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RC Car Action - - CONTENTS - By the RC Car Ac­tion team

BY THE RC CAR AC­TION TEAM The king of cool-stuff hob­bies is RC, and chances are you’ve got a bunch of book­marks in your browser for all the cool loot you want. There’s al­ways some­thing newer, hot­ter, bet­ter, faster, and stronger that we just gotta have! It’s all part of the fun—there’s al­ways some­thing to keep your imag­i­na­tion revved up for RC. Here’s a look at all the cars, trucks, parts, and ac­ces­sories that are hot now and will be heat­ing up the RC scene in the year ahead.


Sure, the de­cal says “Rustler,” but this 65+mph 4WD ma­chine de­liv­ers E-revo-style thrills. Ve­li­neon brush­less power and Traxxas’ proven shaft-drive sys­tem com­bine with an all-new chas­sis and the lat­est TSM elec­tronic sys­tem, self-right­ing tech­nol­ogy, and a quick-re­lease body sys­tem. Read the full re­view in this is­sue! $400 traxxas.com


Hard to be­lieve this is ac­tu­ally Spek­trum’s sec­ond-best ra­dio—it’s got all the fea­tures any pro could ever need. The ro­tat­ing drop wheel lets you set wheel po­si­tion just right, and Spek­trum even throws in an­gle wedges to fur­ther fine-tune the er­gos. The Sim­ple­scroll pro­gram­ming and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem make it easy to ac­cess the ra­dio’s deep well of tun­ing func­tions, and you even get built-in teleme­try ca­pa­bil­ity. Avail­able as a trans­mit­ter only, or with the SR2100 re­ceiver that in­cludes four Smart Drive pre­sets for six pop­u­lar Losi mod­els.

$240–300 spek­trumrc.com

HITEC D-se­ries Ser­vos

Hitec’s D-se­ries link­age pullers are high­per­for­mance pow­er­houses. Each model in the 16-servo lineup fea­tures a pro­gram­mable PWM am­pli­fier, 32-bit MCU, 4096 res­o­lu­tion, dual ball bear­ings on the out­put shaft, and soft-start cir­cuitry. Don’t know what all that means? It means the D-ser­vos are strong, fast, and pre­cise. Pic­tured: the D940TW with ti­ta­nium gears,

229 oz.-in. of torque, and 0.07-sec­ond tran­sit time. $40–$170 hite­crcd.com


That’s BND as in “bind and drive,” mean­ing there’s no trans­mit­ter in the box with this oth­er­wise RTR rock racer. You just bind your cur­rent Spek­trum DSMR ra­dio to the re­ceiver, in­stall a 2S or 3S Lipo, and off you go. Along with the rad new black-an­do­r­ange look, you get all the stan­dard Rock Rey good stuff: 2800Kv brush­less power, Ac­tive Ve­hi­cle Con­trol elec­tronic sta­bil­ity sys­tem, re­al­is­tic in­de­pen­dent front/sol­i­daxle rear sus­pen­sion, func­tional LED light bar, in­te­rior with fig­ures…it’s a long list. $400 losi.com

PRO-LINE Brute Bash Ar­mor Body for X-maxx

Now here’s some­thing dif­fer­ent: Pro-line’s lat­est X-maxx body is made out of the brand’s new Bash Ar­mor ma­te­rial, which is ex­tra thick and ul­tra flex­i­ble to pre­vent crack­ing and shat­ter­ing. The body ar­rives molded in white with plenty of de­cals to style it out. Like Pro-line’s other X-maxx bod­ies, the Traxxas quick-re­lease sys­tem is a di­rect fit, so the body in­stalls just like stock.

$127 pro­lin­erac­ing.com

PRO-LINE Bad­lands 4-Pack

The Traxxas Slash 2WD re­mains a best-seller for Traxxas, which means tires and wheels for the rig are top sellers for Pro-line. To make shop­ping easy, Pro-line bags up the tires as a 4-pack, mounted on Split Six wheels. Just ask for 1182-30, and you’ll get the cor­rect front and rear off­sets you need for the Slash, with that sweet mo­tocross-style Bad­lands tread.

$65 pro­lin­erac­ing.com

TAMIYA Com­i­cal Grasshop­per WR-02CB

Tamiya’s Chibi-style ve­hi­cles (like Wild Willy, Honda City Turbo, Suzuki Jimny Wheelie) are su­per cool and uniquely Ja­panese, and we’re lov­ing how the “su­per-de­formed” look trans­lates to the Com­i­cal Grasshop­per. This su­per-short-wheel­base buggy is built for a wheelie-pop­ping ride, and Tamiya leaves the wrench­ing to you—it’s a kit! $178 tamiyausa.com

VENOM Drive Bat­ter­ies

“It sure would be nice if all bat­ter­ies used the same con­nec­tor.” Wish granted! Well, kinda. Venom’s new Drive bat­ter­ies in­clude Uni­ver­sal 2.0 plugs that al­low you to jack into any speed con­trol or charger with a Deans, EC3, XT60, or Traxxas con­nec­tor. Very cool, but just as im­por­tant: The packs are high qual­ity too. Read our full re­view in this is­sue!

$16–$190 ven­om­power.com

PRO BOAT Son­icwake

Pro Boat’s lat­est wave maker is a pretty sweet 50mph ma­chine with a 36-inch deep-v hull, but its self-right­ing trick is what sets it apart. In­stead of re­ly­ing on an ugly foot­ball-shaped hull to let the boat roll over, the sleek Son­icwake de­sign clev­erly floods a spe­cially de­signed chan­nel to flip the boat right side up. Ac­cel­er­ate, and the wa­ter drains in­stantly, and you’re back in ac­tion. An RTR with 4-pole brush­less power, you add two 2S or 3S Lipo packs. $400

Pro Boat by Hori­zon Hobby, hori­zon­hobby.com

RCSCREWZ Stain­less Hard­ware

Hard­ware. That’s some­thing you prob­a­bly don’t think about, at least not un­til it turns into a rusty or­ange mess. Pass! Up­grade to stain­less-steel hard­ware from Rcscrewz, and rust­proof your ride with pre­ci­sion fas­ten­ers that hold tight and look trick. Sweet plas­tic case in­cluded.

$19–$60 rcscrewz.com


The Traxxas trail-truck lineup in­cludes the Land Rover De­fender, Tac­ti­cal, and

Ford Bronco, all with the TRX-4’S trick servo-op­er­ated T-lock diffs and High-low trans­mis­sion. And if you want to save $100 bucks, you can get the TRX-4 Sport with its sim­pler sin­gle-speed and locked-diff setup. All in­clude por­tal axles for a higher lift over ob­sta­cles, and Traxxas’ trail-spe­cific XL-5 brushed power sys­tem with Cruise Con­trol.

$360–$480 traxxas.com


Futaba’s pre­mier pro pis­tol is more fea­ture-packed than ever. Touch­screen con­trol via a 4.3-inch color LCD jumps out as the sig­na­ture tech high­light, and Futaba’s fit, fin­ish, and feel re­main the gold stan­dard. Four mix­ing func­tions are avail­able, in­clud­ing brak­ing, steer­ing, gyro, and 4WS. Other fea­tures in­clude an S.bus servo pro­gram­ming ed­i­tor, a 40-model mem­ory, a servo mon­i­tor, as­sign­a­ble switches and di­als, a voice mes­sage/ au­dio ear­phone jack, and left-hand con­vert­ibil­ity. $700 futabarc.com

ARRMA No­to­ri­ous

Arrma’s 6S-rated, 60mph stunt truck is built on Arrma’s proven 1/8-scale plat­form and gets a 150-amp speed con­trol and 2050Kv mo­tor, so you can “send it” into the next zip code. Sig­na­ture fea­ture: The “Real Steel” matte fin­ish (which you can also get in blue) is de­signed to look bet­ter with wear— when it gets scratched or scuffed, bare “steel” is re­vealed be­neath the paint! $500 arrma-rc.com

SAVOX Ryan Cava­lieri Edi­tion Ser­vos

Yeah, you could say bazil­lion-time na­tional cham­pion and four-time IFMAR World Champ Ryan Cava­lieri knows a lit­tle bit about what to look for in a win­ning servo. His sig­na­ture Savox line in­cludes four mod­els with 138 to 388 oz.-in. of torque in stan­dard and low­pro­file sizes. Gears are steel or ti­ta­nium de­pend­ing on the model, and each servo fea­tures an alu­minum case, all-black leads, and op­ti­mized dead­band for en­hanced on-cen­ter feel.

$70–$100 savoxusa.com


When plas­tic won’t cut it, Robin­son Rac­ing’s pre­ci­sion-ma­chined steel gears are the way to go. Robin­son of­fers spur and pin­ion gears as well as in­ter­nal gears for Ax­ial, Traxxas, Losi, Vaterra, HPI, and Team As­so­ci­ated mod­els, all made in the USA.

$4–$47 robin­son­rac­ing.com

TEKIN El­e­ment-proof Ser­vos

First-class mo­tor and speed con­trol maker Tekin is fully into the servo scene now, with an eight-model lineup that in­cludes stan­dard-size and low-pro­file mod­els. Dig­i­tal-mag­netic po­si­tion en­cod­ing re­places po­ten­tiome­ter­based tech for max­i­mum per­for­mance, and heat-dis­si­pat­ing ma­chineda­lu­minum hous­ings are stan­dard. You even get a ma­chined-alu­minum arm with each servo.

$160–$170 teamtekin.com

MAXAMPS Race Edi­tion Dual-core Li­pos

Bat­tery king Maxamps as­sem­bles your bat­tery to or­der in the USA, and the Read­ers’ Choice fa­vorite of­fers scads of dif­fer­ent NIMH, Lipo, and Life op­tions to choose from. We’re show­ing off a Dual-core pack, which uses par­al­lel-wired cells con­nected in se­ries to de­liver the low­est pos­si­ble re­sis­tance, high­est volt­age un­der load, and most rapid volt­age re­cov­ery of any pack Maxamps of­fers.

$140–$440 maxamps.com

DU-BRO Body Klip Re­tain­ers

When was the last time you dropped $5 on RC and got some­thing that re­ally made your life eas­ier? Klip Re­tain­ers do just that; drill a hole, pop one in, and never lose an­other body clip. The re­tain­ers come in pairs com­plete with eight body clips, and you can choose from nine col­ors to blend or con­trast with your paint. Do they have pink? Yes, they have pink.

$5 dubro.com


Thun­der Power’s af­ford­able do-it-all charger de­liv­ers 100 watts and 10 amps of juice for any bat­tery you’ve got, and can charge up to 6S for lithium bat­ter­ies and 1–15 cells for NIMH (or Ni-cd, if you’re still rac­ing in 1998). With a foot­print of just 5 x 4.5 inches, this AC/DC charger de­liv­ers big ca­pa­bil­ity with­out tak­ing a big bite out of your bench space.

$60 thun­der­pow­errc.com

RPM Pit-pro Car Stand

Is your car stand just a glo­ri­fied box? Do bet­ter: Get this RPM setup. The Pit-pro ro­tates 360 de­grees and tilts to hold your car or truck at just the right an­gle, and the ex­tra-wide base pre­vents tip­ping. The sup­port arms are in­fin­itely ad­justable, and each has seven mount­ing po­si­tions for the anti-slip pads.

When it’s time to pack up, the

Pit-pro folds flat. Nice!

$23 rpm­r­cprod­ucts.com


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