4/24/2017 Update: Get a sneak peek at the Traxxas TRX-4 1/10 Scale And Trail Crawler here: traxxas.com/sneak-peek.
Traxxas Scale RC Truck
Well, we don’t have an official name yet, but I’m sure Traxxas will give it a trendy name as it does most of their RC line up. Maybe “Rover”, “Defender” “RR17” (as the license plate states) as it looks to have an officially licensed Land Rover body donning the chassis. The Traxxas scale RC truck debuted at the 2017 Nuremberg Toy Show (Spielwarenmesse for those speaking the language) in Germany. It was highly guarded with “No Photography” cards all around it. But still, photos leaked out instantly via today’s Social Media shenanigans that keep us all in the RC world apprised of what’s going on in every corner of the world.
Within a niche of our hobby that’s heavily dominated by Axial Racing vehicles, Traxxas is merging its branding and marketing powerhouse into one of the largest growing categories – Scale RC Trucks. Many have attempted to topple Axial’s reign with it’s SCX10 and SCX10ii in the trail/scale category, but few have gained any “traction” – no pun intended. Most notably, Vaterra with its Ascender, RC4WD with its Trail Finder 2 and Gelende 2, GMade’s Komodo and Sawback and most recently with MST dropping two kits, the CFX and CMX. HPI has been threatening the “Venture, FJ” since the 2016 Toy Show, but it’s still a no show to the scale world. Axial Racing also has the RR10 Bomber, Wraith and Yeti/SCORE line of scale trucks.
What Scale is It?
This is the unsure part. Scale (1/10, 1/8, etc.) is in many cases for the RC world only a way to separate the different classes of electronics, not necessarily the specific scale size of its 1:1 counterpart vehicle. Josh Thiede from Harley Designs Inc. did a video with his CAD program depicting the potential wheel base size of the Traxxas Scale RC Truck. Based on a couple of known measurements (the radio sitting next to the truck) the size of tires and wheelbase were speculated. Potentially, the wheelbase could be up to 14.” What does this mean? Many of the most popular vehicles use a 12.3″ wheels base for bodies, tires, wheels, etc. Adding a slightly longer wheelbase could render a new class (maybe 1/8th) and of course a whole new line of aftermarket accessories.
So, what exactly is the Traxxas Scale RC Truck? It’s a solid axle chassis with a ladder frame design made to operate and function like many of today’s 1:1 trail trucks. Here’s some items I noticed:
- Ladder Frame Design
- Solid axles with Portal drops
- Remote Locking f/r differentials
- 2 speed hi/lo transmission
- Chassis mounted servo
- XL5 “trail edition” ESC
- Titan 550 sized 21 turn brushed motor
- Many scale details – mirrors, roll cage, flares, roof rack, etc
- Land Rover D110 licensed body (2 colors so far)
- Aluminum bodied shocks
- Large “metal geared” waterproof badging on the steering servo
- No branding on the decently lugged tires
- 3 link front (CMS with panhard bar) 4 link rear suspension (metal links)
- Center driveshafts are plastic and similar to the Axial branded WB8’s
- LED roof mounted lightbar and full light kit f/r
- Many 3D printed prototype parts like bumpers and sliders
Will it Sell?
So how will the Traxxas Scale RC Truck do? It will do great. Traxxas has one of the largest audiences in the RC hobby. Hell, my first RC was a Traxxas – because I related to the brand and recognized it as an outsider. Traxxas has the largest network of dealers across the globe for distribution of parts and accessories. It also has the most aftermarket support for upgrade and modification parts than any other brand.
Could Traxxas de-throne Axial? Could we see “Traxxas-fest”? I doubt it. Axial has one thing that no other RC brand can figure out – severe brand loyalty. It’s almost like a “brotherhood/sisterhood” if you will and is growing each year. (I’ll save that topic for another time…)
Based on the parts shown in the pictures, licensing and Traxxas’ track record for above average RC RTR pricing…..I’m betting on a $549 price point with a possible $599 initial tag. Yes, it’s a lot and not even brushless, but it has the one thing it needs – the Traxxas name. After all, this thing has 4 servos, at least a 4/5 channel remote and the Land Rover name. As of this post, the only comparable RTR’s are:
So what’s your thoughts on the Traxxas Scale RC Truck? Will you be buying one once it’s available? Should I review it?