The new Traxxas Stability Management (TSM) allows you to experience all the extreme power, speed, and acceleration that was engineered into your Traxxas model by making it much easier to control the vehicle on common slippery surfaces such as loose dirt, smooth concrete, and even ice and snow. Punch it off the line and TSM goes to work sensing the vehicle’s direction and making steering corrections to provide straight-ahead full-throttle acceleration without fishtailing, spinouts, and loss of control. TSM also works during cornering, first making intuitive corrections to maintain your line, and then allowing you to hammer the throttle earlier in the turn for much faster exit speeds. Braking is dramatically improved as TSM works to keep you arrow straight until you come to a complete stop.
Traxxas TSM gives you all the benefits modern electronic stabilization has to offer without intruding on your driving fun or introducing unexpected side effects that can be found on other systems such as drastically reduced turning radius, braking assistance that times out (quits), throttle restrictions, and an overall disconnected driving feel. Traxxas engineers developed superior tuning algorithms that run on high-speed, precision electronic components to create a system that works invisibly, in the background, without ever limiting your throttle. TSM can be fine tuned (or turned off) for different surfaces by simply adjusting the multi-function knob on the TQi transmitter, or by adjusting the slider in the Traxxas link app. The result is that you are driving faster, with more ease, and having more fun. In fact, you may not even realize how much TSM is helping you until you turn it off and test your driving skills without it!
How does it Work?
TSM lives in the receiver of the model. The TQi TSM receiver has a new part number, 6533. TSM works with TQi transmitters equipped with a Multi Function knob. The Multi Function knob adjusts the amount of assistance provided by TSM. More assistance tightens the control, virtually eliminating fishtailing and sliding. Less assistance allows the vehicle to be more loose for controlled power slides and “steering” with the throttle. TSM never restricts throttle input. The driver always has complete control of the power. TSM can easily be turned off by simply turning the multi-function knob counterclockwise to its stop. TSM can also be adjusted in the Traxxas Link application. The control icon is in the “Garage” in Traxxas Link and also the Drive Effects screen. Each model has a specific software load, custom tuned to the model. Traxxas Link remembers TSM setting when the driver uses the same transmitter and switches between various models equipped with TSM.
Out of the box, TSM does not require any additional setup or configuration for the driver. It goes to work as soon as the vehicle is turned on. TSM should be turned off while adjusting the steering trim from the TQi transmitter.
Have extra tires on hand!
While our mission at Traxxas is to build our vehicles tough to resist breakage and wear, if you like to pull the throttle trigger hard and often, expect some increased tire wire. Normally, without TSM, it can be difficult to hold full throttle for extended lengths of time, particularly when the vehicle is configured with brushless power and 3S LiPo batteries. Drivers naturally tend to back off the throttle to maintain control, which reduces tire wear. However, TSM opens the door for full throttle acceleration on practically any surface and simply-put, if you like to lay down the rubber, the tires don’t stand a chance. Keep an extra set handy, particularly if you’re driving on asphalt and concrete. Watch for new replacement tire packages from Traxxas to carry the TSM Rated decal which means they are specially prepared for excessive throttle usage!
The Traxxas Stability Management system is currently being offered by itself and will be included in the two soon to be released RC trucks listed below. The receiver needs to be mated with a transmitter with the TSM knob. Both vehicles and the TSM receiver are expected to go on sale this June.
- 6533 – Traxxas Stability Management Receiver – $40
- 58076-21 – Slash 2wd VXL with On-Board Audio – $435
- 68086-21 – Slash 4X4 with On-Board Audio – $490