Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
April 28, 2017

We first brought you the news of the Ford GT radio controlled model from Traxxas back in February with the planned release date of early March. If you missed that news item you can read that here. While much anticipated by Ford fanatics and R/C enthusiasts alike, sadly a few delays occurred in finalizing the product and a new release date of mid-May was announced just a few weeks ago. Local hobby stores that are Traxxas dealers have been receiving shipments of store samples for customers to see in person, but you’re going to have to wait just a few more weeks for there to be store stock to purchase. With a little begging we were able to secure an early sample to share with our readers for a more in-depth look at the model.

First off, right out of the box the body just blew us away. Traditionally, an R/C body is a single piece of molded polycarbonate, but Traxxas did the Ford GT right proud by using three separate pieces to faithfully recreate the “flying buttress” design of the GT’s carbon fiber body. To fit this low slung body over the new 4TEC 2.0 chassis, Traxxas even reverted to a special Ford GT specific rear body mount and a lower mounting position for the rear camber links to clear the body in that area. Realistic translucent red taillights (which are LED light ready), and a 3D-like center exhaust piece add scale realism to the car. As we noted in our original story, the body comes in three official Ford colors: Liquid Blue, Liquid Red, and Liquid Gray. Traxxas added replica staggered fit wheels to match the real ones and wrapped them in sticky high-traction rubber tires. The scale brake discs behind the wheels, popular on R/C touring and drift cars, are even sized like the real Ford GT, with bigger discs in the front!

With the body off you can see the layout of the new 4TEC 2.0 chassis. Everything is neat and tidy with the electronics on the right and the battery tray on the left for a balanced chassis.
The rear body mount is specific to the Ford GT body that model comes with, but additional mounts are included to use other bodies, like say a Mustang!

The all-new Traxxas 4TEC 2.0 chassis is a real work of art. The chassis is stiff, yet features a modular design for easy maintenance or repairs. It is an all-wheel-drive setup that uses a centrally located driveshaft for maintenance free fun (no rubber belts to wear or break). Scale oil-filled coilover shocks give the Traxxas Ford GT a smooth ride and the included Traxxas Stability Management (TSM) is like a scaled down version of Ford’s AdvanceTrac Stability Control, using sensors to prevent the vehicle from losing control while at speed, making this a great first R/C car for all ages.

Just like the real Ford GT; this radio controlled version includes (nonfunctional) drilled disc brakes and large brake calipers. The rotors actually turn with the wheels for a cool appearance and the front discs are larger than the rears, again just like on the real GT.

The Traxxas Ford GT is officially licensed by Ford Motor Company and is available for order now with retail stock hitting store shelves in just a week or two. The Traxxas Ford GT is what the industry refers to as “ready to run,” however, you will need to purchase a battery and a battery charger if you don’t already own these items. Visit your local hobby store and the staff there will be able to get you setup in short order. Believe it or not Summit Racing stocks Traxxas cars, trucks, and parts too. So when you’re ordering parts for your Mustang project you can pick up your Traxxas upgrades and service parts at the same time!

Oh, and if you’re looking for a matching “tow rig” for your Ford GT, Traxxas also offers the 2017 Raptor. It was released right around the end of 2016, so those are plentiful at the hobby shops and online. We picked one up in Lightning Blue to match our GT. Time to build a custom scale car trailer. You can get more details on the Raptor here.

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Traxxas Ford F-150 Raptor

The Traxxas Raptor R/C model is based off of the brand’s Slash short-course truck. The Slash has been a huge hit for Traxxas, spawning a massive influx of new people to the radio control hobby. The Slash is a capable on and off-road performer with unheard of aftermarket support. The Slash is great for backyard fun and can be made into a formidable competition truck if racing is your thing. For 2017 Traxxas updated its previous Raptor-bodied Slash to give it the proper scale look with a fully licensed 2017 F-150 Raptor body shell that includes three-dimensional hood vents, side view mirrors, and grille. The front bumper, which is attached to the chassis itself, was molded to appear just like the real Raptor’s bumper as well. Much like the Ford GT discussed above, the Slash-based Raptor can be upgraded with the same Velineon brushless motor system if you’re looking to make a missile out of your scale Raptor.

The body is available in official Ford colors of Oxford White, Magnetic (gray), and of course Lightning Blue. We picked up the Lighting Blue to go along with the Liquid blue of our Ford GT.
Under that beautiful skin is Traxxas’ proven Slash platform. The Slash used for the 2017 Raptor model is a 2WD chassis with high ground clearance and progressive rate oil-filled coilover shocks at all four corners.
The centrally mounted battery tray features a similar hold down strap to the Ford GT in that it will work with a multitude of battery types and sizes.

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