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In all of motorsport, there's perhaps no better wild mix of drifting European sports cars - artful Japanese motorsport and highly-strung European classics just don't mix! ...or do they?! We've mixed and mashed the classic autosport design of the original E30 M3 with high-revving, sideways-going drift action!
This Sport 3 Drift features the ultra-cool BMW M3 complete with extra-wide wheel arches, front air dam and a big street-style rear wing! The car is also fitted with replica Work Emotion XC8 wheels wrapped with officially licensed Toyo Proxxes tires for awesome scale realism, so it's ready to hit the drift scene right out of the box!
Under the hood, this 1/10th scale officially licensed replica is equipped with the latest HPI Racing Touring Car chassis, the Sport 3 Drift! With full-time 4WD and a fully sealed shaft drivetrain, waterproof 2.4 GHz electronics and radio gear, fully independent double wishbone suspension and adjustable oil-filled shocks, it’s ready to drift whenever you are!
The officially licensed, realistic BMW M3 replica is emblazoned with the iconic Driftworks logo, letting the world know it's ready for high-speed, tire-burning fun!
The BMW E30 M3 is fitted with Work Emotion XC8 wheels, which provide a super-cool 'retro mod' look that is in between classic multi-spoke designs and a flowing organic style that looks bold and minimal at the same time - aggressive and functional, perfect for an updated 90s car look. Work wheels are extensively used by various motorsports teams in GT300, GT500, Formula 3, and the N1 endurance racing series. On the street, they are used on everything ranging from million-dollar McLaren F1 race cars to Spoon Sports Honda Civics.
Completing the drift package are official replicas of full-size Toyo Proxxes R1R high-spec performance tires, molded in a super-stiff, hard plastic that is perfect for scale drifting and really looks the part! These low-profile drift-specific tires are made for high-performance, realistic RC drift action! HPI drift tires are the ideal way to get drifting quickly and easily. The replica tread pattern looks fantastic, and only gets better with age as the tires wear down, just like the real thing!
One of the most famous "homologation specials" ever produced, the original M3 was produced to satisfy the requirements for DTM and Group A touring car racing: 5000 copies were required to be sold within 12 months in order to allow the circuit racing version to race.
Debuting in 1985 at the illustrious Frankfurt Motor Show, the "M" version of the roadgoing E30 was produced primarily in coupe (2-door) body style, with a very limited number available as cabriolet convertibles. The body was extensively remade for the M3 version - most famously the extra-wide, boxy wheel arches front and rear, but with lightened and raised rear bodywork, refined windscreen and other improvements only a few pieces of the original body - doors, engine hood, and roof - remained unchanged from the original production car. With "only" 200 horsepower from its modified inline 4-cylinder engine, and uprated brakes to match, the 2-door coupe destined for executives was transformed into a circuit-smashing beast.
Today, the BMW M3 is still considered the most successful Group A and German Touring Car Championship (DTM) touring car ever unleased. In 1987, in only its second year of competition, Italian Roberto Ravaglia, driving for Schnitzer Racing, won the World Championship title in the BMW M3. There were also countless wins at the 24 Hours Nürburgring, the 24 Hours of Spa, Belgium, the DTM, and even as a rally car.
And by the early 2000s, multiple sports car publications had named the E30 M3 among the top sports cars of all time. These days, the selling price of original M3 cars can reach over $100,000 - but now, it's available as a fantastic Japan-inspired drift machine, ready for your command!
The main chassis is formed from a single piece of reinforced plastic and features the drivetrain tunnel molded right down the middle, just like a real car. It's a step beyond any plastic tub chassis car available today.
One of the ways we gave the Sport 3 Drift the best possible handling was to make sure all the components fit as low as possible in the chassis. This gives the car an amazingly low center of gravity for optimum cornering capabilities.
The Sport 3 Drift features a versatile electronic speed controller that can be used with modern lithium-polymer (LiPo) or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. Please note a LiPo adapter plug is not included, your model shop will be able to provide one.
The Sport 3 Drift chassis can fit lithium-polymer (LiPo) and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) packs of various sizes, including the extra-long 7-cell NiMH packs. Whatever your power requirements, it can hold it all! A thick hook-and-loop strap holds the pack securely in place, and a simple battery block screws into place to allow you to adjust the weight distribution forward or backward for extra steering or acceleration.
Like all HPI cars, the Sport 3 is easy to drive with the included steering wheel controller.
The NEW RF-50 receiver features a waterproof silicone inner jacket for use in any weather and a built-in failsafe - Signal on the RF-50 for the FLUX cars and signal and battery life for the RF-50N on the Nitro!
The Sport 3 Drift features full-time four-wheel drive to give you the most control and precision on the road or track. All four wheels are driven by heavy-duty gear differentials at the front and rear, just like a real car. The extra traction gives you increased acceleration and cornering control for maximum confidence and fun.
The drivetrain of all the Sport 3 Drift models features the motor mounted longitudinally in the molded chassis, next to the long driveshaft that goes down the center of the car. The entire drivetrain, including the central driveshaft and gear diffs, is completely sealed to prevent dirt, rocks and debris from damaging or binding the drivetrain. The driveshaft, diffs and axles spin on ball bearings to maximize drivetrain efficiency.
The central driveshaft that connects the front and rear differentials is easily accessed from underneath the chassis. This allows the drivetrain to be completely sealed to protect it from rocks and debris no matter where you may want to drive your car.
Getting to the differentials for quick adjustments is a matter of removing just 4 screws - this allows you to pop out the diff and change the grease, check the gears or just give it a general service.
Bevel gear differentials at each end of the car transfer power from the driveshaft to the dogbones and axles that drive each wheel. The all-metal construction allows the drivetrain to withstand powerful brushless motors for easy upgrading in the future. Rubber-sealed ball bearings support the differentials and each diff can be tuned independently by changing the diff grease.
The suspension of the Sport 3 Drift uses the race-proven double-wishbone suspension design, similar to a full-scale modern race car. You’ll be able to control the anti-squat and anti-dive of the front and rear arms using the standard pivot blocks, and the option parts allow you to adjust the sweep and toe angles. You'll also be able to easily change the roll center front and rear with the racing-style vertical ballstud mounting on both the inner and outer camber link mounts. Multiple shock mounting positions provide a full range of shock suspension angle adjustments to suit different road conditions.
The Sport 3 Drift is fitted with a set of composite coilover-style oil-filled shocks, just like what you'd see on a real race car! The fully adjustable shocks are fully tunable to provide the optimum chassis performance on a wide variety of road surfaces. The ride height is quickly adjustable by using the threaded shock collars. Further tuning adjustments are also possible by changing the springs and shock oil weight.
The Sport 3 Drift front end uses the strong C-hub style suspension seen on the latest RC touring cars, with a vertical ball stud camber mount that lets you change the front end roll center – which is a critical racing adjustment that allows the Sport 3 Drift to be a step above other sport-level RC touring cars. The suspension arm also features multiple shock mounting holes for easy shock angle adjustment.
The rear hub is fitted with a vertical ball stud style adjustment that allows easy adjustment of the rear roll center. Moving the ball stud up or down with the optional spacers changes the traction characteristics of the rear end as the car goes through the turns. The suspension arm also features 3 different shock mounting holes for easy shock angle adjustment.
The performance tested adjustable double bell crank system provides optimum steering precision at all speeds. A metal drag link plate connects the cranks for extra durability, the additional drag link mounting positions also allows for Ackermann angle adjustments.
The Sport 3 includes an adjustable multipiece cam-style servo saver, which protects the servo from crash damage. In the event of a crash or collision, the front wheels usually take a big portion of the blow and transmit the impact directly to the steering servo. The strong spring-loaded cam action of the servo saver is designed to absorb this force and protect the servo gears from impact!
The cast aluminum cam-style motor mount holds the motor in place for a secure pinion/spur connection. Two screws hold the cam firmly in position on the mount, and cooling fins on the lateral support aid heat dissipation to keep the motor running as efficiently as possible.
The Sport 3 is fully fitted with a set of rubber-shielded ball bearings for maximum efficiency. The rubber shields keep the dust away from the internals and the lubrication where it's needed, while the smooth precision bearings provide optimum power delivery from the power source out into the driveline.
To protect the front suspension, chassis and body from impacts big and small, an extra thick foam bumper is securely fastened to the front of the Sport 3 Drift.
A huge variety of option bodies, wheels and tires from HPI lets you fully customize the style of your Sport 3 to suit your style.
The adjustable height body mounts let you fit any 1/10th scale touring car body from HPI Racing onto the Sport 3 chassis. All you need to do is adjust the front and rear body mounts to allow the wheels and chassis elements to fit properly underneath the body. Body pins hold the mounts in place, and the multiple mounting hole positions allow you to fine-tune the exact body fitment.
You can fit any 1/10th scale touring car body from HPI Racing onto the Sport 3, from hot hatches to supercars, pick-up trucks to supertouring racers. All you need to do is adjust the body mounts front and rear to allow the wheels to fit underneath the body properly. A simple system using body pins holds the mounts in place, and you can fine-tune the fit to get the exact ride height you want.
All HPI Racing kits include a detailed multi-language instruction manual. Exploded diagrams and extensive information about your Sport 3 Drift ensure that you have the know-how when it comes to maintaining and upgrading your kit. You can also download a digital version of the manual to your personal electronic device and keep it with you for easy reference on the go.
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