› Hot for 2019
Over 50 cars, trucks, radios, engines, batteries, motors & more
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.
TRAXXAS Rustler 4X4 VXL
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
SPEKTRUM DX5 Pro
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.
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
LOSI Rock Rey BND
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.
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.
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!
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.
TRAXXAS TRX-4 Series
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.
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’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.
ROBINSON RACING PRODUCTS Steel Gears
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.
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.
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.
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.
THUNDER POWER TP610HVC Charger
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.
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!