Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
September 30, 2016

Our Facebook followers have more than likely have seen the Facebook Live video we posted on September 16, 2016, where we unboxed a radio-controlled Mustang model and discussed how you can create a scale version of your own Mustang with option parts like different bodies, wheels, and more. If you haven’t seen the video, you can check it out HERE. That said, we really didn’t go under the hood too much in the video. We spent more time on how to make the model look like your Mustang by showing different painted bodies, wheels, and more. So, we wanted to delve a bit deeper into the actual model we used for those who are interested.

HPI Racing offers several on-road R/C cars, but currently the Sprint 2 and the E10 are the only models that come with a Mustang body pre-installed. The Sprint 2 is a bit nicer starting point, if you really plan to get into the hobby. But if all you’re looking to do is build a scale version of your Mustang for display, you could save a few bucks by starting with the more budget-oriented E10 model. The Sprint 2 version we used in the video features Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr.’s, 1969 Ford Mustang RTR-X (PN 109299 RTR SPRINT 2 SPORT w/ 2.4GHz Radio System and Painted 1969 Ford Mustang RTR-X Body). The body is based on the real-life purpose-built 1969 Mustang SportsRoof that Vaughn dreamed up for the SEMA show a few years back. Running a stack-injected Coyote 5.0L and sitting on custom suspension and brakes just for drifting demos—it’s one sick ride. Check out our story on the real car HERE.

The Sprint 2’s chassis is made of plastic with metal braces, and as you’ll see in the photos, is fairly simple to work on and maintain. The kit comes with Allen wrenches and a wheel wrench, which means the only tool you’ll need is a Phillip’s screwdriver. As we mentioned in our video, the kit includes the battery and charger and even AA batteries for the transmitter. You don’t need to buy anything else to get you going in the hobby. See the captioned photos for more details. Stop in to a hobby store near you to examine the Sprint 2 RTR-X Mustang for yourself. We think you’ll have a blast with it!

The real RTR-X Mustang is powered by a late-model 5.0L Coyote V-8 with aftermarket stack EFI. The stacks just protrude through the hood, and HPI Racing did a stellar job recreating the look with this “stack” add on and some decals.
The Sprint 2’s chassis is made from a tough and forgiving plastic. This allows small bumps and crashes to be simply brushed off. The large foam bumper helps those new drivers who just can’t get the brakes applied in time, too!

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