Since Kyosho didn’t have a name for it’s new .21-powered truck when we spotted it at the Nuremberg hobby show (Inside Scoop, May 2002) and drove it in the June edition of our sister mag RC Nitro (see it in action; here’s the video), we’ve been calling it “Monster X”. The truck is nameless no more; now officially dubbed “Mad Force”, the innovative machine should be entering production as you read this. One thing is for sure: you can forget comparing the Mad Force to any other truck you’ve seen, Kyosho or otherwise. With its 3-speed tranny, chain drive, torsion-link suspension, and tubular axle housings, the Mad Force is a completely original vision of a 21st-century monster machine.
540-cubic inches! Blown and alcohol-injected! Traxxas announced their entry into the real world of mega-horsepower, car-crushing monster trucks with a full-size Traxxas T-Maxx. The giant T-Maxx uses only the latest state-of-the-art chassis and suspension hardware, combined with an ear-splitting 1500+ horsepower engine. The Traxxas T-Maxx will be driven by 15-year veteran pro driver John Seasock of Sudden Impact fame. The Traxxas T-Maxx isnt a poser or an amusement park ride. Its the real deal that will compete in pro-level USHRA Monster Jam® competition against the Gravedigger®, Maximum Destruction*, and other top contenders.
O.S. Engines has developed a new .18-size small-block engine that’s even more powerful than the class-leading .18 CV-R, and it’s a direct fit for the T-Maxx.
The .18 TM features an IPS-type crankshaft to fit the stock clutch and flywheel hardware from the 2.5 T-Maxx, and the Traxxas EZ Start 2 or a Traxxas pull-starter are a direct fit on the .18 TM.
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While the T-Maxx and Revo get all the press, Traxxas has been quietly getting thousands of new guys started in RC with the long-lived electric Rustler and Stampede. Now these classics have been given a well-deserved makeover with state of the art speed controls, flashy Jato-size wheels, new high-performance rubber, up-to-date graphics and more. See for yourelf! More info here.