SCAN TO SEE
THE AC TION!
When developing the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, Jeep Chrysler set out to de- sign an o;-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 o;-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 o;-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. ;is is
the story of their adventure.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF AXIAL RACING
For many of us, hitting the trails with
our rigs is a day trip. We may pack a
lunch and some light gear for the day’s
worth of fun but when you’re taking on the
most challenging trail on the continent,
you need to plan for a few days trip.
The Rubicon Trail is 22 miles of unruly
wilderness that only the bravest attempt
to traverse. We were granted an inside
look at Axial’s diary from their adventure
on the Rubicon.
We started today at Loon Lake and traveled through the Gate
Keeper, the first major obstacle. Major construction was done
to the Gate Keeper to mellow it out and make it easier to pass
but this obstacle is still meant to keep vehicles that are not
equipped for the rest of the journey from passing. The SCX10
Jeep as well as our full-size Jeep made it through without
issue. Halfway through the day we stopped and had lunch at
Ellis Creek. It normally flows heavily this time of year, but is
rather low this late in the spring. This worked out well, as
it was the perfect depth for the SCX10 to cross without issue.
Getting through the water and over the slippery rocks was no
problem for either of the rigs, but proved a little more of an
experience for us to get over on foot. The next challenge we
faced was Walker Hill. This steep climb is almost vertical rock
with a sandy and slippery surface. It was important to stay
left as far as possible in effort to not slide to the right and
roll the vehicle. Both the full-size and SCX10 Jeep slipped a
little but completed the climb successfully. Next on the list
was the Soup Bowl, which featured rather large ledges to climb.
The SCX10 did this obstacle fairly easily, its small size and
nimble performance made it quite easy to complete, the full-size
rig however, took the bypass, which features a nice off-camber
ledge to negotiate and shouldn’t be taken lightly! We carried
on through some rather rough and rocky terrain until we hit
Little Sluice. The Sluice Box as it is called used to be the
most difficult part of the trail to pass. Some demolition and
modifications were made for erosion control but this spot is
still tough to pass and requires some thinking. The SCX10 Jeep
spent the better part of a half hour working its way through
this. The rocks were huge compared to the little Jeep but it
successfully made it to the end just as the sun was setting.
We’ve finally decided to call it a day on the slabs overlooking
the valley and Buck Island. We set up camp and are enjoying a
night reflecting on the day we’ve just experienced.