I don't know if I just got extremely unlucky or what but I am going to put this out there as fair warning!
My hobbywing SC8 lasted all of about 20 min total runtime between three runs. At first a slight puff of smoke took out the BEC, I thought it was something I did but now I am not so sure.

Last run ended with my esc looking like this...

This has been my experience, and I am not pleased at all. I bought the system from kershaw designs it was brand new unopened so if it was defective it was built and shipped overseas that way. Maybe hobbywing will honor the warranty, I doubt it though.

The motor however seems to be just fine, and has plenty of get up and go. I will clean it up and keep it for future use with a different esc probably not another hobbywing.