Just Stop it Right Here!.
Stop IT Right Here.
JUST STOP EVERYTHING RIGHT HERE!!!!
As an owner of an Original Titan, manufactured by Aeromarine dating back to my first experience with the boat in 1999, 3 Time National Champion with the boat, Oval Racing Record Holder and speed reached in excess of 70 mph... I have a few things to say...
...Darn good job on that boat Traxxas! Really Great Job!
I was always wondering when you guys were going to step your game up from your "Entry Level" RTR "Toy Like" boats to be on par with your impressive performance car and truck lines. Being a Nitro R/C Boat Racer since I was 7 years old (Now 39) and fan of your marketing and promotion on the car side (from the little trucks to the big trucks) I thought you could really boost the boat market if you got serious with it. I was just going to your site to send an email to you stating the very same thing. but to my surprise... I was cruising the site the other day and I ran across the "NEW" Titan. As always YOU posts speeds right in front so I didn't even have time to ask the question. So with that speed I was thinking. Could it be true? Have they built the .21 NItro Engine deep vee that I thought the market so desperately needs? But to my disappointment it was only electric. Well I wasn't "THAT" disappointed. The speed is still impressive. I could still see the potential. The Electric gives new enthusiast a good entry level fairly easy point of entry. I can see nitro would be a bit more difficult. The boat in it's "All Out" form is maybe a tad bit slower than my .21 powered Kyosho FMR customized tuned and ready to race that I had been racing for Kyosho for a couple of years now so I am pretty impressed with the "Out-of-the-Box" performance for an electric boat. (It's taken 2 and half years to get my Kyosho to the speeds it's at now) I know some of you on here think that electric is faster and it very well might be in the RTR arena but I host a West Coast race where I invite the "Top Guys" of electric in our area who are also record holders to race against our guys in nitro and they are fast but not faster. They can usually hold there own though but more times than not they are over powered by the nitro. (This is of course in on a 6 lap 1 Mile Oval Course) But I will say this for a chosen few elites electrics are right on par head to head and Traxxas seems to have finally fallen in line with those elite. Thank You. Even though you are electric I still thank you.
I was happy with the length of this Titan as it is even longer than my current Aeromarine Titan which I feel is about 3" too short even though I have still had tremendous success with it. The Traxxas Titan is the perfect length to replace my current Aeromarine Titan, however, I wished that they set it up for Nitro use, or like someone said earlier, made it in a bare hull. Also... Although I love painting boats and paint them often for many customers, Traxxas does such an awesome job in that arena even I have to say "Why bother?" . I am also a graphic designer with several fuselage areo-dynamic designs and graphics for R/C helicopters that I have done and I still say I would be hard presssed to come up with something any better.
I am excited about Traxxas stepping their game up. I just hope it includes boats that us serious guys can race with. I don't understand why they see boats different. In just about every other market they build the product with performance that can compete on the track with the best of the best and the fastest of the fastest but the boats they always fall shot of that. I would think they would see boats same way. If the guy at the track that is beating everybody has one, that is the rig everyone will want. But in boats they don't even step up like that even though just one organization runs about 60 events nationwide each season. That's a lot of events that could have racers who bought your product voluntarily promoting and demonstrating your product, racing and doing well under more intense conditions. Plus the thousands of hours of R & D you would gain from the best in the game. All this would work to impress that new local enthusiast. And then low and behold he goes to the hobby shop and finds the same boat he saw at the lake. Just like he saw the same car in the hobby shop he saw at the track beating everybody. That scenario doesn't exist near as often as it does for cars. Most racer performance boats you can't find in the hobby shop and the ones you can don't have race events for those particular boats often. That's why I am so excited with this because I know Traxxas gets it and maybe with them involved in more serious racing it will help grow the market from entry level to expert. Even the Titan I race is the cream of the crop Race machine but you would never find it at a hobby shop. Then if you did buy one you would have to spend countless hours on the set-up to get it right. I think it took us 3 years to get it right and it's still probably a bit over powered but that's the case with any true racing machine. That's where the driver comes in.
As I mentioned, I think Traxxas has the start of something good here. I just hope they opt to step it up like they do in their cars and not just stick with the entry level guys. In the past 10 years I have chosen to race boats that entry level enthusiast can go buy themselves instead of me racing our own scratch built stuff. Maybe they can't buy it at a hobby shop but at least they can go online to the same guy that builds my stuff and get one just like it. Then it just comes down to driving skill... well and set-up skill... but the playing field is a lot more even. I realized equipment needs to be readily available if the boat market is to grow so why not spend the time in R&D on things that are already out there and more plentiful. As a result I have won championships and set records against all the custom stuff using equipment you can buy easily from the manufacturer and Traxxass is way more capable in manufacturing and marketing than any of my present sources. I have gone 70mph. with my .40 Engine size Nitro powered Aeromarine Titan boat in oval racing trim. I have gone 87 in race trim with other designs and I have one that holds a Nitro Record at 114 mph. I expect if Traxxas keeps it up. They will be there soon. I am looking forward to it. Performance, Reliability and Availability is what this market needs. I think Traxxas has the right ingredients to go far with this.