World Exclusive: Traxxas XO1

Dec 14, 2011 1 Comment by

Ever since Traxxas boldly put “50mph” on the Nitro 4-Tec’s box back in 2004, the company has proven time and again that “The Fastest Name In Radio Control” is not a tagline so much as a mission statement. Since that 50mph milestone, Traxxas has steadily advanced the speedometer needle with ever-faster vehicles, peaking with the Bandit VXL and TRX 3.3-powered version of the original Nitro 4-Tec, both good for 70+mph. Now that speed ceiling has been shattered—and not by just a little. The new Traxxas XO-1 is unequivocally the world’s fastest ready-to-run RC car, capable of more than 100mph out of the box. Literally an RC supercar, the XO-1 is like no other RC vehicle before it, and its performance is just the beginning of its innovation. A new 2.4GHz transmitter complete with telemetry is also part of the package, and it’s just as ground-breaking as the XO-1 itself—more on that to come. Let’s take a closer look at the highest-performance RC car you can buy.

Let’s Drive it!

My first experience with the XO-1 was with the Traxxas boys at Texas Motor Speedway during their video and photo shoot. I made my way to the track where I was greeted by the guys and once we said our hellos, they asked me if I was ready, and I excitedly answered, “Yes!” I focused my attention to turn 1 and out from behind the wall was the XO-1 building up speed and making its way by me at a mind-blowing 100mph. I truly could not believe what I was seeing. As the car made passes back and forth against the wall of the track, I noticed the sound. It was like no other car I have ever driven; it sounded like some kind of alien spacecraft. After the photos and videos were completed, I was given the radio to make a few passes myself. I have driven cars at speeds up to 80mph before, but that’s nothing compared to a 100mph. So I was a little nervous about running the car—especially when I heard that it was one of only a few production pieces that Traxxas had at that time so crashing this car wouldn’t be a good idea. I grabbed the radio and went for it as all the eyes of the Traxxas guys were upon me. With the car along the wall of turn 1, I applied full throttle and well … spun it out. I regrouped and lined the car back up and this time I made good use of the NASCAR track and rolled on the throttle and when I reached about half-throttle, I pegged it and my smile grew as I made my own 100mph pass. At speed, the XO-1 is very stable and tracked straight; it was effortless to drive. I stayed in the throttle as long as I could before hitting the brakes as it quickly opened up a gap between me and the car. I nailed the brake and it took some time to get the XO-1 to slow down. The guys did tell me that the cars hitting the hobby shop shelves will have the brakes turned up a bit more to get it slowed down in a much shorter distance. With that pass out of the way, I lined up and made a few more. Again, the car was consistently fast and stable.
Read the full review in the February issue of RC Car Action 

 

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Simply put, I’m all about nitro. Well, almost. I’m down with electric for crawlers and some indoor racing, but if you really want to get my attention, it better make some smoke and noise. I’m a regular racer and I usually go with 1/8-scale buggy and truggy. When I’m not racing, I am usually fabricating custom parts and even entire vehicles.

One Response to “World Exclusive: Traxxas XO1”

  1. nitroheadjones says:

    When the Xo1 is in the 100mph mode what is the run time withe stock batteries??

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