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xo-1 rumor

File this deep in the Rumor Mill box, but we have heard that Traxxas was recently doing some driving and filming of some down hill speed run action featuring the XO-1. Our informant mentions a group of guys in a Traxxas ‘wrapped’ Hummer (maybe) were up north of us running vehicles down some huge mountain side. When our ‘guy’ stopped to chat a bit, he said the Traxxas guy was claiming they were in the 140mph range with the vehicle. Cubby, just about coughed up a lung when I mentioned this to him. We have ALL run high speed here, and we know how difficult it is. We also know how difficult it was getting the XO-1 even close to 100mph. Down hill or not, there are a lot of physics and air things happening at those speeds that really raise the bar on making that work.

Only time will tell if we see something officially from Traxxas on this. Maybe there is a Traxxas XO-2 in the works being tested? Or maybe some new hop-ups?

Have you read our review of the Traxxas XO-1? Click HERE to check it out.

The Traxxas XO-1 Review

We finally got our hands on the Traxxas XO-1, easily one of the most talked about car releases of the year. This was Traxxas’s answer for a Supercar. There was controversy from the beginning, and there was also a lot of praise. This is probably the most anticipated and honest reviews of the Traxxas XO-1 you will find, so lets dive into the review and see how it rates with Big Squid RC.


A few days ago Cubby mentioned that we have been putting the Traxxas XO-1 Super car through our standard insane testing, and he even mentioned that we jumped it. Shortly after we got a a few emails saying ‘why would you jump the XO-1?!?! You didn’t really jump it did you??’


traxxas xo-1

It’s a Traxxas vehicle… they are supposed to be ready for bashing right.. right?

Watch for the review coming soon..

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..


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.


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 :)


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,
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 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.

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

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..


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

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.

Traxxas XO-1 Box Top

If you haven’t gotten enough Traxxas XO-1 Release News yet, we got two cool pics off the box. The first is the top of the box, so you all know what to look for on the shelves, but I really liked this side of the box that points out a lot of the new features I haven’t seen mentioned in their other PR.

Traxxas XO-1 Box Side

You can click it for a slightly larger version where you can read the font. :)

Cubby So maybe you’ve heard a little something by now that Traxxas has a new car out? LOL

Yes, the most highly anticipated release of the year, the Traxxas XO-1, has officially been unleashed on the public. So what’s the buzz?

First off I was a bit startled by the shear amount of rabid hate going around the net on the XO-1. There are a lot of Traxxas fan boys out there, and the car obviously looks crazy uber, so why all the hate? Because- Traxxas has alienated their core audience with this one. The price point is very high, well beyond what their core supporters are ever going to spend on an rc car. It’s pretty easy to hide the fact you spent 200-400 bucks from the wife, but you spend a grand on an rc and she IS going to find out. And that’s if you’ve got the extra grand laying around to spend to start with. The price point alone limits the potential sales of this car.

If I was Traxxas and kick’n everyones azz, and if I were sitting around a big table with all my suits and asked the question “If money were no object what would you build?”, the XO-1 would be the result. It’s big, it’s ridiculously fast, and it hits areas of tech that no other rc chassis manufacture has gone to yet. I’m quite certain the XO-1 will go down in history as one of the baddest azz cars ever built. Unfortunately it may go down as the car that alienated all the long time Traxxas faithful.

Is the Traxxas XO-1 as “revolutionary” as Traxxas claimed it would be? Not one person around the office said that it hits “revolutionary” status, but… it just may be. If it can honestly do 100 mph out of the box that is indeed revolutionary. It looks like it has a shot at putting up big numbers- it has lots of aero work, more than enough horsepower, and a large footprint to aid in stability, so a 100 just might be possible with this car. But I think it might be more revolutionary in another way- it’s a definitive “baddest azz rc car in the world” that the mainstream can easily point a finger at. It’s from a reputable name, it has a huge price point, and it’s way over powered, that’s something the mainstream can sink their teeth into. I can see this car being featured everywhere from MotorTrend to Engadget. The XO-1 may turn out to be one of the best ambassadors our sport has ever had (if too many legs don’t get broken first!).

I do have to give props to Traxxas on this one, I mean the legal team at any sane company would have killed this project early in the design process. The fact Traxxas is selling a 10 lb, 27 inch long rc car with 6S Lithium that can do over 100 mph to any kid with the cash is a statement to their zeal for the hobby and even I can admire that.

Support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

The Traxxas XO-1 has finally been announced! That’s XO as in XOhh. Pretty sure thats not the Traxxas X0-1 As in X Zero. Also it’s not XO1. Pretty sure they want that dash.

It’s an on-road vehicle that Traxxas is claiming will do 100+ MPH with two 3S 5000 packs! It also has a App for the iPhone with telemetry for the newly designed TQi radio with docking base.

They are stressing experts only at these speeds! It won’t do the 100+mph without the iPhone app installed.

Comes with the NEW Castle Creations Mamba Monster Extreme Speed Control.
Special 100+mph belted rubber tires.

I’m guessing we will be fighting to see who does the Traxxas XO-1 review! hahah

Comments on! What do you think??

Keep reading, more pics after the break… hit refresh.. added more pics.. and FULL SPECS!