I was actually looking at this truck and Helions' Animus. I decide to go with Atomiks 1/18 Brian Deegan SC Ford 150 Raptor and I'm glad I did. Out of the box with the included 1000mAh Venom NiMH battery the speed is impressive. I had it running in my front yard, which is kinda rough, and my driveway. the ruts in the the yard were no problem for the suspension which soaked it all up and kept it going in the direction I was steering. The tires provided good traction on the grass and dirt/mud, next was my asphalt driveway. On the driveway you could roll the truck if you turned too quickly, which made doing some 180's in the small gravel a breeze. The tires also provided good traction on the gravel free portions of the driveway and I even set up a small jump which the truck sailed over smooth and straight. I'm very happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun 1/18 scale truck. I can't wait to apply all the aluminum upgrade parts!