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RETURN OF THE
Kyosho’s back at it with
another update on the
always-hot Inferno MP9.
Kev puts the world-class
buggy through its paces.
Team Associated goes
F1—it’s on now! Exciting
action with international
appeal from RC racing’s
most recognized brand.
Hey, that engine belongs
in the back! Not this time.
Check out Kev’s Tamiya
CC-01 build with
The TRX- 4 Is Here! Now What?
POP QUIZ: From memory, can you name the tag lines for any RC brands
besides Traxxas? I’m betting you can’t. I give credit to Traxxas for coming
up with something as memorable and meaningful as “the fastest name in
radio control,” but the real power of those words comes from Traxxas living
up to them. ;e Traxxas model is always the fastest in our RTR shootouts,
and the fastest RTR car on the planet is a Traxxas (the 100+mph XO-1, of
course). And so it’s a very big deal when the fastest name in radio control
goes slow, as Traxxas has with the TRX- 4.
“But the TRX- 4 is actually fast,” you say. And it is, by the crawling-pace standard of trail trucks, but we’re still talking about a vehicle that, by
design, doesn’t break 15mph. Most Traxxas models are good for 30+mph
and top sellers do 40–70mph, so the TRX- 4 is definitely a big departure
for Traxxas. Also very un- Traxxas: ;e TRX- 4 fits neatly in the 1/10-scale
trail-truck category. Historically, Traxxas has cared very little about
adhering to established “classes.” When a Traxxas model does fit into a
class, it’s usually one the brand itself created. Consider the expectations
set for nitro trucks by the T-Maxx and the very existence of the short-course class—you can thank the Traxxas Slash for that one.
Clearly, Traxxas wants you to run the TRX- 4 alongside the established
Axial, Vaterra, and Gmade trucks already on the trail. Compatibility with
standard wheels, bodies, and even some accessories originally designed
for other brands is built in. ;ese are good things—and smart calls. In a
category where modification and customization with bolt-ons is a big part
of the appeal, it’s important that the TRX- 4 is not an standalone weirdo.
Traxxas made the same call with the new 4-Tec 2.0 tourer—it’s “standard
size” because Traxxas knows you want to put aftermarket bodies, wheels,
and tires on it.
“So the TRX- 4 is just another trail truck—got it.” No, it’s not that at
all. As the first RTR trail truck to roll out with portal axles, remote-locking
di;erentials, and a radio-operated High/Low transmission, the TRX- 4 is
unlike anything else in the category, despite fitting into the category. What
remains to be seen is how the TRX- 4 will shape the trail scene. Will we see
other brands add locking di;erentials, shifting transmissions, and portal
axles to their trucks, as standard equipment or options? Maybe. Will trail
truckers demand these features in future models? We can only wait and
see, and it’s going to be fun to watch.