HPI Baja 5T and 5B RTR now with a 2.4GHz radio system

New from HPI:

RTR Baja 5T with a 2.4GHz radio system

New from HPI Racing is the Baja 5T with a 2.4GHz radio system that makes running your truck safer and more enjoyable than ever. No need to worry about radio conflicts, crystals, or radio interference, this Baja is equipped with the latest Spread Spectrum radio technology that delivers worry-free driving.

  • Spread Spectrum DSSS – no frequency worries when running with dozens of cars at the same time
  • 2.4GHz – high frequency operation eliminates radio interference
  • Easy operation – simplified feature list avoids the complexity of computerized radios
  • Ergonomic design – comfortable pistol grip handle and foam steering wheel
  • No crystals needed – saves money and improves reliability
  • Built-in failsafe function – protects the truck from low voltage runaways
  • Steering dual rate – easily fine tune the steering to track conditions
  • Servo reversing switches – quickly reverse the servos for multiple applications
  • Low battery warning – a flashing LED indicates when the transmitter batteries are running low

With the Baja 5T you get aggressive desert truck looks, high performance features, and compatibility with many of the existing Baja 5B spare parts and option parts, wrapped up in a RTR package that gets you running in just a few minutes.

The Baja 5T was inspired by the latest generation of desert trucks that compete in the world famous Baja 1000 race in Mexico. The body was built for a perfect fit on the Baja 5T chassis, with sculpted fenders, scoops, louvers, and an integrated roll cage for authentic desert-tough looks. In true HPI RTR form, the body is completely ready to go right out the box… painted in your choice of black or white, mounted, pre-applied racing decals and tinted windows. Factor in the front skid plate bumper, Desert Buster tires mounted on Outlaw truck wheels with real bead locks, and you’ve got a truck that looks like it just rolled off the starting line in Ensenada.

Keeping the body securely attached is a body mounting system with tough nylon construction, 8 mounting points to distribute the stress on the body, and fully adjustable for compatibility. A front skid plate bumper protects the truck on big jumps, with 4 headlights for realistic desert truck looks. A molded nylon rear spoiler is included for off-road stability, with an integrated rear body brace for extra strength. The sides of the truck are protected by guards that deflect dirt and debris away from the chassis. The engine also receives dirt guards on both sides for extra protection.

But the Baja 5T goes way beyond looks, under the skin is a tough truck with the power to mow down anything in its path. Power comes from a massive 26cc gasoline engine, delivering rock solid performance, easy tuning and run times of more than 30 minutes on a single tank. The high performance 8,000 RPM clutch and new high flow muffler give the Baja 5T the power to launch with a roost of desert dirt on the way to a screaming top speed of more than 40 MPH.

The steering servo is a massive metal geared unit for quick steering, and lots of torque. Standard equipment includes a high capacity NiMH rechargeable receiver pack and an AC charger. The radio system is protected by a sealed housing with an external charging jack, and both servos are water resistant designs that allow the Baja 5T to be driven in extreme off-road conditions.

For improved handling, the Baja 5T rear shock tower has been modified for increased rear suspension travel. All four shock absorbers have thick diameter shafts for extra durability. The VVC/HD shocks are tuned for smooth suspension dampening to help soak up the desert terrain. The innovative design of the Baja 5T includes a rigid 4mm aluminum alloy chassis for extreme durability.

So get ready to take on the desert with the giant 1/5th scale Baja 5T truck. It’s got the look, it’s got the power, it’s got the technology, and it’s built tough to take the punishment of off-road action.

Baja 5T Features:

2.4GHz Radio Equipment

The Baja 5T comes ready-to-run with a high quality 2.4GHz radio with excellent range, a high torque metal-gear steering servo, failsafe equipped receiver, throttle servo and a rechargeable Ni-MH receiver battery pack. The critical electronics are enclosed in a water resistant compartment to shield them from the elements.

Baja 5T-1 Truck Body

Tough 2mm polycarbonate Baja 5T-1 desert truck body. Pre-painted, pre-trimmed with body post holes, pre-applied racing decals and clear tinted windows.

Truck Body Mounts

Tough nylon construction and 8 mounting points keep the truck body securely mounted, fully adjustable design for compatibility.

Molded Rear Spoiler

Molded nylon rear spoiler for stable handling. Molded nylon rear body brace for body protection, includes provisions for optional rear LED tail lights.

Fuelie 26 Engine (26cc)

26cc engine for more power, more torque, and more speed than 23cc engines. Equipped with a convenient pullstarter for quick and easy starting. A high capacity dual-element air filter keeps the engine running clean even in grueling off-road conditions, quick-change design for easy maintenance. Air cooled with built-in fan for consistent running temperatures. Fully adjustable carburetor with primer and kill switch. Now constructed using Torx screws for extra durability and easier maintenance, Torx T-27 wrench included.

Gasoline Powered

Gasoline powered for low-cost operation compared to nitro fuel, easier to tune and more consistent than nitro engines. More than 30 minutes of run-time per tank.


The Baja 5T comes pre-built from the factory to precise build tolerances. Normal build-time for a vehicle like the Baja 5T is around 8 hours, but you can hit the track in just a few minutes, reassured by the knowledge that your truck was prepared by trained assembly specialists.

Aluminum Alloy Diff Case

For increased drivetrain durability and extended time between maintenance.

VVC/HD Shock Set

Oil-filled coilover shock set with large diameter shock shafts for increased durability, 16 hole rear piston with sealing ring for consistent damping, fully adjustable design for tuning options.

Front Skid Plate Bumper

Adjustable skid plate front bumper protects the truck on big jumps, now with 4 headlights for realistic Trophy Truck looks.

Dirt Guards

New side guards deflect dirt and debris away from the chassis. The engine also receives dirt guards on both sides for extra protection.

Extended Roll Cage

Extra bracing for durability, extended upper roll cage for spark plug protection.

Outlaw Truck Wheels

8-hole design, tough nylon construction, authentic bead-locks for durability and tuning options.

Desert Buster Tires

Large diameter truck tires for realistic looks. Heavy duty rubber compound and thicker carcass for extra durability.

Heavy Duty I
nner Foam

Special heavy duty rear inner foam inserts for extra durability and extended tire life.

Truck Gearing

19T transmission top gear adapts the drive ratio for quick acceleration and high top speed when using truck tires.

High Flow Muffler

Large capacity design, tuned for increased horsepower.

Metal Gear Steering Servo

Tough metal final gears for extra durability and reliable steering. Ball bearing equipped and water resistant. This oversized steering servo has high torque specs, making it a perfect match for the Baja 5T.

Heavy Duty Beadlocks

Reinforced design increases durability of the wheels and tires. Beadlocks allow the removal and replacement of individual parts of the wheels and tires for maintenance.

8000 RPM Clutch

Lightweight clutch and heavy duty spring launches the Baja 5T at higher RPM for more punch off the line.

Anodized Aluminum Parts

Black anodized 4mm 6061-T6 aircraft grade extruded and CNC milled chassis, orange and gunmetal anodized alloy parts give the Baja 5T an aggressive look.

Double Wishbone Suspension

Full double wishbone front and rear suspension to soak up off-road bumps and jumps. Consistent geometry throughout the full stroke of the suspension movement for precise handling.

Adjustable Suspension

Turnbuckles for quick and easy adjustment of toe-in. Fully adjustable camber and caster for tuning the handling to a wide variety of conditions. High quality nylon is used throughout the suspension for protection from crash damage.

All-Metal Transmission Gears

All-metal transmission gears for incredible drivetrain durability, even in difficult off-road conditions with powerful engines like the Fuelie 26.

Full Ball Bearings

23 precision metal ball bearings for efficiency, durability, and extended maintenance intervals.

Front & Rear Sway Bars

Sway bars are used on the front and rear suspension for precise handling and stable steering feel.

Modified Rear Shock Tower Brace

Relocates shocks for increased rear suspension travel for stable performance on rough surfaces and soft landings over jumps.

Heavy Duty Rear Dogbones

Metal construction with rubber dirt boots for extra durability with high horsepower engines like the Fuelie 26.

Disc Brake System

Braking is controlled by a vented steel/aluminum hybrid brake rotor and semi-metallic brake pads for smooth and consistent stopping power.

#103850 RTR BAJA 5T WITH 2.4GHz & 5T-1 BODY $2399.00


RTR Baja 5B with a 2.4GHz radio system

The Latest Spec Baja Buggy, now with a 2.4GHz Radio!

When the designers at HPI released the original Baja buggy to the public, we didn’t realize the absolute storm of popularity it would enjoy. Racers everywhere loved it, reviews from all over the world absolutely glowed with enthusiasm, shops ran out of stock and brand new companies sprung up to make wild hop-ups for this one-of-a-kind machine. We had just as much fun tracking all the praise as we did for the Savage monster truck! Most encouraging of all, though, we heard back from customers everywhere about how much they enjoy their Baja, which is the best thing we could possibly expect.

After all that, you’ll understand that when it comes to updating such a legendary car, you can’t mess with the magic too much: we wanted to give our fans more of the same, without going overboard. It was a tricky subject, but we’re sure we got it right on the money.

The HPI Baja: the original, and still the best!

The latest version of the Baja 5B 2.0 gives you a 2.4GHz radio system, more speed, better acceleration, improved handling and THREE fantastic new looks! The awesome gray-anodized look of the Baja 5T truck comes to the buggy, with all of the main aluminum parts now anodized a cool, sleek gunmetal color. The body is now available in three fantastic new designs: bright red, cool blue and subdued gray.

New Standard Parts

The Baja 5B 2.0 has several great new features and standard parts, many of them taken right off the kit-only SS version and the Baja 5T truck! Check out all the fantastic updates!

2.4GHz Radio System with Failsafe

The electronics included in every Baja RTR buggy and truck have to be suitable to the task of handling a car nearly a meter long that can go over 35 MPH – that includes a handy built-in electronic failsafe to prevent a runaway Baja! For this latest version of the Baja 5B 2.0, we’ve upgraded to a new 2.4GHz radio system that makes running your Baja safer and more enjoyable than ever. No need to worry about radio conflicts, crystals, or radio interference, this Baja is equipped with the latest Spread Spectrum radio technology that delivers worry-free driving. The heavy-duty steering servo now includes tough metal gears and an aluminum steering arm for extra durability. A powerful sub-C type 6-volt receiver pack powers the servos for confidence and longevity. You’ll find that many Baja bashers don’t find a need to upgrade the radio system, as it’s already perfect for the task!

  • Spread Spectrum DSSS – no frequency worries when running with dozens of cars at the same time
  • 2.4GHz – high frequency operation eliminates radio interference
  • Easy operation – simplified feature list avoids the complexity of computerized radios
  • Ergonomic design – comfortable pistol grip handle and foam steering wheel
  • No crystals needed – saves money and improves reliability
  • Built-in failsafe function – protects the car from low voltage runaways
  • Steering dual rate – easily fine tune the steering to track conditions
  • Servo reversing switches – quickly reverse the servos for multiple applications
  • Low battery warning – a flashing LED indicates when the transmitter batteries are running low

New Body Colors

The tough body is now available in three all-new paint schemes: subdued gray, hot red and cool blue! These are pre-painted, pre-trimmed bodies that are ready to go right out of the box: no prep work needed! With their 2mm thick polycarbonate molded construction they will last for a very long time!

Revised 23cc Engine

The new engine fitted in the Baja 5B 2.0 features an updated cylinder that provides 10% extra power! When combined with the High Flow Muffler and 8000 RPM clutch, you’ll experience much faster to
p speeds, better acceleration and more power overall!

High Flow Muffler

The High Flow Muffler from the Baja 5T is a much larger capacity design than the old standard muffler, and is tuned to give you more horsepower on the track. It sounds fantastic, too! When the Baja 5B 2.0 is ripping past the pits, you will know it!

8000 RPM Clutch

Formerly an option part, the high performance 8000 RPM Clutch from the Baja SS and 5T is used to give you more punch off the line. Lightweight clutch shoes and a strong heavy-duty spring are the integral parts of this unit, and you will feel the power out of the turns.

VVC/HD Shock Absorbers

These are the same damper units that equip the Baja SS and Baja 5T, and are now standard parts for the 5B 2.0 – these are oil-filled, externally adjustable coilover shocks for fantastic performance and heavy-duty action! Thick shock shafts provide security from crashes, threaded shock bodies allow instant ride height changes, and the externally adjustable design is tailor-made for trackside tuning.

Torx T27 Engine Screws

The engine now features tough Torx T27 screws to make maintenance and rebuilds less of a chore. Torx screws are easier to work with and provide less wear and tear on tools and screws, making them the ideal screw option for a Baja buggy engine!

Gunmetal Anodizing

The v2.0 update includes a total reworking of all the aluminum parts of the Baja buggy, from the chassis to the spring adjust collars! The very cool gunmetal look gives the Baja 5B 2.0 the ‘race’ look, and it’s easy to add a bit of bling with Baja SS or original 5B color parts.

Fantastic Baja Features

The Baja 5B 2.0 keeps the standard features that made the original Baja 5B such a stand-out large-scale buggy, and which continue to single it out from all the rest of the large-scale buggies – as well as all of the copies! The HPI Baja is the ONLY large-scale buggy line-up that has all of these great features!

Scale Appearance

From the first glance, the Baja buggy looks just like the sand rails and desert racers you can see racing across the Sonora in Baja California, or blasting around the sands dunes of the American Southwest. Nothing else in the RC world comes close! From the bumper and front suspension, to the cockpit and rollcage, all the way to the wing and rear bumper, in the looks department, the HPI Baja is second to none.

Extremely Durable

HPI has always been known for its extremely rugged cars and trucks, starting with our earliest touring cars and carrying on with monster trucks and large-scale machines. The Baja 5B 2.0 uses the same suspension components as the Baja SS and 5T, so you know you’ve got a quality buggy in your hands. While the ones that came after the original Baja use cheap plastics and questionable methods to make their kits, the original is still going strong with original designs and compounds to keep you going, no matter what you put your Baja through!

Monocoque Chassis

Still a unique item among the large-scale racing crowd, the Baja 5B 2.0 continues to use the unique Baja monocoque aluminum chassis. The chassis formed from strong 6061 aircraft aluminum for light weight and strength, then bent into shape with computer precision to make it into an extra-rigid and super-strong platform for the engine, suspension and all other components of the Baja.

Long Travel Suspension

For confidence-inspiring traction and control on any type of surface, the Baja 5B 2.0 uses the amazing long-travel suspension used for all the kits in the Baja series. Extra-long oil-filled shock absorbers and durable suspension arms connect via specially tuned suspension geometry to give not only a fantastic look and style to the Baja buggy, but amazing versatility, tuning potential and great handling!

Viscous Torque Differential

The totally unique Viscous Torque Diff in the Baja series delivers power smoothly to the rear wheels. It’s set up out of the box perfect for most purposes already, but the diff can be tuned with different diff greases to suit any driving style or track. Hardened metal is used throughout the diff for reliable performance in all conditions.

Dual Vented Disc Brake

To bring something the size and speed of the Baja buggy to a safe and controlled stop, the brakes need to be extra-strong, reliable and foolproof. This is why we use two steel plates for brake discs, both of which are drilled for lightness. To keep the discs cool under pressure, a fan-shaped spacer is used blast rotating air through the vent holes drilled in each disc.

Long Wheelbase

In addition to everything else that makes the Baja 5B 2.0 handle great, its long wheelbase is ideal for racing on large tracks designed for 1/5th scale vehicles, or just playing in big fields. The Baja 5B 2.0 is more stable over jumps and rough ground than other large-scale cars, a tribute to its great suspension design and longer wheelbase.

Electronic Failsafe

Nitro racers have known for a long time that having a working failsafe system is important for those ‘just in case’ moments – some unforeseen event that could make their car go out of control. With a buggy as big as the Baja (over 800mm long and 9.5kg in weight!), this is even more important! The Baja 5B 2.0 uses the same reliable electronic failsafe as all other Baja RTR kits. The adjustable failsafe setting ensures that should your Baja 5B 2.0 lose radio signal, instead of flying out of control it will come to a safe and controlled stop! There’s nothing like peace of mind!

Sealed Radio Box

We know that most off-roaders love to blast through dirt, mud, water and more, so we protect the electronics of the Baja as much as possible with a sealed radio box. In addition to being under the body to protect from splashes, the radio box uses rubber plugs to provide access to the receiver battery and radio crystal, so you don’t need to unscrew anything to get to these often-accessed items. If you do need to remove it, it’s a simple matter of a few clips to take it out – no tools necessary!

All-Terrain tires & Beadlock Wheels

To allow the Baja buggies to go anywhere, we fit tires that are ideally suited for off-road conditions. Spiked rear tires and dash-style front tires provide the perfect amount of traction and control on nearly all dirt, gravel and grass surfaces. The Dirt Buster S Compound rear tires use a versatile square pin design that sheds mud and gets you the grip you need for massive top speed runs, while the Dirt Buster rib tires provide the direction and steering necessary for pinpoint accuracy on the track.

High Capacity Fuel Tank with Clunk

The fuel tank from the Baja 5B and 5T is unchanged – why update something that is already perfect? The 700cc fuel tank takes pre-mixed 2-stroke fuel for run times of 45 minutes or more (if you’re going slow, but who does that?), and the handy ‘clunk’ inside allows you to get upside down and not worry about the engine cutting out. So when you’re mixing it up in traffic on the race track you won’t have to worry about getting flipped upside down!

Adjustable Rear Wing

For most Baja buggy owners, the rear wing is something that is never touched until the car needs to be picked up or flipped over. Racers, though, are a different matter: racers like to tune things and play around with settings to get a little extra edge. So for the racers, we made the rear wing of the Baja adjustable so you can get a bit of extra downforce on small tracks, or lower the wing a bit for more speed on big tracks. Will you feel the difference? Only you’ll be able to tell!

Hard Plastic Skid Plates

With tough nylon plastic skid plates front and rear, the chassis of the Baja 5B 2.0 is protected from the inevitable hard landings, crashes and more that you’re sure to encounter while you’re running your Baja buggy. The skid plates are easily replaced, and are a much cheaper alternative than replacing the aluminum chassis or motor plate, so you won’t be afraid t
o pull off those crazy jumps with your Baja!

Complete Set of Ball Bearings

Finally, full set of high-quality ball bearings are used throughout the drivetrain for increased efficiency and long runtimes. Throughout the transmission and drivetrain, plus the front wheel hubs, ball bearings help keep maintenance to a minimum so you can just get out and run your Baja!


HPI makes it so easy for beginners to get into 1/5 scale! Just open the box, charge up the battery, add pre-mixed fuel and go! The Baja 5B 2.0 is completely pre-built and ready to go right out of the box! Everything is assembled and tuned for you by professionals – engine connections, shocks and more are perfect before you even open the kit so you don’t have to do a thing to get going fast!

HPI Ready-To-Run models bring you the same high performance and quality that you’d expect from a high end model car kit but with the added convenience of being factory pre-assembled to the highest standards – giving you a high performance RC car straight from the box! HPI RTR cars are 98% factory assembled – they come Ready-To-Run and equipped with all the radio gear required. Just a few steps are needed to get your car up and running, such as adding the batteries to the transmitter and receiver and if you have a nitro powered car, running in the engine – which is now even easier with our comprehensive manual and HPI RC cars DVD which are both included in every box.

Full Assembly Instructions and HPI RC Cars DVD

As with all HPI cars and trucks, you get a full, in depth instruction manual with step by step instructions that allow you to easily disassemble and reassemble your buggy for maintenance and easy servicing. The information on the HPI RC Cars DVD provides a complete and detailed introduction to the fascinating world of HPI RC model cars and trucks. This DVD will show you step by step how to start and run in an engine, plus how to get the best performance from your HPI RC car. The HPI RC Car DVD is your personal RC car expert in a box!

Pre-Assembled 1/5th scale 2WD buggy with Fuelie 23cc gasoline engine, 2.4GHz Spread Spectrum radio system, 3300mAh receiver pack and painted body. Receiver pack charger not included. Includes a comprehensive instruction manual and HPI RC Cars DVD.

#103859 RTR BAJA 5B 2.0 WITH 2.4GHz & 5B-1 BODY $1949.00

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Updated: January 6, 2011 — 8:00 PM
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