XMODS

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XMODS are 1:28 scale electric radio-controlled cars. The cars' primary marketing focus is on customization, and they are available in a variety of body styles and types traditionally favored by tuners. Fall 2005 saw the introduction of a new model line dubbed "Evolution" which also features a line of trucks. The cars are distributed by RadioShack in the United States, by Hobby Products International (HPI Racing) in Japan and by Carson Modellsport (Subdivision of Tamiya Germany) in Europe.

Nissan Skyline with available body kit.

Models[edit]

Generation 1[edit]

The original, first-generation XMODS were released in the Fall of 2003, featuring semi-proportional steering and modular construction enabling parts to be swapped. Eleven body styles have been released (one exclusive to Europe and Asia). Hobby Products International continues to distribute the generation 1 car, though RadioShack has discontinued the line in the United States.

For the U.S. models, each car comes with a mini-magazine (Super Street for the Japanese models and Hot Rod for the American models), featuring write-ups on selected models and upgrade accessories.

1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 V.spec

  • Yellow or Black; Blue version available only in Europe and Asia through HPI.[1] Silver version available only in Germany on Evolution chassis.

1997 Toyota Supra

  • Red or White

2000 Honda Civic Si Coupe

  • Blue or Black

2003 Honda Integra/Acura RSX

  • Silver

2004 Honda/Acura NSX

  • Yellow; White version available only in Europe and Asia through HPI.[2]

2004 Nissan 350Z

  • Copper; Silver version available only in Europe and Asia through HPI.[3] Blue version available only in Germany on Evolution chassis.

2003 Chevrolet Corvette C5

  • Silver

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

  • Red; Orange version available only in Germany on Evolution chassis.

1965 Ford Mustang coupe

  • Light Blue; Dark Blue available only in Germany on Evolution chassis.

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

  • Blue; White, Orange HPI and Yellow Fujitsubo Racing Colors version available only in Europe and Asia through HPI[4][5][6]

2004 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

  • Silver; available only in Europe and Asia through HPI.[7]

In addition to body kits for the models above, other body shells were available separately. These came with matching body kits, controller steering wheels and compatible drive shafts.

1997 Toyota Supra

  • Silver

2003 Honda Integra/Acura RSX

  • Black

2004 Ford Mustang Cobra

  • Red

XMODS Evolution[edit]

Stock silver Scion tC
Silver Scion tC with retired Wild Body kit inspired by Five Axis
Red Nissan Titan with retired Off-Road Kit

The XMODS Evolution models were released in the autumn of 2005. They had substantial construction differences from the previous model and are available with either a car or truck chassis. The electronics were vastly improved, with one main board compared to two separate pieces in the generation 1 version. The motor was mounted transversely in contrast to generation 1's longitudinal layout. While the generation 1 chassis had a separate battery housing (each holding two AAA batteries) on each side, the Evolution chassis had one battery housing (holding four AAA batteries) at the bottom. This series was discontinued in the U.S. by RadioShack in mid-2007.

It was possible to swap bodies and most parts between the Evolution and generation 1 cars. Some models sold outside the U.S. by HPI featured repainted generation 1 bodies.

Like the previous generation models, each XMODS Evolution car came with a Super Street (Japanese models) or Hot Rod (American models) mini-magazine. Truck models had a Truckin' mini-magazine.

1967 Pontiac Firebird

  • Purple

2004 Hummer H2

  • Black

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

  • Graphite Gray

2005 Ford Mustang

  • Dark Blue

2005 Nissan Skyline V35/Infiniti G35

  • Red

2005 Ford F-150

  • Orange

2006 Ford Mustang

  • Dark Blue

2006 Scion tC

  • Silver

2006 Nissan Titan

  • Red

In addition to body kits for the models above, A blue Ford F-150 body shell was available separately for the truck series. It came with body kits, controller steering wheel and compatible drive shafts and chassis extension parts.

Also, Yellow and Red Hummer H2 bodies were available through Carson in Germany. These had body color bumpers.

XMODS Evolution Transformers[edit]

Stock Xmods based on Transformer's Barricade

In June 2007, RadioShack released two XMODS Evolution models to coincide with the release of the film Transformers. Unlike other XMODS, which come in reusable plastic cases, these models came in standard boxes. Special body and light kits were available for these models. RadioShack stores were told not to sell them during a period in January due to a defect in the chassis. Under pressure, the chassis will crack and eventually break.[citation needed]

Bumblebee (2009 Chevrolet Camaro Concept) [1]

  • Golden Yellow with Black Stripes
  • Accessory kit comes with light kit, hood-mounted cannon and door-mounted missile launchers.

Barricade (2007 Saleen S281 Police Car) [2]

  • Black with white doors
  • Accessory kit comes with light kit, headlight claws and hood-mounted missile launcher.

XMODS Evolution Street[edit]

The street XMODS were confirmed on July 2, 2008 via RadioShack employee memos and were released on October of that year.[8][9] As of January, 2010 the Street series has been discontinued.

The released models include:

2008 Nissan GT-R[10]

  • Silver

1965 Ford Mustang [11]

  • Black

2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06[12]

  • Atomic Orange

2008 Audi R8[3]

  • Gunmetal

2010 Ford Mustang[4]

  • Burgundy

2009 Nissan 370Z[5]

  • Red

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8[6]

  • Orange

The XMODS Street series cars run on the XMODS Evolution chassis and include the same upgrades as the 1st and 2nd release XMODS Evolution series such as the Stage 2 Motor Upgrades and Command Logic Light Kit but also offer new upgrades such as the ground effects lighting kit, precision metal bearings, suspension and steering kits, as well as custom wheel and tire sets.

Currents differences of the XMODS chassis are:

  • Crystals have been removed and soldered onto the electronics board and inside the controller. Each car has one of two dedicated channels (out of a total of 10 different channels).
  • Foam inserts in XMODS plastic box have been replaced with plastic similar to holding body kit pieces.
  • Decals include flames and XMODS stickers. No magazine is included.
  • Rubber is used to protect parts of the motor
  • Less wheel wobble, a concern with older XMODS Evolution models.
  • Rear A-Arms and motor cradle have been reinforced.
  • The Nissan GT-R has rubber side mirrors, similar to the ones on the Bumblebee Camaro XMODS.
  • There are no body kit options for any of the cars. The bumpers and spoiler are molded onto the body of all of the cars.

XMODS generation 3[edit]

In fall 2013 RadioShack released a new XMOD. The new model is 1:24 in scale compared to the previous 1:28, and features a generic body instead of a specific car model copy. Other new features are a 2.4 GHz radio and staggered tires. Two other bodies are also available separately, one in a set with lights, and the other in a set with a "nitrous boost" ultracapacitor that allows a 3-5 second speed boost when a button on the controller is pressed. The other modifications available are extra tires, a lithium ion battery pack, a high speed rear end and rear end with a faster motor. Actual car bodies and other modifications are said to be coming soon, and an all wheel drive upgrade is expected as well, as the chassis contains everything necessary for a drop in kit.

XMODS Micro RC[edit]

RadioShack relaunched the ZipZaps Micro RC line under the XMODS banner on October 2008. Aside from the new labels that bear the XMODS Micro RC logo, the packaging is similar to the ZipZaps line. All parts, (motors, wheel covers, bodies, etc.) are backwards and forwards compatible between Zipzaps and XMODS Micro, with the exception of the 2009 models, which have one-piece wheels that do not allow the swapping of wheel covers. However, all other ZipZap and XMODS Micro parts will fit on the 2009 chassis. The cars use the traditional box-type controller, as opposed to the gun-type controller of the ZipZaps SE line. Current models include the following:

1959 Chevrolet Corvette[13]

  • Red

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS[14]

  • Blue

2009 Nissan GT-R

  • Silver

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

  • Red

Modifications[edit]

Nissan Titan Xmods with a servo modification

XMODS can be extensively modified using parts supplied by RadioShack and other aftermarket vendors. The starter kits advertise the ability to change the motor, wheels, tires, trim kit, springs/shocks, and bearings (From nylon bushings to steel bearings), add lighting kits, and swap the crystal to allow the cars to operate on multiple frequncies. (Note: The crystal has been discontinued.)

Tutorials for modifications are also available on various XMODS forum sites. In Japan, HPI distributes XMODS, in Europe distributed by CARSON Modellsport, with the cars having the same colors as those offered in the U.S. by RadioShack, but also some exclusive body colors and body tops not available to the US market.

Even though each model has a different body, all models in a particular line share the same or similar chassis. The most notable difference in the chassis is its length relative to its body top. You can also add motor upgrades onto them for faster speeds.

While using non-RadioShack upgrades, it is possible to achieve up to and over 40 MPH.[7]

Some people have used servo motors in their XMODS trucks to achieve higher torque, resulting in easier crawling, but with a very limited top speed.

People have modified the electronics by using hobby grade electronics, improving the speed, range, and smoothness of the servo in XMODS.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • xmodsrc.com, Official RadioShack website. This website currently is not working.