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RC Car Action - - CONTENTS - Peter Vieira Edi­to­rial Director/ Sur­face Group pe­terv@airage.com

It’s Edi­tors’ Choice awards time again, and since you prob­a­bly read this page last, I’m go­ing to as­sume there’s no need to say “Spoiler Alert!” be­fore con­grat­u­lat­ing Team As­so­ci­ated, Traxxas, and Spek­trum on lock­ing down the Car, Truck, and In­no­va­tion of the Year awards. I’ve been part of the crew pick­ing the “…of the Year” win­ners since 1998, and if there’s one thing that stands out—be­yond how ter­rific these prod­ucts are—it’s how many more ex­cit­ing prod­ucts we have to choose from to­day. We don’t have of­fi­cial run­ner-ups for the Edi­tors’ Choice awards, but here are a few items that I think de­serve a shout-out as award-wor­thy prod­ucts:


If As­so­ci­ated hadn’t rolled out their clean-sheet 4WD buggy this year, it’s likely Traxxas’ all-new en­try to the tour­ing car scene would have been our Car of the Year. You’re ex­cused if that sounds a bit dull, since shaft-drive RTR tour­ing cars are hardly new. But as with many other Traxxas mod­els, it’s all about the de­tails, and the 4-Tec is lit­er­ally well de­tailed with its mul­ti­p­iece Ford GT body and spin­ning brake ro­tors. But it’s the engi­neer­ing de­tails that re­ally mat­ter, and the 4-Tec’s mod­u­lar chas­sis, trick body posts, cli­p­less bat­tery hold-down, and other touches set it apart for street-level fun. Plus, it’s fast.


Traxxas set the RC world on fire with the TRX-4, which was an easy slam­dunk pick for Truck of the Year. Pull it off the play­ing field, and the X-maxx 8S would be next in line—but since we picked the X-maxx 6S as our 2016 Truck of the Year, that knocked it out of con­tention. That brings us to the other truck mak­ing big tracks right now: Arrma’s Nero se­ries. In “orig­i­nal,” Big Rock, and Fa­zon fla­vors, Arrma’s wildest rigs are pop­ping up in hot spots all over, and we’ve had plenty of fun with them. The Nero would be an even stronger con­tender if it were the only truck to of­fer lay­down shocks and re­mote-lock­ing diffs, but Arrma cer­tainly gets credit for do­ing these fea­tures well, if not first.


Again with the Traxxas! While not quite as trans­for­ma­tive as putting an en­tire An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem into a trans­mit­ter, like the In­no­va­tion of the Year–win­ning Spek­trum DX6R, Traxxas’ Blue­tooth-en­abled charger is still a big step for­ward for charger tech. The beau­ti­ful Ez-peak Live app fur­ther pol­ishes the user ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially when you’ve got mul­ti­ple charg­ers cook­ing. It’s never been eas­ier to keep tabs on your bat­ter­ies, and the self-set­ting id tech that we named our 2015 In­no­va­tion of the Year is still a big break­through for safety and con­ve­nience.

Car of the Year-wor­thy: the Traxxas 4-Tec 2.0 Ford GT.

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