The TSM Factor
To get the truest test of how a monster truck handles compared to an equally spec’d short-course truck, we tested the Slash and Stampede with Traxxas Stability Management (TSM) switched off. But naturally, we were curious how much TSM would narrow the gap between the trucks. TSM had the greatest impact on handling when we took the trucks off-road, where the electronic controls made it much easier to hold a line. Whether it was loose conditions that might otherwise cause a slide or rough sections that could bounce the trucks in an unintended direction, TSM did its thing to keep both trucks tracking straight even as we got sideways. TSM wasn’t a factor when it came to jumping as far as leveling the trucks while airborne, but it was neat to see TSM automatically align the front tires with the direction of travel if we got the trucks crossed-up in flight. The TSM control is right on the transmitter, so dialing in the exact amount of assistance for the conditions at hand and your driving style is easy.