Meet the new Vaterra Ascender Chevy Blazer RTR! This RC truck may look familiar to those of you who are loyal followers of our blog. That’s because Vaterra first revealed the kit version of the Chevy Blazer this past August. Now, for those of you who want to hit the rocks the second you get your new truck home, Vaterra announces the RTR version. It features all of the off-road capable parts of its kit brethren, with the addition of a set of waterproof electronics and a Spektrum DX2E radio system. Tons of pictures of the new truck after the jump!
Stamped-Steel Ladder Frames with Adjustable Wheelbase
Steel C-channel frames form the backbone of the Vaterra Ascender Chevy Blazer chassis and give you four wheelbase lengths to choose from: 12.36 in (314mm), 11.9 in (302mm), 11.4 in (290mm) and 10.95 in (278mm). Markings on the frames make adjustment easy.
Heavy Duty Suspension
The Vaterra Blazer’s chassis rides on a 3-link panhard bar front suspension and a 4-link rear suspension. All suspension links are machined from aluminum to handle the most punishing conditions. Oil-filled, threaded shocks soak up the bumps and give you a variety of pre-load settings.
Metal Gear Transmission
The single-speed metal gear transmission is engineered for steep inclines and rugged, rocky terrain. Those seeking a broader range of speed and climb performance can upgrade to the optional two-speed transmission, sold separately.
Floating Battery Tray
The battery tray floats over the front axle and is designed to accept 96mm shorty packs. Placing the weight of the battery over the front axle gives the Vaterra Chevy Blazer’s front tires extra traction when crawling over rocks and tackling steep inclines.
Crawler Style Bumpers and Rock Slider Side Bars
The front and rear bumpers feature molded tow hooks. An opening on the front bumper leaves plenty of room for a winch cable. If you want to try different 1/10-scale bodies later on, the side bars and bumpers can be moved to accommodate most of them.
Heavy Duty CV Front Shafts
As with the rest of the Ascender’s drivetrain components, the heavy duty CV front shafts have been designed to handle rugged terrain. They also allow up to 45 degrees of steering angle,more than most other trucks in this class.
Licensed 1986 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer Body
The painted polycarbonate body is modeled after one of the most popular K5 Blazers ever built. Scale touches include an injection-molded grille with headlight details and authentic Chevrolet badging. A set of detail stickers is also included.
Sticky Compound Interco Super Swamper Tires
The Vaterra Chevy Blazer RTR’s realistic drivetrain and suspension are complemented by licensed replicas of Interco TSL SX Super Swamper tires. Like the full-scale versions, their tread pattern and compound provide excellent grip at almost any angle.
The truck is equipped with a waterproof receiver, speed control and steering servo for driving in the real world, where things get wet and the weather is often less than perfect. The potent 55t Dynamite brushed motor delivers all the torque you need to muscle over rock piles and power through mud and brush.
Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz Radio System
The included radio system gives you the unbeatable signal security and responsiveness of Spektrum DSMR 2.4GHz technology. The DX2E transmitter is compatible with any Spektrum surface receiver so you can use it with other RC vehicles as well.
- Length: 21.25″ (540mm)
- Width: 9″ (229mm)
- Height: 9″ (229mm)
- Ground Clearance: 1.06″ (37mm)
- Weight:4lb (1.81 kg)
- Release Date: Early December 2014
- Part: VTR03014
- Price: $400