This Toyota FJ Cruiser can fit in the trunk of your car

Because RC has never been cooler
by | Mar 22, 2019
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Nowadays, RC cars are serious things that command serious prices. Take HPI Racing’s Toyota FJ Cruiser. Underneath, it’s running some proper hardware. Permanently locked diffs, oil-filled shock absorbers, telescoping driveshafts feeding all four wheels, and much besides means that off-road, it basically cannot be stopped. The motor and control electrics are even positioned to replicate the big FJ’s weight distribution. As for the body, you get LED lights, proper bumpers (the rear with a mounted spare wheel), and a functional roof rack. For tiny things.

According to the website, the HPI Venture Toyota FJ Cruiser Scale Crawler combines a forward-mounted motor, metal chassis rails, and transfer case equipped drivetrain with a licensed replica Toyota body that includes front and rear bumpers, mirrors, a roof rack, and a rear tire mount. This gives the Venture a level of scale realism that is rare in a ready-to-run (RTR) RC.

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Underneath the body, metal C-channel chassis rails support an all-metal gear drivetrain, central transfer case, and chassis-mounted servo with behind the axle steering linkage to provide great scale looks, zero bump steer, and incredible approach/departure angles. The axle housings feature a small diff case for clearance with an aluminum pumpkin cover, while a Zero Ackermann high steer knuckle design improves clearance and delivers a tighter turning radius. Plus, scale-size threaded aluminum oil-filled shocks and full-time locked differentials

Combine this with an HPI TF-40 2.4GHz transmitter, a waterproof receiver, a NiMH battery/charger set, and AA batteries for the transmitter, and you have a fully RTR scaler that is ready to tackle anything on the trail.

The temptation is strong with this one.

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