From the Robin Reliant and Sinclair C5 right down to the humble wheelbarrow, three-wheelers have never quite cut the mustard in terms of style. Until now. The Storm Hopper is the first R/C vehicle we've ever come across that jumps in the air when instructed. We were speechless for a good few seconds when we stumbled (literally) across it in Tokyo recently. Simply give it enough space for a run-up, press the button on the controller and the little devil launches itself a good few feet into the air. Quite incredible.
In terms of design, the Storm Hopper is more rugged than Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds combined, and looks like it means business the moment you place it on the deck. And mean business it does, as it can hop, spin, flip and twirl on a penny. Controlled via a twin toggle, single button handheld R/C unit, the Storm Hopper is miraculously manoeuvrable thanks to its innovative three-wheel design and sleekly curved body shell. Practice makes perfect, so donÂ’t be surprised if your initial attempts at aerial acrobatics end in ignominy.
Power comes courtesy of a simple but efficient 9.6V rechargeable Ni-Cd battery pack that slots neatly into the Storm HopperÂ’s underbelly and provides enough pent-up power to make this small, mean, frenzied machine perform for ages. We believe the Storm Hopper runs rings round similar R/C vehicles and provides conclusive proof that size isnÂ’t everything.