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For another test I gave the car a couple of runs at the brand new CML Raceway track in southern England. The track is an all-weather American style track, with plenty of jumps to give the BX-1 a real test. You can see my report from the race here: CML Race Report

The BX-1 is never designed to be a top-level racer by any stretch of the imagination, but the car coped admirably on the demanding track.

The new CML Raceway is a large track and this showed up the speed of the car. To clear some of the larger jumps you really had to have the power on full and early. Speed isn't bad and in a smaller area the car is certainly fun, but on a wide long track the motor just can't provide the thrills for any but the beginner racer - but for a youngster or total beginner the cars speed is probably ideal.


There is little doubt that the BX-1 is crazy value for money. Sure, I would personally prefer a kit to build, and I think thats a better introduction to the hobby - you get to know how the car goes together and works.

A small down side about the car for me were the lack of full ball bearings - but bearings really can't be expected for this price. To finish ball racing the drivetrain you would need to buy eight 1050 (10X5X4) Bearings and four 1510 (15X10X4) Bearings. These should be readily available and cheap, it does mean taking the car apart to fit them though of course.

The Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) is great for fun with the instant reverse, this does make for a bit of good stunt driving - but its a slight shame that there is no reverse delay feature programmable-in or even reverse disable. I wouldn't trade the instant reverse for anything since its fun, but it would just be nice to have the option available to swap modes like on some other ESCs.

The steering assembly is mounted very low almost touching the chassis - this does mean that excessive dirt and mud can create drag on the steering and bind things up - I didn't really experience this but it is certainly possible.

I would have loved this car when I was a kid - if it was a kit. It's a shame however that these days you get things too easily handed on a plate like this. The car is however assembled well with only minor finishing needed to get the car running.

I don't think you'd see too many A-Tech BX-1's threatening any A final wins this side of forever. But in all seriousness the BX-1 is a reasonably robust and competent off road buggy for fun and an introduction to electric off road - with a spec that belies its modest price.

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I would like to thank the following for their help with this review: Vicky o0ple, Paul Rotheram, Stuart Wood, Robin Schumacher.

Special thanks to RCFORUM and JINHOTRADE for providing the A-Tech BX-1 for review and their help and support.

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