A car as special as the new mid-engine Corvette deserves a radio-controlled version just as special.
It looks like the folks at Traxxas are up to that challenge after revealing details about their latest creation, a C8 Corvette Stingray that debuts their all-new 4-Tec 3.0 chassis said to be longer and wider than the previous one for improved stability and refined handling.
It’ll be available next month nationally at Traxxas dealers beginning at $349.99.
The level of realism is remarkable, based on photos and video of the car. If you didn’t know better, you’d almost swear you were looking at the real thing as it speeds up a curvy mountain road.
That realism includes a faithfully recreated body that doesn’t use any posts or clips, with an integrated quick-release system securing the body to the chassis invisibly. It even includes rear “glass” to show off a realistic 3D recreation of the 6.2-liter V8 that powers the real car. Replica standard wheels shine in black chrome, and wide tires fill the wheel wells.
The Corvette is as high-tech as they come, but this replica even goes one step further, with an all-wheel-drive system in place. The chassis also features impressive features like waterproof electronics, oil-filled shocks, and sealed diffs. An optional lighting system even includes working LED headlights and taillights that install easily to allow for authentic action after dark.
The Titan 550 motor and XL-5 speed control gives the Traxxas car powerful acceleration on the way to more than 30 mph, and a few upgrades could even send the top speed soaring past 50 mph. If that’s too fast for you, though, a Training Mode cuts the power in half to give newcomers time to learn.
With the TQ 2.4 GHz radio system, users just switch it on and drive, with no channels or frequencies to manage, so the focus is on having fun, Traxxis says.
We’ve never had the privilege of operating such a high-powered and detail-filled radio-controlled car, so we’re wondering if some of you out there can fill us in on what it’s like. Is it as much fun as it looks?
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