HPI RACING APACHE SC FLUX
RTR | 1/8-SCALE | ELECTRIC | OFF-ROAD
FOR YEARS NOW, HPI has been delivering products
that enrich our free time with memorable experiences, scale appeal, and above par performance. With
that said, when it comes to short course trucks, HPI is
not new to the scene—its 1/10 Blitz has been tear-ing up the dirt for quite some time now. Even though
1/10-scale vehicles are fun and economical to drive,
1/8-scale vehicles are that next step up in excitement
and powerplant departments. So, what’s the best way
to add some excitement into a short course truck?
Boost the size up to 1/8-scale, add a massive brushless system capable of handling 4S LiPos, waterproof
electronics, scale appeal with monocoque A-arms, and
make it 4WD. ;e end result is HPI’s new Apache SC
Flux. ;e big question is, how does it drive?
Follow along as we get the real story as to
what this truck is all about.
WORDS & PHOTOS JOHN CARY ELECTRIC JOLT!
I’m more of a nitro 1/8-scale buggy racer, so I was somewhat reluctant
to embrace the Apache SC Flux. But then again, there’s something
extremely appealing about grabbing a couple of battery packs, throw-
ing the truck into the back of my car, and heading out to an open field
to just let it all hang out without a race track in sight. It was a total
blast and rewarding all at the same time. The Apache SC, being on the
slightly heavy side of things, carries its weight well as it navigates
through a variety of terrain. The one thing that definitely stands out
is the abundance of on-power steering and lack of off-power steering,
especially on the street. There’s also a lot more traction off the street.
I learned that throttle control needs to be somewhat more precise
than I imagined. That also means that once you get the feel of it, you
can eventually steer the truck through the back end as opposed to the
front by applying various amounts of throttle for desired rotation. The
added length in wheelbase helps keep the truck manageable while