Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
July 7, 2017

Surely no matter what your wheeled hobby is, there comes a time where you want it to go faster. Be it slot cars, the kid’s ride on Power Wheels, or the garden tractor. Stock and slow just doesn’t cut it for our crowd. So after enjoying our Traxxas Ford GT radio controlled replica for the better part of the last month we knew there had to be a way to get some more speed out of the little guy. If you missed our news item about the launch of the new Traxxas Ford GT you can read it HERE and when we took delivery of ours HERE.

Of course we didn’t have to look any further than the Traxxas website for its Power-Up program. This unique offer allows Traxxas owners to purchase replacement or upgrade power systems at 50 percent off, either through the mail or through your nearest Traxxas dealer. That’s hard to beat, so we yanked out the stock brushed electric motor and speed control system and tossed it over the counter to our dealer in exchange for Traxxas’ Velineon VXL brushless motor and speed control! The upgrade drops right into place without any modification and to top it off we threw a bit more voltage at the system as well, upgrading to a 3S LiPo battery that puts out 11.1 volts. We’ll start with the stock electronics and upgrade to the included “speed gear,” then we’ll tackle the brushless upgrade and finally top off our testing with the 3S LiPo battery pack.

Our Ford GT replica is quite fast and thankfully Traxxas included its Traxxas Stability Management (TSM) system on the Ford GT, so it makes us look like we know what we’re doing when we grab a fist full of throttle! Rumor has it that there are additional gearing upgrades coming down the road from Traxxas that’ll push the Ford GT to over 70mph! That’s quite impressive, but be sure to have plenty of open space for your speed runs when you upgrade your Ford GT! See our brief captions below and watch our video to see just how fast we got our Traxxas Ford GT to go with a basic “bolt-on” just like our real cars.

The heart of our upgrade will be this Traxxas Velineon system. It is a direct fit upgrade for the stock 550-can brushed motor the Ford GT comes with.
Remove the metric Allen head screws retaining the gear cover and motor mount.
The stock 21-tooth pinion gear needs to be removed, as well as the two screws securing the stock motor to the mount.
Part of our upgrade path will also include adding the 25-tooth “speed gear” pinion (on the right) that is included with the car.
Remove the water proof electronics box cover to access the receiver and disconnect the stock speed control from it. Remove the two Allen head screws from the underside of the chassis to free the stock speed control.
Install the new Velineon motor and VXL speed control following the included instructions in the package. Refer to the Traxxas Ford GT manual for the proper motor mount position (stock gearing was C; we used G for the 25-tooth pinion).
We’ve been using a Traxxas 7.4v 2S battery in previous driving, but we’re going to upgrade to the Traxxas 11.1v 3S battery as well. Increased voltage means more power too!