Traxxas 1/16 E-REVO VXL RC Truck

Traxxas 1/16 E-REVO VXL is a 1/16 scale radio-controlled (RC) monster truck. It makes a good first introduction to the world of RC-racing, or a fun mini-RC truck for experienced RC enthusiasts. It has full-time 4WD capable of 30+ mph right out of the box. It is a scaled-down version of the Traxxas 1/10 E-REVO. At about 13 inches, it is big enough for some serious outdoor fun, but small enough for indoor use on those rainy or snowy days.

Getting Started

The Traxxas 1/16 E-REVO VXL comes RTR (Ready to Race) right out of the box. It includes everything you need including truck, 2.4 GHz radio transmitter, NiMH battery pack and charger, and miscellaneous wrenches and clips. All you need to add is four AA alkaline batteries for the transmitter. Read the manual, charge the battery, and you are ready to roll.

Speaking of manual, the E-REVO VXL comes with a very good manual. The Getting Started section is great for those who want to get started quickly without spending a lot of time reading the manual. It covers many topics from basic setup, control, and maintenance to driving in wet conditions. It covers a TQ 2.4GHz transmitter setup guide for adjusting throttle sensitivity, steering sensitivity (expo), braking percentage, and other functions. The manual also has advanced topics such as suspension tuning for different terrains, changing shock oil, changing gear ratios, adjusting the transmission slipper clutch, and changing drive gear differentials. It even has instructions on adding high performance components to achieve 50+ mph speeds.

The 1/16 E-REVO comes fully assembled including a TQ 2.4 GHz radio transmitter. Charge the battery and you are virtually ready to go.

Key Features

Many of the 1/16 E-REVO VXL features are adapted from the 1/10 scale E-REVO model. The polycarbonate shell looks identical, just on a smaller scale. It is powered by a Velineon brushless motor capable of wheelie-popping acceleration. It is a quality motor with high-speed ball bearings, sintered rotor, neodymium magnets, and gold-plated connectors, all adding up to a motor capable of 50,000 rpm.

The E-REVO has full-time 4WD. The VXL-3m ESC (electronic speed control) has three power profiles: sport, race, and training mode. Sport mode provides 100% power for forward, braking and reverse. Race mode provides 100% power for forward and braking. In training mode, the E-REVO operates at half power making it easier for beginners.

The rocker-actuated suspension has all of the functionality and performance of the 1/10 E-REVO including oil-filled GTR shocks with progressive damping and spring rates, and threaded body for preload and damping adjustment.

Although the 1/16 E-REVO comes with a 6-cell, 7.2v NiMH battery, it is fully compatible with 2S and 3S LiPo battery packs, including low voltage detection. The chassis is also capable of holding a second battery pack for extended driving or extra power.

For those of you that like to play in the mud, puddles, rain, or snow, the E-REVO has waterproof electronics. No need to let winter, and a little snow, slow you down.

TQ 2.4 GHz Radio

The 1/16 E-REVO VXL comes with a TQ 2.4 GHz radio system. No crystals to worry about. It just finds a clear channel. The Traxxas Link Technology automatically stores settings for up to 20 Traxxas RC cars or trucks.

The radio is fully adjustable including steering and throttle end points, steering sensitivity (expo), throttle sensitivity (expo), steering percentage (dual rate), braking percentage (dual rate), and throttle trim.

In Conclusion

I found the E-REVO a good introduction to RC cars. It has enough power to be fun. Training mode helps when you are first getting started. I drive it around the house, outside on concrete, and out in the dirt. It performs well in a wide variety of terrains. If you are an experienced RC racer, don’t let the small size fool you. It has plenty of power for even an experienced driver. One added bonus, it is small enough to fit in a corner of your car trunk. Perfect for those moments when you are waiting for your kids, and sitting in an almost empty parking lot.

If you are interested in getting this RC Truck yourself, here is an Amazon link to the Traxxas 1/16 E-Revo 4WD VXL RTR w/ 2.4 Radio.

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