We've themed this RACER around technology, so it's only right we should salute the mad scientists at Traxxas who decided the world needed a radio-controlled car capable of 100mph-plus out of the box (with a couple of small tweaks, that is).
The result is the Traxxas XO-1, a 1/7 scale R/C supercar capable of reaching the ton in 4.92sec. Our math is a bit rusty, but isn't that a scale speed of 700mph?
Traxxas claims the XO-1 is the world's fastest ready-to-race R/C car, and we wouldn't argue with that. It also recommends that its pocket rocket gets put through its paces by R/C experts only (skill level 10)...and we certainly wouldn't argue with that, either.
Key to the XO-1's performance is the Mamba Monster Extreme power system, developed by Traxxas with Castle Creations, which delivers serious volts to the Traxxas Big Block brushless motor. Computer-optimized aero gives low drag and enough downforce to stick in the turns.
There's a bunch of other stuff we could drone on about, but just watch the video on traxxas.com as the XO-1 laps Texas Motor Speedway. Amazing stuff!
The Traxxas XO-1's 100mph-plus performance has been tried and tested on the drag strip. But a computer-optimized aerodynamic package that includes a front splitter and canards, plus rear diffuser and rear wing, gives it impressive cornering abilities, too.
Out of the box, the Traxxas XO-1 is capable of “only” 50mph-plus.
To unlock the extra performance to push it to the far side of 100mph requires installing the supplied optional pinion gear and spur gear, adding the high-downforce splitter components and unlocking the speed governor via the Traxxas Link App. As already noted, Traxxas stresses this is a car for R/C experts only.
This tribute to Dan Wheldon's 2011 Indy 500 win is a 30in. x 48in. hand-embellished giclee print on rolled canvas. Limited to 98 pieces (Dan's race number) signed by the artist, Holden Van Howe.
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Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power duke it out on the streets of Baltimore in all-action Randy Owens style. The museum quality giclee is limited to 60 prints, signed by both drivers. (800) 769-1677 for more details.
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Seb Vettel gets the Bill Patterson dynamic treatment with a tribute to his 2010-'11 F1 titles. The 28in. x 22in. archival cotton rag print is signed and numbered by Bill.
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Codemaster's eagerly anticipated F1 2012 game has hit the stores
Just as NFL game-players get antsy before the release of each new NFL Madden, we've been eagerly anticipating the latest installment in Codemasters' series of official Formula 1 simulations (“games” doesn't really do them justice).
Well, the news is good and we can all breathe again: F1 2012 completed its pre-season testing and hit the track in anger mid September, and it's another step forward in a franchise that continues to hit home runs (excuse the mixed sporting metaphor) on the game-playing experience and the stunning realism of its visuals.
New features include a Young Driver Test tutorial mode and a Champions Mode, which pits you against the six F1 World Champions on the 2012 grid.
With all of the 2012 F1 tracks available to race on, we're putting some serious miles on the Circuit of The Americas prior to it hosting the United States Grand Prix, Nov. 18. One suspects that a large proportion of the real F1 grid will be doing likewise.
To find out more about F1 2012 and to check out a demo version in your preferred format, just go to formula1-game.com. MSRP for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of F1 2012 is $59.99, with the PC format coming in at $49.99
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Ricardo Santos's semi-abstract style was a hit with RACER readers when the talented Portuguese illustrated our August cover (LEFT). That Porsche 917/30 and works such as Alain Prost's 1981 Renault (BELOW) are now available in the U.S. through Main Stage Gallery.
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