Axial partners with SCORE International – Official R/C Vehicles of SCORE


(Mission Viejo, CA) February 25, 2015.

Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce Axial as the Official R/C Vehicles of the Baja 500, Baja 1000 and SCORE International.

So much focus in the R/C industry is placed on short course off road racing. It makes perfect sense, as it is easy to gather lots of people into a confined area to experience off road racing vehicles. What many people don’t know is that short course off road racing was born in the desert. What short course promoters are attempting to do is bring desert racing to the masses. What is lost in this process is the adventure. In true Axial style, we are all about chasing adventure. In this case, Axial R/C has partnered with SCORE International to support further growth of the off road racing that started it all.

The Baja 500 and Baja 1000 are two of the most recognizable off road racing events on the planet. The machines, the people and the experiences of these and all of SCORE’s events are the inspiration for many of today’s off road enthusiasts. Axial fans and consumers are driven by adventure, getting out there and experiencing the relationship of man and machine in the wild. Axial will be taking an in depth look at what drives all of these individuals to push themselves and their machines to the absolute limit to conquer Baja.

About Axial
Founded in 2005, Axial R/C, Inc. has quickly became a global brand leader of hobby grade radio controlled products as Axial is a company of enthusiasts for enthusiasts. We manufacture chassis and accessory products predominantly for the Rock Crawling and Overland Adventure segments, with design emphasis on rugged construction and scale realism. Axial is regularly involved in local and national events which allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of R/C culture, thus earning us awards year after year, including “Best Truck”, “Most Innovative”, “Best Engineered Product of the Year”, and “People’s Choice.” For more information on Axial and Axial products please visit

About SCORE International
The World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, SCORE International was founded in 1973 by the late motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson and continues today under the ownership and director of former SCORE Trophy Truck racing champion Roger Norman. The five-race, internationally-televised SCORE World Desert Championship features 35 Pro and six Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. The series is televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network with international syndication for each of the one-hour programs. The flagship event of the SCORE World Desert Championship is the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The 2015 SCORE Baja 1000 will air as a two-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. For more information regarding SCORE International, visit


Axial Wraith Goes to BAJA 1000

Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011
Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011
Axial Wraith goes to the 44th Annual SCORE Baja 1000
My buddy Mark “Sarge” Schleipfer of Jackson Motorsports working in conjunction with BFGoodrich; drives an 18-wheeler for BFG Pit Support #3 for the Baja 1000. While he asked if I wanted to come work the pit for the week in Mexico, this year was not my year, but the Axial Wraith was up for the challenge for some down-time A&E. Abuse & Entertainment!

After the Wraith was riddled with tons of abuse, the only thing needed was just some freshy rubber.
Gary Moneypenny Baja 1000 - 2011
Gary Moneypenny, fastest airgun slinger in town and in all of Baja!

Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011
While all the full-size rigs get pitted outside, the Axial Wraith gets the full in-side treatment!

Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011
The Wraith will try about any obstacle for entertainment.

Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011
The Axial Wraith got to stay at the nice digs of the Estero Beach Hotel

Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011
The Axial Wraith heard there was some good track action, but had to come in for a service lap for speeding in the controlled speed pit area.
Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011

Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011
Then the Axial Wraith got to stretch its legs out on a makeshift R/C track!

Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011
You can tell that Robby Gordon has been influenced by DAKAR!

WOW! 36-years of BFG racing in Baja!

BFGoodrich® Tires, the official tire of the SCORE Desert Racing Series, won its 25th overall SCORE Baja 1000 title, with Team BFGoodrich member and 2009 Driver Of The Year, Andy McMillin and his father Scott McMillin taking turns at the wheel. The McMillins finished the race in 14 hours and 51 minutes, averaging 47.12 miles per hour throughout the course. Their victory on BFGoodrich Baja T/A® KR tires marks BFGoodrich Tires’ 25th win in the last 26 years. BFGoodrich Tires also claimed eight of the top 10 overall spots.

44th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 Information
For the 37th time, the 692.82-mile course started in Ensenada and finished, for the 21st time, in Ensenada, extending over one of the most rugged courses in history through Baja, Calif. The race boasted 278 entries from 34 states and 16 countries that competed in 36 Pro and seven Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. It is the oldest and best known of all desert races, and it remains the single most meaningful accomplishment for drivers. Since 1967, the preeminent desert race has been run over the mysterious and challenging Baja, Calif., peninsula, except in 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.
source: BFGoodrich

Andy McMillin
Scott McMillin
Axial Wraith goes to the Baja 1000 - 2011

Step By Step Wraith Kit Build – Part VII – Electronics Install

Here is the final installment of our 7 part Wraith kit build series. For this post I will cover the electronics I am using, and placement in the chassis. Wiring this truck is a little tougher then normal, because of the tube chassis and interior tray. Proper planning is needed to pull off a clean install. My first objective with this wiring job was keeping it clean. I didn’t want to see a bunch of electronics or wires while the vehicle is running, it takes away from the overall scale look. The plan was to shoe-horn as much of the electronics as I could under the interior. Here is how it all played out.

For the motor and speed control I went with Tekin’s RS Pro ESC, and 10.5t brushless motor. This combo should give me a decent combo of wheel speed and torque with a 2S lipo. I am using my Futaba 4PK receiver and radio, as well as a Futaba S9452 servo for steering duties.

I used the ESC for mock-up to see where it would fit under the interior before I started wiring everything up. It took a few tries to get it properly positioned so it would fit without interference. I ended up using an AX10 servo mount for the ESC mount. I attached it to one of the holes in the top of the transmission. Then used double stick tape to attach the ESC. Once I finalized the ESC position, I soldered everything up as needed.

A few shots of the transmission and electronics before installing it back into my Wraith.



The wiring……


The ESC shelf……


For the receiver mount I used the stock Wraith electronics box, but modified it a little to work with my set-up. I moved the battery up front, so it is now positioned behind the dashboard. I did this to put more weight bias out front, which will help in technical rock sections. In order to mount my battery up front I knew I would have to fab a battery tray of some sort. After staring at the front of my Wraith for a while it hit me…………just modify the stock battery tray instead. I basically ended up cutting the stock tray in half lengthwise, and bolting it into position where the stock ESC would normally sit in an RTR Wraith. Then added a few pieces of foam to fill any gaps between the tray and battery. I was even able to use the stock battery straps, which was a nice bonus.

A shot of the newly revised battery tray.


You will have to cut away a lot of the interior out front for the battery and tray to clear without issue.


The tray installed…..


A few photos with the battery in place. You can also see the new hole I added to the lid of the receiver box, this just made the wiring job a tad easier, and it moved my servo wires away from the battery tray as well.



Time to re-install the body panels, and it’s ready to go!


I will have action shots and video soon, so stay tuned!!

Axial Wraith Kit Build Series

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