We reviewed the Traxxas Aton back when it first came out, but more than a year later we’ve come back around to take a closer look at this multi-faceted machine. First off, if you are already familiar with the name Traxxas, you know that the manufacturer is well-known for producing awesome car, truck and boat models for the backyard basher and weekend RC warrior. Their name is synonymous with durability and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Traxxas. They arguably revived RC racing, single-handedly with the release of the 2wd Slash. The gave nitro lovers what they had been dreaming off for years with the first mass-produced, fully capable and reliable nitro truck with not only a reversing transmission in the T-Maxx, but a 2-speed one at that! Yeah, they’ve also got their mitts into all sorts of full scale racing, from TORC and Lucas Oil offroad trucks to the NHRA circuit, but we’re talkin’ drones here, right? Right.
Enter the Aton. Traxxas had made a few brief forays into the rotary winged arena, but mainly in the small, toyish realm. With the Aton, fully equipped with a GPS enabled flight controller and a wide flight envelope, Traxxas now had a viable contender to compete with the larger, drone-only manufacturers … but which one(s)? Well, in it’s simplest form, all of them. Once again, if you’re familiar with the Traxxas Slash 4×4, you’ll know what we’re talking about when we say the Aton is the perfect Sport Utility Drone for any pilot, of nearly any skill level and in nearly any facet of the drone world. The Slash 4×4 is perfectly at home, in the backyard tearing up sod, but it can also be track prepped for club racing duties. Similarly, the Aton can be fitted with a gimbal and HD camera for amazing aerial media capturing, or it can be made FPV ready and opened up in Expert mode for speeds eclipsing the 60 mph mark while wearing the goggles. The Aton is a true “bash” approved model with its durable modular design and parts/product support that is second to none.
Before we get much further into it at this point, let’s just say we ditched the gimbal and camera in favor of a 3.3GHz FPV system courtesy of Electrify RC and Hobby Wireless to stretch the legs of this quad to see what it could do. Be sure to check back on Friday night for our full rundown, including video, on what makes the Aton such a versatile drone for just about any pilot.