You can get the licensed CaDa Citroen C4 WRC Rally Car (C51078W) (without the box!) for €25.98 from AliExpress. Alternatively, the car is now also available from Amazon and is currently on sale there for €29.59.
Some of CaDA’s most successful sets were the small remote control cars, which were certainly the first point of contact with the brand for many. CaDA is now bringing out a similar model, this time with a Citroen license and a Rally Car look.
CaDa Citroen C4 WRC Rally Car (C51078W) Review, Specs, Photos & Price
- CaDA & Citroen
The model is based on the Citroen C4, for which CaDA even received the manufacturer’s license. Apparently, this is part of a larger cooperation, as it is not the first replica of a car from the brand. Already in the summer of 2021, two models of the famous “duck” from Citroen appeared . Now you jump from the classic to the modern rally car.
The set consists of 329 parts, the remote control and again a lot of stickers. The chassis is a single, large component that also contains the battery and motor. The rest of the vehicle is built on top of that. Not everyone likes the amount of decals, although it’s kind of normal for rally cars to be covered with prints from top to bottom. Here it is at least limited to the manufacturer’s brand name and logo, while there are no sponsors.
Structure & quality of the stones
The set consists of just over 300 parts and is relatively quick and easy to set up. Hardly any technical elements are installed, here you can put classic clamping blocks on top of each other. When assembled, the car is almost 20 cm long.
The stones are packed in several bags, but there are no individual sections that can be separated again. Just rip open all the bags and get started. The instructions explain the individual steps in a way that is easy to understand. The stones of the current step are shown in color and some are also marked with arrows, everything else is grayed out so that it is always clear what is important at the moment. Definitely a simple structure that even children can do on their own.
Despite the simplicity, there is something very satisfying about the structure. The body is built in several parts around the chassis; when the finished fenders then fit perfectly into the previously left recess on the side, then that conjures up a satisfied smile on your face. So overall I’m very happy here and had a lot of fun setting it up. (And I’ve built so many sets by now that I can’t say that for every model.)
The stickers are a small point of criticism. They have a difficult time anyway and are not popular with all clamping block fans. I can get over it here if prints are just too expensive, but a car without lettering just wouldn’t look like a rally. Unfortunately, the colors of the stickers do not all match the stones.
It is not noticeable with the blue stickers, but the red and gray ones are clearly different from the color tones of the stones. That’s a pity and should be avoided somehow. In addition, many of the stickers are stuck over several bricks, which unfortunately means that the model can no longer be completely disassembled without ruining the stickers.
Remote control okay, app control bad
CaDa Citroen C4 WRC Rally Car (C51078W) – The car can also be remotely controlled and is the successor to CaDA’s previous mini cars. You can either use the included remote control (requires 2 additional AAA batteries) or the CaDA app on your smartphone.
The remote control is “okay”, it is the same model that comes with all sets. The car can be steered well enough with it, the only disadvantage is that the sticks are actually just buttons and you either drive all the way to the left or not at all – you can’t just turn the steering slightly. This makes control a bit tricky; but it still works at the speeds of the car.
I had already mentioned before that I would always prefer the classic remote control to the app. This case showed me once again why this is so. Luckily, finding and installing the app isn’t a problem (in the past, you often had to download .apk files from Chinese websites), but the application is. There is at least a German translation, which surprises me, but unfortunately it’s not good. It doesn’t matter, it’s not a lot of text anyway, but unfortunately the controls are almost completely unusable.
The inputs are sometimes only implemented with a delay or not at all, which makes steering via the touchscreen impossible. Tilt control by moving the smartphone is also possible, but has the same problems. There is an option to have the car follow waypoints or to follow three preset short patterns (circle, “figure of eight”, U-turn). This works a bit better, but not 100% constant and of course only allows limited operation.
The app is at most a gimmick. If you want to try them out and have the car automatically follow a course you have set yourself, you can do that. However, it is not at all suitable as a replacement for the remote control.
Price & Availability
The price is around 30€, similar to the other small cars. However, you can get them for half the price on AliExpress, which is why it’s hardly worth ordering from CaDA’s store (if you only look at the price). It is conceivable that this set will also be available more cheaply in the future. Anyway, at first glance I like it quite a bit, I like the colors and the details on the vehicle.
If you’re looking for a small set that’s relatively easy/quick to set up, and you’re also happy about the remote control, then you’ll get exactly what you want here. Rally or Citroen fans will also get their money’s worth.
I can only confirm this original assessment after the construction. It’s a great set with only minor quirks, but that’s mostly down to the optional app. The stickers are not completely satisfactory, but they don’t bother everyone either and can optionally be omitted. Everything else, from quality to construction to the finished model, is just right here. CaDa Citroen C4 WRC Rally Car (C51078W) Review..