Go­ing From Wheels That Slip To Ones That Grip

RC Car Action - - SPECIAL PROJECTS - Text & Photos by Kevin Het­man­ski

The no prep drag rac­ing scene is one of the lat­est trends in the RC hobby that I’ve been watch­ing un­fold. It started with people tak­ing their ev­ery day RC cars and rac­ing each other to see which one is the fastest. Then people took things to an­other level by mak­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions and cus­tom parts to make their ve­hi­cles faster. The next thing you know com­pa­nies like Pro-line and Jcon­cepts started mak­ing bod­ies, tires and wheels for the scene and that’s where my in­ter­est peaked.

I kept see­ing builds with awe­some de­tail and cars that were go­ing from point A to B in a real hurry. I fi­nally de­cided to jump in the pool and built my own hot rod to have some fun with. Af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion, I de­cided to go with a Traxxas, PROTOFORM and Pro-line based ride and started out slow with a “stock” build. What I mean by that is that the car and parts are stock and off the shelf; any­one can buy it and put it to­gether. To see just which parts I de­cided to use and how the build turned out, read on.

Slash Based

I knew that I wanted to base my project on a Traxxas Slash but I had to do a lit­tle re­search to fig­ure out what base model to pick. Two must have items were a brush­less sys­tem and a LOW-CG (low cen­ter of grav­ity) chas­sis. I looked at pick­ing up a less ex­pen­sive model and adding the must have items but that op­tion acr­tu­ally ended up be­ing more ex­pen­sive.

In the end I went with the Traxxas Slash VXL with On­board Au­dio (OBA) and Traxxas Sta­bil­ity Man­age­ment (TSM); it has the LOW-CG chas­sis and comes with the fast brush­less sys­tem that I was look­ing for at a slightly lower price than what I would have had to pay by get­ting ev­ery­thing separately. Hav­ing the sound of the OBA sys­tem would be cool but it’s pretty heavy and will be set aside for this build. The TSM sys­tem isn’t le­gal for rzac­ing but it will be nice to have while I’m get­ting used to a new driv­ing style. Sure, th­ese cars race in a straight line, but they don’t al­ways go straight and if you crank on that steer­ing wheel too much, you’re go­ing to see a crash.

Slick Body

The bod­ies that are avail­able for no prep drag rac­ing are what drew me to it and I couldn’t wait to get one picked out and painted. There are a few bod­ies to choose from and my choice was the very slick Corvette C7 Pro Mod body from PROTOFORM. It’s go­ing to be fast and man is it good look­ing. I am a fan of bod­ies with lo­gos on them so that’s what I did for this one. I did some search­ing and found a photo of a race car from Ro­tak Rac­ing with an Oak­ley logo and went with some­thing sim­i­lar for my body.

2s Lipo

There aren’t many rules in the no prep drag rac­ing scene but one of the most im­por­tant ones that they do have is that you can only run a 2S Lipo. It makes sense be­cause they put out plenty of juice and they’re much lighter than higher volt­age packs. Traxxas power sys­tems are op­ti­mized for their bat­ter­ies so that’s what I used for my build. In the chas­sis is a Traxxas 5000mah 2-cell Lipo.

Drag Rub­ber

Pro-line’s Hoosier Drag Slicks are on the back of my ride be­cause they will pro­vide the best grip for drag rac­ing and they look amaz­ing; I paired them with Pro-line’s Hoosier front tires. I stuck with Pro-line when choos­ing the wheels and went with their Drag Spec front and rear wheels.

I just had to have the PROTOFORM Corvette C7 Pro Mod body for my project. It’s very slick and you can’t beat the look of it. A Traxxas 5000mah 2S Lipo pro­vides the juice for my ride and there’s plenty of ca­pac­ity for a lot of fast passes.

Pro-line’s new drag tires were re­leased just in time for this build. They look the part and will pro­vide the grip I need.

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