When developing the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, Jeep Chrysler set out to design an off-roading machine that could stand up to the toughest terrain in North America. Proof of this can be found on the side of every JK in the form of a decal that simply states “Trail Rated.” Having designed and tested the rig to survive the grueling Rubicon Trail, this one tiny sticker is the understated insignia of the off-road pedigree of every Rubicon. Without that same Trail Rated badge, no machine can compare. When Axial developed the SCX10, they had no idea what lay ahead for them. In the wake of years of success, Axial sought to develop a fully licensed version of the SCX10 commemorating what is arguably the greatest off-roading machine ever made. Partnering with Jeep, Maxxis, and others, Axial would settle for nothing less than a true scaled version of the JK, to the point that they purchased the full-sized version on which to model their 1/10 rig. To prove to both Jeep Chrylser and the RC world that their SCX10 was worthy of the coveted Trail Rated badge, Axial took to the Rubicon Trail, packed lock, stock, and barrel with both their full size and 1/10 versions. This is the story of their adventure.
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