ARRMA Fury BLX Brushless SCT Product Spotlight
It’s hard to believe that our very first ARRMA RC test vehicle was a brushed Fury all the way back in 2011, my how time flies. The latest version of ARRMA’s SCT is the Fury BLX and we’ve been bashing one for several weeks now. How did the review go? Read on to find out…
Review By: Cubby
Photography By: Tim Mohr
RTR or Kit: RTR
2wd or 4wd: 2wd
Electric or Gas: Electric
Weight: 4.3lbs w/o battery
Motor: BLX 540 sized 3300kV brushless
Speed Controller: BLX80, 80 amp, 3S capable
Low Voltage Cut-off: Yes
Radio: ARRMA ATX100 2.4GHz
Stability Control: No
Sound Module: No
Differential: Gear type
Slipper Clutch: Yes
Driveshafts: Steel bones
Shocks: Plastic, oil filled
Servo Saver: Yes, in rack
Screws: Metric, hex
Spur/Pinion Pitch: 32 pitch
Tires: dBoots Sidewinder 2
Battery: 7 cell 4600mAh NiMH
Part Number: AR102627
Warranty: 2 year limited
Wheelie on demand: No
Backflip off ramps: No
Top Speed (measured by BSRC on stock battery): 36 mph
Runtime (measured by BSRC): 17 minutes
Street Price: $369
Primary Competition: Brushless Traxxas Slash, ECX Torment, HPI Blitz, numerous others.
What’s Needed To Complete: Just four AA batteries for the transmitter.
Test Drivers: The RC Kid, T-$$$, Hawaiian Chris, and yours truly.
Test Venues: RC Outlaws off-road track in Collinsville IL, Green Tree park in Kirkwood Missouri, and a CostCo parking lot.
Set-up Notes: We ran the Fury BLX bone stock except that we skipped the wall charger in favor of a TrakPower VR-1 to power up the stock NiMH.
Power: Raw power is the high point of the Fury BLX, even with the included NiMH battery. The Fury rips hard off the bottom, flashes through the mid-range, and tops out at a respectable 36 mph on its NiMH. It easily spins the tires on pavement or on dirt, and has more than enough power to get over the biggest jumps on your local track. If you are looking for “big brushless power”, the Fury has it. Also, once you outgrow the stock pack a LiPo will yield even more power, especially a 3S.
Handling: While all that wonderful power makes the truck a lot of fun to drive, it does present quite a handful for the chassis/tires to put down to terra firma. The suspension settings are right in the ballpark, but one hard yank on the throttle will have the rear end trying to pass the front. Otherwise, if you use some common sense with your trigger finger the Fury drives well, particularly on higher traction surfaces like pavement and tacky/damp dirt.
Radio: The included ATX100 is one of the best RTR radios that you’ll find. It has good ergonomics that fit a wide variety of hands and its range is absolutely top notch. You may elect to replace it at some point down the road to get more features, but out of the box the ATX100 performs exceptionally well.
Durability: Early on in testing we cased a medium size double jump (6 foot in distance) and popped a cap on one of the rear shocks. Later on in testing we also managed to blow out the stock spur gear.
Overall: The ARRMA Fury BLX certainly is a powerhouse with more than enough wattage to excite everyone from a first day noobie to a seasoned hobbyist. It’s quick out of the box with plenty of power. The suspension settings and chassis work well over rough ground, while also being a joy to drive on-road.