Traxxas

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Traxxas
Type Private
Industry Hobbies
Founded 1986
Headquarters McKinney, Texas
Key people Mike Jenkins, owner
Products Radio-controlled cars and boats and helicopters
Website www.traxxas.com

Traxxas is a radio control model manufacturer based in McKinney, Texas, in the United States, offering electric and nitro powered cars (on-road and off-road), boats, and aircraft. In 2009, Traxxas became the title sponsor of the newly formed Traxxas TORC Series, a national off-road racing series in the United States. Traxxas's slogan is "Fastest Name in Radio Control". They offer vehicles for all driver skill levels.

History[edit]

Traxxas was started in 1986, with the goal of offering fully assembled hobby level radio control that could be run right out of the box with little or no assembly, an idea that was new at the time. Traxxas now refers to these models as "RTR", or "Ready To Race". Starting in 1987, Traxxas began selling a series of electric powered stadium truck and buggy models. In 1989, Traxxas released its first radio-controlled boat, the Villan IV. In 1992, Traxxas released its first RTR nitro model, the Nitro Hawk. In 1996, Traxxas released its first RTR nitro boat model, the Nitro Vee. In 1999, Traxxas released its first full sized monster truck model, the T-Maxx.[1] And in November 2012 Traxxas launched its first aircraft products, the ready-to-fly DR-1 Helicopter and QR-1 Quadcopter.

Current land vehicles[edit]

Maxx family[edit]

Two Traxxas T-Maxxs on stairs.

The Maxx family consists of several models originally based around the T-Maxx.

The T-Maxx uses a single plate aluminum chassis, braced underneath by beam supports. The suspension used a fully independent double A-arm design, supported by eight coil over shocks, two on each corner. The drive system consisted of a mid-mounted Pro .15 nitro engine and a mid-mounted two-speed transmission driving a permanent four-wheel drive system with no center differential. The tires were massive 5.75 x 3.5 inch "chevron" style tires mounted on 3.2 inch wheels.

In 2002, the T-Maxx 2.5 was introduced. Revisions included lengthened suspension arms and Traxxas' new, more powerful, TRX 2.5 nitro engine.

In 2006, Traxxas introduced a revised T-Maxx 2.5, in an addition to the new T-Maxx 2.5R and T-Maxx 3.3. The revised T-Maxx 2.5 featured minor changes that included new gray colored parts and redesigned bulkheads and differential housings. It has a claimed top speed of 40+MPH.

The T-Maxx 2.5R featured Traxxas' TRX 2.5R nitro engine, a new driveline similar to the Revo's, with the Torque-Control slipper clutch on the spur gear. It also included new gray colored parts and redesigned bulkheads and differential housings. The T-Maxx 2.5R included the Optidrive reverse system (originally only on the Revo) instead of the purely mechanical reverse on the original. The 3.2 mm thick aluminum chassis on the T-Maxx 2.5 was replaced with a stronger 4 mm chassis. The driveshafts, pivot balls, and ball bearings were all sealed with blue rubber. The old 3.2 inch wheels were replaced with new, larger 3.8 inch satin finish wheels with lower profile "chevron" tires. A new body paint scheme was also included. It has a claimed top speed of 40+MPH.[2] The T-Maxx 2.5R was dropped from the lineup in 2008.

The T-Maxx 3.3 was basically the same as the T-Maxx 2.5R, however there were some differences. The biggest one was Traxxas' larger, more powerful TRX 3.3 nitro engine. Other differences were mirror chrome versions of the 2.5R's 3.8 inch wheels, "Talon" all-terrain style tires (first used on Revo), a wheelie bar, and a different body paint scheme. It has a claimed top speed of 45+MPH.

A T-Maxx 3.3 in action.

In 2008, Traxxas introduced a revised T-Maxx 3.3. The new model featured a new body, with new paint and graphics. It also features a new chassis with the wheelbase extended by 30 mm which features a new skid plate. Other features include, new "Hurricane" wheels, new 6.3 inch "Giant Maxx" all-terrain style tires (.55 inches taller than the previous 5.75 inch "Talon" tires), new dual stage air filter, newly standard "resonator" tuned exhaust pipe, and a new digital high torque steering servo.[2]

In 2008, Traxxas also introduced a further revised version of the T-Maxx 2.5, now called the T-Maxx Classic. Changes were limited to a new paint scheme, subtly revised graphics and new wheels and tires (the same ones used on the T-Maxx 2.5R).[3] The T-Maxx now comes standard with a 2.4 GHz radio system.

SportMaxx[edit]

The SportMaxx model was introduced in 2003 and was based on the original T-Maxx 2.5. A two-wheel drive set up (which simply omitted the differential and drivetrain to the front wheels) was used in the interest of saving weight. A forward only, single speed transmission was used for the same purpose. Other differences included a different body with unique paint and graphics and different wheels.[4] It has since been discontinued, although any T-Maxx can essentially be converted to a SportMaxx by installing Traxxas' single speed transmission accessory and removing the drivetrain to the front wheels.

S-Maxx[edit]

The S-Maxx (or Stadium Maxx) was introduced in 2004 and is essentially the same as the Sport Maxx, but it featured a unique racing body, paint and graphics, pre-glued dirt track oriented tires and a two-speed transmission. It has a claimed top speed of 40+MPH.

This special edition Maxx Truck is only available at Hobbytown USA outlets.[5]

The S-maxx is now available with the TRX 3.3 engine and has a top speed of 45+ mph.

E-Maxx[edit]

The E-Maxx is the electric counterpart to the T-Maxx. It shares the same suspension and differential parts as the T-Maxx, but trades the central metal chassis for a molded composite chassis housing a remote shifted two-speed transmission, two 550 sized electric motors, related electronics and batteries. The original (model 3906) E-Maxx ran on two 7.2 volt battery packs, using a total of 14.4 volts to run the system through its Novak designed EVX ESC. Traxxas later equipped model 3906 E-Maxxs with an EVX-2 ESC capable of running on two 8.4 volt batteries, totaling 16.8 volts.[6]

In 2007, Traxxas introduced the E-Maxx 16.8 (model 3905). The new model features a new extended wheelbase chassis, a new transmission skid plate, new waterproof EVX-2 16.8 volt speed control, new sealed differentials, drive shafts, pivot balls, and ball bearings, new dual waterproof steering servos, water tight receiver box, new steering linkage, redesigned bulkheads, new hex hardware, new single speed strengthened, brushless ready transmission (a two-speed transmission is available as an accessory), Revo spec slipper clutch, new battery holders, 3.8 inch mirror chrome wheels and "Chevron" tires, and a new body with new paint and revise graphics. The new E-Maxx 16.8 is claimed by Traxxas to be waterproof and safe to use in wet conditions. Both models have a claimed top speed of 30+ MPH.[7]

In late 2009, Traxxas released the E-Maxx Brushless Edition (model 3908). It features the same Castle Creations "NEU" brushless motor and "Mamba Monster" brushless ESC as the E-Revo Brushless Edition. Other new features include 17 mm splined hubs, a wheelie bar, Traxxas' 2.4GHz radio system, dual waterproof digital high torque steering servos, heavy duty slipper clutch, 6.3 inch "Giant Maxx" tires, white progressive rate springs, black-chrome wheels and bumpers, and new paint and graphics.[8]

Revo family[edit]

The Revo family consists of several models originally based around the Revo.

Revo[edit]

The Revo was introduced in 2004 as a complete redesign of a one tenth scale monster truck chassis with a more advanced and reliable design than the T-Maxx. The Revo has become popular in racing, and is also well suited to "bashing" environments such as a backyard or a construction site. Notable characteristics include the inboard push-rod suspension system with new "GTR" shocks and springs, a complex "monocoque"-type aluminum chassis which lowers the vehicle's center of gravity, a stronger transmission that features electronically controlled reverse, sealed limited slip differentials, rubber sealed pivot balls, drive shafts and ball bearings, 3.8 inch wheels and all-terrain style "Talon" tires, and an updated version of Traxxas' TRX 2.5 engine, the TRX 2.5R. It has a claimed top speed of 40+MPH.[9]

A new Revo version was launched alongside the T-Maxx 3.3 in 2006, with Traxxas' new, more powerful TRX 3.3 engine. Because of the demands of Revo owners, the chassis was lengthened 30 mm for more stability, and the motor mount area was braced to prevent it from bending. Other minor changes included a longer version of the body with a new paint scheme to accompany the wheelbase stretch, and new wheels. New add-on upgrades were released, including a center differential, that helps transfer power between the front and rear differentials to increase handling, and a rear-braking module that must be used with the center-differential. It has claimed top speed of 45+MPH.[10]

In April 2008, Traxxas released the limited edition Revo Platinum. It came stock with most of Traxxas upgrades and tuning parts normally available as accessories for the standard Revo 3.3. It was intended as a factory racing version of the standard Revo 3.3.

Later in 2008, Traxxas released a revised version of the Revo 3.3. It incorporated some of the features seen on the Revo platinum, including a polished "Resonator" dual chamber exhaust pipe, dual stage air filter, larger 150 cc fuel tank, teflon coated aluminum "GTR" shocks with titanium nitride shafts, 17 mm splined wheel hubs. As is typical of a new Traxxas model, the revised Revo 3.3 received a new paint scheme.[11]

In July 2009, Traxxas introduced a further revised Revo 3.3. Changes included a new body with new paint and graphics, new dual waterproof digital high torque steering servos, Traxxas' new 2.4 GHz radio system, an improved "Optidrive" two-speed reversing transmission, and new progressive 2 suspension rocker arms. Also, new deeper offset 3.8 inch "Geode" wheels increase overall width by 1 inch and new 6.3 inch "Monster Maxx" tires (lifted from the current T-Maxx) increase ground clearance by .25 inches to 4.25 inches and overall height by .9 inches to 11.02 inches.[12]

E-Revo[edit]

In May 2008 Traxxas launched an electric powered version of the Revo, called the E-Revo. The electronics are identical to the E-Maxx 16.8, consisting of dual "Titan" 550 motors, EVX-2 Waterproof ESC, and waterproof high torque servos. The front and rear assemblies do not differ from the original Revo, but the chassis is injection molded plastic instead of an aluminum semi-monocoque chassis. Notable features include enclosed battery compartments with air intakes for cooling and a full length skid plate that completely encloses the transmission and central drive shafts. It also features a stadium truck style low-profile body instead of a pickup truck style body like the nitro Revo. Like the E-Maxx 16.8, the E-Revo is claimed by Traxxas to be waterproof and safe to use in wet environments. It has a claimed top speed of 30+MPH.[13]

In late fall 2008 Traxxas introduced the E-Revo Brushless Edition. It uses a single Castle Creations "NEU" brushless motor and "Mamba Monster" brushless ESC in place of the dual "titan" brushed motors and EVX-2 waterproof ESC on the standard E-Revo. Other new features include Traxxas high current battery connectors and Traxxas' new 2.4GHz radio system (the old system was 27MHz). The claimed top speed varies from 25+mph on 14.4 volts from twin 6 cell NiMH battery packs (7.2 volts each, not recommended by Castle Creations) and the stock gear ratio to 65+MPH on 22.2 volts from twin 3S LiPo batteries (11.1 volts each) and an optional taller gear ratio.[14]

Summit[edit]

The Summit was introduced in early 2009 and is one of Traxxas' newest models. It is intended to be Traxxas' first entry into the Rock crawler class. Many components are carried over from the E-Revo, including the chassis and major suspension and steering components, major transmission and drive line components, and the EVX-2 waterproof ESC. New components on the Summit include new 7 inch diameter "Canyon AT" rock crawling/all terrain style tires with soft foam inserts mounted on new 3.8 inch "Geode" beadlock style wheels, new front and rear remote electronic locking differentials, new high articulation CV joints, Traxxas' new "TQ4" 4-channel transmitter, and a new 10 LED lighting system integrated into the bumpers with 4 white LEDs (for headlights) and 6 red LEDs (for tail lights). The Summit is powered by one of Traxxas' new "Titan 775" brushed 775 sized high torque fan-cooled motor. The transmission is a two-speed remote shifted unit with an ultra low ratio 70:1 first gear (for slow speed crawling) and a 25:1 second gear (for higher speed off roading) Another feature is an integrated "Exo-Cage" external roll cage.[15]

Slayer[edit]

The Slayer is a four-wheel drive short-course nitro race truck. This vehicle shares many parts with the two nitro Revos including the suspension (excepting the suspension arms, which are shorter and only have one push-rod mounting hole), chassis from the 2.5, and engine of the 3.3. The body of the Slayer is larger than normal 1/10 scale vehicles; this moves the tires inboard the body rather than outboard like other stadium trucks on the market today. Slayer comes stock RTR with the TRX 3.3 racing engine and has a claimed top speed of 50+ mph.[16] A newer version of the Slayer was released in 2010 to update the race replica style, Slayer Pro 4x4 has BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires or Kumho Road Venture tires. Along with the new tires new shells were released to capture the latest TORC looks. An extended wheelbase and longer A-Arms were added to make the ultimate nitro short course R/C race truck.

Jato[edit]

Jato 2.5[edit]

In 2005 Traxxas released the Jato (pronounced Jay-toe) 2.5 (usually referred to as simply "Jato"), which was a completely new design that was based on the 1/10 scale rear wheel drive stadium truck format popular in the industry, and it replaced the Nitro Rustler as Traxxas' high end stadium truck. It was powered by the same TRX 2.5 nitro engine as the Nitro Rustler but had many new high tech features, some borrowed from the Revo, that set it apart. One of the new features was a sophisticated 2-speed automatic transmission, that improved acceleration and top speed over the single speed Nitro Rustler. A new suspension design was another new feature. It included new "GTR" shocks and springs, which were borrowed from the Revo, but used in a traditional configuration instead of the Revo's push-rod configuration. The suspension also included front and rear mounting points for optional sway bars, which were offered as Traxxas accessories in three different thicknesses. The suspension was also fully adjustable for camber, caster, toe, anti-squat, and ride height. Other notable features included 2.8 inch wheels and tires, a sealed limited slip differential, rubber sealed drive shafts and ball bearings, steering assembly, Revo spec slipper clutch, and hex hardware. It has a claimed top speed of 55+MPH[17]

Jato 3.3[edit]

Traxxas Jato 3.3

In 2006 Traxxas released the Jato (short for Jet Assisted Take Off and pronounced Jay-toe) 3.3. Changes include the use of Traxxas' larger and more powerful TRX 3.3 nitro engine, new wheels with street oriented "Anaconda" tires, standard front and rear sway bars, standard wheelie bar, new "resonator" tuned aluminum exhaust pipe and a new body paint scheme. The body was also slightly modified to accommodate the TRX 3.3's larger cooling head. It has a claimed top speed of 65+MPH[18]

Neither Jato, as it comes out of the box, is legal to race alongside more traditional stadium trucks in industry sanctioned events due to its stock two-speed transmission, but many local clubs allow it to race. The Jato can be made race legal by replacing the 2-speed, wheels, and the engine with appropriate replacements offered by Traxxas or 3rd party manufacturers.

Two-Wheel Drive Stadium truck family[edit]

The two-wheel drive Stadium truck family consists of a series of nitro and electric models based around the electric Rustler.

Rustler[edit]

The Rustler was first introduced in 1994 and is Traxxas' two-wheel drive 1/10 scale electric Stadium truck. Its design is very similar to earlier Traxxas stadium trucks. It featured a 4-wheel independent suspension with 4 coilover shocks and 2.2 inch wheels. It was powered by a "Stinger" 540 20 turn brushed motor and a 3-speed rotary mechanical speed control or a fully proportional XL-1 ESC. It had a claimed top speed of 24+MPH.[19]

In 2006 Traxxas released the Rustler XL-5. It featured major changes including the new "Titan 12T" 550 12 turn brushed motor, the new XL-5 ESC, redesigned transmission, new tires mounted on larger 2.8 inch wheels, high torque steering servo, new ESC mount, Revo spec slipper clutch, select new gray colored parts, white springs, and a new paint scheme and graphics. It has a claimed top speed of 35+MPH.[20]

In 2007 Traxxas introduced the Rustler VXL. The new model had several improvements over the standard Rustler XL-5. The biggest one is its "Velineon Brushless system" which consists of a 10 turn 3500kV brushless motor and a 320 (rated burst) amp brushless ESC. Other features included Traxxas high current connectors with 12 gauge wire, hex hardware, rubber sealed ball bearings, adjustable camber links, black chrome wheels, steel transmission gears, strengthened differential yokes, digital high torque steering servo, fiberglass front suspension tie bar, and a new low profile body, paint scheme and graphics. The claimed top speed is 35 to 70+ mph depending on the battery and gearing setup.[21]

In 2008 the Rustler XL-5 received the Rustler VXL body with a different paint scheme.

As of 2009 both the Rustler XL-5 and Rustler VXL are now waterproof, featuring Traxxas' waterproof XL-5 ESC (waterproof VXL3s brushless ESC on the Rustler VXL), 4 channel micro receiver, watertight receiver box, and waterproof high torque steering servo (waterproof digital high torque steering servo on the Rustler VXL).[22]

Nitro Rustler[edit]

Traxxas first introduced the Nitro Rustler in 1997, It is a 1/10 scale two-wheel drive stadium truck. Although they shared the same name, the Rustler and Nitro Rustler shared few parts (many parts were similar though). It was powered by Traxxas' Pro.15 nitro engine.

In 2003, Traxxas released the Nitro Rustler 2.5. The main change was Traxxas' new TRX 2.5 nitro engine. Other changes included new 2.2-inch chrome wheels and paint scheme.[23]

In 2007, Traxxas released a revised Nitro Rustler 2.5 (model 4407). The new model featured bigger wheels (mounted on 2.8-inch rims), a 2.4 GHz radio system and new low profile Prographix painted bodies, and claimed a 50 mph top speed (using optional gears). The engine was the same EZ-Start 2 equipped TRX2.5 and but was eventually replaced with the better tuned 2.5R piston sleeve design.

The 4407 model has been replaced with the 4409 variant which sports all the same features except the 2.4 GHz radio which has been replaced with a Traxxas Top Qualifier two-channel FM unit, accompanied by a price drop. Body colors currently indicate the radio frequency channel of the Nitro Rustler as follows: Silver/Red is A2, Red/Silver is A4, Blue/Silver is A5 and Silver/Blue is A6.

This model has proved to be a very reliable and tough option when it comes to bashing and has a wide selection of aftermarket manufacturers offering stronger aluminum and composite chassis and suspension components, performance exhausts and more.[citation needed] On the other hand, some people[who?] argue that its handling is sub-par for circuit racing, although after-market can address this issue. [24]

Stampede[edit]

The STAMPEDE was first introduced in 1994 and is Traxxas' two-wheel a drive 1/10 scale monster truck. It shares many components with the Rustler, including the front and rear suspension, wheels, motor, radio system, speed controls and transmission (albeit with a different gear ratio). The Stampede has several differences including a rectangular chassis that is raised above the front and rear suspension assemblies to increase center ground clearance, larger diameter "Terra" monster truck style tires, raised body mounts and a unique body and paint scheme. It had a claimed top speed of 23+MPH.[25]

In 2006, Traxxas released the Stampede XL-5. It featured all the same upgrades as the Rustler XL-5 and a new paint scheme and graphics. It has a claimed top speed of 30+MPH.[26]

In 2007, Traxxas released the Stampede VXL. It featured all the same upgrades as the rustler VXL except a new body. The Stampede VXL featured the same body as the Stampede XL-5 but with a new paint scheme and revised graphics. It has a claimed top speed between 30+MPH and 65+MPH depending on battery and gear setups.[27]

In 2008, the Stampede XL-5 received a new body similar to the Nitro Stampede (model 4109) body but with a different paint scheme.[28]

As of 2009, both the Stampede XL-5 and Stampede VXL are now waterproof, featuring Traxxas' waterproof XL-5 ESC (waterproof VXL3s brushless ESC on the Stampede VXL), 4 channel micro receiver, watertight receiver box, and waterproof high torque steering servo (waterproof digital high torque steering servo on the Stampede VXL).[29]

In December of 2013, Traxxas released a model of the stampede of it being a 4-wheel drive brushed version. it has a top speed of about 30 mph

Nitro Stampede[edit]

A Nitro Stampede.

The Nitro Stampede was first introduced in 1996 and it is Traxxas' small 1/10 scale two-wheel drive monster truck. The Nitro Stampede shares many parts with the Nitro Rustler, including the TRX Pro.15 nitro engine (initially), wheels and many suspension components. Differences include a unique raised central chassis for increased center ground clearance, raised body mounts larger diameter "Terra" monster truck style tires, a unique body, paint and graphics, and rear exit dual outlet exhaust (unique among Traxxas models).[30]

In 2007, Traxxas released a revised Nitro Stampede. It featured new tires mounted on larger 2.8 inch wheels, select gray parts, white springs, rubber sealed ball bearings, and a new body with new paint and graphics. It has a claimed top speed of 33+MPH, making it Traxxas' slowest nitro vehicle.[31]

Nitro Sport[edit]

The Nitro Sport was introduced in 1998. It is powered by the Traxxas .15 engine and later the pro .15 engine It shared many parts with the Nitro Rustler. Differences included a unique body and a few simplified parts, used mostly in the interest of making the model more affordable. It is marketed as a beginner's nitro model.[32]

In 2006, Traxxas introduced a revised Nitro Sport. It featured new wheels, select gray colored parts, white springs, rubber sealed ball bearings, and a new paint scheme and graphics. It has a claimed top speed of 38+MPH.[33]

In 2009, Traxxas introduced a further revised Nitro Sport which features the same 2.8 inch wheels and tires as the Nitro Rustler and a new body similar to the Nitro Rustler's with new paint and graphics.[34]

Bandit[edit]

The Traxxas Bandit was first introduced in 1995 and is Traxxas' 1/10 scale two-wheel drive buggy. It shares most of its parts with the Rustler, including the central chassis, motor, speed controls, transmission (albeit with a different gear ratio), rear shocks and shock tower, and radio system. The differences include shorter front and rear suspension arms, camber and steering links, buggy style smaller diameter and narrower wheels and tires, and a buggy style body with rear wing.

In 2005, Traxxas offered the Bandit with the XL-1 ESC in addition to the existing 3-speed rotary mechanical speed control.[35]

In 2007, Traxxas released the Bandit XL-5. The new model featured all the same upgrades as the Rustler XL-5 except the wheels. The Bandit XL-5 featured larger diameter 2.2 inch wheels that were also wider and new tires to fit.[36]

Later in 2007 Traxxas released the Bandit VXL. It received all the same upgrades as the Rustler VXL except a new body. The Bandit VXL body is the same as the Bandit XL-5's, but with a new paint scheme and revised graphics. The claimed top speed is 35+ to 70+MPH depending on battery and gearing setup.[37]

As of 2009, both the Bandit XL-5 and Bandit VXL are now waterproof, featuring Traxxas' waterproof XL-5 ESC (waterproof VXL3s brushless ESC on the Bandit VXL), 4 channel micro receiver, watertight receiver box, and waterproof high torque steering servo (waterproof digital high torque steering servo on the Bandit VXL).[38]

Slash (two-wheel drive)[edit]

The Traxxas Slash was introduced in 2009 and is a two-wheel drive 1/10 scale short-course electric race truck. This Traxxas model comes Ready-To-Run (RTR). The Slash shares many of its parts with the Rustler, Stampede and Bandit. Differences include a raised chassis (though not as high as the Stampede's) that is also much longer, wider and rectangular, 4.3 inch (diameter) x 1.7 inch (width) all-terrain style tires mounted on 2.2/3.0 inch wheels (now a point in short course rc trucks), though first production runs did sell with the non-sc style wheel (2.2) traxxas believed it would save on production to use the 2.2/3.0 design from the slayer, with a 12mm hex. Out-of-the-box this car features a TITAN 12 turn motor. The 2.2/3.0 design was to clear the slayers revo-spec pillow ball suspension components, Traxxas high current battery connectors, metal transmission gears, new waterproof XL-5 ESC, Waterproof 2075 steering servo, 4 channel micro receiver, sealed water tight receiver box, adjustable camber links, rubber sealed ball bearings, nerf bars, hex hardware, light duty drive shaft yokes, new battery hold-downs, short-course truck style bumpers, progressive rate springs, and a wide short course truck style body that encompasses the tires are some of its features. The claimed top speed is 30+MPH.[39]

As of 2010, Traxxas released a VXL version of the Slash two-wheel drive.

With the VXL versions it started to show some of the design flaws that Traxxas has finally addressed by creating a version with a LCG chassis. The other flaw is the transmission casing and the differential not having the ability to be tuned and the plastic casing is a little weak for the amount of power from the VXL system especially with a 3cell lipo battery. There is however a lot of aftermarket support for this vehicle which makes it a very popular choice for beginners and advance drivers alike.

4x4 Truck family[edit]

Traxxas' newest family, currently consisting only of the Slash 4x4, Stampede 4x4, and Teluride 4x4

Slash 4x4[edit]

Released in late 2009 the Traxxas Slash 4x4, a four-wheel drive one tenth scale short-course electric race truck and it features Traxxas' first all new one tenth scale platform since the Jato was introduced in 2005. Contrary to its name, the Slash 4x4 has almost no parts commonality with the two-wheel drive Slash, and the Slash VXL 1/16. The parts carried over from the two-wheel drive Slash to the Slash 4x4 are limited to the shocks, springs, and the rear drive shafts and axle carriers, otherwise, the Slash 4x4 is a completely new design from the ground up. Its central chassis is a semi rectangular unit molded from gray plastic featuring triangular reinforcements throughout. It also features a four-wheel independent unequal length double wishbone suspension with four oil filled coilover shocks and progressive rate springs in staggered lengths ("long" up front; "XXlong" in back). The new suspension will also be capable of mounting front and rear sway bars (available as a Traxxas accessory). It is powered by the same "Velineon 3500" 10 turn 3500kV brushless motor and "Velineon VXL-3S" non-waterproof 320 (rated burst) amp brushless ESC as the two-wheel drive family VXL models. In February 2010 all versions of VXL systems were sold as waterproof, however the Slash 4x4 does not bear the VXL moniker like Traxxas' other Velineon powered models. The driveline design is very different than that featured on any other Traxxas model. The motor is mounted longitudinally in the M4 layout driving a spur gear that directly turns (no transmission), via a Revo spec slipper clutch, the main one piece hollow aluminum drive shaft. The drive shaft sends power to the front and rear viscous limited slip differentials, which send power to the wheels through plastic telescoping half shafts. The Slash 4x4 features a similar exterior appearance to the two-wheel drive Slash, including a similar short course style body, bumpers, nerf bars, and wheels. Other notable features include scale replica BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires with white lettering, 2.2 inch satin chrome beadlock style "SCT" wheels, a new heavy duty ball bearing steering system, digital waterproof high torque steering servo, Traxxas high current connectors, 2.4Ghz radio system, and hex hardware used throughout. With the stock motor/ESC combo the claimed top speed is 35 to 65+MPH depending on the battery and gearing used. Traxxas also advertises the Castle Creations Mamba Monster Brushless system (featured on the E-Revo/E-Maxx Brushless Edition and available as a Traxxas accessory) as a direct "drop in" replacement for the stock Velineon system, and it is claimed to be capable of powering the Slash 4x4 to speeds in excess of 80MPH.[40]

The usual complement of genuine Traxxas accessories will be offered with the Slash 4x4 including a variety of aluminum upgrade parts, a center differential, CV joint half shafts, sway bars, a stronger clutch, the Mamba Monster Brushless system, and more.[41]

Not long after the standard Slash 4x4 was announced, a race-ready "Platinum Edition" was also announced. Much like the Revo Platinum Edition, it lacks a pre-painted body, but includes most of Traxxas' available accessories as stock equipment. New features include big-bore aluminum shocks, a center differential, aluminum hubs and axle carriers, blue anodized aluminum wheel nuts, front and rear sway bars, and racing compound tires.[42]

4-tec[edit]

Nitro 4-tec[edit]

The Traxxas Nitro 4-tec was first introduced in 1998 and is Traxxas' four-wheel drive nitro touring car. It was powered by Traxxas' Pro.15 nitro engine and featured a two-speed automatic transmission and a belt driven four-wheel drive system. Other notable features were a 4-wheel independent suspension and aluminum chassis.

Later in 1998 Traxxas released the limited edition Nitro 4-tec pro. This was a stripped down race version. It did not include a radio system, servos, or even an engine (owners could install the Traxxas or aftermarket components of their choosing) and the body came unpainted. The model did however come with most of the then available Traxxas accessories, including many carbon fiber pieces, and aftermarket Pro-Line "V-Rage" performance tires.[43]

In 2003 Traxxas released the Nitro 4-tec 2.5. The new model featured Traxxas' new TRX 2.5 nitro engine and a new paint scheme and revised graphics. The claimed top speed is 60+MPH.[44]

In 2006 Traxxas released the Nitro 4-tec 3.3. The new model featured Traxxas' new, larger and more powerful TRX 3.3 nitro engine. It also featured select gray parts, white springs, a new "resonator" tuned pipe, hex hardware, new receiver box, and a new paint scheme and revised graphics. The claimed top speed is 70+ MPH, making it Traxxas' fastest nitro vehicle, but Traxxas offers several weight saving aluminum and carbon fiber accessory parts that could make it even faster.[45]

4-tec (electric)[edit]

Traxxas first introduced the 4-tec in 1998 and it is Traxxas' 1/10 four-wheel drive scale electric touring car. The 4-tec shares a few parts with the Nitro 4-tec, like the shocks, springs, wheels and the belt drive four-wheel drive system is similar. The chassis however is all nylon composite instead of aluminum and the transmission is a single speed unit. The 4-tec is powered by a "Stinger" 540 20 turn motor and uses either a 3-speed rotary mechanical speed control or a fully proportional XL-1 ESC (first offered in 2005). The claimed top speed is 24+MPH. It has since been discontinued.[46]

XO-1[edit]

The XO-1 is an on-road RTR 1/7 scale electric "supercar" that is designed to exceed 100 mph out of the box. To achieve this, Traxxas developed aerodynamic components to improve stability and reduce drag, and also worked with Castle Creations to create a more powerful custom ESC and motor. Also, Traxxas developed a new transmitter for it, the TQi 2.4 GHz, which is built with a dock for an iPhone or iPod touch to enable in-depth, real-time monitoring of driving conditions. An iPhone or iPod touch with the Traxxas Link application is required to unlock the 100 mph top speed. Without being unlocked with an Apple device, the car will not go 100 mph. The name "XO" is taken from the slogan for the car, "Experts only". The XO-1 was released in late January, 2012 and has a suggested retail price of $699.[47] At 27" long and 12" wide, it is the largest Traxxas electric vehicle.

1/8 Scale NHRA Funny Car[edit]

Set to be released on April 16, 2012, the Funny Car is a straight-line RC dragster. It is powered by the ET3-S brushless system developed by Castle Creations. On a 3S LiPo battery, it is quoted to reach 70 mph. It will come with Traxxas's new TQi 2.4 GHz system. Scale design features include a metal, tube-frame chassis, rear hinge-mounted body and several different drive modes including burnout mode. MSRP is $499.99.

1/16 scale models[edit]

E-Revo VXL 1/16[edit]

Released in late spring 2009, the E-Revo VXL 1/16 is essentially a scaled down version of the larger 1/8 scale E-Revo. The body, wheels, tires, suspension and drive components are all nearly identical in design to the 1/8 scale E-Revo, just scaled down. It is powered by a Velineon 380 4000kv brushless motor and a VXL-3m brushless ESC, both scaled down versions of the Velineon 3500 brushless motor and VXL-3s brushless ESC used in Traxxas' 1/10 scale brushless vehicles. Some of the inevitable sacrifices inherent with the smaller scale include the lack of the optional two-speed transmission, many rubber sealed components, and dual steering servos offered on the 1/10 scale version. Claimed top speeds depend on which battery packs are used. One 7.2 v NiMH pack will reach 30 mph. Two 7.2 v NiMH packs will reach 50 mph. One 3s 11.1v lipo pack will reach 45 mph.[48] [49]

Summit VXL 1/16[edit]

The Summit VXL 1/16 was released on November 1, 2010. It is a smaller version of the 1/10 scale Summit without locking diffs, LED lights and dual steering servos. It is powered by a Velineon 380 4000kv brushless motor and a VXL-3m brushless ESC. Almost all of the major components are shared with the E-Revo VXL 1/16 with the exception of a few suspension parts, wheels, tires, body and bumpers. The claimed top speed is 25-40 mph depending on whether one or two battery packs are used. Optional front and rear LED lights are available, pre-drilled holes are located in the front and rear bumpers.[50]

Slash VXL 1/16[edit]

Released in late spring 2009, The Slash VXL 1/16 is Traxxas' 1/16 scale short-course electric race truck. Although it bears the same name as 1/10 scale Slash, the designs are completely different. The 1/10 scale Slash is based on the two-wheel drive stadium truck family chassis while the Slash VXL 1/16 is actually based on a scaled down version of the four-wheel drive Revo family chassis, similar to the one used on the E-Revo VXL 1/16, and it is really more like a scaled down, electric version of the Slayer. Almost all of the major components are shared with the E-Revo VXL 1/16 with the exception of a few suspension parts, wheels, tires, body and bumpers. The claimed top speed is 30-50 mph depending on whether one or two battery packs are used.[51]

Cheaper, brushed motor, versions of the 1/16 E-Revo, 1/16 Summit and 1/16 Slash, utilizing "Titan 380" motors and XL-2.5 ESCs, were added later in 2009 & 2010.[52][53]

Grave Digger 1/16[edit]

The Grave Digger 1/16, released in January 2012, is a scaled down version of the Monster Jam replicas Grave Digger 1/10 scale monster truck. Unlike the earlier Traxxas 1/16 models there is only a brushed version of this model; This is also the only 1/16 model that is not 4 wheel drive. This Traxxas model comes with Monster Jam tires, Monster Jam wheels, a 6 cell NIMH battery, a Titan 12T 550 brushed motor, an XL-2.5 electronic speed control, and a small backpack for traveling (as well as a way of selling the vehicle to a younger collector, who could use the backpack for school). A velineon brushless system can be installed to make the model travel at about 40 mph with two batteries, but with a brushed motor the claimed top speed is about 20 mph.

Traxxas Rally 1/16[edit]

Released in mid - October 2010, based on the 1/16 Revo VXL. Claimed top speed of 50+ mph. It is powered by a Velineon 380 brushless motor and a VXL-3m brushless ESC. A version of the rally was a Ken Block Gymkhana Fiesta, featuring green wheels, green push-rods and turnbuckles, and the classy look of Ken Block's Fiesta. He then changed his sponsorship to HPI Racing.

Current marine models[edit]

Nitro Vee[edit]

The Traxxas Nitro Vee was first introduced in 1995 and it is Traxxas' only nitro-powered Radio-controlled boat. It is a sport/power boat configuration with a long, sleek "deep V" style hull. It is powered by the marine version of Traxxas' Pro.15 nitro engine, which features a water-cooled head instead of the land version's air-cooled head. Power is sent directly (no reduction gears) to a single surface piercing prop. It is steered via a servo controlling the rudder/prop. Like all Traxxas nitro RTRs, the Nitro Vee features Traxxas' EZ Start electric starter/glow plug warmer. Other notable features include an inline clutch, to aid in low speed maneuvering and stop the prop from spinning while the engine is idling (useful for safety if the boat is out of water), and Traxxas' patented "Return to shore" system. It has since been discontinued.

Villain series[edit]

Villain IV[edit]

Traxxas First introduced the Villain IV in 1989 and it was Traxxas's first RTR Radio-controlled boat. It is a sport/power boat configuration with a long, sleek "deep V" style hull. It was powered by two air-cooled (a water cooling kit utilizing water jackets that circulated water around the motors was available as a Traxxas accessory) "Stinger" 20 turn 540 size brushed motors and an air-cooled (with heat sink) BXL-1 ESC. Power was sent down twin shafts (one for each motor) through a 2:1 gear reduction drive to twin counter rotating surface piercing props. It was steered via a servo controlling both props/rudders. One feature unique among Traxxas boats was the Villain IV's realistic scale details, including realistic graphics, chrome trim and steering wheel (non functional of course). The Villain IV has since been discontinued.[54]

Villain EX[edit]

Traxxas first introduced the Villain EX in 2003 and it is a twin drive electric Radio-controlled boat. It features many of the same parts as the Villan IV including the hull, twin drive system, radio system (except the transmitter) and steering. Differences include larger fan cooled (the water cooling accessory is still available) "Titan" 21 turn 550 sized brushed motors, a new water-cooled 14.4 volt EVX Marine (instead of the land EVX's air cooling) ESC, Traxxas' "TQ" pistol grip transmitter, and a new sealed, watertight electronics box. The Villain EX also features new graphics (which are flashy and colorful rather than realistic as on the Villain IV) and lacks the scale details found on the Villain IV.

In 2007 the Villain EX received a new water-cooled 14.4 volt EVX-2 Marine ESC (not to be confused with the air-cooled 16.8 volt EVX-2 Waterproof ESC used on Traxxas land vehicles) featuring Traxxas high current battery connectors. It has since been discontinued.[55]

Villain[edit]

Traxxas first introduced the Villain in 2001 and it is a twin drive electric Radio-controlled boat. It is almost identical to the Villain EX, with the only major differences being the motors and ESC, and it is essentially an updated Villain IV. The Villain is powered by the same air-cooled (with the Villain IV/Villain EX water cooling accessory kit still available) "Stinger" 20 turn 540 sized brushed motors as the Villain IV. Instead of the Villain IV's air-cooled BXL-1 ESC, the Villain features the new water-cooled XL-10M (marine) 8.4 volt ESC. The Villain features slightly different graphics than the Villain EX. It has since been discontinued.[56]

Blast[edit]

Traxxas first introduced the Blast in 1995 and it is a single drive Radio-controlled boat. It is a race boat configuration with a long, very sleek, high performance "modified V" hull. It is powered by one water-cooled "Stinger" 20 turn 540 sized brushed motor and an air-cooled (with heat sink) Nautica 8.4 volt ESC. Power is sent directly (no reduction gears) to a single surface piercing prop. It is steered via a servo controlling the rudder/prop.[57]

In 2008, Traxxas released a revised Blast. New features included a new waterproof version of the Nautica ESC, a waterproof high torque steering servo, a new water sealed receiver box, a new upper hull (with a sleek enclosed cockpit replacing the old open one), Traxxas high current battery connectors, new motor labeling, and new graphics.[58]

Spartan[edit]

Released in December 2010, the Traxxas Spartan is a new single drive Radio-controlled boat. The Spartan represents Traxxas' first all-new boat design in several years. Like the Villain series, it is a sport/power boat configuration with a long, sleek "deep V" style hull. Unlike the Villain series, the Spartan is significantly longer (by 9.8 inches) and has a slightly wider beam (by 1.25 inches), which combine to give the Spartan a much sleeker overall profile. The Spartan also has an abundance of modern features which set it apart from earlier Traxxas boats. The most noticeable is Traxxas' new marine version of its Castle Powered Velineon brushless system, consisting of the new VXL-6s brushless ESC, and Velineon 540XL (1410 castle motor)brushless motor. Both the ESC and the motor are water-cooled, with the motor featuring a unique sealed composite water jacket that allows cooling water to directly contact the motor case, rather than the simple coiled metal tubing water jackets used on other Traxxas boats. The drive system is also a departure from the steerable outdrive system (the prop and rudder are one unit and are steered together) traditionally used on Traxxas boats. Instead, power on the Spartan is routed via direct drive (no reduction gears) to a single fixed surface piercing prop and steering is controlled by an aluminum rudder operated by a high torque waterproof servo. The Spartan is also uses Traxxas' 2.4GHz radio system (a first on Traxxas boats) with a 5-channel receiver located inside a watertight box. Other notable features include stainless steel trim tabs and turn fins (which help improve stability and turning performance), Traxxas high current battery connectors, 12 gauge power wire, and stainless steel hex hardware. The claimed top speed is 30 mph (26 kn) with the included dual 8.4 volt NiMH batteries. However, the top speed rises to 50 mph (43 kn) with optional double 3S LiPo battery packs, which Traxxas claims as the fastest top speed for any RTR (ready to race) radio controlled boat.[59]

Aircraft[edit]

Launched together at the end of 2012, Traxxas's first flying models take advantage of recent improvements in battery and motion-sensing technology which now allow useful amounts of time in the air and the automation of basic flight stability. They use lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) batteries, and micro-sized gyroscopes and accelerometers similar to those developed for mobile phones and game controllers to help the pilot fly.

These developments are opening up a category of easy-to-fly rotorcraft in which Traxxas is far from being the only player. Established model helicopter brands such as Blade from Horizon Hobby in the U.S. and Walkera, Syma and Hubsan in China have also moved rapidly into the new quadcopter and easy-to-fly helicopter segments. Indeed the Traxxas QR-1 and Hubsan X4 models are nearly identical, to the point of being able to share parts.[60]

DR-1 Helicopter[edit]

The Traxxas DR-1 has a dual-rotor coaxial design, with a flybar above, which together with the automatic gyro stabilisation make for a helicopter in the easy-to-fly beginner's category. It comes with a 2.4Ghz spread-spectrum radio transmitter, so you don't have to worry about interference from anyone else flying nearby.

QR-1 Quadcopter[edit]

The quadcopter is mechanically simpler than the helicopter, but has some sophisticated electronics on board to provide stability in flight. The QR-1 has four constant-pitch propellers, which rotate at different speeds to control the movements of the aircraft. The propellors' speed is decided in detail by firmware on a circuit board in the aircraft, which compares the control inputs from the pilot with measurement of what the aircraft is actually doing in the air provided by the tiny gyroscopes and accelerometers also on the board. This arrangement allows automatic response to sudden gusts, and helps the pilot when in "expert mode" to do flips and barrel roles.

Note that these flying models are not aimed primarily at children. The Traxxas QR-1 manual states "this model is not intended for use by children under the age of 14 without the supervision of a responsible adult". LiPo batteries require caution in handling, and the rotating blades, while not heavy or fast enough to present much of a hazard to adults, make them unsuitable toys for younger children.

Team Traxxas (legacy models)[edit]

Traxxas was once a professional line of racing vehicles, but now has retired all of the "TRX Pro Series" line of vehicles.

Sledgehammer[edit]

A entry-level one-tenth scale, electric, rear-wheel-drive monster truck. It had four-wheel independent suspension and eight oil filled shocks. It came with an early 90s regular cab Chevrolet truck body. The three versions produced include the original with white tub, white shocks, and gold aluminum plates; the second version (circa 1994) with white tub, black shocks, and black aluminum plates, and the third and final version which was all black plastic and blue aluminum plates.

Spirit[edit]

A entry level touring chassis, featuring a truck body. This model had very few adjustment options, and was meant for hobbyists not likely to customize or tune the vehicle. This vehicle was available as an electric model only. The Spirit utilizes the same chassis as The Cat, except The Cat was an off-road buggy which also had the same intention. The chassis design was a modified version of a toy-grade Nikko chassis.

Nitro Hawk[edit]

Traxxas's first RTR Nitro truck. The Traxxas' Nitro Hawk, though already a legacy model, is highly collectible and are still being sold at toy auctions till this time. The highest recorded bid, in 2011, sold for $360.00, much more than the price of a new one. The Traxxas Nitro Hawk was a two-wheel drive stadium truck with an all-aluminum chassis that came with four different engines, the Image .12, the TRX12, TRX15 and Pro15 in a special long crankshaft configuration. The engine assembly was different from other traxxas models, having the clutch bell with the pinion facing against the engine, and the flywheel secured with a nut at the end of the crank with the clutch shoes facing inward. Another particularity was its shoe brake system that applied braking force on the clutch bell itself instead of having a brake disc mounted on the transmission. This truck also featured all-aluminum shocks with collars to adjust spring load and 2.2-inch lite dish wheels with pro trax ribbed tires at the front and spiked ones at the back. Common upgrades were the 360 Stinger exhaust and sturdier shock towers, since the stock fiber ones were soft. First editions had white plastic parts, body and a clear/transparent hard plastic top, purposely to be painted with the hobbyist-preferred color and are the most collectable ones.

SRT (Stadium Race Truck)[edit]

The Traxxas SRT had a zero-flex fiberglass chassis reinforced by a battery box and a fiberglass front deck. It had a metal gear transmission, and an aluminum motor plate. It came as an unassembled kit and was discontinued in 1998.

TRX-1[edit]

The TRX-1 was a single decked, graphite chassis professional racing buggy.

Nitro engines[edit]

Currently, as with all of recent Traxxas products, all Traxxas engines are now designed in house at their Plano, Texas headquarters and manufactured in their own manufacturing facility located in Taiwan.

Traxxas has equipped most of its newer models with engines derived from the TRX 2.5. The current engine lineup consists of the older TRX Pro .15, the TRX 2.5, 2.5R, and the newest TRX 3.3 racing engine. The 2.5 represents the displacement in cubic centimeters, equivalent to .15 cubic inches. Although the displacement is roughly the same, Traxxas designed the 2.5 from the ground up with a refined crankcase, cooling head, port timing, and other components to produce more power, in line with expensive aftermarket offerings. The engine is physically taller, and the exhaust manifold is a circular port on the rear of the engine. In Spring 2006, Traxxas introduced the TRX 3.3 small block. The 3.3 cc displacement is about equal to 0.201 in³. The Traxxas 3.3 still maintains the same engine mounting dimensions as the 2.5, allowing the 3.3 to serve as a drop in replacement for 2.5 equipped Traxxas vehicles.

Traxxas' first engines were released in 1992. The Image 12 was a standard rebranded engine of average performance. The advent of the later TRX .12 engines were a dramatic improvement over the Image .12 and subsequently the vehicles Traxxas made increased in performance, quality and popularity.

The TRX .12's were entry level engines, and put out mediocre performance by today's standards. Later, Traxxas introduced the TRX .15 and Pro .15 engines. These produced slightly more power and accepted the EZ-Start system. Traxxas named their early engines with the size in cubic inches, which is relatively common for US-made model engines. They were still considered entry level, and were often replaced with more powerful after market engines when they wore out. Traxxas' boats used a version of the TRX Pro .15 which had a water cooling cylinder head. The Nitro Stampede two-wheel drive monster truck, Nitro Sport two-wheel drive truck, and Nitro Vee boat model still use the Pro .15.

Features[edit]

EZ Start[edit]

Traxxas brought on-board electric starting systems into widespread use for nitro fuel powered models. Most of their nitro-powered models carry this "EZ Start" system. It consists of a small electric motor geared to a rear engine shaft and a wiring harness to start the nitro engine in a way similar to full size automobiles. The wiring has leads to the electric motor and the electrically heated glow plug. The starter battery is kept separate from the model in a wand-like device. The end of the wand is inserted into the vehicle's receiver, and then the user presses the button on the wand. The electric motor turns the rear shaft until ignition, or until the wand's battery drains. Traxxas has also released pull start systems for their engines, so that the EZ Start system can be replaced if the owner so chooses. Some models may be started with starter or "bump" boxes, allowing the installation of engines with no on-car starting method, no rear shaft (and no leaking shaft seal), and less rotating and overall

Return to shore[edit]

A patented system employed on Traxxas's boats, the return to shore system provides similar user security to that of a fail safe on a nitro car or truck. The return to shore system is an electric motor that drives the propeller so that a nitro boat can be driven to shore, in the event that the engine cuts out during use. This operates by applying the brake which activates gearing that couples an electric motor to the propeller shaft of a nitro-powered boat. This enables the boat to be returned to shore.

Customization[edit]

Traxxas is a top retailer in the hobby level radio control market. Their designs make many customizations and modifications possible. The E-Maxx has been used as a base chassis by the US Troops in post-invasion Iraq as a bomb scout[61][62][63][64] According to the US Military the troops built this from the ground up; however, American troops clearly used the chassis and other inexpensive off-the-shelf E/T-Maxx parts. It is used to scout for roadside bombs, which when spotted are then removed safely.

Racing[edit]

Two Traxxas Slash trucks in a demonstration at the BorgWarner World Championship at Crandon.
Main article: Traxxas TORC Series

Traxxas was a sponsor in the Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) series until its demise in 2008. It took over as the title sponsor in a new off-road racing series called the Traxxas TORC Series. Traxxas has demonstrations of its products at events, and the Traxxas Mobile Support Center. The Mobile Support Center has Traxxas parts, cars, trucks, and boats, along with people who work on your truck.

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