We’ve teased you with a couple of shots, but it’s now official. Axial’s new scale truck, the Wraith, is a dual purpose off-road machine and it has been officially revealed.
How is it dual purpose? It’s designed to go fast and crawl. This truck comes RTR with a brushed setup, but it can handle brushless. Axial made sure that the not only could the drivetrain handle high speeds, but the suspension and steering geometries could as well. On top of that, the Wraith is a highly scale rock buggy. It features a full interior and a highly detailed roll cage type chassis.
Axial Wraith Quick Specs
Length: 19 in. (483mm)
Width: 11.6 in. (295mm)
Height: 9 in. (229mm)
Wheelbase: 13.5 in. (343mm)
Ground Clearance: 3 in. (76mm)
Weight: 5.5lbs (2,490g)
Item no.: AX90018
Axles. The axles on the Axial Wraith are wider than the axles used on previous Axial platforms. From hex to hex, the new axle is 243mm wide. The axles tubes are a large molded single piece. A Differential cap removes much like a full-size axle and allows for easy tuning when using open diffs. The Wraith will come installed with locked diffs.
Tube cage chassis. The Wraith uses an all-new, multi-piece tube chassis design that is highly realistic and durable. The chassis is made out of molded composite plastic and held together with self-tapping hex head screws. The radio box tucked under the hood area is sealed. The Axial Wraith is not completely waterproof as the speed control is exposed. The speed control is well protected and mud shouldn’t be an issue.
Transmission. The Wraith uses an updated version of the 3-gear transmission used in the original AX10. The transmission case now covers the spur and pinion gear. Like more recent versions of the transmission, it includes an adjustable slipper clutch, but modifications have been made to the bottom end of the transmission case as it designed to accept an optional dig unit.
Driveshafts. The Wraith features an all-new driveshaft design. They are designed without the plastic ears on the yokes that can pop off under extreme stress, and instead of being secured to the axles input shaft with a single set screw, a pin passes through the driveshaft and axle input shaft.
Body. The Wraith comes with a pre-painted multi-piece Lexan body kit.
Suspension. A 4-link, reverse triangulated suspension is controlled by four fluid-filled threaded body plastic shocks.
Electronics. The Wraith includes Axial’s AX-2 2.4GHz radio system and an AE-2 speed control with drag brake installed. The speed control was developed by Castle Creations and is compatible with Castle Creation’s Castle Link software. The AS-2 steering servo dishes out 90 in.-oz. of torque.
Check out the entire article on the Axial Wraith in the June issue of RC Car Action with extensive behind the scenes insight and quotes from the designer, Axial’s Matt Kearney.
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