Traxxas unveils RC Chevy Drag Slash Truck and yes, it pulls Wheelies
Once upon a time, radio controlled cars were relegated to two kinds. You had off-road stuff like trucks and strollers to jump everything in sight, and you had cars on the road to carve ladder corners. These days there are all kinds of subcategories that RC fans can specialize in, and Traxxas is going all out for drag racers with a new classic Chevrolet truck in 1:10 scale.
Say hello to Drag Slash, and yes, it’s specially designed to go fast in a straight line. Don’t think for a moment that this is just a standard on-road RC car with big tires – Traxxas gives the Drag Slash all kinds of tech that’s not unlike what you’ll find on a drag racer. normal size. It has a specialized gearbox with metal gears and a liquid-filled four-speed differential, all designed to bring power to the ground. Speaking of which, it comes with a 10-turn brushless Velineon 3500kV motor that powers legitimate Mickey Thompson slicks at the rear, albeit a tenth of their normal size. How cool is that?
Anyone in the RC scene knows that it’s actually quite difficult to keep a high powered car pointed in a straight line. To help you out, the Drag Slash comes with an adjustable stability management system to help with traction, and it can be completely disabled for events that don’t allow such things. For that matter, it also has a “trans brake” on the controller which basically overrides the throttle adjustment. Press the trans brake button and squeeze the throttle trigger and the Drag Slash will stay steady on the line. Release the button and it launches with the power you apply on the trigger.
As the video at the top of the article shows, the truck launches with enough force to make that adjustable rear wheel bar absolutely necessary. It obviously depends on the grip of the surface, but on this gritty tarmac we definitely see the front wheels take off. The suspension is also adjustable, and while Traxxas doesn’t mention speed, it looks silly quickly on the other end. The only problem seems to be the weather – just like real drag racing, it’s all over in seconds.
Maybe that’s why the truck is exceptionally detailed, much like what we see in the current crop of RC off-road trucks. The body is modeled after a 1967 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck, and from the grille to the bed and cool headlights, it looks fantastic.
Traxxas says the Drag Slash is hitting stores now, priced at $ 499. This gives you almost everything you need to race right out of the box, including the radio and a set of tools. You will need a battery, battery charger and AA batteries for the controller before hitting the trail.