For driving in style in a vehicle that can upgrade as your needs and desires dictate it is hard to beat a Traxxas. Shocks, batteries, wheels… the list of upgradable features is actually quite staggering. So, how does the Traxxas Slash 2 wheel drive add up? In today’s article we are going to explore the features of this model in an attempt to clear up the haze and give you an idea if this truck is all it’s cracked up to be or just a ‘discount’ Traxxas that’s not worth your time. Without further ado, let the Traxxas Slash 2WD Review begin!
Breaking new ground: The Short Course Racing Truck
When the Traxxas Shash 2WD was released it broke new ground as the first ‘short course racing truck’. While you can race it for longer races, it is more designed for a fun, rough and tumble short course that really gets your blood flowing. Other companies have mimicked the design but Traxxas, pioneers that they are in the realm of RC are the ones who got the ball rolling. With that in mind, with all that competition, does the Slash still hold up? Is it still viable?
Yes, it is.
Let’s discuss the features and you will see what we are talking about.
Let’s start with the controller. Featuring a 2.4 gigahertz signal, you can control your Traxxas Slash from up to 200 feet away, which is great for your short course runs and very much all the distance you need. You want to keep in sight, after all. The steering is powerfully granular and responsive and your speed is directly proportionate to the amount of pressure that you are pulling the control back with. Pull back, speed up, easy as pie. The controller is also ergonomic so it is quite comfortable to hold while you are managing the truck and frankly, we can’t find any faults with it (although if you break that 200 foot range your control of the vehicle is going to be ‘fuzzy’ at best). You might also appreciate that you can enable ‘training mode’ through the controller if someone who is new to RC trucks is driving, which sets the speed down to 15 miles per hour (which is still quite fun and less brutal if a crash occurs) so that they can get used to how the Slash handles turns and various terrain factors.
Out of the box your Traxxas Slash utilizes a 7-cell NiMH battery that will give you a solid 25 minutes of driving time. You can keep spare batteries handy to extend the fun and there are a number of compatible batteries available at your local hobby shop in order to do this. As it is a Traxxas, it is also upgradeable, so you can swap out the motor and battery to build up to longer times and a sleeker, faster Traxxas truck if 25 minutes is simply not up to YOUR specifications. It’s nice having the option to choose and Traxxas is famous for it.
How does it handle?
So, we know it’s got a great battery life and a responsive control and leaves the meat of the review to discuss. How does it handle? The Traxxas Slash handles quite well, actually. It does have a high center of gravity but as you upgrade your vehicle you can mitigate some of this to help to stabilize the vehicle. It works great for off-road although if you are driving through grass this can tax the battery a bit and shorten the life, best to stick to dirt trails if you are going to take it off-road. The Slash handles jumps
“The Slash handles jumps with ease due to its powerful suspension.”
with ease due to its powerful suspension (which you can also upgrade, it’s pretty amazing). Out of the box with its stock battery and motor you can get about 30 to 35 miles per hour of speed out of it but if you go the upgrade route, 65+ MPH is not unheard of. That said, if you do go this route you’ll want to invest in armor upgrades to protect your vehicle from the type of damage you are daring at such ambitious speeds. Some have described the suspension as being almost exactly like what you would expect in a real truck and you’ll have to try it for yourself to see but overall we really can’t find fault in this vehicle’s handling. It runs well on smooth road and rough terrain and since it can absorb the bumps and bounces with its solid bumpers and shocks your time with this vehicle is guaranteed to be good, old-fashioned fun.
What are the best upgrades?
When it comes to upgrading your Traxxas Slash there are some items that you will want to focus on first and we have a few suggestions that can help you to make your decision. With so many items it can be a bit of a chore but we’ve narrowed it down to some of the most practical and desirable upgrades for your consideration. This is what you want to look for in the beginning:
- Battery upgrade – Upgrade to a LiPO battery as soon as you get the chance.
- Motor upgrade – With more power, you can run a better motor. Choose carefully, it doesn’t have to be the fastest and slower motors often go uphill better than the faster ones with less heat and energy consumption. Find a balance based on your needs.
- Armor – Protect your Slash now that it’s stronger and faster.
- Body customization – Blank bodies are available for complete customization or you can pick from a number of available options.
Some final words
As you can see, as the years go by the Traxxas Slash is still an amazing upgradable RC truck that you will get years of good times with. Customize it,, race it, jump it… it’s solid and can take a beating. So if you are looking for a new RC for yourself or some bonding time with the kids then look no further. Traxxas has got you covered!