When people think off-road, most instantly think of the Jeep. Axial knows this, and they know it because they’re uber-entrenched full-size off-road lifestyle and because–let’s face it–it’s a no brainer. Axial wants to give the consumer what it wants, so here it is–a fully licensed 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
The Unlimited name means it’s a 4-door model and the Rubicon badging designates that it’s Jeep’s premier package. This, however, is no model of a stock Jeep JK–even if it’s nicely equipped stocker. Axial partnered, not just with Jeep, but with many of the top brands in hardcore off-road and created a 1/10-scale model of a highly modified machine. Rebel Off Road, Maxxis, Walker Evans Racing, Currie, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Poison Spyder Customs, Icon, sPod, Spicer, TJM and Wilwood are all onboard with this creation. In fact, the Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is part of the Wilwood booth display at the 2012 Sema Show in Las Vegas, NV. Further fact, Axial didn’t just borrow the names of these full-size off-road companies, Axial is in deep with these companies and is fully engaged with the hardcore off-road lifestyle. Axial’s Jeep SCX10 is well equipped with some cool new accessories.
The full-size Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon has a 116″ wheelbase. Axial’s model shares the same “stretched” 12.3″ wheelbase as the Honcho. The Dingo has a shorter 11.4″ wheelbase. The longer wheelbase improves climbing performance.
The Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is a SCX10 which means it has steel frame rails. The tires are new Maxxis Trepador models and the bumpers are also new. Speaking of bumpers, the Poison Spyder Customs RockBrawler style rear bumper features a swing-away tire spare mount. The Poison Spyder–also the trademark RockBrawler style–front bumper includes shackles and light buckets for LEDs. The body features Poison Spyder fenders, new molded side mirrors and a multi-piece molded plastic cage.
The Rubicon name comes from the famous Rubicon trail in northern California. Axial put its 1/10-scale creation to the test in style and in what may be the coolest way possible. Axial drove the Jeep-bodied SCX10 on a 3-day hiking and camping trip down the 15 miles of the trail.
Instead of drawing the body in a CAD program or scanning a full-size Jeep Wrangler, Axial did one better and went right to the source. Jeep’s design team sent Axial’s engineers the exact and official files used to make the real deal.
> SCX10 platform
> Fully licensed Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon body
> 2.4GHz radio system
> Metal-gear servo
> Sintered lockers
> WB8 Wild Boar driveshafts
> 27-turn sealed can brushed motor
> 1.9 Walker Evans Racing wheels
> New Maxxis licensed Trepador directional tires
> AE-2 speed control with drag brake
> Molded composite plastic roll cage
> Poison Spyder Customs front and rear bumpers
> Part no. AX90028
> Wheelbase: 12.3″ (313mm)
The Maxxis Trepador is a directional tire. Axial molded it in its R35 compound. The tire is 4.6″ tall which makes it 0.3″ taller than the 4.3″ tall 1.9 Ripsaw.
We hooked up with Rodney Wills, Axial’s Global Marketing Director, to get some deeper details on this hot new release. Check out what Rodney had to say about the new Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
RC Truck Stop:
What dimensions of the body had to be altered from the original to make the Wrangler work on the SCX10 platform?
We were very lucky to start with Jeeps actual manufacturing 1:1 body data and first scaled to a true 1/10 scale, but the body was just a bit small on the SCX10 chassis length and width, more so on the width, but not so out of proportion that it looked out of place. With just a slight enlarging from there, we were able the fit the wheelbase and width without altering any dimensional proportions of the full size Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon body. We are very happy with it, and more importantly, Jeep is very happy with it. So, we hope everyone else is as happy about it as we are.
RC Truck Stop:
Why was the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon selected for the first licensed SCX10?
That is an easy one to answer as it is the most popular 4X4 currently in production in the USA! Everywhere we have been on our outdoor adventures these last couple of years, we have seen so many Jeep Wranglers in the JK body style, we knew we wanted to do this particular body style. This is the Jeep that is getting the whole family back into the outdoors!
RC Truck Stop:
What can we expect as far as licensed vehicles from Axial?
Have you ever actually listened to the sounds of the wilderness? So, how does it go; if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? And, here is a good one, how far can you actually walk into the woods? [Editorial Note: Rodney is a pretty funny guy]
Working with Jeep has been great! I think our participation with them at Moab this past year helped them to see how enthusiastic we are about what we are doing and that we care about how we present our product in the marketplace. They understood that we have their interest and image at heart as well. We are Jeep enthusiasts after all and they got that. The relationship and understanding of one another helps in the communication of the details.
RC Truck Stop:
THUMBS UP!!! They actually called us and requested one so they could drive it onstage for a private dealer meeting! It wasn’t even finished yet and they already wanted it, so we had to rig up an early prototype from R&D that is usually our marketing sample and send it out to them! That was pretty cool!
SEMA SHOW 2012
As was mentioned before, Axial has solid connects with the full-size off-road world and will have the Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon on the display at this year’s show. SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and the organization bonds the automotive aftermarket community and champions for common causes. The highlight is the annual show held each year in Las vegas, NV.
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Axial’s Listed Specifications:
Radio: 2.4gHz 2 Channel
Servo: (1) AS-3 Digital Servo
Motor: 27T, 540/550 size
Battery: 7.2v Stick Pack (not included)
Length: 21.24″ (540mm)
Width: 9″ (229mm)
Height: 9″ (229mm)
Wheelbase: 12.3″ (313mm)
Ground Clearance: 2.7″ (68mm)
Weight: 4.65lb (2.1kg)
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About the Author: Matt has over 25 years of experience in RC and has worked professionally in media for over a decade. Matt enjoys everything from racing to rock crawling to bashing, and he believes RC should be all about having fun. Matt is as at home covering a world championship in an exotic country as he is showing a new hobbyist how to set gear mesh. His desire to share the hobby with as many people as possible inspired him to create RC Truck Stop and RCTruckStop.com.