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09-06-2009, 02:52 AM
Traxxas Fullsize R/C truck debuts at Crandon International Raceway


Headed out to Crandon this weekend to see what I could see….


Pro-Lite Nissan 300+ hp stadium truck fully controlled by 2.4 ghz radio. From what I understand, it could be driven while away from the vehicle (read – in another state) while on the internet. It has a linear actuator controlling the brakes, two stepper motors driving the steering wheel and the ignition and transmission are both controlled through the radio as well. It can be started and stopped from the radio, has a failsafe system that would kill the ignition and set the brakes via compressed air and what looked like a Hero camera mounted behind the drivers headrest that looked like it could be potentially be panned left to right. I don’t know what controller was being used but the truck itself was pretty interesting; it was covered with wiring and antennas just about everywhere. Previously driven in last years TORC series, it’s still the same race truck with only an automatic transmission changed out and the requisite control equipment added in as shown in the pics. It was still able to be driven at speed; the driver was able to go faster without being in the vehicle (who would have figured that) and while inside was driving the vehicle just being buckled into the seat but not using anything but the R/C remote to control it. He then stepped out and drove from the racing podium. It was interesting to see it all come together. Hope everyone else can see it run sometime.


Fuse Box


Linear Actuator for Brakes


Stepper motors and belt drive for steering


Rear of truck


Front of truck with shrouds on just about everything

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/awnelson_1/Crandon%20TORC%20Sept%202009/th_MVI_0138.jpg (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/awnelson_1/Crandon%20TORC%20Sept%202009/?action=view&current=MVI_0138.flv)

Driving around the track from inside

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/awnelson_1/Crandon%20TORC%20Sept%202009/th_MVI_0139.jpg (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/awnelson_1/Crandon%20TORC%20Sept%202009/?action=view&current=MVI_0139.flv)

Driving around shown from in-truck camera

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/awnelson_1/Crandon%20TORC%20Sept%202009/th_MVI_0140.jpg (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/awnelson_1/Crandon%20TORC%20Sept%202009/?action=view&current=MVI_0140.flv)

Driving from the Podium

09-06-2009, 11:37 AM
that is just plain awsome, traxxas should make more of those.

09-06-2009, 02:23 PM
somebody shut up the announcer!

awww crap, yet another gimmick from the traxxas camp. waste of money that would be better suited going to R&D if you ask me

09-06-2009, 11:38 PM
I'm sure the research involved in that project has absolutely no practical application with anything, anywhere, ever. Besides, that's good advertising!

I've never seen that really done to that extent. Usually it's rather lame. That's cool as heck.


09-07-2009, 07:06 PM
Thats sick. However I don't know if I'd want to be the guy controlling it. If that got out of control it could get ugly quick. St dragn wagen- with that kind of advertising the amount of r/c vehicles Traxxas will sell after that will pay for that project and R&D. Its just to bad other companys aren't smart enough to do stuff like that.

09-07-2009, 11:26 PM
im betting it wont. also betting the monster truck doesn't pay for itself. the short course thing might be right now, but a year from now, who know's. when the next fad hits, it could whip them out. the only reason other company's aren't doing stuff like this is because lame gimmick's are beneath them, they're better than that. there products are so good they sell themselves. there's no need to take there tops off and spin around a poll to make you look

09-08-2009, 08:35 AM
That is just incredible. Simply incredible. Where can i get behind the "wheel?" lol.

09-20-2009, 02:50 AM
somebody shut up the announcer!

awww crap, yet another gimmick from the traxxas camp. waste of money that would be better suited going to R&D if you ask me
it's cool. I hate awesome things too.