Traxxas XO-1 RC car reaches 100 mph in 4.9 seconds
By Ben Coxworth
December 1, 2011
The Traxxas XO-1 is an all-wheel-drive electric car with a claimed top speed of over 100 mph (161 km/h). Not impressed? Oh yeah, it's also only 27 inches (68.6 cm) long, and weighs 10.3 pounds (4.67 kg) with batteries. The one-seventh scale radio-controlled model is billed as "the world's fastest ready-to-race radio-controlled supercar." This thing clearly isn't designed for use on the living room floor ... or on neighborhood roads.
The XO-1 reaches its triple-digit top speed from a standstill in a claimed 4.92 seconds. It'll reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.3.
Pushing it to these extremes is a 1,650 Kv Traxxas Big Block Brushless electric motor, powered by two rechargeable 3-cell, 5,000 mAh lithium-polymer battery packs.
The car is controlled by the new Traxxas TQi radio system. One of its interesting features is the fact that users can download the Traxxas Link app and dock their iPhone or iPod touch into the base of the device, which they will use to tweak performance parameters such as steering and throttle sensitivity, steering percentage, braking strength and throttle trim.
Not that users will be in a position to take their eyes off their car for more than a few seconds at a time, but the app also displays real-time vehicle data such as speed, RPM, motor temperature, and battery voltage. In fact, a recording function allows users to check those stats after their run, so they can keep their eyes on the road when the rubber is flying. The app is also required to access the XO-1's 100 mph capabilities - otherwise, it will top out at 50 mph (80.5 km/h).
The body, besides just looking snazzy, was reportedly computer-designed for maximum aerodynamics and downforce ... so it goes fast, without flying up into the air.
One question does arise, though. Where would someone use a 100 mph radio-controlled car? In all likelihood, about the only place it could be used is on an oval track. A long, smooth oval track, at that. Needless to say, kids aren't the intended buyers for this little beast. Its skill rating is a solid 10 - and quite possibly, that's on a scale of 1 to 5.
The XO-1 should be available as of December 30th, at a suggested retail price of US$1,100. A list of dealers can be found on the Traxxas website.
The car can be seen whipping around in the video below.
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