This RC Chevy Blazer From Traxxas Is a Gift We’d Make To Ourselves
Calling it flawless would be an understatementby Tudor Rus, on
The Chevrolet Blazer topic is a hot one whether we’re talking internet, long-time Chevy enthusiasts or just people in the market for a new SUV. The reasons for that are many, but it all really starts with the Blazer’s legacy. And that coupled with a list of rad features is what makes this Chevrolet Blazer RC car so much more than a mere toy.
Honestly, we would not buy this Traxxas radio-controlled Chevy Blazer for our kid. Let him ride his bike, play catch or whatever while you conquer the backyard’s off-road trails with this GM-certified gem.
We're saying gem because the level of mechanical detail that went into designing the so-called TRX-4 Blazer is otherworldly.
Seriously, this thing has a custom-painted Blazer K5 replica body (two color schemes are currently available: orange/white and red/black), portal axles, locking diffs, and a High/Low transmission setup. All in all, all the proper gear you’d typically want in your extreme off-roader, but shrunken into a 1:10 scale truck.
And there's more: thanks to a bolt-on setup you can adjust the wheelbase, you can add heavy-duty steel frame rails and steel links as well as aluminum shocks.
Plus, we’re told Traxxas is working on an optional LED lighting kit.
So, at this point, bringing the truck closer to reality than it already is would imply fitting it with a severely-downsized straight-six or V8 engine, just like the full-size Blazer K5 used to pack.
Speaking of which, the real-life Blazer was brought to life in 1969 and it was to the Ford Bronco what the Camaro was to the Mustang - Chevrolet’s way of fighting back and claiming a piece of the pie in the respective segment.
Just like the Blue Oval’s Bronco, the Blazer was developed on a short wheelbase, but its uniqueness came from the fact that it sat on a shortened pickup truck chassis, allowing it to retain cabin space and keep production costs relatively low. As a result, the Blazer needed just one year to outsell the Ford Bronco and the smaller Jeep CJ Series.
As for the radio-controlled interpretation, know it can be yours for a cool sticker of $499.99.
You can buy one here.
Before you do that, though, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need your own NiMH or LiPo batteries, four AA alkaline batteries for the transmitter, and the Traxxas EZ-Peak Live charger - as these are not included in the delivery box.
|Length||20.62 inches (524 mm)|
|Ground clearance||3.14 inches (80 mm)|
|Weight||6.26 pounds (2.84 kilos)|
|Wheelbase (standard)||12.28 inches (312 mm)|
|Approach angle||59 degrees|
|Departure angle||47 degrees|
|Breakover angle||59 degrees|
|Transmission||2-speed Hi-Lo w/ remote shifting|
|Differential||4-gear w/ remote locking|
|Transmitter||TQi 2.4 GHz, 4-channel|
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