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THRASH TEST
LRP S10 BLAST TC 2 BL RTR
SPEC: 4WD MOULDED CHASSIS CLASS: 1:10 ON-ROAD COST: £TBC
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Can you take a Ready-To-Run car to a race meeting and be taken
seriously? Well LRP think so with their new Blast TC 2 BL so Racer did
the honourable thing and hit the track with one straight out of the box!
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LRP supplied one of their own 4800mAh capacity LiPo
battery packs to use in the car
The 4WD transmission uses a blue alloy propshaft to
connect drive to the front wheels
The S10 Blast TC 2 comes
ready to race straight
out of this box!
big bore oil-filled shock incorporate
threaded bodies for easy ride height
adjustment
The white springs are towards the
soft end of the spectrum
Trusty VTEC treaded tyres are pre-glued onto white
spoked rims
Bullet connectors are used between the speed
control and motor
LRP’s K7 Vector brushless sensored motor is rated
at 4300Kv, whcih is around 8.7T
The Spin Pro Brushless speed control is used
in other Blast models
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The Ready-To-Run (RTR) format has an
rubber tyres and brushless electronics it is instantly
installed. Inside the highly informative box that
abundance of off-road vehicles to choose from
crying out, ‘Race me!’
features loads of info is the factory built, 4WD
in many different shapes and sizes, all primarily
moulded chassis with all electrics neatly installed.
of the market. For on-road RC enthusiasts, there are
ARTR – ALMOST READY
TO RACE
options for scale looking models, but not many that
We have seen the S10 Blast TC chassis previously in
so it is no surprise to see it supplied in this package
are designed and promoted race machines that can
Racer magazine with the Porsche GT3 body adorned
as well.
be taken to the track. This is where the LRP Blast TC
to it. This was offered in brushed format whereas
2 steps in with a touring car inspired body, high grip
the Blast TC 2 is supplied with brushless electrics
aimed at the entry-level and recreational user end
The LRP A2 STX Pro 2.4GHz steerwheel transmitter is
widely used across the majority of LRP’s RTR series
To get up and running, you are required to
purchase a LiPo battery and charger, which may
seem strange in an RTR package but when these
are supplied they are usually the very basic
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Racer Tips
SPEC: 4WD MOULDED CHASSIS CLASS: 1:10 ON-ROAD COST: £TBC
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BL will only op
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run on an ultr
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test
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put the car off
course a little
and the body ru
bbed along the
to start off wi
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front and sides
the body and ra
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threaded shock
the
bodies to help
with this. Also
the body posts
, trim
as they look si
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of the body, ma
ed out
king sure you
leave enough ho
you wish to ru
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t version.
ON TEST
The LRP A2 STX Pro
2.4GHz transmitter
is used in the
majority of LRP’s
RTR series
We headed to the brilliant Adur circuit for a midweek first
test (and photo shoot) prior to running the car at their
club meeting. This gave us time to check how the Blast TC
2 performed out of the box and get us race ready. After the
stationary photos were taken we did a few laps gradually
building up speed. Grip levels were low to begin with
and the car was easy to slide about especially under hard
acceleration, no doubt aided by the powerful motor.
With more laps under our belt we started to get used to
the handling and speed, which was very impressive. The
tyres were providing better grip thanks to getting warmer
with the constant lapping. The car was also very responsive
on the front-end which we dialled out slightly using the
steering dual rate on the transmitter. We were aware that
the transmission is rather noisy especially when under
stress/load.
We did a full five-minute run as fast as we could which
came to an abrupt halt at the end of the straight after
hitting the inside kerb. Unfortunately the landing split the
front of the body quite badly so some Shoe Goo and tape
were used for a quick trackside repair.
Overall we were very impressed with the cars performance
straight out of the box. With a bit more time we would
have liked to play with the chassis settings to help
fine-tune it to the conditions. With a wet weekend
forecast we decided to head indoors at the newly formed
Chichester RC Circuit Racers just along the coast from Adur.
Although the car would have survived the wet weather, our
test pilot for the day was not so keen.
The Chichester club runs on a carpeted 30x12m track and
is aimed at new comers and experienced racers as well.
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We didn’t change any settings from the Adur test and was
pleased to see the rubber tyres provided plenty of grip
straight away. Practice was completed without any trouble
and we were able to push the car hard in the heats.
We were up against high-end TCs also running on
foam tyres so we were never going to challenge the
front-runners, but managed to hold our own in the
mid-pack. The TC was really fun to drive and had plenty
of power and top speed. So much so that we had to
apply the brakes at the end of the straight and into a fast
right-hander in front of the rostrum. The factory settings
on the speed control were spot on with regards to power
delivery and brakes although the second heat was cut
short due to the heat protection cutting in. Running
indoors obviously raises all the temperatures so we chose
to adjust the speed control and turn off the temperature
safety setting for the remaining runs.
Apart from this minor speed control issue the car
performed well and did everything that was expected.
We did split the body shell further after clipping the track
markings on the odd occasion. The body does seem be less
flexible than aftermarket versions as we don’t see damage
occurring this easily with our normal race bodies.
Overall we were really impressed the Blast TC 2. Speed is
very good and the car handled well on the carpet. The car
did get some attention partially form the new members
of the club. They were impressed that it was all RTR and
basically taken out of a box and raced. No, it won’t win
the next BRCA national, but it does make a very good car
for those who wish to start racing touring cars at club level.
The LiPo battery comes with 4mm tubes and an
adapter to connect it to the LRP speed control
< entry level units that require upgrading anyway,
particularly if intend to take your car racing.
and also helps keep production costs down.
The 4WD shaft-driven chassis follows the
fact that it is shaft-driven may be a little dated
compared to the modern belt driven carbon fibre
conventional layout with the blue alloy propshaft
equivalents, but it provides ample strength for
running down the centre. This is connected to
all the internals and is a great way to start racing
The S10 Blast TC platform is a clever design by the
the front and rear geared differentials that are
thanks to the many set up options it provides.
guys at LRP as with only a few changes, mainly
sealed to keep out and dust and debris. The whole
wishbones and shock towers it doubles up as the
transmission is fully ball raced to aid efficiency and
TC – TOTAL CONTROL
basis for the off-road trucks and buggies as well .
performance and this is delivered to the wheels
The Blast TC 2 features big bore oil-filled shock
This includes the MT monster truck, TX stadium truck,
by CVD front driveshafts and dogbones at the rear,
absorbers that incorporate threaded bodies for easy
SC short course truck and BX buggy. This sharing of
although CVDs are an option.
adjustment opportunities. The shock bodies are
A REOCCURRING BLAST
components provides unity between the Blast series
The bathtub-style chassis design and the
plastic, but have blue alloy caps top and bottom
and adjustment collars to add to the bling factor.
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The soft option white springs fitted to the shocks
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SPECIFICATION
A Deans-type connector on the speed control can
handle a high performance battery
The receiver sits in its own moulded box located
on the moulded top deck
Model:
Scale:
Class:
Application:
Format:
Power:
Chassis:
Drivetrain:
Transmission:
Differentials:
Shocks:
Bearings/Bushes:
LRP S10 Blast TC 2 BL RTR
1:10
On-Road
Entry-level/competition
RTR
Electric
Moulded
4WD
Shaft
Gear
Oil-filled/Threaded bodies
Bearings
TECHNICAL DATA
Length:
Width:
Height:
Wheelbase:
Weight:
414mm
190mm
120mm
262mm
1373g
WHAT WE USED - Electric Kit
TRANSMITTER:
RECEIVER:
SERVO:
SPEED CONTROL:
MOTOR:
Front and rear anti-roll bars are a nice feature,
hinting at the S10 Blast TC 2’s race potential
Dogbone rear driveshafts extend from the geared rear
differential
BATTERY:
LRP A2 STX PRO 2.4GHZ FHSS
STEERWHEEL (KIT)
LRP A3-RX DELUXE 2.4GHZ FHSS (KIT)
LRP-7103WP (KIT)
LRP SPIN PRO BRUSHLESS (KIT)
LRP VECTOR K7 4300KV BRUSHLESS
(KIT)
LRP 3500MAH 7.4V 25C LIPO
OPTIONAL PARTS
122503
122506
122524
122525
122527
124616
124617
122511
122512
ALUMINIUM WHEEL ADAPTER BLUE (4)
REAR CVD DRIVESHAFT (2)
ALUMINIUM FRONT C-HUB
ALUMINIUM STEERING KNUCKLE (2)
ALUMINIUM STEERING SLIDER
CARBON BATTERY TRAY 3MM
ONE PIECE UPPER CARBON CHASSIS PLATE 2.5MM
CARBON FRONT SHOCK TOWER
CARBON REAR SHOCK TOWER
VERDICT
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making this a great entry level, driver friendly racer.
As mentioned, the chassis and suspension have
POWERED BY LRP, OBVIOUSLY
LRP started their RC journey with electric motors
back in the late 80s and now produce world
and is kept cool thanks to a blue anodised alloy
motor mount.
Fantastic build quality and spec
Brushless performance
Brittle body
an abundance of set-up opportunities. Multiple
championship-winning electronics across the
THE TC BITS
shock mounting positions front and rear allow you
whole hobby. It comes as no surprise to see the
To separate this Blast from the RTR basher tag of
to tweak the car to your surroundings. The chassis
‘Blue is better’ brushless units installed in this TC
its cousins, it is supplied with a proper touring car
model.
inspired body shell. Although of a slightly older
is fully tuneable thanks to turnbuckles used on the
steering and upper links both front and rear for toe
The popular LRP Spin Brushless speed control
is again used across the Blast range and features
ically styled TC bodies, this digitally screen printed
get involved in learning about car set-up then the
an built-in switch and cooling fan. This sensored
version is defiantly ready to hit the track, helped by
lower wishbones include a grub screw for droop
unit is also splash proof meaning you are able to
the standard-sized TC rear wing. The body is offered
settings both front and rear.
run in all weather conditions. This is helped by the
in a catchy flame inspired design made famous
3Kg steering servo also featuring a splash proofing
by LRP’s own Ronald Völker, which will look cool
rear anti-roll bars are also included that limit the
design along with the 2.4GHz receiver which
out on the track. Only one body colour scheme is
car’s roll in the corner without detracting from the
is housed in a rubber sealed, water proof case
available so you may well come across another at
excellent bump handling qualities of the relatively
situated on top deck of the chassis.
the track .
soft suspension. If all this sounds confusing, then
The speed control is connected to the powerful
★★★★
design compared to the current crop of aerodynam-
in/out and camber settings. If you really want to
To complete the race tune set-up front and
RACER RATING
CONTACT
Spire Model Distribution Ltd
Unit 12 Gisborne Close
Ireland Business Park
Staveley
Chesterfield
S43 3JT
Tel:
01464 70900
Email:
support@s-m-d.co.uk
Website: www.lrp.cc
www.s-m-d.co.uk
LRP’s own branded VTEC high-grip tyres are used
don’t worry as the comprehensive LRP manual has
K7 Vector brushless motor that is rated at 4300Kv,
on the Blast TC 2 and come pre-glued with soft
lots of information and guides to help you out. Every
something that LRP rates at 8.7-turns so suitably
inserts on to white wheels. These are attached to
aspect of the cars operation and tuning is covered as
fast enough to attend any club meeting. The motor
the hubs via the widely used 12mm hex so fitting
well as full list of parts and exploded diagrams.
operates through a steel pinion via 48dp gearing
other race ready wheels and tyres is an option.
SUMMARY
The LRP S10 Blast TC 2 BL is a fantastic package that will give you a very fast RC car from a topflight manufacturer. OK, it will never make a touring car national A final, but it will provide you
with a very good club car and a great way to start racing and move on from running round a car
park. As the sub-heading mentions, we took this car to our local club and raced. Raced well too.
Racer recommended!
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