SixtyFour — LOW N SLOW
SixtyFour — LOW N SLOW

Redcat SixtyFour — radio-controlled scale-model hopping lowrider

One of the things I do each year to find new and interesting things to write about is cover the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. At the 2021 show, an exhibit for radio-controlled scale model vehicles caught my attention.

Redcat Racing exhibit at SEMA Show 20

RC scale model vehicles have been around for a long time, but Redcat was featuring a new one that was very different from the ones that I’d seen before. This was a lowrider and, in addition to driving around the exhibit, it was hopping!

I am fascinated by lowriders. I’ve taken many pictures of them at car shows around San Diego. I have sometimes seen those hop, but I had never seen an RC car hop until I discovered the Redcat exhibit.

Intrigued, I asked them to tell me about it. At the SEMA Show, Redcat was featuring their 1:10th scale, officially licensed, 1964 Chevy Impala SS that hops, lowrider style. It has servos that enable the SixtyFour to quickly raise, lower and tilt its front and rear ends, with individual controls for the two front wheels. That makes it possible for the car to hop, and also to drive on three wheels.

In case you’re wondering why you have not seen a lowrider RC car before, it took 3-1/2 years to develop this one.  Redcat wanted to get all the details just right.

Redcat SixtyFour took 3-1/2 years to develop

The Lexan body is comprised of five pieces, and there are 27 individual chrome components on it. Redcat sells a clear body kit, which is similar to a model car.

The lowrider community has been very welcoming to the SixtyFour. Redcat chose to design and manufacture lowriders due, in part, to the amount of work — including artwork, that enthusiasts put into building lowriders. A quick search online will reveal that other companies are already making their own custom decal sheets and all sorts of custom parts for the SixtyFour.

I wanted to see for myself what this was all about so I asked Redcat if they would send me a SixtyFour to review after the show. They did.

The SixtyFour, as it is called, is a substantial RC vehicle. Its scale is a hefty 1:10, and with the battery installed it is fairly heavy. Its weight is biased to the rear to help it hop.

Inside the box is everything you will need to get started, including the car, a rechargeable battery and charger; a full-featured, 6-channel, 2.4 GHz remote control; and some pretty elaborate decal sheets to help you customize your SixtyFour.

As eager as I was to put my SixtyFour through its paces, first I was determined to apply the sets of decals. Besides, I had to charge the battery before I could use it.

Wire wheels

The decals transform the SixtyFour from a perfectly nice, stock-looking 1964 Chevrolet Impala, into a lowrider that strongly resembles one that you might see at a car show, with graphics on the sides, top and even the interior.

Before and after. Attention to detail improves the appearance. Using a very sharp crafts knife, I carefully removed the “409” and “IMPALA SS” decals that were already on the car and then reapplied them after I added the custom striping decals.

You’ll want to take care installing the decals. Some of them are quite long and the adhesive is pretty sticky. Using a craft knife will help you to easily separate the decals from their paper backing. Also, go online to have a look at the Redcat manual for their body kit. That manual includes instructions for decal placement. The SixtyFour’s exterior (body) decals are well-labelled, and the box sleeve shows where they go, but the online instructions will help you properly position the interior decals. Here is a link to where you will find that manual: https://dealer.redcatracing.com/manuals/SixtyFourBodyKitManual.pdf

The only parts to install are the decorative twin radio antennas on the rear deck lid. Be careful with those whenever you turn the car over to detach the chassis, for installation and removal of the battery. The instructions say to glue the antennas in place, but I simply inserted the posts through the holes and then squished them with a hot soldering iron.

Twin antennas — be careful to not break them when turning the car over to remove and install the battery.
Remove the two clips at the rear and the two at the front to separate the chassis from the body.

The price for this unique RC car, complete with an excellent radio system, battery and everything you’ll need, is $599.99.

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At the 2021 SEMA Show Redcat also announced their ’79 Chevrolet Monte Carlo RC car, which is now available for order on their website. It is less expensive than the SixtyFour, but it does not hop.

For more information about this and all the other Redcat RC cars, trucks, rock crawlers and more, plus parts to customize RC vehicles, go to: https://www.redcatracing.com.

Copyright © 2022 by Jan Wagner – AutoMatters & More #734r2

Jan Wagner

4 Comments

  1. David Sperry on March 23, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Wow, this is the ultimate adult toy. I like the substantial 1:10 scale as most model cars are too small for my liking. Other than the decals, it seems reasonably easy to put together. If you apply a decal wrong, is there any chance of correcting it?

    • Jan Wagner on March 23, 2022 at 11:10 pm

      David,
      As a matter of fact, I did want to adjust some of the decals somewhat. They were movable and still had adhesive remaining after moving them. There was hardly any assembly required, other than the optional application of decals.
      Jan

  2. David Sperry on March 25, 2022 at 10:13 am

    I like the new, improved, edited edition. I believe the photos in your rock garden are new. What fun!

    • Jan Wagner on March 25, 2022 at 11:41 am

      Thanks David,
      Yes, the photos in the stream and among the flowers are the new ones. The colors of the car look much more vibrant in the bright sunlight.
      Jan

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