With all the old-school touches, I'm wondering if maybe Traxxas broke open some unsold Nitro Rustler kits to get parts for the Slash. Or maybe they already have the assembly process set up for the old truck and are just modifying it with the Slash-specific parts.
Hmm, maybe? I can't imagine they would have much Nitro Rustler inventory vs. how many Nitro Slashes they hope to sell though, such that they would make a design decision based on that.
Also, I'm very curious to see how Traxxas (any other RTRs for that matter) are assembled in a factory. I wonder how easy it would be to change an assembly process. My uniformed opinion is that changing something like fastener head type would be pretty easy.
Daily basher: Slash 2wd - VXL, 2s, protrac, strc lcg
Shelf queen/occasional driver: RC10B3 - brushed, nicads, Airtronics AM radio