;;RTR ;;GAS ;;OFF-ROAD
MONSTER HITS HARD!
WORDS MARK RONGE
PHOTOS HOPE MCCALL
You can never really have too
many 1/5-scale rigs on the market.
Their realistic noise, attractive run
times, cheap fuel and sheer size
of these vehicles attract a sizable
group of RC’ers. CEN Racing is
making a huge crash into the market
with its Matrix 5 series of gassers.
A buggy, truggy and monster truck
are available, and they all share the
identical chassis. In this review, I
look at the monster truck version,
with large wheels and tires and a
proper MT Lexan shell. The Matrix
features everything a diehard driver
would want in a large-scale car:
4-wheel-drive, huge 30cc engine,
4-wheel-drive, strong servos, and
did I mention 4-wheel-drive? Let’s
take an in-depth look at everything
the Matrix 5MT offers.
SPECIFICATIONS Type 1⁄5-scale RTR 4WD gas monster truck Price $900 Top speed 32mph Wheelbase 20.5in/520mm Width 17.7in/450mm Weight, as tested 33 lb./15kg Clutchbell/Spur gear 24/39 Final drive ratio 7.68:1 Chassis 4mm T6 aluminum plate Differential planetary grease-filled Suspension lower arm with adjustable upper link Shocks Threaded aluminum body
FOR VIDEO OF THE CEN MATRIX 5MT, GO TO RCCARACTION.COM/CENMATRIX5MT
I POWERED OVER HUGE DIRT MOUNDS AND
GIGANTIC HILLS, AND I WAS EVEN ABLE TO
POWER-SLIDE ON LOOSER SOIL