HPI Releases Its 1st FWD Car; The RTR HPI Switch With Scion xB Body

Jan 25, 2011 2 Comments by

The HPI Switch is a fun front wheel drive (FWD) electric car that makes getting into R/C quick and easy. The Switch is completely Ready-To-Run with a factory-assembled chassis, painted/trimmed body with decals applied, and complete electronics that include the transmitter/receiver, reversible electronic speed control, battery pack and AC charger. The Switch can be adjusted for width and wheelbase to accept a wide variety of mini-size bodies and all of the latest HPI Cup Racer bodies.

The Switch, HPI’s first FWD car, comes with a simple but very rigid bathtub chassis. All heavy items are located low on the chassis so the car corners briskly with minimum roll. FWD and a front midship motor layout give the car stable handling that’s perfectly suited for parking lot racing for drivers of all levels. You don’t need to be an advanced driver to enjoy the Switch!


  • Electric-Powered Mini size on-road car
  • Wheelbase can be adjusted from 210 or 225 to fit various mini bodies
  • Width can be adjusted between 164mm and 174mm
  • Total of 8 body mount configurations
  • Independent McPherson Strut Suspension
  • 12 ball bearings are used in the drivetrain
  • 7.2V rechargeable Ni-CD battery pack
  • Quick-change battery holder
  • High Torque 35T Saturn Motor
  • Front midship motor layout
  • Cam-type motor mount for easy gear mesh adjustments
  • AC Charger
  • Black FIVE AXIS R5:F Wheels
  • Molded Rubber Tires
  • Steel Dogbones
  • Complete Instruction Manual


Length: 285mm
Width: 164mm (adjustable)
Height: 65mm
Weight: 1080g (body not included)
Wheelbase: 210 / 225mm
Tire Size: 60mm x 26mm


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2 Responses to “HPI Releases Its 1st FWD Car; The RTR HPI Switch With Scion xB Body”

  1. Eric Miller says:

    This could make for a fun “tuner” spec class…all FWD bodies. Pretty sweet.

  2. Kenny McCormick says:

    I want one just for novelty’s sake. I don’t care about the scion shell and would just discard/use for scrap lexan, but the MacPherson strut equipped FWD RC….That’s a conversation piece all right.

    Might be fun to stuff a BL motor in it and do some reverse bombs/tray slides/etc with it.

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