1/10 SCALE | ELECTRIC | KIT
Type ❯❯ 2WD off-road competition buggy
Price ❯❯ $209
Requires ❯❯ Transmitter ❯❯ Receiver ❯❯ Speed
Control ❯❯ Motor ❯❯ Servo ❯❯ Battery
Contact ❯❯ modelrectifier.com
On the track with Academy’s
comp-ready 2WD machine
WORDS NICK SAVA ❯❯ PHOTOS PETE HALL
Academy made a big splash in the off-road world when it released its SB V2 4WD electric buggy.
With its affordable price, pro features and solid track performance, Academy’s four-wheeler was
and is a true contender. With a new focus on racing, and the experience gained by fielding their latest 4WD buggies, Academy has decided to produce a new version of their 2WD car, and the result is
the GV2 you see here. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, Academy has taken the tried-and-rue
2WD buggy layout and optimized it for ease of assembly, low maintenance and performance. I own
several Academy vehicles, and I’ve always been impressed with their value and performance.
Naturally, I was stoked to test the GV2.
DRIVE TIME TEST SPOT FACTORY TRACKS RACEWAY ❯❯ HIGHLAND, MI
different spur gears included with the kit make it
very easy to find the ideal ratio for your setup.
GOBS OF GRIP
I have run just about every top-level 2WD
buggy around, everything from the radical
X-Factory X- 6 to the Associated B4 and Losi
Triple-X series. The GV2 was probably the
easiest to drive out of the box. I felt confident
and comfortable with it from the first corner.
The rear suspension really helped the GV2
accelerate hard all around the track. Some
other cars I’ve driven had a hard time putting
the power down on the relatively slippery
surface at Factory Tracks, but the GV2 was
able to use everything I had. I even swapped
in a hot modified motor after a pack or two.
Having the confidence to get on the gas can
really help shave time off those laps.
PLENTY OF PUNCH
The GV2’s 3-gear transmission does an awesome job of getting the power to the wheels.
The slipper was easy to adjust and stayed
very consistent, even when run with a very
loose setting. Diff action was great, even when
tightened up as far as it would go. The five
The jumps at Factory Tracks are built solidly
and hold up well to the beating they take, so
there were no surprises that the GV2 flew over
them quite well. At another track, though, the
jumps were pretty beat up. The other 2WD
cars had a tendency to twist and turn in the
air, but the GV2 jumped perfectly straight.
Landings were also uneventful, even when the
car was over-jumped considerably. One fellow
racer called it “plush” as it sailed over a huge
jump and landed with no chassis slap.