Traxxas 2WD Short Course Racing Truck

Last updated date: May 16, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

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Overall Take

The Traxxas 2WD Short Course Racing Truck combines hobby-grade construction with user-friendly controls. The motor and receiver are guarded against water and overheating and delivers consistent power in a variety of conditions. The onboard audio system also makes for a nice additional touch. In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the Traxxas Traxxas 2WD Short Course Racing Truck placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.8
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
300 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very durable, holds its own on rough terrain and in rugged conditions.
- BestReviews
Simple controls and a programmable training mode make this RC car an incredibly accessible hobby-grade vehicle.
- Top Ten Reviews
Most of them are metal or composite. You can expect no cheap plastic material with this model. With the excellent quality comes high durability; it can take a beating without sweating!
- RC RoundUp
This model comes with their waterproof receiver box, so you can race in every condition, and the Titan 12T 550 modified motor constantly delivers the power needed, as it is cooled by the integrated cooling fan that makes sure your motor doesn’t overheat.
- Mechanic FAQ
Well-built, high quality and good attention to detail, Waterproof ESC
- Hobby Help
Onboard audio system can be turned up, turned down or turned off right on the control box, Speakers mounted up inside the body not only produce sound, they also vibrate the body for even more realism
- RC Driver
This two-wheel drive RC car has a 2.4 GHz control, which is designed to be user-friendly. There is no need to manage frequencies and channels, which will make its operation simple.
- Best List for Car
What experts didn't like
An expensive choice.
- BestReviews
The high center of gravity makes handling a little difficult on the racetrack.
- Top Ten Reviews
The battery does not last long. The 20 to 30 minutes driving duration seems too short especially when you are having fun.
- RC RoundUp
Will need to purchase a separate charger
- Hobby Help
Traction is a bit low with the hard tires, but this also means they won’t wear out fast
- RC Driver
Battery can be easily drained
- Best List for Car

From The Manufacturer

Traxxas was the first company to offer waterproof electronics and we haven't stopped innovating. Slash's patented receiver box is fully waterproof, yet it's easy to access the receiver for maintenance. The exclusive design holds a 3-channel micro receiver that saves weight and provides reliable, long-range R/C performance. Don't let the weather curb your fun, Slash is ready to take on your most extreme adventures.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Traxxas 2WD Short Course Racing Truck
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
2. TOYEN Remote Controlled Car Truck
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Redcat Racing Electric Volcano EPX Truck
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Hapinic RC Car
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Hosim All Terrain RC Car
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
6. New Bright Pro Warrior RC Car
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 1
7. SPESXFUN Remote Control Car
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4
9. QUN FENG Electric RC Car-Lamborghini Veneno
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
10. XQ Toys Remote Control Car RC
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On RC Cars

Many of us have great childhood memories of steering an RC (or radio control) car around the living room on birthdays or Christmas mornings — and not-so-great memories of breaking it during an ill-advised stunt. If you haven’t played with an RC car since those days, you should know there are models out there that are greatly improved from the cheap toys you may have gotten, as long as you’re willing to pay a little extra.

First of all, keep in mind that we’re talking about radio control cars. A remote control car uses a hand-held transmitter to relay steering and speed commands to a miniature car or truck, but the two might be connected by a wire. A radio controlled car is controlled by radio waves sent from the transmitter to a receiver in the car, and the distance between the two is limited only by the power of the transmitter. In some top-end RC units, that might be as far as 1000 feet or more. In more inexpensive children’s cars, it might be limited to the length of a large room. If you’re taking it outdoors,, bear in mind that the effective distance of the transmitter signal will be affected by objects between you and your car.

Whether you’re buying an RC car, truck or buggy, one of the first statistics you might see is scale. 1/10 scale is one of the most common ones to see, and that means the car is a tenth the size of whatever automobile it’s trying to represent. That size can vary, but it generally ranges from 14 to 16 inches. Other popular scales are 1/12 and 1/16, and you might find mini-RC cars that go as small as 1/64.

While kids might love playing with RC cars, there’s a substantial adult hobby culture surrounding them. Gearheads exchange tips, tweak engines and even build their own cars from scratch to race at big events. Among the high-end models common at these races, you might see gas-powered cars which run on nitro fuel. These can be very fast but also noisy. They’re definitely for hobbyists only, as there’s a lot more to break.

Beginners will want to stick with electric RC cars, which are no slouch in the speed department and a lot easier to start racing with. You’ll find several hobby-grade vehicles sporting electric motors, and the most powerful (read: expensive) can top 100 mph. For trucks and buggies, the high end is much lower — somewhere around 50 mph. Battery life and charging time can vary, but in general look for mAh (milliamp hours) as a good indicator of battery capacity.

DYWM Fun Fact

You might think the modern crop of RC cars can get pricey, but never underestimate the value of nostalgia. Collectors might expect to pay upwards of $2,500 for a 1979 Tamiya Sand Scorcher, one of the finest examples of golden age RC tech.

How fast can an RC car get? So far, American Nic Case holds that record with his Radio Controlled Bullet, a custom build that became the first model to top 200 mph in 2014.

The RC Car Buying Guide

  • RC cars come in a wide price range, from simple toys to high-tech racing vehicles that can be modified just like their full-size counterparts. In any case, they’ll need three major components: a transmitter (powered by a battery), a receiver (installed into the car) and the car itself. If you’re planning to start racing out of the box, make sure that an RC car is equipped with all three. Cars labeled as “ready to run” will generally have all you need to start.
  • 2WD or 4WD? Even non-truck drivers will recognize those options as 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, and the same transmission choice applies to RC cars. In full-size trucks, 4WD might be the premium type, but that’s not necessarily the case here. RC cars with 4WD are more stable, and the controls are definitely responsive — possibly too much so for beginners. 2WD models tend to be cheaper and a bit slower, but more durable. The easier control will also mean less accidents.
  • Holding races with other hobbyists might be the most fun you can get out of your RC car. This might take some preparation depending on the car type, but things have gotten much easier lately for mini-racing enthusiasts. In the early days of RC racing, two cars operating on the same radio frequency might have to have different crystals installed in the receiver and transmitter. This would allow them to operate on different channels in the same frequency, ensuring their signals wouldn’t interfere with each other. While there are still some RC cars that use that workaround, an increasing majority now operate at 2.4 GHz, a wide frequency that allows cars to receive signals on their own narrow band — no crystals needed. Not only does this allow other 2.4 GHz cars to race, but you can also play without worrying about interference from other RC units in the immediate area.
  • Battery life is a big concern, especially if you’re planning to take your RC buggy to the beach or somewhere far from a charging station. Most RC batteries are rechargeable, but they can take awhile. Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries are the standard, and they’re heavy but easy to use. Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are a step up from that, delivering more power and lasting longer — at a price, of course.
  • Everybody wants to know how fast their RC car will go. Max speed should be clearly advertised, but keep in mind that number can vary widely depending on your driving conditions (especially when it comes to off-road vehicles).
  • Conversations about engine specs can get into the weeds quickly when it comes to hobby-grade cars, but in general, you’ll see designations for “brushed” and “brushless” motors. Brushless motors are more efficient and durable. Brushed motors use a series of tiny metal brushes to convert power to motion, and they’re best for beginners. While they don’t deliver quite as much speed as brushless motors, they can still be plenty effective and are cheaper.