Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 16, 2019

There are many hobbies that transcend generations. Building plastic model kits, woodworking, drag racing, and more. Often these “secondary” hobbies are tied to our main hobby. Case in point, as a huge Mustang nut that enjoys Mustang car shows/cruises as my main hobby, when I first saw scale radio controlled (R/C) cars zipping around a go-cart track over 20 years ago at an industry event I was instantly hooked and it has become a very fun second hobby for me. Especially when I found out the company offered licensed Ford vehicles, including classic and late-model Mustangs! While I still build the occasional plastic model kit, there’s no denying the great fun of a model kit that actually runs under its own power that you can control.

If there’s been one down side to getting into the R/C hobby as a Mustang enthusiast you can’t always simply buy a ready-to-run R/C model at the hobby shop with a Mustang body already on it, let alone it being the right color and with the specific type of wheels you want on it. So you end up purchasing an R/C car, then you have to spend more money buying a body, wheels, tires, and accessories to build your dream R/C Mustang. What if you could buy the complete assembled chassis, sans body, wheels, tires, and powertrain, and build it as you wish without the extra cost? That’s what the people at HPI Racing [www.hpiracing.com] thought of when developing the Creator Edition version of some of their popular R/C models.

The Creator Edition is fully assembled and allows you to build your R/C car your way without wasting money buying things twice. If you’re already in the R/C hobby you might even have some spare parts lying around to help build your R/C car on the cheap, but even if it is your first R/C car, HPI Racing has everything you need to get up and running. To prove just how effective the new Creator Edition concept is, HPI Racing is having a build-off with its RS4 Sport 3 Creator Edition touring car. We were honored to be asked to join the build-off, which begins the first week of February, 2019. We’ll be providing weekly build-off updates throughout February right here on Mustang-360 with photos and a 3-5 minute video, plus social teaser photos between the weekly updates.

We’re not going to tell you exactly what we’re building just yet, but obviously it’s going to be a Mustang. So take a peek at the goodies that arrived this week from HPI Racing and be sure to come back every week in February to follow our little mini-build and follow these hashtags on social media to see the other cars of the build-off too!

@officialhpi

@hpiinstagram

#rs4sport3creatoredition

#hpibuildoff

The Creator Edition of the RS4 Sport 3 touring car comes completely assembled with just a few pieces like body posts to install (and of course your electronics, body, wheels, and tires). The chassis has a lot of great features we’ll get into during the build-off.
The Creator Edition of the RS4 Sport 3 touring car comes completely assembled with just a few pieces like body posts to install (and of course your electronics, body, wheels, and tires). The chassis has a lot of great features we’ll get into during the build-off.
The RS4 Sport 3 accepts any “540” size electric motor. Since we’re an experienced R/C driver we’re stepping up to HPI Racing’s Flux-series brushless motor and speed control to get some crazy speed out of this thing. We’re talking like 40 to 50 mph easily!
While we have a multi-model RC transmitter we use for most of our R/C collection, we know for a lot of people following the build-off this will be their first or only R/C car, so we’re going to show you how to install HPI Racing’s own radio system for simplicity.
What kind of Mustang build wouldn’t benefit from classic five-spoke looking wheels? HPI Racing offers a full line of classically themed wheels and special rubber tires that offer that classic big sidewall look. Or, feel free to go with a more modern wheel and tire combo, it’s your build!

Photography by Mark Houlahan