RCU Review: Atomik Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18 Scale Ford Fiesta

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    Contributed by: Matthew LeMay | Published: December 2012 | Views: 25341 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon


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    Vertical Partners West - USA Office 14028 N. Ohio Street
    Rathdrum, ID 83858

    Toll Free Number: 1.800.705.0620
    Outside USA: 208.762.0620

    Customer Service: customerservice@atomik-rc.com
    Customer Feedback: feedback@atomik-rc.com

    Website: www.atomik-rc.com


    Vehicle: Atomik Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18 Scale Ford Fiesta RC Rally Car
    Rally car
    Scale: 1/18
    Drive: 4wd
    Length: 12 in (305 mm)
    Width: 6.69 in (170 mm)
    Height: 4.43 in (110 mm)
    Weight: 21.5 oz (610 g)
    Wheelbase: 6.46 in (164 mm)
    Motor: 370 Brushed Motor
    Battery: 7.2V 1000mAh NiMH Battery
    NiMH Wall Charger
    Radio: 2 Channel 2.4GHz with 2:1 Receiver/ESC (water proof)
    ESC: 2:1 Receiver & ESC Combo
    Fuel Type: Electric
    Shock Type: Coil-over, oil-filled, plastic with aluminum caps
    Bearings: Complete

    Needed: 4 AA batteries for the controller


    • Cool Graphics
    • Liscenced by Ford
    • Liscenced by Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan
    • 2.4GHz radio
    • Fun to drive
    • Simple design makes it great for beginners
    • Difficult to control on dirt
    • Small size limits terrain options
    • Brake/reverse is unpredictable
    • Non adjustable suspension
    • Plastic drivetrain


    Who is Brian Deegan?
    Motocross legend, off-road racer, team owner, and businessman ?The General? Brian Deegan is a pioneer in action sports.

    At age 17, outfitted with only a credit card, a dirt bike, and an old truck, Brian left his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska for Southern California with dreams of becoming the next big name in motocross.   Brian?s skills quickly impressed everyone he encountered, and he soon rode his way onto a Supercross Team.

    In a pivotal moment in 1997 at the Coliseum in LA, Brian made history and pioneered what is known today as Freestyle Motocross by ?ghost riding? his bike across the finish line ? astonishing the crowd, stunning the AMA officials, and setting into motion a new breed of competition.

    Today, Brian is the most decorated Freestyle Motocross rider in the competition?s history with 13 X-Games medals to his name, including X Games 17 Gold medal in Rally Cross.  He also holds the elite distinction of being the only rider to compete in every X Games competition since the games? inception.  In the last year, Brian has dominated the off-road trucking world, taking both Lucas Oil Pro 2 Unlimited and Pro Lite Unlimited Championships, being named Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year in Pro 2 Unlimited, and taking home the 2011 Lucas Oil Driver of the Year (which he also won in 2010).

    Brian currently competes in Motocross, Freestyle Motocross, Rally Car, and Short Course Trucks as founder and owner of the Metal Mulisha.

    Brian?s road to the top has not been without challenge.  His career is marked by multiple near-death experiences, several broken bones, a lost kidney, and a severe spleen injury.  In the end, it has been Brian?s fearlessness and rebel attitude that has established him as one of the top talents and competitors in the sport.

    While Brian continues his domination of the Motocross arena, his partnership with Ford Racing has allowed him to translate his success in Motocross to four-wheel racing while bringing a new sense of energy, talent and excitement to the world of action sports.

    Atomik RC is bringing some of that excitement to the RC world with their Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18 Scale Ford Raptor 150 RC Truck.


    There's no doubt the Atomik Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha 1:18 Ford Fiesta Rally car looks cool and will display great on a shelf when not in use.

    The polycarbonate body is trimmed and the flashy graphics are printed on the inside of the body. While Atomik did a decent job of capturing the look of Deegan's rally car, it has a cartoony feel. The only decals Needed to apply are the headlights and tail lights.

    Wheels, Tires, & Suspension

    The Atomik Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18 Scale Ford Fiesta RC Rally car is equipped with realistic directional tread pattern tires and 15 spoke rally wheels.

    Looking inside the rim's mounting hole, you can see a flot spot which sits on a flat spot on the axle. While this eliminates the need for a drive hex, it also limits your options for spare rim and tire combos.

    The suspension is the typical lower H-arm with upper link. The plastic upper link is solid and offers no adjustment. All suspension components are in a fixed position and do not offer adjustment. This simple design will keep beginners from changing settings for the worse, ensuring the vehicle remains in a decent set up at all times.

    Four plastic bodied oil filled coil over shocks are used to dampen the ride. Metal caps are used on both ends ensuring oil will stay in place.

    The shocks and links can be popped off without removing any screws providing an easy access platform.

    Drive train

    Atomik used metal ball bearings supporting the entire drivetrain, including wheel bearings and the rest of the drivetrain is primarily plastic. This is acceptable for this power source, but with brushless bieng so popular, it would have been nice to see a drivetrain that would allow you to upgrade. That being said, Atomik does offer aluminum upgrades for suspension and drive components on their website.

    We mustn't forget, this vehicle is designed for the younger crowd and this is a huge step up from super store RC toys.

    The 4wd drivetrain uses two gear differentials and dog-bone style drive shafts which incorporate metal pins for added strength.

    As you can see from the picture below, removing a few screws allows you to remove the entire upper half of the chassis. This allows easy exposure of the drive train for quick wrenching.



    The small 370P brushed motor provides plenty of power for this little truck. There is an On/Off switch mounted to the water proof 2-in-1 ESC/receiver. Unlike other hobby grade vehicles, this vehicle isn't designed to easily replace the motor, ESC, receiver, or steering servo. Each of the components is soldered directly to the ESC/receiver unit. There is obviously a connector for easy removal of the battery.

    The Metal Mulisha truck comes with instructions, decals,Venom battery, wall charger, controller, and truck. The only thing needed to run is a set of 4 AA batteries for the controller.

    The 2.4GHz radio system provides uninterrupted control and eliminates the worry of crossing signals with your friends.



    Performance & Handling:

    The Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18 Scale Ford Fiesta RC Rally Car by Atomik is definitely a handful! Althoughit won't break any land speed records, it's plenty fast for its size. The Fiesta has no problem what so ever spinning the tires sending the car into a doughnut.


    Stability and Cornering

    The ford Fiesta's wide stance and short wheel base allow it to corner easily. The Fiesta is a handful to drive and is a great car to hone your reflexes.


    The realistic rally tires don't offer a whole lot of traction on any surface making the Fiesta a great drifter and an all out exciting car to drive. High speed cornering requires some finesse.


    Small non aggresive tires and low cut body don't make a good combination for lawn driving. Best to find some other terrain.


    It's common with vehicles this size to have trouble on medium sized gravel, and this car is no different. The Fiesta has a hard time holding its course over gravel. It will drive on a gravel lot, but don't expect it to be pretty.


    The Ford Fiesta rally car is a lot of fun on smooth packed dirt. While the tire don't offer much traction, it's still a blast to drive. Expect to counter steer though every turn as the Fiesta likes to over turn. Once at full speed it's a little like being on ice, so quick thinking is needed. I ran the car over a few jumps. The low cut body tends to dig in on landing and a perfectly sized, sloped, and groomed jump is needed for a sucessful jumping experience.

    Smoothness of electronics

    Steering worked flawlessly. The response time was average and acceleration was proportional. Braking however was unpredictable. It seemed when I tried to ease the brakes, it went into reverse. I found my self either spinning out a lot or just not using the brakes at all.



    See the Metal Mulisha 1/18 Ford Fiesta rally car in action!




    See the REAL Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1/18 Ford Fiesta rally car in action!




    The Atomik 1/18 scale Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha Ford Fiesta RC rally car would be a great truck for someone getting into RC or someone wanting something better than that toy RC in their closet.

    Like Atomik's 1/18 Ford Raptor truck, this car is not for those who like to adjust and tweak everything on their cars because, well, there's nothing to adjust.

    Because of the fun I had with this car, I have to say anyone whose into RC could and probably would enjoy this vehicle. It's anything but boring to drive and definitely keeps you on your toes. I have to say, I like the versatility of Atomik's 1/18 Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha Ford Raptor truck a little better, but if you are into onroad, you might like this rally car better.

    manu and credits


    Vertical Partners West - USA Office 14028 N. Ohio Street
    Rathdrum, ID 83858

    Toll Free Number: 1.800.705.0620
    Outside USA: 208.762.0620

    Customer Service: customerservice@atomik-rc.com
    Customer Feedback: feedback@atomik-rc.com

    Website: www.atomik-rc.com


    Website: http://www.ford.com


    Website: www.briandeegan.com

    Comments on RCU Review: Atomik Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18 Scale Ford Fiesta

    Posted by: jeffie8696 on 01/10/2013
    I am overall impressed with the Atomic/Venom line, we have sold a lot of it in our store.
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