Ultra Shock Suspension
Slash models are known for their active, supple
suspension, which can be credited to Traxxas’ high-capacity Ultra Shocks and their progressive-rate
springs. The plastic shock bodies use dual X-rings to
keep the silicone oil where it belongs (inside the shocks,
of course), and the springs offer a soft rate for small
bumps, then get firmer as the suspension gets deeper
into its stroke to soak up bigger hits. Want to mess
around with camber and toe? The 4mm steel camber
links let you experiment.
Power Cell NiMH Pack &
Fast Charger Included
Traxxas supplies a 4-amp charger right in the box, so you
won’t have to wait hours to charge the included 7-cell
3000mAh battery. The charger will juice up the pack in
about 45 minutes, and shuts off automatically when the
pack is fully charged. One catch: It’s a DC charger, so you’ll
need to run it off the 12V power port in a full-size car. Or
you can get the optional AC power supply (#2976, $25) for
convenient plug-into-the-wall charging.
Metal-gear Magnum 272
XL- 5 speed
The Raptor gets the original-style Slash
chassis, which offers a full 3. 5 inches of
ground clearance to straddle obstacles.
The lift also allows the chassis to tuck
under the body at a realistic ride height—
much more attractive than some other
trucks that hang their chassis well below
the body’s rocker panels. Also nice: The
main chassis is molded in black instead
of the usual gray, which ties in nicely
with the truck’s other black plastics.
Traxxas keeps it simple in the radio department with the TQ. Steering
trim is the sole adjustment, and there’s no external antenna to fuss
with (or break). Good range, nice feel, does the job.
The Raptor’s BFGoodrich
Mud- Terrain T/A tires and
black-center rims are a tough-
No dogbones to lose here. Telescoping driveshafts with dual
universal joints do the spinning.