Traxxas continues to hit hard with amazing scale replica bodies that really amp up the fun factory of your RC experience. This time they’ve reworked their popular 4-Tec platform and grafted a new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray body to it. Meet the new Traxxas 4-Tec 3.0 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray! This eye catching on-road car is built for fast parking lot fun with great handling and when you’re done, this model looks great on display on yourself until you’re ready to run again. If you’re a Chevy fan, Traxxas fan or just a fan of cool on-road RC cars, you’ll want to read on in our first look at this awesome 1/10 electric RC car.
4-Tec 3.0 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Kit Type: RTR Electric 4WD On-Road Car
Part Number: TRA93054-4
This is what’s going to do it for a lot of people, the fantastically detailed 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray body! The detail on this body makes you keep staring at it. The grille and duct inserts, the molded headlights with clear lens, mirrors, spoiler, molded tail lights and the exhaust tips are so well done, they look like real metal tips. What will really have you staring is seeing the molded mid engine peeking out of the rear window; so cool! Beyond the finely detailed parts, the body is molded to perfection and the only indicator that it’s not one piece is a line and screw in the rear of the body. This was done to get as much detail as possible in the tail section of the body so we’ll let it slide. The final cool factor of the body? No body clips! The body is fitted with a pin system that locks it into the body mounts on the chassis. Just pull two tabs and the body lifts off with ease! This is a simple system that is easy to use and really secures the body. If we had one wish for this body set, it would have been clear windows with a tinted decal over it. But the body looks so good, we’re actually ok with the black window decals.
Look familiar? That’s because it is! The 4-Tec 3.0 is much like the 2.0, it has just been lengthened and a few new parts added. FIrst up, the longer wheelbase occurs in the chassis and we think it’s going to make this already dialed platform handle even better. It also fits the dimensions of the Vette better as well. A new body mounting system attaches to the car to mate up with the new body design that we already talked about. A splitter front bumper helps with aerodynamics and fits the Stingray body perfectly. The only other major change to the chassis group is the long battery strap and foam block to take up space in the battery tray. The chassis is a composite material with lots of bracing to increase rigidity. There’s a composite brace up front that also strengthens the bellcrank steering mounts. It’s all a proven design that has worked well on the 2.0.
Under the diff covers are oil filled differentials with metal gears. Steel dogbones go out to steel axles however Traxxas used composite outdrives on the diffs. This is one spot we’d loved to have seen steel as well, just for when more power is added by those who are ready to go next level after getting started with the brushed motor. A new steel center shaft that goes from the spur gear shaft to the front gearcase is a nice new addition and it has a ball bearing support in the center to prevent deflection under power. Traxxas includes an optional pinion gear with the kit that when paired with an 8.4V battery will put this car up into the 30mph range.
Short oil filled coil over shocks damp the suspension on the 4-tec 3.0. The suspension is just like the 2.0; composite arms, fixed upper links, stout hubs and steering knuckles. The suspension simply looks easy to maintain and more importantly has the right geometry for general users that want to rip around parking lots with a car that, well, just hooks up! We even like that Traxxas uses steel pivot balls rather than plastic that so many other companies have switched to. Maybe if we had one wish it would be turnbuckles instead of fixed links on the suspension, but that’s an easy option for those that really want it. Now on all four corners are new 2.8″ diameter wheels wrapped in sticky rubber tires. The wheel design mimics the Corvette perfectly and we like the use of a narrow tire up front and a wider rear tire. Peek inside the wheels and you’ll see faux disc brakes and calipers.
Traxxas equipped this car with their tried and true brushes motor set-up. The XL-5 ESC that can handle 2S LiPo batteries and up to 8.4V NiMh packs. It sends power to the Titan 12T 550 motor. This set-up is water-proof and good for general fun. With the Corvette body on top, we thought the speedier VLX system would have been nicer in this model, but who knows, maybe Traxxas will offer it as another version some day. The standard 2075 is used for steering and a TQ radio system is dialed in from the factory for control.
Beyond the assembled car and electronics, you’ll also get a bag with instructions, some basic tools, shock pre-load clips and that pinion gear we told you about. You’ll need to supply 4-AA batteries for the radio, a battery pack for the car and a charger.
There’s no question Traxxas builds some truly fun models and with all of the detailed bodies they are releasing now with their kits, it really bumps up the fun factor. The Traxxas 4-Tec 3.0 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is sure to look good on the shelf and turn heads when you’re out driving it in the parking lot. We’re eager to take it out for a rip and if you want to see it in action, make certain to head to our Youtube channel and subscribe so you don’t miss our complete video review of this car with action footage. Subscribe here: Subscribe: http://bit.ly/SubToRCD
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