TRACK TEST­ING

RC Car Action - - PERFORMANCE TEST - AD­VAN­TAGE: SHORT-COURSE TRUCK

Both trucks were taken over to Speed­zone Hob­bies in Peachtree City, Ge­or­gia, for lap test­ing. It’s doubt­ful you’ll ever see a Slash and Stam­pede with transpon­ders strapped in for or­ga­nized head-to-head com­pe­ti­tion, but as a means of see­ing how any RC car re­ally per­forms, you can’t beat a track.

SLASH 4X4 Even though the Slash has tires with a small con­tact patch, trac­tion was good on the slip­pery track. Slid­ing in the turns was min­i­mal, and its long wheel­base and wide width made it sta­ble over the small bumps on the track.

STAM­PEDE 4X4 Fat tires, a short wheel­base, and loose dirt made the Stam­pede more of a hand­ful on the track. Spinouts while go­ing down the straight oc­curred of­ten un­less a light touch was used on the throt­tle. Get­ting the Stam­pede around the turns re­quired a slow speed while off-power to give the front tires max­i­mum trac­tion. The short wheel­base also knocked the Stam­pede around more in bumpy sec­tions.

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