There was a time, awhile back, when I worked in a hobby shop. One reason for this was for the extra cash, but the other was because I wanted to help point RC beginners in the right direction. I figured if I helped them make a solid decision on their first purchase, they would stick with it, helping the industry grow. Little did I realize that 95% of the customers had only 2 things on their mind; price and speed. “How fast does it go?” and “How much does it cost?” were the majority of the questions. Fast forward to 2012 and I would definitely have something to show them!
Traxxas has taken BIG power to the next level, stuffing a monster of a brushless motor into a 1/7th scale onroad car and feeding it with 2 3S LiPo packs! This super-sized supercar is capable of speeds exceeding 100mph all day long. On top of that, it looks bad-ass doing so! I’m lucky enough to give the XO a go, I just have to find a section of freeway that isn’t being used!
AT A GLANCE
WHO MAKES IT: Traxxas
WHO IT’S FOR: Advanced
HOW MUCH: $1099
BUILD TYPE: RTR
– The look of the XO-1 is something straight from the sidelines at LeMans. The sleek styling, low profile tires and air-diverting chassis all show that the XO-1 is meant for one thing…pure speed.
– Creating enough power to hit the century mark on the asphalt means a whole lot of power. Traxxas teamed up with Castle Creations to provide them with a monster of a brushless system, thusly named the Mamba Monster Extreme. This state-of-the-art system is capable of safely handling the pair of Traxxas 3S LiPos included. Yes, that’s a whopping total of 6S of power. That translates to something like 3000hp or something. I think.
– If you’re any kind of motorsports enthusiast, you’ll know something about tires. Performance car tires are given a rating based on construction and the maximum speeds at which they are safe to drive at. For instance, R Speed Rated tires are safe for up to 106mph. Z Rated tires, or the highest rated tires available, are good for vehicles travelling over 185mph. Traxxas did a little homework and spec’ed out a sick set of rubber capable of handling speeds in excess of 118mph. That would safely put them in the T Speed rating, the same rating most Family Sedans are categorized in. Imagine this baby passing you at over 100mph on the freeway. Safely.
– The chassis of the XO-1 has been computer optimized to aerodynamically flow air around and under to provide the most downforce possible. It looks absolutely awesome and really gives you the feeling you have a super, high-performance vehicle in your hands.
– Ramping up to 100mph in 5 seconds can put a little bit of strain on any drivetrain, especially an RC one. Traxxas’ AWD system has been beefed up to uber-status with the addition of the E-Revo-spec steel gear differentials, direct driveshafts (no dogbones or drivecups here) and a full set of new steel-spline driveshafts at all 4 corners.
– I’ve saved the best for last. While it is quite a bummer that you need an iPhone to be able to unlock the super-speeds the XO-1 can attain, it’s almost worth buying one. Luckily I have one and, even before I had the XO-1 in my hand, I had loaded up the Traxxas Link App and started playing around with it. This app is incredible, and allows you to tweak all kinds of options. You can adjust Drive Effects (sensitivities and percentages), Profiles (for low, high or custom traction settings), a Garage area for checking out your models or Telemetry or Channel Setup and, of course, the Dashboard. This area displays a real-time view of your XO-1’s RPM, MPH, Temperature and Battery Voltage. So, moral of this paragraph is to get an iPhone. Really. If you can afford a $1000 RTR you can afford one.
Traxxas, www.traxxas.com, (888) TRAXXAS (872-9927)
To read the entire review including the performance section, be sure to pick up the July 2012 issue of RC Driver Magazine!