I've covered several different types of RC trucks in this column before. Two of the more recent genres were short course trucks and rock crawlers. While both were fun, they are very different types of vehicles. The subject of this review doesn't really fall into a specific category. If you had to give it a label, I suppose that "scale Baja racer" would suffice. Whatever you want to call it, this vehicle is in many respects a hybrid of rock crawlers and short course trucks. Let's check it out.
The Yeti SCORE
Axial Racing developed the Yeti SCORE ($450) in the image of Trophy Truck racers that compete in grueling cross-country events such as the Baja 1000. SCORE International (Sanctioning Committee Off Road Events) is the organization that manages the Baja 1000 and similar races in Southern California and Mexico. Of all the different vehicles that compete in SCORE events, trophy trucks are considered the biggest and baddest. These trucks are designed to navigate all types of terrain at top speed. Gobs of horsepower and tons of suspension travel are key attributes.
Most modern day off-road RC trucks share very little design-wise with trophy trucks. For that reason, you would expect a trophy-truck-themed RC vehicle to have only cosmetic similarities with its inspiration. That is not the case here. Axial designed the Yeti SCORE with many of the same features found on full-scale trophy trucks.
At first glance, the Yeti SCORE has a strong resemblance to the Wraith rock crawler. Both trucks feature a centrally-mounted motor with a shaft-driven 4-wheel-drive system. Also evident is the 4-link rear suspension that provides an enormous amount of travel for the solid rear axle. The radio receiver is housed in a waterproof compartment and a Tactic TSX45 metal-gear servo handles the steering.