Traxxas

Traxxas is a hobby level radio control model manufacturer based in the United States. Their more popular models include the T-Maxx, the Revo, and recently the Jato.

Traxxas produces a variety of cars and boats. Generally they offer electric and nitro powered versions of all their models.

Products

T-Maxx

The T-Maxx is a monster truck model successful enough to add an entire category of formalized racing to the industry. Previously there was no monster truck class of radio control racing. [Radio Operated Auto Racing|ROAR], the leading sanctioner of racing in the USA, is creating an entirely new class to include the monster trucks, mostly due the popularity of the T-Maxx.

The design of the T-Maxx, like many other hobby class models, has been revised since it introduction. The first revision lenghened the suspension arms and added a more powerful motor, thus becoming the T-Maxx 2.5. Further revisions received their own names, but were essentially the same truck.

The Sport Maxx model omitted the differential and drivetrain to the front wheels. The reverse capability was also left out. The S-Maxx (or Stadium Maxx) was essentially the same as the Sport Maxx, but it came with a different body shell, more race oriented tires and a two speed transmission.

In 2005, Traxxas began sponsorship of a full-size T-Maxx monster truck to promote the radio controlled version.

E-Maxx

The E-Maxx is the electric brother to the T-Maxx. It shares the same suspension and differential parts as the T-Maxx, but is better suited to rock crawling and low-noise areas. The E-Maxx runs on two 7.2 volt battery packs, using a total of 14.4 volts to run the system.

Revo

The Revo is a monster truck with a more recent design than the T-Maxx. Notable changes include the shock system, a complex aluminum chassis, and the addition of an electronically controlled reverse.

Jato

The Jato is Traxxas' newest nitro model based on the rear wheel drive stadium truck format popular in the industry. Features that make it stand out from others include the "EZ Start" system, an automatic two speed gearbox, larger than standard wheels and tires, a 55 mph top speed, and class leading suspension travel. The Jato, as it comes out of the box, is not legal to race alongside more traditional stadium trucks in industry sanctioned events, but many local clubs allow it.

EZ Start

Traxxas brought onboard electric starting systems into widespread use for nitro fuel powered models. Most of their nitro powered models carry this "EZ Start" system. It consists of a small electric motor and a wiring harness to start the two-stroke nitro engine in a way similar to full size automobiles. The starter battery is kept separate from the model in a wand-like device. When plug on the wand is inserted into the vehicle's receiver, the user presses the button on the wand, and the electric motor spins the engine until ignition, or until the battery drains.

Customizing

Traxxas is a top retailer in the hobby level radio control market. Their sturdy designs, while not always well-suited for racing, make many customizations and modifications possible. The E-Maxx has been used as a base chassis by the US Troops in post-invasion Iraq as a bomb scout [1]. Ultimate Traxxas describes the complete customization of many of Traxxas' land models.


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Ultimate Traxxas describes the complete customization of many of Traxxas' land models. However, the Washington Redhawks' star quarterback is a mobile, left-handed passer named "Mike Mexico". The E-Maxx has been used as a base chassis by the US Troops in post-invasion Iraq as a bomb scout [1]. Due to Midway losing their NFL license (EA Sports now has exclusive NFL licensing), all teams and players in the game are fictitious. Their sturdy designs, while not always well-suited for racing, make many customizations and modifications possible. In a related note, the video game developer Midway Games alluded to Michael Vick and his Ron Mexico alter-ego in their Blitz: The League title. Traxxas is a top retailer in the hobby level radio control market. The status of the lawsuit is pending.

When plug on the wand is inserted into the vehicle's receiver, the user presses the button on the wand, and the electric motor spins the engine until ignition, or until the battery drains. However, due to the media interest surrounding the case, the National Football League began disallowing the use of the jersey/name combination two days after the lawsuit. The starter battery is kept separate from the model in a wand-like device. This led to a deluge of fans ordering customized #7 Atlanta Falcons jerseys on NFL.com with the name "Mexico" on the back. It consists of a small electric motor and a wiring harness to start the two-stroke nitro engine in a way similar to full size automobiles. Elliot further alleged that Vick had visited clinics under the alias "Ron Mexico" to get treatments, thus he knew of his condition. Most of their nitro powered models carry this "EZ Start" system. In March, 2005, a woman named Sonya Elliot filed a civil lawsuit against Michael Vick claiming she contracted genital herpes from him and that Vick failed to inform her that he had the sexually-transmitted disease.

Traxxas brought onboard electric starting systems into widespread use for nitro fuel powered models. However, most of the commercial's effects were computer-generated; Vick's athleticism and arm strength were clearly exaggerated to the realm of near-improbability. The Jato, as it comes out of the box, is not legal to race alongside more traditional stadium trucks in industry sanctioned events, but many local clubs allow it. Vick also appeared in a Powerade television commercial featuring a handheld camera view of him during practice knocking receivers off their feet with his passes and then throwing a ball 100+ yards into the upper deck of the stadium. Features that make it stand out from others include the "EZ Start" system, an automatic two speed gearbox, larger than standard wheels and tires, a 55 mph top speed, and class leading suspension travel. Without Vick, the Falcons were dismal. The Jato is Traxxas' newest nitro model based on the rear wheel drive stadium truck format popular in the industry. However, Vick was struck with a perceived curse surrounding players who have appeared on the cover of previous and later installments of the franchise, as he suffered the aforementioned broken leg.

Notable changes include the shock system, a complex aluminum chassis, and the addition of an electronically controlled reverse. EA Sports chose Michael Vick to be on the cover of their popular Madden NFL 2004 game, in which he was infamously almost unstoppable. The Revo is a monster truck with a more recent design than the T-Maxx. However, regardless of the controversy that surrounds his playing style, Michael Vick continues to woo crowds with his explosive style of play. The E-Maxx runs on two 7.2 volt battery packs, using a total of 14.4 volts to run the system. Following Vick's selection, sports columnist Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News called Vick "the most overrated player in the League.". It shares the same suspension and differential parts as the T-Maxx, but is better suited to rock crawling and low-noise areas. He also has over 500 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns.

The E-Maxx is the electric brother to the T-Maxx. Vick was selected to the Pro Bowl for the 2005 season, a controversial pick, since Vick's season of 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a little over 2,000 passing yards would be considered, at best, an average performance for a quarterback. In 2005, Traxxas began sponsorship of a full-size T-Maxx monster truck to promote the radio controlled version. Some fans have also reacted negatively to the constant media hype that surrounds Vick, and feel that an over-exuberant American sports media anointed Michael Vick as the best player in football long before he deserved such an accolade. The S-Maxx (or Stadium Maxx) was essentially the same as the Sport Maxx, but it came with a different body shell, more race oriented tires and a two speed transmission. His best passing season came in 2002, when he amassed a quarterback rating of only 81.6. The reverse capability was also left out. A few critics have been far harsher, labeling Michael Vick an athlete who happens to play quarterback rather than a true quarterback.

The Sport Maxx model omitted the differential and drivetrain to the front wheels. Some critics have countered that it's unfair to cast the blame on the receivers alone, since Vick remains the common denominator in the Falcons offense. Further revisions received their own names, but were essentially the same truck. Arguably, Vick's favorite target is tight end Alge Crumpler, a very good receiver, but certainly no speedster. The first revision lenghened the suspension arms and added a more powerful motor, thus becoming the T-Maxx 2.5. He was released by the organization prior to the 2005 season. The design of the T-Maxx, like many other hobby class models, has been revised since it introduction. But Price was a massive disappointment, catching just six touchdowns passes over the course of two seasons.

[Radio Operated Auto Racing|ROAR], the leading sanctioner of racing in the USA, is creating an entirely new class to include the monster trucks, mostly due the popularity of the T-Maxx. To help remedy this, the Falcons acquired former Buffalo Bills wideout Peerless Price prior to the 2003 season in hopes that he could give Vick a legitimate "deep threat" target. Previously there was no monster truck class of radio control racing. Other pundits also believe that the Falcons are relatively weak in quality wide receivers. The T-Maxx is a monster truck model successful enough to add an entire category of formalized racing to the industry. Vick supporters argue that the quarterback rating formula, which does not take rushing yards into account, is not an accurate benchmark of Vick's performance. . Many critics have stated that, while Michael Vick has a powerful arm, his passes are not nearly as accurate as other top quarterbacks in the league, such as Cincinnati's Carson Palmer or Indianapolis' Peyton Manning, both of whom have better quarterback ratings.

Generally they offer electric and nitro powered versions of all their models. But, ironically, Vick's knee problem forced him to become more of a pocket passer, and his quarterback rating has improved dramatically since his return. Traxxas produces a variety of cars and boats. In a November, 2005 press conference, Michael Vick scoffed at the notion that he was a weak "pocket" passer. Their more popular models include the T-Maxx, the Revo, and recently the Jato. Young eventually won a Super Bowl and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Traxxas is a hobby level radio control model manufacturer based in the United States. Critics cite the leg fracture he suffered in the 2003 pre-season and a knee injury he suffered early in the current season (which reoccurred a few weeks later), that has hampered his mobility throughout the year as prime evidence that Vick needs to learn to "pick his spots", citing the example of Steve Young, another mobile left-handed signal-caller who had a mediocre professional career before being placed in an offensive system that optimized his talents.

While Michael Vick's athleticism is virtually unparalleled, a frequent criticism is that he puts himself at unnecessary risk of injury and has poor fundamental skills. His speed always makes him a danger for opposing defenses, and the Falcons are one of the few teams in the NFL to have a large number of specifically-designed running plays for their quarterback. Thus, opposing defenses must find ways to constrict Vick's running lanes in order to contain him. Additionally, he has often been able to buy more time to throw by evading pass rushers with his spectacular agility and speed.

Whereas most quarterbacks are not a major threat to run the ball for a lot of yards, Vick is capable of breaking huge runs from anywhere on the field. Vick's mobility has often caused major problems for opposing defenses, which have to defend against him differently than they would against a conventional-style quarterback. In the 2004 football season (including post season), he rushed for over 1,000 yards, which is a higher rushing total than many running backs in the NFL. Notable is the fact that while he throws left-handed, he is otherwise right-handed.

Gifted with tremendous speed and mobility, he can engineer big plays with both his arm and his legs. He is considered by many to be the most exciting player in the game of football and he has earned the nickname "Superman". Vick is noted for his unique, explosive playing style. Vick currently resides in Duluth, GA.

Vick has also become a focal point in the growing rivalry between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers. Vick's #7 jersey has become one of the best-selling pieces of NFL apparel. Many would argue that Michael Vick has revolutionized the quarterback position and has nearly single-handedly transformed the Falcons from a team with a spotty reputation to one of the rising franchises in the NFL. The Falcons' 2004 season ended with a defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game.

In 2004, he led the Falcons to a record of 11-5, earning a first-round bye in the NFL Playoffs for only the third time in franchise history. Upon his return, the Falcons beat the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Jacksonville Jaguars, going 3-1 in the final four games of the 2003 season. However, during a pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens later that year, Michael Vick fractured his right fibula and missed most of the the regular season. On January 4, 2003, the Vick-led Atlanta Falcons upset the favored Green Bay Packers 27-7 in the NFC playoffs, ending the Packers' undefeated streak at Lambeau Field.

The Falcons selected Michael Vick as the first overall pick, and he made his NFL debut against the San Francisco 49ers. Eventually, San Diego selected Texas Christian running back LaDainian Tomlinson with one of those traded spots. In 2001, the Atlanta Falcons traded receiver Tim Dwight and several draft picks to the San Diego Chargers for their number one selection spot in the NFL draft. Ironically, despite not having played baseball since the eighth grade, Michael Vick was selected by Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the 2000 draft.

Virginia Tech has retired his jersey. After finishing with a 11-1 record and a Gator Bowl MVP award in 2001, Mike decided to take his game to the NFL. It did have its share of highlights, such as his career rushing high of 210 yards against the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He was favored to win the Heisman Trophy, but a severe ankle sprain kept Vick from living up to the intense media hype.

Michael Vick's sophomore season was among the most anticipated in college football history. Vick was awarded an ESPY as the nation's top college player, the first-ever Archie Griffin Award as college football's valuable player, and finished third in the balloting for the 1999 Heisman Trophy, matching the highest finish ever by a freshman in the voting. He led the NCAA in passing efficiency, setting a record for a freshman (180.4), which was also good enough for the second-highest all-time mark to Shaun King's record from the 1998 season at Tulane. He enjoyed a spectacular freshman season in 1999 leading Virginia Tech to its first-ever 11-0 regular-season record and a spot in the national championship game.

Although Virginia Tech lost, 46-29, Vick was able to bring the team back from a 21 point deficit to take a brief lead. He led the Virginia Tech Hokies to an 11-0 season and to the 2000 Bowl Championship Series national title game in the Nokia Sugar Bowl against Florida State University. His last touchdown was a spectacular flip in which he landed awkardly on his ankle, forcing him to miss the remainder of the game in addition to the following game. He exploded onto the scene in his first collegiate game as a redshirt freshman in 1999 with three rushing TDs, in just over one quarter of play.

After high school, Michael Vick attended Virginia Tech. Due to a disappointing collegiate career, however, Curry's stock, as it pertains to the NFL, dropped significantly, and he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 7th round of the 2002 NFL draft as a wide receiver and kick returner. Curry would go on to play at the University of North Carolina. Although he was, arguably, somewhat overshadowed by quarterback Ronald Curry of Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia, who would earn Gatorade National Football Player of the Year honors (he was also a first team Parade All-American in basketball).

Michael Vick first came to prominence while at Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia. He chose football, and basically gave up all other sports in the ninth grade. His mother pushed him to get involved with an after-school activity. But by junior high his adolescent ways got the best of him, and he became a disciplinary problem for his teachers.

As a grade schooler, Michael Vick showed promise in baseball and basketball. . He is the older brother of former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick and a second cousin of New Orleans Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks. Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia), is an American football quarterback for the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons.

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