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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: August 2013 | Views: 26063 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the Vaterra Kemora 4WD Rallycross 1/14th scale RTR
    Geoff Barber

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    Distributed by Horizon Hobby
    4105 Fieldstone Rd.
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Phone: (217) 352-1913

    Near the Arctic Circle, outside Veteli, Finland, is a place where the forest reverberates with the howl of 600+ horsepower, turbocharged engines. The place is Kemora-1.7 miles of serpentine track coiled into one of Scandanavia's most challenging race courses. Its hairpin turns and shifting driving surfaces demand superb throttle control, a mastery of drift physics and a whole lot of nerve.

    You grab the transmitter and pull the trigger. The Kemora rallycross car leaps forward like a shot as its brushless-powered, four-wheel drive sends dirt flying. Racing toward the street, you can see, and feel, the four-wheel independent suspension deftly absorbing any humps or bumps. The pavement closes in. You give the wheel a sharp left, break the rear wheels loose and countersteer right to hold the drift. Gravel spec, rubber tires give a satisfying chirp as you slide onto the street and they grip the pavement.

    Those are quotes taken from the Vaterra Kemora rallycross web page. Four wheel drive, brushless power, and four-wheel independent suspension. Really? A 1/14 scale, RTR car with all of that? Add the fact that you can upgrade to a 3S LiPo battery and get some serious speed? Sounds too good to be true! I'm going to see if all of this is really true! Let's get to it!

    • Ready to Run Out of the Box
    • Brushless Inrunner Motor, ESC, Receiver, and Steering Servo Pre-installed
    • NiMh Battery and Charger Included
    • 4WD for Great Off-Road Action!
    • Polycarbonate Body with Great Color Scheme for Easy Visibilty in All Conditions

    • None as Tested

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    Name:Vaterra 1/14 RTR Kemora 4WD Rallycross

    Price: $199.99 (Accurate at Time of Review)

    Stock Number: VTR01000 (Vaterrarc.com)
    SKU Number: VTR01000 (Horizonhobby.com)

    Length: 13.19" (335 mm)
    Width: 7.09" (180 mm)
    Height: 4.57" (116 mm)
    Wheelbase: 8.27" (210 mm)
    Weight: 2.12 lbs (.96 kg)
    Radio Used: Spektrum DX2L 2.4 gHz Pistol Grip (Included)
    Receiver Used: SR200WP 2Ch DSM Sport Waterproof 2.4 gHz Receiver (Included)
    Battery Used: 7.2V 1200mAh Ni-MH (Included)
    Optional Battery Used: 3S 2100mAH 30C LiPo for 2nd Part of Video (NOT Included)

    Channels Used: 2 - Throttle/Brake and Steering

    Items Needed To Complete:

    • Nothing! Everything you need to get started is in the box!

    The Kemora Rallycross RTR comes in a nice, full-color box. Inside, I found a fully assembled car, an instruction manual and another box. Removing the contents from the latter, I found the Pistol-grip transmitter, the 1200 mAh NiMh battery and charger, Tx batteries, and some spare parts and tools (more on the spare parts and tools in a few minutes).

    The painted polycarbonate body, with clear windows, comes out of the box with all of the decals applied - a real time saver! Since the body is made of polycarbonate, it is much tougher than a standard Lexan shell - and resists a lot of scratches and damage that would put a regular RC body in the scrap pile!

    I really like the chassis dust cover- it, too, is pre-painted with decals applied. The wheels are molded in a white composite material, and the pre-glued tires have a realistic tread on them!

    The included Spektrum DX2L pistol grip transmitter has a lot of features. The steering wheel is foam covered for a comfortable feel, and there are several switches and buttons to adjust steering and throttle - from individually adjusting right and left endpoints on the steering, three position throttle limiter and servo and throttle reversing, this transmitter has a lot of adjustability!

    Removing the body and dust cover, we can get into the heart of this car! The bright red Fuze 4500 Kv brushless inrunner motor stands out clearly and grabbed my attention first, followed by the WATERPROOF ESC and Spektrum receiver! Being waterproof adds another dimension to running this truck in a lot of different weather and track conditions!

    The front end suspension is built to take a lot of abuse with very little maintenance. Though the camber and toe-in are pre-set and non-adjustable, it makes this a simple set-up for beginner drivers.

    The rear end is equally as tough as the front end, and the camber/ toe-in is, again, non-adjustable. One of the really cool things about this truck is its slipper clutch. Also designed to take a lot of abuse, it should help to prolong the life of the rest of the drivetrain.

    The included 1200 mAh Dynamite NiMh battery and charger add a lot of value to this RTR package - you will not have to purchase anything extra to get the car on the ground and running! Speaking of the battery, it slips into a very nice holder on the left side of the chassis - there are two clips that hold the retention bar in place, but only the rear clip needs to be removed to get the battery out.

    Earlier, I had mentioned some spare parts and tools. The tools consisted of a four-way wheel nut wrench, a box end wrench, a slipper clutch wrench, and three Allen wrenches. The spare parts bag included some shock spring spacers and a pair of extra spur gears.


    Vaterra's instruction manual is very well written and includes a lot of great illustrations - and there are several different languages printed in the same manual! There's a great deal of useful information in the manual, and it seems to be written in a way that even the newest of beginners will understand.


    There's really not much to assemble. . . I charged the NiMh battery, installed the transmitter batteries, and secured the NiMh in the car when it was charged.

    The chassis dust cover was installed next - it consisted of securing it to the four pre-installed hook 'n' loop tabs on the chassis' tub walls. The body was then held in place with the four body clips.

    Well that was easy enough - Let's get this car going!

    Just a block from where I live, there is a parking lot - this has become one of my favorite places to run RC cars. It's large, used primarily on Sunday mornings (read as unobstructed the rest of the week), and has some really great curbs for testing suspension. . . The best part of it is that I can easily walk over there, have some fun and be home for dinner in just a couple of minutes - and for those of you who know or have seen me, you know I don't miss too many meals.

    I started running the Kemora using the included 1200mAh NiMh battery. This battery was good for getting a 'feel' for how the car ran and steered. I did find that for just bashing around it was helpful to turn the steering rate down - this helped me to not over-steer due to the quick response from the steering servo.

    With the steering set, I punched the throttle. The 7.2volt NiMh battery gives good speed, and like I said, was good for the first run on the car - but I have run several RC vehicles, and quickly felt myself wanting more speed. So, a quick battery swap, and I had the 3S 1400mAh LiPo secured in the battery mount.

    WOW! What a difference the upgraded battery made! The Rallycross car came alive and was instantly shooting across the pavement! With the Additional voltage from the LiPo battery, a new sound came from under the body as the slipper clutch was doing a fantastic job protecting the pinion and spur gears from being stripped by the additional 'horsepower'.

    With the 3S LiPo in the car, the large parking lot suddenly seemed a lot smaller as the Kemora screamed across the pavement - again, the adjustable steering rates were a blessing to minimize over-steering. The little car moved so fast, that at times I had a hard time keeping the video camera tracking with it!

    I also had a lot of fun jumping on and off the curbs - the suspension shook off all of the abuse I was throwing at it. I was quite impressed by the durability of the Kemora!

    Check out the video to see the Vaterra Kemora 1/14 RTR Rallycross in action!

    When my buddy Jim Buzzeo and I were shooting the video for this review, we had three kids with us between the ages of 10 and 13. Once the video and action pictures were shot, we turned the Kalahari and the Vaterra Kemora (Yes, there's a review of the Kemora as well) over to them to try out. At this point, all I had available for batteries were some 3S LiPos, so I set the throttle limit switches to medium. James, Abby and Lauren really had a blast driving the two vehicles around a large, open parking lot (and into and over the curbs too!)

    Vaterra has added another nice RTR package with the new Kemora Rallycross - it arrives fully assembled and includes some great features - I especially liked the adjustable rates and limit switches on the Spektrum transmitter. In my mind, this is an ideal setup for newcomers looking for some and and off-road RC action. At $289.99 the price is reasonable as well, considering everything you need is in the box - a hobby grade RC truck, a NiMh battery and charger, a Spektrum transmitter (and batteries for it as well) and even some tools - Great job, Vaterra!

    Distributed by Horizon Hobby
    4105 Fieldstone Rd.
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Phone: (217) 352-1913

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