The rain finally stopped long enough this morning and it dried out enough that I could take the Summit for a little test drive. Wanted to get an idea of what the FPV would look like so I threw the Gopro 2 on the roof and went for a drive. Still to wet to do much offroading, I didn’t want to clean the Summit up, so I mostly ran up and down the street and in and out of the neighbor’s driveway.
Ran it in both low gear with the diffs locked and unlocked, and high gear with the diffs unlocked. Traxxas doesn’t recommend running the Summit in high gear with the diffs locked. I thought the Summit handled rather well even at speed though if I tried to make a sharp turn at speed it acted like it wanted to flip over. If I hadn’t had the camera on the roof I might have pushed it a little harder. There were some obstacles that I could get over with the Summit that I couldn’t get over with the Shredder, like the curb in the neighbor’s driveway and even the lower end of my carport. The main downside at least for FPV driving is that the stock Traxxas radio doesn’t have as much range as my Taranis Q7 that I use on the Shredder. Went 425 ft down the street and lost radio control. Walked 50 ft down the street and regained radio control.
The video was not as stable on the Summit but that has more to do with how the camera was mounted. On the Summit it was mounted to the roof rack. The camera on the Shredder was mounted to the chassis so it didn’t pickup any vibration from the body as opposed to the Summit.
The next step will be to put the vtx on the Summit and do a little FPV driving.