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Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha Ford Fiesta R/C Rally Car from Atomik RC

By Hal Miller
Published: March 14, 2013
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Product: Fans of extreme motorsports, including freestyle motocross and the X Games, are familiar with Brian Deegan and the rest of the Metal Mulisha team. Atomik has produced a 1:18-scale radio-controlled version of Deegan’s Ford Fiesta rally car that will appeal to your high-flying, energy-drink consuming, trick-performing customers at a price that will let them add plenty of bling.

This version of Deegan’s rally ride features a fully decorated body with the trademark shark mouth as well as sponsor logos. The four-wheel-drive chassis is made of high-impact plastic; the shock bodies are plastic with aluminum caps. Providing the motion is a 370 brushed motor.

Also in the box are a 2.4-GHz transmit-ter decorated with Atomik and Metal Mulisha graphics, and a 7.2-volt, 1000-mAh NiMH battery with a wall charger. The transmitter requires four AA batteries, which are not included.

Performance:
The display box features colorful in-your-face graphics that will really catch your customers’ eyes. Because the car is 1:18 scale, it’s not going to take up a lot of real estate on your shelves — so you can have several of them on hand.

Out of the box, it’s easy to get going with this car. The body, while not an exact scale match for Deegan’s Fiesta, still has a very cool, fast look to it. The paint and graphics are sharp and colorful.

Once the battery is installed, it’s easy to connect the car to the ESC without removing the body. It can also be connected to the charger in the same way, although it’s recommended you remove the battery while charging. When the car’s pack is charged and the batteries are installed in the radio, it’s time for some serious bashing or racing action.

The transmitter features throttle- and steering-trim adjustments. It also has a switch to adjust the neutral point of the throttle closer to the grip, making it more comfortable for smaller hands.

Out on the pavement, the Ford Fiesta is plenty fast. The car is light and very nimble, and it’s easy to try and oversteer it. You don’t need much to keep it in line. Once you get the hang of the throttle, you can throw it into drifts, and it handles small jumps with ease.

I reviewed the car in winter, so I wasn’t able to test its dirt performance. But the car is a lot of fun indoors on carpet, and I can see some good racing action with a few of these, which is easy to do with the 2.4-GHz radio.

You wouldn’t think this little car is made for big jumps, but it handles them well with the four-wheel drive and a few blips on the throttle. Also, the body shape tends to right the car more often than not when it takes a spill. There’s no issue with durability: Our sample got banged around plenty and kept coming back for more.

Marketing: Although its graphics are definitely current, in a lot of ways this is an old-school car. That helps keep the price point low. The fun factor, however, is high.

Because of the low cost and the car's simplicity, it’s an ideal candidate for hop-ups to improve looks and performance. Atomik has numerous aluminum hop-up parts available for this car, and other aftermarket manufacturers provide battery, motor and ESC upgrades that can take it to the next level.
 
It’s a good car for someone just starting out, or just for the casual R/C enthusiast. Personally, I’m hoping to see this vehicle in more paint schemes!

VITAL STATS
Product: Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha Ford Fiesta RC Rally Car
Maker: Atomik
Scale: 1:18
Stock number: 9100
MSRP: $99.00
Availability: Atomik

BOTTOM LINE
• Nice value at price point
• Rally-car segment is hot
• Graphics are sharp and attractive