Product Spotlight – Force RC Epidemic Monster Truck
Recently the crew over at Force RC announced the Epidemic 1/8 Monster Truck. The Epidemic sports a classic 8th scale chassis layout, which has long been known to work great for bashing, plus it comes with a fiery brushless power system. Our BigSquidRC Bash Crew recently had the chance to get in some time with the Force RC Epidemic, keep on scrolling for more pictures, as well as more info.
Product Spotlight By: Cubby
Pictures By: T-Mohr
RTR or Kit: RTR
2wd or 4wd: 4wd
Shaft or Belt: Shaft
Electric or Gas: Electric
Weight: 11.2 lbs.
Motor: Dynamite non-sensored brushless, 1600kV
Speed Controller: Dynamite, 100 amp brushless
Low Voltage Cut-off: Yes
Radio: Force RC, 2 channel, 2.4GHz
Differential: Three gear style diffs
Slipper Clutch: No
Driveshafts: Metal bones
Shocks: Oil filled, metal caps and bodies
Servo Saver: In steering rack
Screws: Hex hardware
Spur/Pinion Pitch: Mod 1
Tires: Force RC monster truck tread
Part Number: #FCES04000
Street Price: $299
What’s Needed To Complete: To get the Force RC Epidemic up and running you won’t need much. Double A batteries come in the box for the transmitter, but you will need to supply a pair of 2S LiPo packs (with EC5 connectors) to run the truck, plus a battery charger. We ended up running some red case Dynamite LiPos in the truck that were charged off a Dynamite Passport Ultra Force Duo.
Test Drivers: Iron Mikeee, Robbie G., T-Mohr, and yours truly did the bulk of the driving on the Epidemic.
Test Venues: We drove the truck at the infamous Mini-Ha-Ha Park just outside of Fenton Missouri. Mini-Ha-Ha has all the bases covered for bashing- lots of grass, plenty of gravel, several large areas of pavement, plus a river to get wet in, or to get in some serious sand driving.
Driving The Beast: The Force RC Epidemic is a large animal that has plenty of good, usable, power under the hood. The Dynamite power system has no problem ripping the front wheels off the ground for pulling giant wheelies, or for pulling big backflips. When the going got rough, we felt that the stock suspension settings weren’t far off for hitting whoop sections WFO. In fact, the truck felt fairly dialed for attacking rough sections. For steering, the truck doesn’t have much, although it does have some at lower speeds.
Tires: The stock tires did a decent job of putting power to the ground. The kicks are not “race” soft, but rather about average for a modern RTR. While not outstanding in any one condition, the stock tires were completely usable on a wide variety of surfaces ranging from pavement to mud.
Radio: The included radio is actually one of favorites to come with a RTR. The radio has “normal” ergonomics and works quite well. We never noticed a glitch during testing and appreciated the cover that protects the main adjustment panel.
Summary: The Force RC Epidemic is a large, powerful, monster truck that is priced to not break the bank.