
though it had side guards and a full body, the truck can get pretty
dirty underneath if your running off road (which is where you
should be!). Cleaning your truck after a long run is rewarding
and makes for a better experience the next time you go out. This
means you should remove and clean the air filter and pull start,
which is held on by a whopping four bolts, and get the loose dirt
out of the chassis.
Hurricane C5 is a strong performer thanks to the added upgrades
from FGSupply.com. It accelerates well, jumps well, and handles
a fair amount of abuse without breaking. That's alot to be said
for a truck that is close to 30 lbs. I feel that with a few upgrades
to the drive train, the Hurricane C5 would be a potent racer as
well. Infact, the C5 is already being raced on 1/5 scale tracks
with winning results... and some said it couldn't be done with
such a big truck.
your looking for an extreme gas truck to bash or race, take a
look at FGSupply.com's Hurricane C5, you definitely will not be
disappointed with it's performance and durability.
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6408 Independence Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA. 91367
to Jessica Halsak for helping me test the Hurricane C5.
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