SPEED AND ACCELERATION
Get any two RC guys together, and there’s gonna be a drag
race. Which truck gets o; the line quicker and goes faster?
We lined ‘em up and mashed the trigger to find out.
SLASH 4X4 Getting the Slash up to speed was easy. It
spun the tires when the throttle was punched but gripped
quickly and the power went down to the ground. ;e truck
tracked straight when going from point A to B with little to
no need for corrections. Its gear ratio of 11.8:1 and smaller
tires got it up to a top speed of 31mph with the included
7-cell battery pack.
Wait, aren’t these o;-road trucks? Yes, but as the kid speed-running your neighborhood
will tell you, the most popular spot for RC anything is usually the street in front of the house
(o;cial warning: don’t play in tra;c, kids). We hit an open parking lot to burn up the blacktop.
SLASH 4X4 ;e Slash’s SC tires o;er a smaller contact patch that allows for slight spin
and slide when bombing around the parking lot, but the truck was still easily controllable. It
was pretty cool to watch the body lean when taking hard turns at speed, and that body lean
helped increase traction and reduced push by way of weight transfer. It also helped when
getting through the slalom course, and allowed the Slash to carry pretty good speed when
attacking the cones.
STAMPEDE 4X4 ;e Stampede’s larger tires put a lot of rubber on the ground, and that gave
it more traction than the Slash. When you combine that extra traction and higher center of
gravity, you get wheelies when you mash the throttle and a truck that tips more easily in the
turns if you aren’t careful. Anytime you are on power, the front end gets light and the tires don’t
have as much grip, which causes the front end to push. ;e Stampede can be hustled through
the cones quickly, but not at the same pace as the Slash.
ADVANTAGE: SHORT-COURSE TRUCK
Now we’re talkin’. ;is is the stu; most Slash and Stampede 4X4
owners are going to get into as quickly as the battery is charged.
We hit exposed tree roots, uneven surfaces, rough dirt, and more
to see how well the tough got going when the going got tough.
SLASH 4X4 Very rough terrain slows the Slash down due to its
lower chassis and smaller tires. Exposed roots, rocks, and rough
dirt tossed the truck around, but its responsive steering made
it easy to make the necessary corrections to keep the truck on
track. Tall grass sections put a strain on the power system and
slowed the truck down.
STAMPEDE 4X4 ;e high ground clearance chassis and long
travel suspension on the Stampede was right at home in this
area. ;e Stampede was able to climb over stu ; that stopped
the Slash, and the monster-sized tires provided additional
suspension. ;e short wheelbase, however, did make the
Stampede more prone to getting bounced into an unintended
direction, so more frequent course correction was required. Grass
was no match for the Stampede; its large footprint tires floated
over the green stu; and didn’t slow it down as much as the Slash.
Easiest way to improve handling? Just turn up the TSM.
ADVANTAGE: MONSTER TRUCK