What started as a fresh start with a clean slate for the Axial Research and Development team, has only lived in spirit in the eyes of the public until recent, resulting in vague images of uncertainty. The Wraith, while it has been nothing more than ghosts of whispers, is about to enter the scene and bring a new dimension of excitement.
While you were sleeping the Axial team has been working feverishly to capture the spirit of the Wraith.
The latest buzz around Axial has come about after Bender introduced us to Formula Offroad. I was aware of this sport and always enjoyed watching the 1:1 videos, but it never really hit me to build a RC replica of one before. I am a huge fan of Scale RC, so anything I can get my hands on and modify to closely resemble the real thing just adds to the fun factor. The looks of the 1:1 formula offroad vehicles are a bit odd compared to what we normally see offroad in the states, but you can tell that they are built purely with performance in mind.
After seeing Bender’s build progress, I immediately started kicking ideas around for my own. I really liked the look/performance aspect of using the SCX10 as the base and had an old RCP Crawlers Wreckluse chassis that had been collecting dust for a few years… so I thought to myself, PERFECT!
Here is a picture of a stock RCP Wreckluse chassis with AX10 running gear under it. You can see it has more of a “Rock Crawler” look to it with the large stinger on the front.
Now that I had my starting point, I went out and searched for a 1:1 Formula Offroad Jeep to scale down the proportions from. For me, Pirate4x4 is the ultimate source for full-size images and builds.
I wont be following that build exactly since the Wreckluse chassis comes with a modern jeep hood and the cage shape is slightly different, but it can give me a great reference for the overall wheelbase, axle location, and stance.
So here is my Wreckluse chassis stripped down and ready for some “slight” alterations!
From there, I started to take a look at what needed to be changed. First was get rid of the huge stinger. None of the 1:1 Formula Offroad rigs have anything beyond the front axle or body work. Then, I started to sort out the link lengths to get the axles positioned correctly and set the wheelbase. Here is my first mock up to get an idea of what needed to be changed on the cage.
From there it was obvious that even with the stinger removed the remaining tube work in front of the grill/hood also needed to be removed. The old bracing from the bottom of the stinger needed to be modified as well, with the low stance the front links/axle were interfering with the Wreckluse chassis.
So here is the updated chassis, looks a little “stubby” and tall now. Isn’t that how its supposed to look though? I’m sure it will grow on me.
Thinking ahead I added this tube in the back of the cage for a rear sway bar.
Now I could have just painted the chassis and called it good, but I felt it was important to leave it raw and finish the build. This way, after driving it for the first time I could easily tear it down and make any modifications to the cage without having to strip any paint off. So I moved forward and started assembling everything.
In the following pics I was able to complete the following:
Suspension/Link geometry sorted out
Battery mount complete
Rear Sway Bar (we will see if the front needs one after the initial drive)
Hood body mounts using SCX10 parts left over from a kit. The body posts were perfect!
Axial orange beadlock rings for the rockster beadlocks
I definitely was able to achieve the look I wanted using the Wreckluse chassis. It took some work and unfortunately it wasn’t something I could just bolt together and be finished, but that makes it unique and adds to the overall appeal for me.
Still a lot of work to do!
Rebuild the Transmission with HD internals
Possibly relocate the front steering links to behind the axle to protect everything
Mount rear tires on 2.2 Rockster Beadlocks with matching Orange rings
Go have fun!!
Stay tuned for Part 2 when I share some of the action shots, hopefully some video, and the final pictures with the painted cage. Of course I will be adding a ton of scale details! Its just too hard to resist!! Thanks for reading.
Now available! See Part 2 of the build HERE.
See Part 3 of the build HERE.
Formula Offroad (aka FOFF) is a sport that has always intrigued me. These guys have to be some of the craziest/bravest drivers in all of motor sports. They build these custom “Jeeps” sporting upwards of 1000hp and nitrous to climb the steep walls of sandpits. Adorned with monster paddle tires these rigs can drive up steep sandy faces that most people wouldn’t even think possible. Similar to rock crawling there are gates laid out on the hill side that drivers must negotiate in order to finish, points are given for each set of gates they successfully clear. They also do a time trial type course too, where the fastest time is the determining factor. One thing that I as an R/C enthusiast has always been attracted too is hill climbs. After watching a few of the newest 1:1 FOFF videos, it sparked a fire under me. So, I decided it was time to build an R/C version of these 1:1 monsters. My intent with this project was to build a realistic looking version of the real thing and see how capable I can make it.
For those that have never seen a 1:1 FOFF event.
Specs for this build:
Axial SCX10 kit
Futaba 4PK radio
Futaba S9157 steering servo
Traxxas VXL brushless system
MaxAmps 5250mah 3S lipo
Pro-line Sand Paws – front
Panther paddles – rear
2.2 Axial 8 hole beadlock wheels
Narrowed HPI Rubicon body
Body off shots:
In order to mount the battery directly over the front axle, and lower the overall ride height of the chassis, I had to do 2 things. One, mount the steering servo outside the frame rails. Steering is a little limited with this set-up, but at high speeds less steering is easier to control. And two, flip the tranny around so the motor endbell is facing the rear of the truck, which gives me more room for my battery.
This set-up took a while to dial in, in order for everything to clear as the suspension cycles. But, it is working great so far. One thing to keep in mind when mounting your servo like this, double check to make sure your tires aren’t going to hit the servo while steering.
In order to get the look right on this build, I had to narrow a body. The 1:1 FOFF rigs have the full paddle tire outside the body panels. I could have added wheel wideners to get that same look without narrowing the body. But, the wideners will add a lot of stress to your axle housings if you take a big fall. So, I cut just over an inch out of the center of this body, and re-attached the 2 halves with back to back servo posts, spare Lexan, and a little Shoo Goo.
Axial parts yet to be added:
2 – 4 Link parts tree (AX80043)
1 – Steel transmission outputs (AX30544)
2 – HD ring and pinion gears (AX30395)
If you like driving R/C’s at high speed off road, then you will love driving one of these FOFF builds. High speeds on flat ground is one thing, high speeds on a steep sandy hillside is another. So fun!!
That’s right! Axial’s new 2.2 scale tire is now available through Axial distributors. The Ripsaw tires (#AX12015) feature a super sticky R35 compound, molded ribbing between the lugs to help keep mud and snow from packing into the tire tread, recessed lugs for additional traction and measure 5.5″ tall. Finish off your next 2.2 scale build with a tire that’s as aggressive as the terrain you drive on.
RECON G6 Challenge “MADDNESS” Round 4
Rivers Edge RV Park – Sparks, Nevada March 12, 2011
RECON G6 Challenge round 4, dubbed “Maddness,” was held in Sparks Nevada at the Rivers Edge RV Park. On the course, G6 Challengers navigated their way along portions of the Beckwourth Trail located alongside the Truckee River of what will be remembered as the “MADDNESS 300!” as in 300 course-marker gates!
At designated points along the trail, the G6 course-markers challenged drivers to navigate portions of the Truckee River itself along with various terrain and obstacles with three hundred course marker gates! YES 300 GATES! This is the largest number of gates used for an R/C course to date!
The overland adventure event was comprised of two courses, one with 100-gates and the other with 200-gates; with each offering a different variety of terrain and obstacles for the drivers to conquer.
I personally witnessed the “course marking madness” from the mad-mind of Brian Parker and his assistant Cole Bailey as they set out in the early hours before sunlight, headlamps intact to light the darkness, while towing five-gallon buckets full of course markers.
Brian was on a mission! “How does one do it?,” you might wonder. Earlier that evening, Brian told me about how he had been going by the park and pre-running* “mentally visualizing” the course about a month and a half in advance with weekly visits leading up to the event.
*Brian Parker called after posting this and stated that he does not actually pre-run a course. Brian stated that he visually reviews the course and mentally drives the course prior to setting the course on event day, but NO PRE-RUNNING! I can attest that I did not see any tracks whatsoever on set up day, so I do agree with his statement, although interesting as with my motorsports background, recce and pre-running have been crucial. Yet, as I am moving more into the 1:1 adventure stuff, there is also no recce or pre-running. So, this brings me to my next thought as maybe there should be no “pre-walking” the course by the competitors on the day of the event. It’s all about the adventure of discovery!
While the park is located in the city next to an airport, it is adjacent to the Truckee river with makeshift paths and trails that make for great R/C adventures and this G6 Madness course felt as though we were participants on a Camel Trophy Challenge in the “WILD,” though our wildest animals encountered were not wild zebras, elephants or monkeys. The setting was scenic, just tamer with several downed trees by beavers and wild geese and ducks coming and going out of the river like it was Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
While most R/C enthusiasts are familiar with the round-de-round racetrack format or even the 3-course technical crawl formula, the G6 Challenge is totally unique. If you are familiar with 1:1-motorsports rally and or the Camel Trophy Series [Point:A-to-point:B]. Such events are RECON’s inspiration for the G6 Challenge where it is more about battling the course with comrades, tactics and mechanical survival. Although this is the inaugural year for the RECON G6 Challenge, the events have delivered excitement and pushed boundaries; elements of what a real adventure should deliver – the unknown!
While pushing boundaries can sometimes exceed driver’s skills or vehicle capabilities, there is one tool that every properly prepared adventure vehicle should be outfitted with, an on-board winch! Per G6-Intel Regulations, on-board winch’s are highly recommended and I saw this single piece of scale equipment be both friend and foe for every single driver. The art of vehicle recovery is the new skill-set and the vocabulary that goes along with it added to the fun at the G6 Challenge! Even if you do not have this particular piece of vehicle recovery equipment, just “come-a-long” and tow-strap your way out to the next G6 event for some awesome adventure fun! Just know that you will be in the company of comrades who are willing to lend a helpful tow-line of assistance.
We wish to thank all in attendance for your participation in the RECON G6 Challenge!
Thank you to the RECON Crew for bringing this event to life:
Brian Parker, Stuart Gartner [Timing/scoring G-Factor], Brad Baily & Sons Inc.,
and John Halman; all put in the “DO WORK” attitude.
FIRST PLACE: Tom S.
SECOND PLACE: Thom K.
THIRD PLACE: Chad C.
TEAM Division: Team-Twerk “Newcrawler” and “Smoke-n-Mirrors”
February 19-20, 2011:
The 3rd Annual Motorama US Indoor Rockcrawling Challenge was again in Harrisburg, PA. John “Rckcrwlr” Thornton, in conjunction with his team from Western PA Crawlers (www.wpac-rc.com), successfully transformed a huge open building into a USRCCA National Qualifier Course. With the help of CJ “Rockbound” Hines, Jay “LEWIS”, Kyle “FalconRaceway” Horne, Carey “Eviltwin v2” Baird, Del “DRCMan” Anderson and John Peoples, we were able to convert 4 triaxles of rock into a foundation for 3 classes of crawlers running 11 courses and three finals.
The event started, informally, at 5 pm on Friday, February 18th. Drivers had the option of coming in and practicing various lines and getting their rig tech’d early. The rocks introduced some interesting lines and breakovers with traction being tested with some loose dirt on them. All drivers were asked to leave at 7 pm so that we could set up the first set of courses for the early Saturday start.
Saturday, 7 am, we started with a tech. We also gathered all the drivers that volunteered to be judges for the event to go over the particulars. At 8:15 am, we had the drivers meeting. It started with a moment of silence in memory of our friend and fellow crawler Steve “STEVESTOCK” Berry, who lost his battle with cancer on Sept 18, 2010. We then went over the rules and started the comp.
The format was running 3 courses of each of the classes (1.9, 2.2 & Super) on Saturday. The courses ran smoothly and we finished up the day at about 9:30pm. At the end of the day the top 25 drivers in 2.2 and the top 5 drivers in the other classes had the honor to move to Semi and finals on Sunday.
9:00 am on Sunday, the top 25 Drivers set up for two grueling courses to identify the top 5 drivers of this class. We then proceeded to start the finals. With points being close, it could be anyone’s game. One wrong decision could upset the outcome.
When the dust settled, here is where everyone stood: 2.2 Comp:
1. Rene “Renoirbud” Budzisch
2. Josh “xrra_tj” Moore
3. James “TURBOFEST” Caruso
4. Jeff “NitroJeff” Morgan
5. Jeremy “BullfrogRC” Froehlich
1. James “TURBOFEST” Caruso
2. Jeff “NitroJeff” Morgan
3. Arthur “PaloAltoK5” Bell
4. Dan “Dclinch” Clinch
5. Aaron “RCROCIN’” Paulovich
1. James “TURBOFEST” Caruso
2. Patrick “Scatterbrains” Curran
3. Aaron “RCROCIN’” Paulovich
4. Cory “CCC22” Owenburg
5. Chris “Arct1k” Long
W.Pa.C. with the assistance of Axial Racing, offered to the 50,000+ spectators, an opportunity to test run an SCX10 Dingo Rig. With that demo run, they received a ticket to win a brand new Axial SCX-10 Dingo RTR. When the raffle was completed, the truck was awarded to Nicholas from Harrisburg, PA.
Motorama 2012 is already scheduled for February 18 – 19, 2012. If you have never been to Motorama, make sure that you mark these dates down. It is something you don’t want to miss.
Axial Racing would also like to congratulate Rene Budzisch for taking the win with his XR10 in the 2.2 Class.
So, I guess the word is out that we are releasing a new vehicle.While everyone is wanting it, “LIKE RIGHT NOW!!!,” we are still doing our initial playing, I mean testing. Did I say that out loud? And we have had our fair share of rain in Southern California that would make Dennis Anderson proud to host his Muddy Motorsports Park in our backyard!
So, for all you East Coast’ers – this one is for you! It was hard work trying to get all scalistic and paint all this mud on, so we just did it the authentic way and bashed it through the biggest mud holes we could find!