Greenlight has contracted this out for them from a
company called XQ which has a fairly diverse line-up of radio controlled
cars from late model Shelby Super Snake Mustangs to exotic Ferraris. They are slowly phasing out 27 and 49mhz replacing them with
2.4ghz units such as what this one has. The advantage is that you
can run more than two cars without worrying at all about frequencies.
Now we'll see if this Eleanor will be "Gone in 60 Seconds" or last a bit
longer as an r/c car by Greenlight.
thing you'll notice taking it out of the package especially if you are
used to the heft of 1/18 diecast cars is how lightweight the car feels
which is good because less weight equals more speed. There is a
brief but concise instruction sheet and some odd stickers which I'll get
to later. You will need 4AA batteries for
the car and 2AAs to put in the controller. Most new to 2.4ghz will
have to read the instructions and learning a bit about "pairing" which
means the car and controller are connected to each other one a free 2.4ghz
channel. In the old days, it was turn on the controller then the car
and off we went but
now we need to "pair" this car to the controller which allows it to find
a channel available.
The process was fairly simple as all you do is turn
on the car and then turn on the controller. The red LED light will
flash on the controller while the pairing is working and the front wheels
on the car will wiggle once or twice. This will take under a minute.
Once the light goes out then you're ready to go take this car for a drive. Trying it out on low-pile living room carpet proved
that the car has decent power and speed. This is tuned to have
average speed and was able to maneuver the living room area fairly well.
The steering is quick
left and right, pulse style and not digital proportional. There is
only one forward and reverse speed but responds very well without much
hesitation with a very
responsive, sturdy stick controller for toy grade.
Now time to bring up some of the downsides to this
car which is really more of a personal nature than anything. There
is fixed suspension and the chassis has low ground clearance so be sure to
run this on flat surfaces and do not attempt to do many terrain
transitions like over bumps or from hardwood floors to carpet. In
actuality, it is a street car so it is made for smooth surfaces like your
driveway or living room with a low-pile carpet, nothing high or thick plus
do not run this through water. I would have liked front and rear
lights but I can cope without them. There is no protective front
bumper so watch where you're driving and try not to hit anything if that's
possible but you shouldn't be running this into people, pets or anything
else anyway so be a safe r/c driver and observant of your surroundings.
The fit and finish on this is very well done with the body
being made out of solid hard plastic with a well done finish including
blackened out windows, clear lenses for the front headlights and red lenses for the
custom brake lights out back. The entire car was done with detail in
mind and matches fairly well to the movie car. You can tell they had
outsourced this car especially in the chassis area to offer radio control
but overall I can't find any major complaints about this r/c car.
Maybe in the future we'll see more from them. I should note that
you'll find the Greenlight logo on the bottom of the car and on the
controller so you'll know where it came from.
Street Price: $22.50
Requirements: 6 AA Batteries, Philips
Screwdriver (To Open Battery Compartments)
Use of AA Batteries (Rechargeables can be used) - no need for an USB
Low ground clearance so smooth surfaces only or low carpet
Use of AA Batteries as many r/c now are using USB
Ages 14+ Listed on the Box
Good job Greenlight! If you're looking for
your own '67 Eleanor to drive around, don't hesitate to buy one at the
street price listed. I'm sure they won't be around for long as
they might be Gone in 60 Seconds, pun intended! After taking this out for a test drive, I deem
this a good value for the price and it put a smile on my face. The
clearance restricts you to running only on smooth floors and low pile carpet
has good enough power to transverse these areas. Most cars in this
range are like that anyway. I would
have liked to have lights but like the well done detailing and box art.
Now if they would consider doing the original 1973 Gone in 60 Seconds
Eleanor Mustang next I'd be really happy.
Do not deter let the ages 14+ rating on the
outside of the well-done box art for this r/c car as it would be good in
the hands of kids ages 8 and up because while it is fast it is average
for a toy r/c car. An adult would have to get the car set-up for
them as mentioned about pairing but the task is fairly straightforward.
I figure they had to do the age restriction because of the PG-13 rating
of the move remake.
Now a Mystery: These stickers were
included with no explanation in the instructions. Anyone know
anything about these?
I hope you enjoyed my review on Greenlight's first r/c car and will be
doing more soon which probably looks to be another Fast & Furious r/c car. Feel free to
me your comments / questions regarding this review.
Custom Eleanor 1967 Mustang 1/18 RC
Car sits looking sharp from the Gone in 60 Seconds Remake.
Bottom View of the 1/18 Eleanor Gone
in 60 1967 Mustang Chassis
Rear View of the 1967 Eleanor Mustang
showing the rear custom panel.
Twin Stick Controller Shown with
Antenna in the Up Position..
The antenna comes folded to
allow it to fit within the packaging