Traxxas has done it again. They keep on producing great RC products and this time it is the 1:10 scale electric RC monster truck known as the E-Maxx. This monster RC comes Ready-to-Run and is what a monster truck should be: 4-wheel drive. For A redneck like me that means one thing -- great outdoor hill-climbing, dirt slinging, rock crawling fun. YEEHAW!
Dual Motors, Dual Speed:
Stuffed into this little powerhouse is not one but two 14V Titan 550 high torque electric motors. Fan-cooled, the dual motors provide maximum power to the 5-Spoke 3.2" ground-ripping tires. The armatures are also 30% longer than the stock RS 540 motors used in the past.
Not only does the E-Maxx offer dual motors but it also has a two speed transmission, a total of twenty-eight sealed ball bearings, a sealed gearbox to prevent perfomance-robbing dirt and debris from getting in. Oh, and let's not forget that it is also shaft-driven which makes it fast, fun and durable.
The E-Maxx has a whopping 4" ground clearance and is complmented by a total of eight oil-filled shocks and you know what that means? Crushing other RCs or fake crunchy cars (made out of aluminum), big jumps, and rough terrain are a snap for the E-Maxx.
Chassis, Controller, ESC:
The chassis ain't nothing to laugh at either. The E-Maxx chassis is a molded composite nylon tub chassis for durability and has battery cut-outs to lower the center of gravity thus allowing for high-speed cornering.
The radio transmitter is a 3-channel TQ radio control system. A Novak ESC (Electronic Speed Control), a pre-painted ProGraphix body, and the minor tools come included to complete the awesome package of the E-Maxx.
Want to get down to the question that is on every RC enthusiast's mind "How fast does it go?" Well, with two 6-cell battery packs it tops out at around 23 MPH and at around 30 MPH using two 7-cell battery packs. That's just as fast as its big brother the nitro T-Maxx in stock condition.
Minor Issue: Weight:
This little guy weighs in at a heavy 10 lbs. loaded with battery packs. Having to charge two packs instead of just one can be time-consuming but it can still pull awesome wheelies from a stand still.
Don't Forget the Batteries:
Like most RTR vehicles, the only things it doesn't come with is eight AA batteries, two 7.2 volt racing battery packs, and a battery charger. When it comes to battery chargers I like using a peak charger to charge my batteries to prevent overheating and overcharging which can result in battery damage over time.
Traxxas E-Maxx Bottomline:
I believe the Traxxas E-Maxx stacks up nicely against HPI's newest creation the E-Savage or maybe the TXT-1 made by Tamiya. With the E-Maxx's quick acceleration and overall fun factor even some nitro-powered monster trucks have a hard time keeping up.
My overall opinion of this truck is that it's a lot of fun for beginners and and the experts that are looking for something different. The E-Maxx retails at around $325-$350US with everything included.
Additional Technical Specifications:
- Length: 19.125" (486mm)
- Height (overall): 10.5" (267mm)
- Weight (fully loaded): 10 lbs.
- Wheelbase: 12" (305mm)
- Front/Rear Track: 16.25" (414mm)
- Center Ground Clearance: 4" (101mm)
- Front and Rear Tires: 5.75" x 3"
- Front and Rear Wheels: 5-Spoke 3.2"
- Speed Control Type: EVX Forward/Reverse
- Motor (electric): Dual 14V Titan™ 550, Fan Cooled
- Gear Pitch: 32-Pitch
- Differential Type: Hardened Steel Bevel Gear
- Transmission: Driver-Shifted 2-Speed
- Drive System: Shaft-Driven 4WD
- Steering: Bellcrank
- Chassis Type: Molded Composite Nylon Tub
- Radio System: Traxxas TQ-3 (3-Channel)
- Speed: 23+MPH (6-cell setup) 30MPH (7-cell setup)