It’s literally the ONLY ESC out there designed specifically for electric skateboards. Which of course means you can use it for sumo bots or anything else you want. If you aren’t using a VESC, you’re using a Car, Airplane, or Boat ESC, none of which are designed to carry a person up over 30mph but still seem to do a pretty good job at it.
I don’t even know where to start. It uses configuration and firmware updating software that runs on windows, mac, and linux, and is pretty easy to get set up and get running.
features? good god man. Traction control, complete granular control over remote throttle sensitivity, the ability to bridge two of them using a jumper wire over the CAN bus and only plug one into the receiver, motor detection, import/export of configuration settings to XML files to share with your freinds, real time motor performance data, more ways of controlling the thing than you can shake a stick at (PPM on analog remotes like the GT2B is just ONE option), and it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. I’d stick with Windows if that;s what you have already, its probably the easiest. It’s so over-engineered that it doesn’t even need heatsinks or fans. And its Open Source.
One downside is that there’s almost too much info on it out there and some of it is old and useless. But that’s what you get for staying on the bleeding edge. Also you have to take your time and configure the thing, its not plug and play. It will work with just about any battery and motor config, but you have to tell it what you’re using or it will do Bad Things.