I appreciate your patience as this is only my second
radio control review for the website. While others may do similar
reviews, I'll base mine on two things. One maneuverability inside
and then outside if I find the need arises to test it on a larger smooth
surface such as a driveway. Two is how powerful the vehicle is not
as in speed but torque such as running inside on low-pile carpet.
This is because most of the vehicles I will be reviewing are 1/16 scale or
smaller which is more suited to indoors.
has obtained the licensing to do some vehicles from the latest Fast and
Furious movie Furious 7 in 2015. These consist of diecast and r/c
cars. This is a new mold from Jada as they had to recreate the
Off-Road 1970 Dodge Charger as driver by Dom in Furious 7. The
other 1/16 scale vehicle they are planning to do is the Off-Road 2013
Dodge Challenger in Lime and Black. Rumored to be coming in late
2015 will be 1/24 scale r/c cars by them for the Fast and Furious series.
The body is brand new as they had to recreate the
flared rear wheel-wells and pushed out front fenders of the Off-Road 1970
Dodge Charger. Most of it seems spot on from looking at stills from
the movie I found online. They have chosen to use a flexible type
plastic material to allow to absorb some bumps instead of cracking or
breaking the plastic. This will help both the driver and objects it
may bump into. You will need 4AAs for the car and 1 9volt battery
for the controller. My example is on 27mhz.
The car got the living room carpet test for its
trial run which fairly out pretty well. There wasn't alot of
wheelspin. The off-road replica tires are not that flexible but
because of it having a solid rear axle instead of a differential, you can
easily get the power to the ground. The steering is quick but as this is a
lower priced toy grade hobby r/c car, the steering is either left or right
but the pulse design is quick enough for good maneuverability.
Remember this is a bigger 1/16 scale car so it will not be as nimble as a
1/24 r/c car but still pretty fun indoor. Prepare for it to spin a
bit due to the harder compound tires on smooth surfaces like a kitchen
floor. This only has one speed forward and one for reverse but there
isn't a lot of torque or loss of traction that easing off of forward or
reverse for a split second can't fix. You might be bothered by the
steering motor (servo) which is a little on the loud side compared to your
average toy r/c but I think this was done to protect the steering gears
and not a flaw.
I'm not sure if this off-road style chassis is new
to Jada but it has been designed to take AAs batteries. Instead of
having to deal with a Philips-Head screw to open the compartment there is
a red button to depress instead which allows the cover to slide off.
You will still need something to press that down to open it so a small
screwdriver is best. They have dropped the front and rear units of
the chassis to make it look that it has been jacked up or made into a 4x4.
The car is rear wheel drive only with a direct drive rear axle. The
stick controller is Jada's recent style they have been using the past few
years. Small enough for kids but still big enough for adults to use
comfortably. The antenna is a loose wire with a antenna tube to
avoid having it break and injure someone by accident. I would
have liked some kind of suspension but this solid construction will do as
long as you don't try to do any jumps or off-roading with it.
I decided to take it out on the paved driveway to
see how fast this can go and what it is like when you can take it up to
speed. Some cars are good outside and some better inside. The
car runs great on the smooth surface with the same response as indoors
with little to no wheelspin. Since the tires are on the hard side,
you can expect some slippage but not much. Still remember to keep it
on smooth surfaces like asphalt and not to take it into grass. A
problem you may run into if there is some transitions or small cracks is
the tendency for the car to bounce around due to having a solid suspension
with no springs. You will also need to avoid trying to climb over
edges since the lower part of the chassis will hit before the wheels do.
I still give it a good rating for outdoor driveway use with responsive
throttle and steering. The radius is not that wide so you can use it
on a single driveway without having to reverse and turn again.
In summary, is this worth $22? Yes,
definitely. Don't let the flexible plastic body put you off as you
can see in the photos that it is well detailed and makes a nice piece you
can drive and / or put on a shelf for display. A 4 out of 5 rating.
I would have given it 5 out of 5 if it had some kind of suspension built
into the car but it isn't a deal breaker as long as you keep it on flat
surfaces such as a driveway or indoors. There may be some
reservations once I test the car outside but overall I think there won't
Street Price: $22.00
Inside Antenna on Car
Quick Pulse Steering
Uses Regular Batteries (Rechargeables Are Easy to Find)
Flexible Plastic Body
Flat Surfaces Only (Do Not Attempt to Go Off-Road)
Batteries Not Included (4AAs and 1 9volt)
Good all around vehicle for
display and running. While this is not for off-road use even though
it was modeled after an off-road custom version of a 1970 Dodge Charger,
I'll recommend it as you can still drive it fairly well on smooth surfaces
inside and out. There is decent traction and acceleration. The
price is about right and you get a nice looking car to boot. A highly
recommended r/c car if you are looking for something related to the Fast
and Furious movies or a different Dodge Charger in general. Remember
this off-road Dodge Charger is only for looks so no jumping it over stuff.
Hopefully we'll see a street version of Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger R/T from
Jada in the future as a radio controlled car.
They have gone the extra mile in the detail department
with two actual spare off-road tires in the trunk area, a simulated roll
cage done in grayish plastic sticking out the rear window, the rear spare
tires have tie-down straps, the off-road style wheels have painted details
on them such as the lug nuts and the body trim and other areas are
Rear View of Dom's 1970 Charger
Bottom Chassis View of the 1/16
Side View showing the detailed
wheels, spare tires (non-removable), roll bar, front and rear off-road
push bar and nicely replicated body with a red stripe stating Hemi
to tell you what's under that long hood. Most likely a 426 V8!
Variation Alert: I
noticed via the packaging for their second car in the 1/16 Fast and
Furious series that the Off-Road Charger now has all black front and rear
bumper guards along with a black mesh grille. Examples were found
online with black off-road bumpers but still on 27mhz so I'm not sure if
they will later change this car to their newer frequencies like on the