RC Car Action

ELECTRONIC­S

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As with many Traxxas RTR’S, the Stingray comes with their reliable TQ 2.4GHZ Radio System and their venerable XL-5 electronic speed controller (ESC). The waterproof ESC can be set to run three separate drive profiles, from Race Mode to Sport Mode to Training Mode. Race Mode gives the driver forward and brake throttle controls while Sport mode adds reverse as an option. Training Mode is great for beginner drivers and limits power output to 50%. We’ve been known to engage Training Mode when handing the controls over to the little ones. Trust us, it’s a welcome feature that helps avoid unwanted damage to the vehicle from errant crashes.

Thanks to an adjustable battery hold down, the Corvette can take either a 7-cell NIMH flat pack battery or a 2-cell Lipo without modificati­on. The battery hold down swivels to allow different height batteries and locks securely without any requiring any pins or other parts that can easily become lost.

3-2-1 BLAST OFF

After fully admiring this beautiful ride and charging up a 7-cell NIMH battery,

we were ready to head to a local parking lot to see what the new 4-Tec 3.0 can do. We locked our battery in and attached the Stingray body to the chassis. The clipless body easily dropped on and we were ready to run.

We immediatel­y ran some speed passes and found that the 3.0 is indeed more stable when compared to our 4-Tec 2.0, which we also brought along for some drive time. Straight-line passes were easy to drive with the 3.0 and its handling was tight and responsive. The low center of gravity layout of the chassis noticeably kept body roll to a minimum.

The youngest of our drivers had a blast driving freestyle all around the parking lot. She especially liked the look of the sleek ‘Vette. Who doesn’t? The Stingray body looked ultra realistic thanks to its elongated proportion­s and details such as

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Everything about the Corvette Stingray, including its black chrome wheels, have been replicated in exacting detail.

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