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Traxxas TQi

Looks like the Traxxas TQi will be available with most of their other vehicles. There will be two flavors. One with a Docking Base, and one without. The TQi with Docking base will come with the E-Maxx, E-Revo Brushless, Revo 3.3, and Slash 4×4 Ultimate. The TQi without the docking base will come with the Summit, Slash 4×4, Ford Raptor, and the 1/16th scale vehicles. You will then be allowed to purchase an optional docking base. (part #6510) Hopefully we don’t need to buy the base, and can just use a cable if we want. I know I have seen Traxxas setups that allow people to use iPads. If we can confirm or deny this, we will post an update.

The Free Traxxas App provides real time telemetry, custom dashboards and tons of adjustments all using the iPhone.

Hit the Traxxas site for more details.

traxxas xo-1

So we finally got a chance to get some unboxing photo’s up of the Traxxas XO-1 supercar.
Sorry guys. Mandi wasn’t around for this one. :)

There are a TON more pictures after the break, so keep reading..

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traxxas green aluminum

Traxxas has just announced some new aluminum hop up parts. These new parts are designed to add a little bling and durability to your Monster Jam Stampede Grave Digger Edition. The green aluminum parts will also fit many other Traxxas models like the Rustler, Stampede, Slash and Bandit. Parts include Caster blocks, Steering blocks, Stub Axle Carriers, Shock Caps and Axle nuts.

Hit the Traxxas site for more details.

Looking for even more green? Check out or recent Press from STRC, as they also just released a bunch of Green Aluminum hop-ups.

cj greaves traxxas bandit

Looks like Traxxas is staying on top of all sorts of racing these days. Check out this Traxxas Bandit C.J. Greaves Edition!
I don’t think there is anything else different besides the new paint scheme and CJ name and number on the side, but it looks look pretty cool.

Here is another shot.
cj greaves traxxas bandit

traxxas drag tree File this under the rumor mill, but we have been hearing word that Traxxas may be working on releasing a Drag Race Tree and Timing system that would use their Traxxas App for keeping track of the data. While this has not been officially confirmed, it’s not that far of a stretch with their recent Courtney Force Sponsorship Deal. Our ‘insider’ friends have told us it’s coming. I know a lot of street bashers would want to see something like this for racing their friends up and down the block. If we get any details from Traxxas, we will let you know.

Courtney Force Traxxas
Wow.. Traxxas, the ‘Fastest Name in Radio Control’ (turn off Peter V. Voice) now appears to be a major sponsor of Courtney Force and her NHRA Funny Car! The PR says she is making her pro debut in her Traxxas Ford Mustang. Good luck to all involved!

Is there any moving vehicle/sport the Traxxas name is NOT on?

Hit the Traxxas/Courtney website for details.

traxxas EX Peak Charger

A while back we broke the news about the new Traxxas LiPo’s and EZ-Peak Charger Plus. Well the time has finally come for that charger to be released! It’s a 6 amp (80w max) charger that will also discharge at 2 amps. Can handle charger 1-15 cell NiCd/NiMH and 1-6 cell LiPo/LiFe/LiLon batteries. It’s AC or DC powered, and comes with a standard XH balance board. There is also an optional adapter that will allow dual charging of batteries! (sold separately) It has 5 built in charging profiles, and of course comes with Traxxas connectors. (I better not let Cubby near this thing, I’ll never see it again!)

Hit the Traxxas website for other details.

Traxxas Deathrace Mustang

Saw that Mike D. created this insane Traxxas Mustang based on Frankenstein’s car from the Deathrace movie. Check out the pics!

Don’t forget to check out the Traxxas website if your interested in picking up a Mustang body for yourself and get your modding tools dusted off.

Traxxas XO-1
So when Traxxas announced their RC supercar the XO-1, it caused all sorts of waves. Obviously it was one of the most anticipated RC announcements, but a lot of people felt very strongly about the car in general. It really turned into a ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ sort of thing. We discussed it a lot around the office obviously, and we came to the conclusion that it was more than a ‘new car’, but a statement from Traxxas. To go along with their statement there was also a avalanche of news coverage. Not only on RC sites obviously (you can see all of our XO-1 Coverage HERE) but on sites that normally don’t cover RC at all. You want to talk about no such thing as bad publicity, here are just a few sites I saw last week that mentioned the XO-1!

Tom’s Guide, Cnet, Autoblog, Gizmag, Gizmodo, TheAwesomer, Engadget, Top Gear, Autoweek, MaximumPC, and about a zillion more! Even FoxNews jumped on the bandwagon. And Top Gear? Shesh!

Love it or hate it, you have to admit Traxxas is doing one heck of a job getting not only their name out there, but the entire hobby of RC as well!

For more info on the XO-1 you can check our Coverage HERE, or visit the official Traxxas website.

Cubby

my thoughts on the xo-1
I agree with cubby…the XO-1 is not about selling large volume and making money….it’s to make a statement!

It’s like the Ferrari of R/C. Not all of us is going to be able to afford one, but somewhere in all of us, we all want one :)

Sxxxx

Cubby- Just fyi for our readers, Sxxxx is a west coast industry guy who makes some pretty uber hop-up products. (his name has been changed btw)

While I find it hard to believe anyone would agree with me, ya, that’s pretty much how I see it. The coffers are exploding at Traxxas, when you hit that point you can do crazy projects like the Traxxas XO-1. It’s totally non-practical, it costs way too much, but even the people hate’n on it would not turn one away if it mysteriously showed up on their doorstep. It is indeed one hell of a statement piece.


Hey guys,

So I just read the Cub Report on the XO-1 and while you give props to Traxxas for releasing one bad azz car, would you actually buy one? I agree the price point is very steep but one big question (in my opinion), does the average basher have access to an area large and empty enough to take advantage of the 100mph performance? I mean, it’s one thing to spend that much money on an rc car but where else would you run it besides an actual full scale race track? maybe parking lots after hours?…I don’t know…it’s not like you can just grab your Slash or 1/8 scale buggy and head down to your local rc track or bash spot. I think it’s cool Traxxas has the b@lls to release a vehicle like the XO-1 but to me the XO-1 is more of a novelty item and unfortunately they have indeed alienated their core audience.
just thinking out loud,
Joe
p.s. it would have been cool if Traxxas released a scale-looking 1/8 buggy to compete with the new buggies from HPI and Axial….

Cubby- Hola Joe, and of course we dig hearing from people thinking out loud, that’s essentially all we do here at BigSquid. LOL

Would I actually buy one? No, I would not. I’ve run a lot of high speed the last half decade so I know first hand how hard it is. Every crash above 60 nearly totals out your rig, everything bad that can happen usually does, and perhaps the biggest thing I’ve learned is- running high speed isn’t cheap, EVER. Also, I’m more an off road guy, I get more personal satisfaction from clearing a 40 foot triple with only an 8 foot run than I ever got from breaking 100 mph.

I am a marketing guy, so I enjoy researching peoples reactions to new products, so of course I’ve been hitting up all the guys around the office for their take on the new Traxxas Supercar. And yes, one my questions has been if they would actually cut the check and buy an XO-1. And no, nobody in our office is willing to pay a grand for the XO-1. Most of the guys here would pay $500, but a grand is just too high, even for our two in-house Traxxas fan boys. The one possible exception is Brian, he really digs large scale on-road cars, but even then he’s on the fence whether he’d actually cut that big of a check for a car that really needs 500 foot of clean pavement to be used properly.

The Nakamichi Dragon was the most uber, most esoteric, tape deck money could buy back in the 80′s. Nakamichi didn’t sell many Dragons, but… the mere existence of the Dragon sold thousands upon thousands of their lower end decks. Everyone wanted a Dragon, but the mass populous was more than happy with a lesser deck, just as long as it had “Nakamichi” on it. Traxxas may not sell many XO-1′s, but they will sell a LOT of their other product simply because it exists.

Btw… the XO-1 is a solid platform that can be used on a Lot of other types of cars/trucks/buggies. :) I think we all have the feeling we’ll be seeing a Lot more of this platform before it’s all said and done.

Oh and lastly, yes, I’m all about the new Axial EXO. I’d take one of those any day over a half dozen Traxxas XO-1′s. But that’s just me.


First off, Very Nice Website! I am new to the R/C world and ran across your site while searching for my son a R/C. He is 10-yrs old and looking to get into the R/C world. We are tired of disposable r/c’s from the retail stores and want to get him a good one. He will not be a racer but more of a basher. He loves off-roading and will just use the r/c to show off to friends and around the yard. I have narrowed my choices down to 2 – The Traxxas Stampede XL-5 or the Electrix Ruckus. Looking for some advice on if the Stampede is worth the extra $$. The “waterproof” claim of the Traxxas is making me lean that way. It appears I can get a Stampede for $185 or a Ruckus for $130. Just looking for some pro’s & con’s on each and some advice on which “starter” r/c to choose.
Thanks for the help!
Chris W.

Cubby- Hey ya Chris, thanks for the email.

IMO this is how they stack up….
ECX Ruckus
Upsides- Good driving truck, takes a good pounding, loads of funs. Downsides- stock motor needs a proper break-in process, nowhere near the parts support of the Traxxas, limited hop-up potential.

Traxxas Stampede XL-5

Upsides- Incredible parts support, wheelie pop’n machine. Downsides- same old shock caps that pop off and spur gears that die too easily, it’s hard to steer, dinosaurs still walked the Earth when the platform was conceived.

I’m going to throw one more into the mix… the ARRMA Granite. The Granite isn’t quite to the market, but it’s new tech, uses a twin spar chassis, waterproof, can handle big power, and it’s 2.4 GHz. I got some time in with one at the iHobby show and I was impressed, unfortunately it’s not due till late December.

Best of luck with your buying decision, feel free to shoot us another email letting us know what you bought and how it worked out for you and your son.


Hey Guys,
I’m looking to purchase either a Duratrax Evader Ext2 or Losi Desert Truck for my son. The Losi is $30 more.no biggie, but which is better for a kids first RC truck?
We been playing with my old Super Blackfoot 2, Losi Buggy and RC10T, but they are officially retired.
Thanks,
Marc

Cubby- Thanks for the email Marc. Btw, you are a lucky man having an old Super Blackfoot 2, a real Associated RC10T and a true Losi buggy in your rc garage. Todays offerings may be significantly higher tech, but I’d argue all day long that your classics are way more fun.

So… if I had to pick between a Duratrax Evader Ext2 or a Horizon/Losi Desert Truck, I’m going with the Duratrax all day long. Why? Because the Losi Desert Truck isn’t a stadium truck, and it’s not a short course truck, and it’s not a desert truck, it’s a monstrosity, a truck put out to try and capture some scale truck sales right after the Slash got huge (but they wayyy missed the mark). The Evader Ext2 is a durable stadium truck that is every bit as fast out of the box, plus the $30 you save can be put towards an extra battery/tires/charger/etc.


That’s it for this week. Shoot your emails to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Way back in 2009 we posted what we thought was going to be the future for Futaba. You can click that link to see the original post. Yea we were doing it as sort of a gag, but with the way Futaba radios were evolving, it didn’t seem like too far of a stretch. Now, almost 2+ years later, what’s this? Our idea picked up by Traxxas for their new radio? I personally liked our look better.. a bit more polish. Either way, I’m thinking Traxxas needs to cut us one heck of a check… or Futaba should seriously start listening to us a little more! You guys could of had this! Call us, we do contract consulting work! Just Say’n….

We called ours the i-4PK.

Big Squid RC Futaba iPK Traxxas TQi

Any other companies need us to show them the future of RC? Drop Brian a line… :)

Just in case you haven’t caught the videos of the Traxxas XO-1 in action, we wanted to make sure they do not get missed! The first XO-1 video is their initial showing, with it racing around the track and looking pretty cool.

The second video after the break shows off the new TQi radio and how it works with the iPhone or iTouch. Keep reading to check it out..

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Traxxas XO-1 Front

Adding to our Traxxas XO-1 Coverage we got to ask Peter V. over at Traxxas a few questions about the car. Here are his responses.

Big Squid: Some of the video shots look like it has lights. Will there be a light kit available when it ships? Is this later down the road?

Peter V. : XO-1 does not currently have lights out of the box or as an accessory light kit. But that would be pretty cool…

Big Squid: This is a pretty custom body. Will there be other bodies planned that will fit this chassis in the near future? Besides a clear XO-1?

Peter V. : The XO-1′s unique size and aerodynamic requirements rule out existing aftermarket bodies, so we will be developing our own designs to fit the XO-1 and maintain its 100+mph performance and stability.

Big Squid: Will there be some Android love? Or Apple iOS only?

Peter V. : Apple iOS only. Remember, you don’t need a phone, you can use an iPod touch. Older generation iPod touches are compatible, and you can find them inexpensively on eBay or Craigslist. Even if you purchase a new iPod touch just to use with your TQi radio system, you’ll be spending less than you would on a comparable pro-level radio system-but “comparable” isn’t really a fair word to use, since nothing compares to the TQi when you add your Apple device. You’ll have more features, more
adjustability (and easier adjustability), way more memory, and a far, far better display than any transmitter currently offered–plus telemetry. Plus all the functionality of the iPhone or iPod! Try watching a movie, surfing the web, listening to music, texting your girlfriend, or ordering a pizza with any other transmitter. Even if you’re a hardcore Android fan, you’re not going to want to miss out on the features of Traxxas Link. Get an iPod touch, plug it into the Docking Base, and consider it to be part of the transmitter.

Big Squid: How many colors available at launch?

Peter V. : We’ve got black, silver, red, and blue. The colors are metallic, with a really fine
“flake” to them. They look great on video and in photos, but in person, they really
pop.

Big Squid: Is it waterproof?

Peter V. : The receiver box and steering servo are waterproof, but the power system is not currently waterproof, so we don’t say the XO-1 is a “waterproof” model.

Thanks for the time and answers Peter V. !

Make sure to hit this link for all your Traxxas XO-1 news.