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ECX Revenge Type e Review

2/12/2013 by Gary Katzer

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     Ever since I drove the first ECX® vehicle, the ECX Circuit™ stadium truck, I instantly became a fan of the brand and the concept it was trying to promote. With the Circuit, you got a vehicle that was plenty fast, handled well and you could be successful right out of the box. As time goes on, the ECX lineup has evolved to include monster trucks, 2WD buggies and even short course trucks. Now they have expanded their reach into a new area with their first 1/8-scale buggy.  The Revenge Type e, and its nitro-powered cousin, the Revenge Type N, are designed from the ground up to allow you to have a successful first jaunt into the world of large-scale RC.

     I had a chance to drive the Revenge Type e™ buggy at iHobby 2012 and was quite impressed with it. The throttle response was smooth and crisp, even with only a 2S Li-Po, and was honestly too fast for our demo area with a 3S Li-Po. In the end, driving the Revenge Type e made me more and more curious to get some real long-term testing behind the wheel. Well, my wait is over, as the Revenge Type e has finally arrived on the bench to liven up our winter. I was eager to hit the ground running with this great-looking, beginner-friendly buggy

Speed Specs
Vehicle: Revenge Type e
Manufacturer: ECX
Item: PRO4-Mance Chassis and Tuning Kit for the TEN-SCTE
Part Number: ECX0800
Vehicle Class/Type: 1/8-scale 4WD Electric Buggy
Target Audience: Entry-level to intermediate speed and performance enthusiasts
Completion Level: Ready-To-Run (minus battery and charger)





Bench Notes
The Revenge Type e marks a few firsts for ECX vehicles. One is clearly that it is the first 1/8-scale electric buggy. This is also the first ECX vehicle that does not include a battery pack and charger, which helps keep the cost down regarding your initial investment if you already have a common 2S or 3S Li-Po battery. For our tests, we turned to a number of different Dynamite® Gold and Platinum series 2S and 3S Li-Po batteries. For charging, I went a little overboard regarding the needs for this vehicle, but I did opt for the Dynamite Passport™ UltraForce 200W charger since I already had it in my stables. If you’re looking to pick up the Revenge Type e and need a charger, then you should check out the Prophet™ Sport Li-Po Duo 50W x 2 Dual Battery Charger, as this would be a great way to get started.

Going from box to ready-to-run was really very easy. All I needed to do was bolt on the wing, apply a few decals and charge up my battery. The motor, ESC, servo and receiver were all preinstalled into the chassis and ready to rock. The receiver was bound to the DX2E transmitter right from the box, further reducing the prep time. In the end, I had the car ready for the first pack well before it was finished charging—getting set up was just that easy.

I planned on running the Revenge Type e in some nice, wet, fluffy snow to test out the waterproof electronics. Unfortunately for me, the weather didn’t cooperate and simply delivered the cold without delivering the snow, so I headed indoors to put the Revenge Type e to the test. While not a dedicated racecar, I couldn’t think of a better place to see what it was capable of than Leisure Hours RC Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. Leisure Hours had a great combination of long straightaways to test the top speeds, big jumps and high traction.

Top-Speed/Acceleration
With the 2S Li-Po, the Revenge Type e felt very comfortable from the first squeeze of the trigger. The speeds were very similar to a 1/10-scale RTR vehicle; a good range for first-time 1/8-scale drivers. I’d estimate top speeds were around 25 mph with decent acceleration. I will say the one place that I could have used some more improvement at 2S was the acceleration, specifically over the double jump after the front stretch. On a fresh charge I could just barely clear this double, but after a few laps it was pretty tough. This is one of those times where testing on a racetrack wasn’t the ideal situation. For backyard bashing though, the 2S LiPo will give you plenty of fun.

Once I switched to the 3S LiPo, the car  really woke up. Throttle response was much crisper and the top speed was easily over 30 mph. The double after the front stretch was no longer an issue, and I was able to hit higher on the jump approaching the backstretch. If I were to run this car on a regular basis, I would definitely recommend going with a 3S Li-Po for the increase in performance over the 2S. The Revenge Type e on 2S was solid, but on 3S it really got fun.

After I swapped out the stock motor with the 1800Kv motor and adjusted my gearing, I hit the track with the 4S Li-Po. With 4S the Revenge Type e felt incredibly solid with very responsive acceleration and great top speed. As I increased the voltage, the tires barked more and more as I cornered and they struggled for traction. It was a lot of fun wheeling the car around the track, and, more than a few times, I thought that this would be a solid club racer with the right set of tires.

Handling
On 2S the Revenge Type e is very predictable and comfortable to drive. The power was very manageable, and the tires hooked up well on the high bite of the Leisure Hours track. I was able to use a lot of throttle and not worry about the car over or understeering as I cornered. The best way to describe the Revenge Type e on 2S is that it was very well mannered.

When I upped the voltage with the 3S battery, the Revenge Type e responded nicely. With the additional speed, the Revenge Type e was still very even-natured. Getting off the throttle and onto the brakes became more important with the additional speed, and the kit tires struggled just a little more to maintain traction at the higher speeds. In the end, the Revenge Type e was a lot of fun on 3S.

The 4S Li-Po propelled the Revenge Type e to higher speeds, but also stressed the chassis a bit more. With the additional weight of the extra battery and the greater forces being applied to the chassis, I did notice that it bottomed out a bit more when landing off of jumps. I needed to back off the throttle at the sweeper at the end of the backstretch and get on the brakes pretty hard to ensure I didn't push out to the wall. Modulating the throttle made a big difference to how the chassis performed. Even without sway bars the chassis stayed relatively flat while cornering, even with 4S.

Jumping
The 2S Li-Po, while solid on the ground, didn’t propel the Revenge Type e to great heights when jumping. There is a lot of weight here to try to get off the ground, and, even with a lighter 2S Li-Po, the pop of the throttle just wasn’t there to help get in the air. Smaller jumps will be ok, but if you’re looking to clear bigger jumps, you may be better to drive over them versus trying to jump and clear them.

When it came to the three battery types, I have to think I liked how the car jumped best on 3S. The power-to-weight ratio just seemed to be spot on. I could easily clear obstacles on the track without having it feel floaty or like it was going to sail on me. The Revenge Type e was a little light on the nose in the air with the 3S Li-Po, but just tapping the brakes brought the nose down predictably.

The extra voltage of the 4S pack really sent the Revenge Type e skyward with authority. Where I needed to keep my roll speed up with the 2S and 3S to clear obstacles, I could roll up to a jump, grab a handful of throttle and clear just about anything. The extra weight of the 4S did make the car feel a little less balanced in the air when compared to the 3S. Adjusting the shock pre-load might make a difference here to level things out.

Conclusion
ECX has done a lot of things right since its initial debut, and the Revenge Type e continues that tradition. Whether I was driving with 2S, 3S or 4S Li-Po, there was something to like about this car. With 2S it was very well-natured and fun to learn the ropes with. The 3S was a great balance between speed, performance and user friendliness. The 4S delivers the speed many are looking for while still having a consistently handling car. I can see this car as having broad appeal, from entry-level to the casual club racer. With the number of tuning and option parts available, the Revenge Type e is a remarkable car. Combine a capable chassis with Spektrum™ radio gear and Dynamite brushless motors and ESCs, and you get a durable, fun and fast car that inspires confidence in all who drive it.