There has been considerable interest in this set as it introduces a much-sought-after larger sprocket wheel. That, combined with a souped-up Power Functions, means that this latest tracked racer has a lot on offer.
Read on to find out how this latest Remote Controlled tracked racer performs.
The front of the box shows the Stunt Racer racing on a dirt track. It also shows the Power Functions in action.
The rear of the box tries to demonstrate how the Stunt Racer can pull wheelies. It also shows the B-Model.
Instructions and sticker sheet
The instructions for the main model comes in one stapled book of 70 pages.
The QR Code takes people to the LEGO Life home page.
The B-Model instructions can be downloaded here.
There is a large sticker sheet with a small amount of sponsorship.
The 324 parts come in three un-numbered bags.
Here is an image of the new wheel with the smaller sprocket wheel beside it.
The Power Functions come packed in a bag with a loose battery box.
The set is powered using two L-Motors.
About halfway through the build (Step 35) the chassis is taking shape.
Two pairs of return rollers support each continuous track. There are some interesting angles used to support the forward pair of return rollers.
Because the sprocket wheels are different sizes, the L-Motors must drive either both the forward or both the rear sprockets. In the case of the main model, it is the new, large sprockets that act as the drive wheels.
Two pairs of 16-tooth gears transfer power from the L-Motors to the axles. A combination of 8-tooth and 24-tooth gears (not supplied) could be utilised here to change the gearing and speed of the racer.
The Completed Model
Here is the model complete - without stickers. Dark Azur [sic] is one of my favourite LEGO colours, and I am glad to be seeing this colour appearing in more models. The Dark Azur and Yellow combination looks great together.
The rear view is a little disappointing. The IR Receiver sticks out, and the Power Function cabling cannot be made any tidier than as shown here.
Given that new LEGO sets are being released utilising the Powered Up system, I am surprised that this model uses reverts to the traditional Power Functions.
The Dark Azur and Yellow colour combination are enhanced once the stickers have been applied.
An air-vent sticker appears on the side of the battery box.
A delicate fishing rod is used as a dummy aerial. I'm not sure how long this part will last as it bends quite easily.
You will soon find out that the Stunt Racer needs the wheelie bar that has been fitted at the rear of the chassis.
There is a small driver's cockpit. It would have been nice to see some connectors with stud-knob so a minifigure could sit here. There is no steering wheel either.
Rou Roue Racing acknowledges LEGO Technic senior designer Aurelien Rouffiange as the designer of this model.
The wing mirrors have been cleverly made using a minifigure paint roller.
The first thing you will notice about the Stunt Racer is that, due to its near instantaneous acceleration, the racer will perform wheelies every time you race it.
The torque of L-Motor directed straight onto the large rear sprocket wheels means that the racer always starts with a jump.
All the weight is centred above the rear axle and having the battery box raised means the racer has a relatively high centre of gravity.
I think the Technic designers have continued on a winning Technic concept with this latest Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer.
The model has lots of playability, Power Functions have been included, and the set is very reasonably priced. I am sure that this set will appeal to a wide range of fans.
You could add some rubber studs to the tracks to get better traction, but this would take away some fun. The racers work well on the carpet!
I decided to build the B-Model as it had a couple of significant design differences to the main model.
The L-Motors directly drive the small sprocket wheels of the front axle. This means that the B-Model has a considerably broader wheelbase.
The battery box is slung under the chassis, so the B-Model has a very low centre of gravity: there are no wheelies with this model.
It also drives slower than its main model counterpart.
Comparison with 42065 RC Tracked Racer
Inevitably there will be comparisons made between this model and the 42065 RC Tracked Racer released at the end of 2017.
42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer has a shorter wheelbase than 42065 RC Tracked Racer. It is easy to see that the battery box is positioned higher up as well.
42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer is narrower than 42065 RC Tracked Racer.
Here are the statistics:
- Released: late 2017
- Motors: Two M-Motors
- Price: £74.99 / $99.99 / € 79.99 / NZD $149.99
- Released: early 2019
- Parts: 324
- Motors: Two L-Motors
- Price: £69.99 / $99.99 / 79.99€ / NZD $139.99
LEGO 42065 VS 42095 Ultimate Battle!
Pawel 'sariel' Kmiec has put the two RC tracked racers to the test.
See this three-minute video from Sariel's LEGO Workshop that rates the performance of these two similar models as they go through a range of gruelling tests.
This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group, but the review is an expression of my own opinions.