Name any type of full-size vehicle, and you don’t have to look too hard to find a mainstream RC version you can buy. Unless you’re talking “land yachts”…you don’t see those every day. Hobby King has that niche covered with the BAT 1. It’s as simple as RC gets, with wind power providing the motivating force and the simplest of simple chassis to get down the road. There are two servos aboard: one to control the steerable front wheel, and one to flip the sale for maximum wind-catching capability. And the BAT 1 is pretty big–28″ long, and 39” to the top of the sail. Driving the BAT 1 looks like an interesting zen challenge that we want to try–how about you?
Pricing $108 for an RTR, $83 for an ARR, and $70 for the kit version. see below for official Hobby King info, and as always you can see the latest new gear daily in our Hot News & New Stuff forum.
From Hobby King:
Land yachting combines the grace of sailing with the thrill of motor racing. It’s great to watch your land yacht skimming across smooth hard sand or a large tarmac area at high speed and with no noise just using the wind.
Full size land yachts hold speed records of over 126mph sailing at 3-4 times faster than the wind that propels them and now you too can enjoy the challenge and thrills of land yachting with the HobbyKing Bat 1 RC land yacht.
The Bat 1 has been designed by a renowned RC and full size land yacht pilot and it is available in 3 versions, “Almost Ready to Run”, “Plug n Play” and in “Kit” form. All versions have a simple, rugged construction and are very straightforward to assemble. The Bat 1 utilises just 2 channels, one for steering and one for controlling the sail, it also has low friction ballraced wheels for super smooth free running and a colorful eye catching sail finishes the Bat 1 off nicely.
Comments from the designer of the HobbyKing Bat 1:
• It’s like flying a boat on wheels
• Land yachts achieve suprisingly high speeds
• They travel faster than the wind driving them
• Virtually maintenance free
• Simple rugged construction
• The radio gear is well protected against impact, dust, water and mud
• Fast, clean, quiet and fun
• No messy expensive fuel or batteries
• No noise or pollution
• Pure simple fun
The Bat 1 (ARR) almost ready to run comes complete with 2 servo’s, a 2ch HK-GT2B rechargeable transmitter and receiver, all that is required is a small amount of assembly and 4 AA batteries for the receiver and servo’s and you’re ready to go.
• Pre-molded 2 piece hull with decals applied
• Carbon mast, boom and rear axle
• Large ballraced main wheels
• Pre-installed ballraced steerable front wheel
• Shaped eye-catching mylar sail
• Rugged construction
• Very easy and straightforward to assemble
• Pre-installed servo’s
• Pre-installed receiver, switch and “AA” battery holder
• Simple exciting fun
Sail Area: 0.15m²
Weight: 692g (without batteries and receiver)
1 x HobbyKing™ Bat 1 Land Yacht
2 x Servo’s
1 x HK-GT2B Transmitter with Li-on battery and USB charge lead
1 x HK-GT2B Receiver
1 x “AA” battery holder with receiver switch
PRODUCT ID: 9310000260-0