Remote control car manufacturer Traxxas is stepping things up with the XO-1, an electric RC car that the company claims will be able to hit speeds of more than 100 mph with the aid of a new iOS app. Powered by lithium polymer batteries, the pre-assembled car is capable of going from zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds, and from zero to 100 in just 4.92 seconds. Bringing the off-the-shelf model car even closer to its real-world counterparts, the XO-1 features a new custom motor and an all-wheel-drive aluminum and steel drivetrain.
Utilizing the high-speed gearing necessary for top speeds, however, requires the Traxxas Link app for iOS. Docking an iPhone or iPod Touch into the bundled TQi radio controller allows you to use your mobile device as a virtual dashboard and fine-tuned control system. Data on speed, battery voltage, RPM, and temperature are beamed from the car and displayed in the app in real time, while a series of sliders let you adjust steering sensitivity, throttle trim, and a bevy of other options. Customized profiles can be saved for use with different vehicles or driving environments.
While RC cars running at these kinds of speeds aren't unheard of — a custom car built by Nic Case hit 161.76 mph in 2009 — it's an impressive feat for an off-the-shelf vehicle. Then again, when it's priced at $1,099, it probably should be. The XO-1 will be available for purchase on December 30th, with the Traxxas Link app coming to the App Store on the 20th. Check out the videos below to see them in action.