Friday, October 1, 2010

Traxxas Drops a Brushless 4wd Mini Rally

I hate Traxxas. They had my respect for many years. When I heard they were switching to RTR only it was like my Dad came out and admitted he was a homo, necro, pedo, beastial -aphile and my Mom was a dead gay baby goat. Yes that bad. Do they think I'm too dumb to build a kit? I'll have them know I learned how to tie my shoes 5 years ago! Anyhoot, The way I buy them now is in pieces on the bay. Even if you try to stop me I will still build my RC's dammit! I've been thinking about building one of these but I heard they were heavy. Now that I've seen them I've decided that they are cute. I shall build one. How about this, I find a Honda City Turbo body and make a mini Willy's Wheeler? I'm a genius, I know.

Traxxas 1/16 Rally VXL

Get ready for a new kind of R/C excitement! The new Traxxas 1/16 Rally VXL is built for gymkhana-style on-road action with a lowered stance, tough wide-body styling, and officially-licensed BFGoodrich® rally tires. The Rally VXL is the only R/C vehicle designed to give you the experience of hanging it out in the turns and hustling down the straights with the perfect blend of speed, power, and all-wheel drive traction. The specially tuned suspension and tire compounds let you ride the slip angle with thrilling precision, drifting the car sideways through turns and putting your skills to the test as you master rally-style driving right in your own driveway. The Velineon® brushless power system combines with 4-wheel drive to give the Traxxas Rally asphalt-shredding muscle to rival full-scale racers and a driving experience that’s like nothing else in R/C.

The Rally VXL utilizes Revo’s F-1 inspired, rocker-actuated suspension system which has been expertly engineered for 1/16 Gymkhana racing right down to the oil-filled, threaded-body GTR shocks and rally-tuned progressive-rate springs. The all-wheel drive system rides on full ball bearings and delivers smooth efficient power through the Torque-Control™ slipper clutch, planetary gear differentials, and Traxxas’ proven telescoping u-joint drive shafts. The suspension and driveline are fully integrated into the compact chassis. Intricately molded as a single piece, the chassis balances strength, weight, function, and style in an impressive achievement of packaging and performance optimization that could only come from Traxxas.

The Rally VXL’s high-power Velineon® 380 brushless motor is the largest in its class and uses high-strength Neodymium magnets, a sintered rotor, and high-rpm ball bearings for lasting performance. The VXL-3m speed control features the latest low-resistance/high-cur rent FETs and Traxxas’ exclusive High-Current Connector for ultra-efficient power flow. Built-in Low Voltage Detection makes the Velineon V XL-3m ready for 2S and 3S LiPo packs. Add a Traxxas Speed Connector and a second inexpensive Series 1 Power Cell NiMH battery pack for instant access to 50+ mph speeds. Fully waterproof electronics are a Traxxas exclusive that opens the door to new driving and sliding adventures on rain-soaked asphalt.

1/16 Rally VXL Features:
  • Fully assembled and Ready-To-Race®
  • 30+mph with included battery
  • 50+mph* with dual batteries!
  • Officially licensed BFGoodrich Rally tires
  • Full-time 4WD
  • Powerful Velineon 380 brushless motor
  • Velineon VXL-3m waterproof electronic speed control
  • Accepts 6-cell flat NiMH and 2- or 3-cell LiPo packs
  • LiPo and NiMH compatible with two-stage low-voltage detection
  • Includes Traxxas Power Cell battery pack and charger
  • Includes optional pinion gear for 50+mph operation*
  • Traxxas High-Current Connectors
  • High-torque waterproof steering servo
  • Ball-bearing transmission
  • Sealed, silicone-filled differentials
  • Adjustable Torque-Control™ slipper clutch
  • Precision high-quality hex hardware throughout
  • Efficient rubber-sealed ball bearings
  • Fully adjustable, oil-filled GTR Shocks™
  • TQ 2.4GHz High Output 2-channel radio system

7307 1/16 Rally VXL 4WD brushless rally racer RTR with 2-channel 2.4GHz radio system, Velineon 380 brushless motor, and VXL-3m ESC - $530.00

Length: 14" (356mm)
Front Track: 7.3" (185mm)
Rear Track: 7.3" (185mm)
Weight: 34oz (964g)
Height (overall): 4.72" (120mm)
Wheelbase: 8.1" (206mm)
Wheel Diameter 1.9" (48mm)
Shock Length (front/rear): 44mm / 44mm
Front/Rear Tires (glued): Officially Licensed Hard Compound Replica BFGoodrich Drift
Front/Rear Wheels: White Split-Spoke Rally
Electronic Speed Control: Waterproof Velineon® VXL-3m ESC
Motor (electric): Velineon® 380 Brushless
Transmission: Heavy-Duty with Steel Idler Gear
Gear Ratio (internal): 5.04:1, (reversed input: 9.72:1)
Overall Drive Ratio: 7.32:1 (stock, out-of-box)
Differential Type: Hardened Steel Bevel, Sealed
Gear Pitch: 48-Pitch
Chassis Structure/Material: Molded Composite Nylon Monocoque
Brake Type: Electronic
Drive System: Shaft-Driven 4WD
Steering: Bellcrank
Radio System: TQ™ 2.4GHz High Output with Traxxas Link™
Top Speed: 30+mph (50+mph with dual batteries)*
Skill Level: 2
Included Batteries: 6-cell NiMh with Charger
Required Batteries: 4 "AA" (transmitter)

  • Officially licensed BFGoodrich® rally tires
  • Realistic tread pattern and specially formulated rubber compound
  • Tough rally-inspired body design features cutting edge graphics
  • Realistic Split-Spoke rally wheels (1.9” diameter, 12mm hex)
  • Impact absorbing foam front bumper
  • Adjustable height body mounts
  • Race-winning, F1-inspired Revo® suspension technology and E-Revo integrated chassis design, perfectly optimized for 1/16 scale
  • Powered by the Velineon® Brushless Power System
  • Traxxas High-Current Connector allows high-capacity battery packs to deliver maximum voltage to the Velineon Brushless Power System
  • Digital High-Torque Waterproof Micro Steering Servo
  • Waterproof, o-ring sealed receiver box
  • Sealed, silicone-filled differentials—an industry first in 1/16 scale
  • Torque-Control™ slipper clutch system
  • Telescoping universal-joint driveshafts
  • Rubber-sealed ball bearings
  • External gear cover with easy slipper access
  • Rocker-actuated shocks provide true progressive damping and spring rates
  • Threaded-body, oil-filled shocks permit fast, precise preload adjustments and deliver smooth, consistent damping
  • Suspension is precision tuned for on-road performance
  • Fiber-composite monocoque chassis
  • Speed control and receiver are securely fastened to chassis
  • Integrated battery compartments with intake and exit cooling vents
  • Quick-release battery doors for fast pack changes
  • Full line of genuine Traxxas accessories available
  • Traxxas Rally is backed by unparalleled Traxxas support and parts availability

TQ 2.4GHz High Output transmitter with Traxxas Link™
  • Automatically stores and loads settings for up to 20 Traxxas Link-enabled models—just switch on and drive, “model selection” is not required.
  • Multi-Function knob
  • Adjustable steering and throttle percentage (dual rates)
  • Adjustable steering and throttle sensitivity (exponential)
  • Adjustable steering and throttle end points
  • High 13ms frame rate and near-zero latency for responsive control
  • 5-channel micro receiver with dual channel-1 inputs

Velineon VXL-3m Electronic Speed Control
  • LiPo, NiCad, and NiMH compatible with two-stage low-voltage detection
  • Sport Mode – Forward / Brake / Reverse
  • Race Mode – Forward / Brake
  • Training Mode™ - 50% Forward / Brake / 50% Reverse (patent pending)
Velineon 380 Brushless Motor
  • High-performance sensorless design
  • High-strength Neodymium magnets
  • Efficient, high-speed ball bearings
  • Precision-balanced rotor
  • Gold-plated 3.5mm bullet connectors


Wes said...

I too HATE the idea of RTRs for myself. Seriously, if you can turn a screwdriver and follow directions you can can build an rc car. (If someone was really intimidated, just tell them start with a Tamiya!) RTR's have put hobby quality RC in more hands than ever before though. In a way you kind of have to appreciate them for their mass appeal, and ability to grow the participation level in the hobby.

As far as the Traxxas rally mini... do you think weight balance will be off when running the single pack??? That would be my concern.

Love reading your write ups on the new releases GSR. Are you GSR on RC Zone as well? Natural assumption. I'm losiXXXman there, I think we've exchanged posts on the message board before. TTYL.

92gsr said...

Hey Wes! Yup I'm the same 92gsr.

I agree about RTR's. They are good for bringing newbies into the hobby but they don't teach them a thing so they are easily turned off when they have a small problem. I didn't know what a differential was or how it worked when I was a kid. After I built my Blackfoot I knew exactly what it was. I understood why I needed damping and a swaybar too. Basically building a kit is a crash course in vehicle dynamics.

I think you will need to run two batteries. My Redcat RS10 gets about 10-12 minutes on a 1500 pack and its running 2 of the Traxxas Titan 18T 380 setups and a 50:1 gear ratio. I would imagine a brushless with an onroad ratio would consume batteries quickly.

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