They started in 1986 with the idea of an RTR vehicle, at that time being a new concept. Their first car was the Wildcat 4x4, an RTR buggy.
Then Traxxas ventured into the racing spectrum. They released popular competition vehicles such as the LS-II, TRX-1, SRT, Bullet, and TCP. All of these cars were well designed and successful vehicles. Traxxas launched towards the top of the list as a well recognized company after Rick Vehlow won the ROARS in 1991 with the TRX-1 buggy.
Go hog wild with the fascinating old sites here: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.traxxas.com
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