Edition Revo 3. 3 ❯❯
Stop the presses!
Seriously, we were
about to print the
mag when this
showed up. The
Platinum Edition Revo 3. 3
is packed with all of Traxxas’ factory go-fast stuff (plus a few all-new features), trimmed of
all fat (even the bumpers are cut down), and topped
off with a clear body. The Platinum Edition should hit
stores by the end of March, and it roll out of the box
assembled as you see it here, complete with the new race
tires and wing setup. And the radio? That’s up to you; Traxxas supplies its digital
high-torque servos, but you supply the transmitter and receiver. If you’ve been asking for an out-of-the-box race Revo, this is it. Just make sure you get yours quick;
it’s a limited edition truck, so if you snooze, you lose.
Traxxas (972) 265-8000; traxxas.com
HPI E-Firestorm Now Brushless
HPI E-Firestorm 10T Flux RTR ❯❯ We already like the E-Firestorm, but with 5700kV
power spinning the knobbies, HPI’s beginner-friendly basher should be more like a racetrack weapon. Throttle control comes from HPI’s Flux Motiv speed control, which is LiPo
ready and fully compatible with Castle Creations’ USB “Castle Link” for easy programming.
The sensorless Flux Warp motor uses Neodymium magnets and a slotless stator for smooth
power delivery, says HPI, and all the standard E-Firestorm goodness returns. That means a
metal-gear tranny, full bearings, threaded-body shocks, fully adjustable turnbuckle suspension and a race-ready, wide-track stance. Looks hot.
HPI Racing (949) 753-1099; hpiracing.com
Tamiya Mighty Ballista & Neo Falcon ❯❯ Tamiya’s TNS-B chassis returns as the
Mighty Ballista with a fresh look and more power in the form of a new . 15 pull-start
powerplant (the first buggy on the TNS-B chassis was the . 12 Mad Spirit). It’s a straight-up fun-buggy that’s 4WD and totally RTR—just add fuel and batteries. If something electric is more your style, have a look at the Neo Falcon. The angular shell is based on the
Mini 4WD Neo Falcon and covers Tamiya’s latest DT-02 2WD chassis, which sports a
3-gear tranny, tub chassis, oil shocks, a full set of bearings and a factory-finished body.
Tamiya America (800) 826-4992; tamiyausa.com
Pro-Line 30-Series and 1⁄ 18
Truck Premounted tires ❯❯
Now you can get the big-rim
look for your
Traxxas Jato, Stampede
or Rustler without reaching for CA. The new
Torque wheel and Dirt
Hawg, Bow-Tie and Road
Rage treads get the
treatment. Got a mini?
You can get the same
kers to fit your
Pro-Line Racing (951) 849-9781;
Venom Pro brushless speed control &
brushless motor ❯❯ Venom’s 120A speed control
is compatible with all sensored and sensorless
brushless 540 motors as well as 540
brushed motors. A programming card
is included, so you can adjust all the
performance parameters. The controller also features an aluminum
heat sink and cooling fan to
reduce operating temperatures.
Venom offers several motor
combos down to 3. 5 turns and
up to 18. 5 turns.
Venom (800) 705-0620;
KO Propo VFS-1 Pro
C3 speed control ❯❯
That’s “ C3” as in
“Competition 3,” and
KO’s new controller is
definitely about com-
petition. Variable Frequency System (VFS) circuitry
customizes power delivery as you apply the throttle, and the new tech is Worlds-proven; IFMAR
2WD buggy world champion Hayato Matsuzaki
used VFS to win big in Japan last year. The Pro
C3 is compatible with KO’s USB PC interface and
multi-setting adapter for full programmability.
Adjustable drive frequencies (0.9-12kHz) for each
of the 32 throttle steps, brake frequency, drag-brake adjustment, power-save feature and throttle
response make the C3 super-tunable.
KO Propo (310) 532-9355; kopropo.com