Can You Beat This?

Apr 29, 2011 9 Comments by

I have started building an RC version of a Top Truck Challenge style truck. For those who don’t know, Top Truck Challenge is an annual full-size event put on by Four Wheeler magazine. It’s an over-the-top hardcore off-road test for trucks and it includes mud, rocks, dirt and frame bending, suspension breaking, engine blowing utter mayhem. Sounds cool, right? Here’s the scoop: RC Car Action will be having its own RC version–this year! RC crawling clubs are already hosting similar events that have evolved from scale comps, but we are going to do ours on a national level and maybe even have an invitational class. Do you think you have or could build a truck that can beat my work in progress shown here?

What’s so cool about this type of competition–besides all of the carnage–is that the trucks have to excel at a variety of things. They can just be fast through the mud or good over the rocks. They have to be great at everything off-road.

Possible Events:

> Mud bog

> Hill climb

> Weight pull

> Rock crawl

> Obstacle course

> Sand drag

My Jeep

As you can probably tell, my truck is based off an Axial SCX10. So far it’s fairly stock, but it won’t stay that way for long. I’m a Jeep guy (Ford guy too), so it’s fitted with a Pro-Line Wrangler Unlimited body (just painted it this morning) and Pro-Line rims. Axial’s new Ripsaw tires were chosen for their height and aggressive tread pattern. I have pieces from AJS Machine and RC4WD on or going on the truck right now. It will have a 2-speed, a working winch and maybe even rear steer.

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About the author

About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby

9 Responses to “Can You Beat This?”

  1. Axial Forums says:

    Great Rig! Good luck at event

  2. bill mossor says:

    are you going to have any events near pittsburgh pa. ?

    • Matthew Higgins says:

      The plan is to have one national-level event in Massachusetts. We just started discussions with a first-rate hobby shop that is 100% capable of putting on the type of event we want. We will feature this online and in print. We’ll make sure it’s well worth the trip from as close as PA to as far away as CA.

  3. ray menning says:

    nice rig what u got for a motor cuz i have a top truck challenge truck as well

  4. Kevin Hetmanski says:

    I can beat that.

  5. Kenny McCormick says:

    You forgot some events that are fun to watch, too. How about a blast on the track? How ’bout drag races? How ’bout some high-flying monster jam style freestyle? I want to see wheels torn off, I want to see barrel rolls, and most importantly I want to see something fast paced.

  6. Matt Kearney says:

    You need some full width Wraith axles under that thing! The tires are perfect though!

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