The Traxxas Nitro Sport has a new look (paint job), new wheels and tires, and is RTR! Comes with the TRX Pro.15 engine (with EZ Start) that should get you about 38mph out of the box!
With all the Traxxas Waterproof news going around lately, we have been getting emails about batteries. It looks like the good people over at MaxAmps have the answer people have been looking for. Beginning February 1st, 2009, all MaxAmps lipo packs will come water-sealed, so they can run in water, mud, snow. Very cool!
Traxxas Series 3 Power Cells are a good balance of price and run time. They have a 7-cell 8.4v hump pack that will fit in most Traxxas Models (except E-Maxx and E-Revo). The extra cell will get you about 5mph more, which is pretty good for just changing out your batter pack and you are not looking to make the jump to LiPo.
The new AC/DC EZ-Peak charger from Traxxas is designed for maximum simplicity and reliability. Just plug in a 6 to 8 cell pack and the EZ-Peak starts chargning up to 4amps. A status LED will turn green when your batteries are peaked. It comes with the Traxxas High Current connector and will work with NiCd and NiMH packs.
Traxxas has now created waterproof versions of their Stampede, Rustler and Bandit. The XL-5 speed control and high torque servos now have blue cases to signify they are waterproof and have completely sealed electronics. In addition, they are also brushless ready with the same steel gears found in the VXL editions. This is pretty big news. Hear in the midwest we do a good amount of snow bashing, and have fried many things over the years due to water getting in.
Since we happen to do a lot of crazy rc stuff and usually put them on video, this new product really catches our attention. Traxxas is bringing the GoPro R/C Hero Miniature Video Camera to the world. It has a shockproof and water proof housing, it has a few different ways to bolt up to your RC. It can capture video at 30fps or a few different ways to take 5 megapixel images on it’s own while you drive.
It will be interesting to see what sort of quality we can get out of one of these. Will all the pictures be blurry? It runs on a two AAA’s and can record up to 2 hours of video on a 2gb sd card. (not included). They say the price will be about $340, but we hope it will be cheaper in the stores.
New from RPM RC is this Motor Protector for the Traxxas Bandit, Rustler, and Stampede. It can work on the Traxxas Slash with the removal of the rear bumper. The idea hear is to help protect the exposed motor, which, if you have bashed with this vehicles and get hit pretty hard. For even more protection, you can mount a second one on the other side to protect the gears. This picture is seen with it while using their Rear Mount we mentioned not that long ago. If you own one of these Traxxas vehicles, you really should looking into these parts.
ST Racing Concepts is releasing CNC Machined Aluminum Front and Rear Shock bodies and lower caps for the Traxxas Slash, Rustler, Stampede and Bandit. The come in blue, red or silver anodizing and will be around $16 a pair. These things look pretty good, and at a decent price.
New from ST Racing Concepts are these CNC Machined Aluminum Upper shock caps for the Traxxas Slash, Rustler, Stampede, Bandit, T/E-Maxx. These upper shock caps are designed to work and thread onto the newer ultra versions of the Traxxas shocks. (with the grey shock bodys)
RPM RC has just announced their Black Revolver 2.2″ Truck Wheels for the Traxxas e-Rustler, e-Stampede and HPI RS4-MT. The advantage to a molded black wheel is the constant color throughout the wheel. If you get a scratch or ding, it will be less noticeable because the color is always there. These wheels also fall under that great RPM warranty!
Ok, yea I know they are already the most popular RC company right now, and they sell like a million cars a day (haha.. maybe the big three US motor companies could learn something from these guys), but if you are not into RC already, the odds of you knowing who or what Traxxas is, isn’t good.
So I opened the Sunday paper, started off with the funnies, and then hit the sales papers to see if there is any last minute shopping I need to ask Santa to do. As I was flipping the pages my eyes just about popped out of my head as I flipped to the Pep Boys ad and saw a Traxxas Rustler staring me back in the face! Its listed it at $199, a ‘Hobby-Grade’ radio control, with battery and charger. 3 Models available.
Now Cubby and I have had many conversations on what it would take to help spread the world of RC to more people, and who’s gonna be the first real ‘Walmart’ vehicle. Traxxas is almost always the name mentioned because it just makes sense. Easy to get into, reliable, and cheap. I’m not sure if this was a Traxxas promotion, or if some genius RC fan at Pep Boys thought it would be cool to do, and I am glad to see it done!
Ok, before I get a call from Cubby that he wants his soap box back, I’ll step off and bring it to a end. If you have the money, and you know a young kid in need of a hobby, go get him/her a RC for X-mas! You’ll have a fan for life!
Keeping up with our MIP theme today, we have the new C-CVD. This new design needs no thread lock or tiny set screw. Just insert the pin through the bone and coupling axle assembly then side the new RED C-CVD Capture Ring over the threads and screw it on. These new C-CVD’s will work on the Traxxas Slash, Nitro Rustler, and Nitro Stampede.
If you have been around the bashing scene for a while, the name MIP should be a familiar to you. I think if you owned a Traxxas T-Max, you were probably running MIP CVD’s. Well, MIP is about to be a name you start to buy again as they are starting to hop-up the Traxxas Slash!
This is the MIP Ball Diff kit for the Traxxas Slash. Actually any Traxxas running the Magnum 272 Transmission, so you can also include the VXL and XL Rustler, Stampede, and Bandit! Their new design, ready for all your brushless bashing and also allows for setting the diff without taking apart the whole transmission! Head over to the MIP site for more details.