The Xray builds nicely - the instructions aren't amazing, purely from the fact there are multiple manuals and add-on sheets which could easily confuse the novice builder (and ok, got me a couple of times).
The staged build is individually bagged, which makes life easy though, and really there's not too much that can go wrong. One aspect I didn't like was the exact measures you got in each stage - maybe I'm fussy but some parts were so small that it was very easy to lose them. Xray do supply an additional little bag with more or less one of every screw and a couple of other small bits, but I couldn't help thinking there should be a few more - especially E-Clips!
The quality of the mouldings is excellent - everything on the car fits together as it should and I barely ever had to do more than weild a screwdriver.
The car was really very strong and after 6 meetings there really wasn't much to note. The final meeting did produce some noise from the rear gearbox - I suspect that's down to the alloy diff not having as tight a mesh as the plastic kit item, there seemed to be some shimming needed but the gears were still in fine condition on inspection. I didn't have any breakages despite some large crashes (club racing was sometimes insane!) - and nothing was worn.
The plastic shocks did leak a little over the course of a few meetings - I didn't get the chance to test the alloy shocks for long enough but after one meeting they seemed to be fine.
The power pack is great - the servo particularly stands out, it was fast and took a lot of abuse. The reversable ESC I tried was good fun but not ideal for racing, at least not for the way I drive. The motor was fast and reliable - it got hot enough to cause some concern particularly on the tight club night tracks, but the addition of the Xray blue alloy heatsink helped.
I was a little put off at first, by the lack of adjustments available. Really you are limited to setting the toe-in and shock positions. Camber, Caster, roll centres, wheelbase, antisquat etc - are all fixed. That said, limiting the setup options isn't always a bad thing as I proved myself by losing my way on the setup and needing advice.
What's there seems to be enough to make the M18T Pro as competitive as the best established cars out there - as Mark Stiles proved by taking his car to 3rd spot on his National debut with the car.
Adding a wing make the small car easy to drive fast and control in the air - maybe it's something Xray should think about making themselves as it's probably the best upgrade for the race track - the rebuildable alloy shocks are another nice addition for the long-term.
After racing 2WD cars at the previous micro National events I really wanted to be competitive again and when I saw the M18T Pro I knew it was the car to try - the M18T Pro didn't disapoint at all. It's probably the most sorted micro racer from the box that you can get - stick a proper wing on it next time and a buggy body and call it the M18B Pro and I think Xray would be onto a real winner!