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.
“AQUARIUM VIEW, BALTIMORE”
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.