Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer or Traxxas UDR is one of the most powerful and reliable RC cars. It is also so different than the other Traxxas RC cars in many ways!
If you buy this RC car, the first thing you should do is to read the instructions book. Otherwise, you will not be able either to open it or even to add some batteries (YES, she has more than one battery place).
Wait! don’t get wrong the idea. It’s not complicated to have this Traxxas UDR. It’s just that its structure is different than the rest of the RCs.
And all you have to do is know how it works. It’s super easy, so you don’t have to worry about that because I will show you everything about this RC car in this article!
And let me tell you something. Once you know how this car works, it will be the coolest thing you’ve ever known. Because it’s really funnier than the others!
Traxxas UDR Body
I’m sure that the first thing you will say about Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer is: “Wow, this looks exactly like a Slash“.
Well, let me tell you that you’re going to be shocked if I show you that this UDR has nearly the same size as a Traxxas X-Maxx! This RC car is so big.
It is true that the body of this car looks somehow like a Traxxas Slash, but, if you come closer, you’ll see totally different details like the front bumper, the headlights design, as well as the rear trunk of the vehicle.
The first bumper is equipped with two small horizontal barriers that hold the body. They can be used as well for fixing some headlights as upgrades.
The rear trunk doesn’t have a bottom. You can see directly the whole suspension system as well as the rear driveshaft alongside the wheels. Also, it has 2 additional wheels, and some beautiful fake pieces of equipment to model the real car.
Besides that, there are two rear fans in the rear window, and right under them, there is the controller. And you can see them with no cover on!
There is another cool and unique thing about the UDR. It’s the two drivers sitting in the front seats of the car. It’s a great touch to add more realism and fun while driving.
All these things are weird…
But the weirdest feature that you can’t find on any other Traxxas RC car is the screws. The body of the Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer is secured by 12 screws spread all over it.
If you’re a beginner, and you don’t know much about RC cars, some of them have 4 clips like the Drag Slash (2 in the front and 2 in the back), and others have clipless bodies.
This means that you can open and close them just from one button in the rear like Traxxas Hoss.
So, how can you open it?
EASY, everything is accessible from the bottom of the car. You don’t need to remove the body anymore with the UDR Traxxas!
Here are AMain Hobbies that will show you exactly how those screws work in their great video on Youtube:
Actually, it is possible to remove the body by removing the screws. But, what you’ll find there will definitely blow your mind.
The Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer chassis isn’t like the other RC cars. Inside the body, there is a cage built from steel. With this cage in your RC car, you feel like there is nothing that can make it break.
And this is what makes the Traxxas UDR one of the most solid and strong RC cars in my opinion! It just blows my mind!
Concerning the components of the chassis, they’re the same as any other RC car. However, there is one thing that is similar to the X-Maxx which is the double battery.
You can have two batteries inside the Traxxas UDR. And you can add up to a 6s Lipo battery. (Or 2 of 3s batteries). But the method of adding a battery to this RC car is different.
There is a room at the bottom of the vehicle covered with a hard plastic part and 2 fixed plugs instead of two wires. You can see the detailed video from the RC Sparks below.
The remarkable thing about the chassis of this monster truck is how hard the plastic is. You don’t need to worry about cracking your RC car from the bottom. It’s all protected!
Traxxas UDR Performance
With the Velineon® 2200kV Brushless Motor, the VXL-6s™ Waterproof Electronic Speed Control, and the 4WD system, Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer can reach a top speed of 30mph with a 4s Lipo battery and 50mph using a 6s lipo battery.
That’s a lot of power! It requires 2 fans to cool this monster. And you don’t have to worry about water, snow, or mud because these parts are waterproof.
And of course, it contains also the TSM which is the Traxxas Stability Management System.
Let me give you another shock…
All you need to reach this kind of speed is the battery installation that doesn’t even take 30 seconds.
Unlike other RC cars that you have to change the batteries as well as the pinion gears to reach their high speed, which leaves non-techy people blocked.
One of the best parts that have increased the performance of this vehicle is the shocks. Believe it or not, this vehicle does not contain 4 shocks, which is one shock for each wheel. It contains 8 shocks, which is 2 shocks for each wheel.
And the great thing about all that is that those shocks aren’t normal. They’re the new version of the GTR shocks. Their name is the Extreme-Travel GTR shocks.
By adding The Extreme-Travel GTR shocks to the Heavy-Duty Suspension, this monster truck becomes unstoppable.
The front suspension of this RC monster isn’t the same as the rear one. They’re different!
The front suspension contains independent parts for each wheel. However, when it comes to the rear suspension, they are related.
Simply, Traxxas UDR is born to fight and win!
The wheels and tires of this RC car aren’t like the stock wheels that balloon when you accelerate. They’re hard reliable great wheels capable of making your UDR overcome any obstacle. They’re the Beadlock-style 17mm dual-diameter wheels.
Traxxas UDR Upgrades
No matter how perfect the RC car is, there is always room for improvement. And this is what I love the most about the world of RC cars.
The same goes for Traxxas UDR. And the great thing is that these parts are so cool.
For example, you can have the stainless steel plate instead of the stock on that is built-in hard plastic. This won’t only protect your RC monster, but it will give it a stunning look!
The headlights are another great and funny parts to have. Everybody loves to see the bright lights coming from the front and the rear of their RCs. And I don’t think you’re an exception!
On the other hand, if you’re a techy person and you love details, you can add some internal parts like the servo to increase the speed.
You may change also the tires to have more grip as well as to make your UDR look better.
There are a lot more Traxxas UDR upgrades to add and test. I will write another article about this topic in the near future.
What I Don’t Like About Traxxas UDR
For me, everything was perfect on the Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer. From the unique building, the great performance, and stability to the design and the look.
However, as a person, I always see that room for improvement can be there.
Well, if we will compare Traxxas UDR with another rival from the same brand, I think that we will all agree on the Traxxas X-Maxx. And for the X-Maxx, this RC monster is a great rival.
Nevertheless, I hoped that the UDR was able to have more speed than 50mph. It may be 60mph or even more.
This was just from a personal point of view. Other than that, I don’t think there is something bad that would stop you from getting this great monster to your home as soon as possible.
Another bad trap about this RC car that almost everybody would fall into is the shape of the car. I’m sure that when you first saw it, you thought it’s just another normal RC car like the Slash because of their similarity.
But once you see it, and you test it. You see a big difference.
This first impression people can have about this car can make it underestimated. Or, a lot of people won’t see the value of paying a lot of money for an RC car that looks like another with half the price!
What I Like About The Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer
The best thing that attracted me to this car is its uniqueness. Almost everything that we covered about this UDR was unique and powerful. I love special and different things. And Traxxas UDR was the best one to make this real.
What do you think about this RC car? Do you agree with me or you don’t?
I would love to see your opinions down below in the comments!