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Introducing the Venture Wayfinder, an RC trail truck that embodies the spirit of exploration. The HPI Venture is your steadfast companion, ready to traverse mountains, streams and beyond. It's not just a vehicle, it's a trusted ally for your weekend jaunts or grand explorations! 

The Venture combines a realistic front-motor position and formed steel C-channel chassis rails with a realistic suspension and drivetrain. The new Wayfinder body augments the Venture framework, resulting in a unique off-road experience we're proud to provide. The Wayfinder body is meticulously crafted and available in two distinctive color options - a glossy metallic Gunmetal and a vibrant metallic Orange. The design details extend beyond the primary coloring, featuring black accents that embellish the arch extenders and sills creating a striking contrast.
Clear windows provide a realistic look, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the model.
 With front and rear bumpers, mirrors, a functional roof rack, and a swing-away spare tire mount, the Venture provides an authentic trail experience.

Several Optional parts are now standard equipment. Including the Aluminum lower link set, Aluminum rear 4 link and Universal front driveshafts. The vehicle’s performance is further enhanced by authentically scaled oil-filled shock absorbers and full-time locked differentials, paired with realistically treaded tires, ensuring dependable handling in all off-road conditions.

 

 

VENTURE Versions

Metallic Orange &Gunmetal &venture sbk

There are a variety of different colors to choose from for your Wayfinder pre-built RTR (Ready-To-Run) trail truck, or custom build your own truck from the ground up with the Venture SBK Scale Builders Kit!

 
 

 

NEW Wayfinder Body

The Wayfinder body included with the Venture RTR kit is completely outfitted with a range of fabulous scale items. In addition to the hand-painted polycarbonate body on its own, you'll find a pair of side mirrors, a functional roof rack ready for a range of scale accessories, a working swing-away spare tire mount on the back bumper, working D-ring shackles on the front and rear bumpers, tubular brush guard and mounts for LED lights on the front bumper, and adjustable-width rock rails that help the truck glide over tough obstacles.

 

Scale Chassis Design and Layout

The Venture features a formed steel C-channel chassis and cross braces as the foundation for a realistic truck chassis. The 35-turn crawler-spec motor and the transmission are mounted right up front - just like in a real truck! For additional weight up front, the steering servo is also mounted to the chassis next to the motor. The standard battery position has been moved to be further forward and lower down in the truck to improve handling.

Aluminum Diff Covers

The Venture is packed with awesome scale details - and real metal diff covers are just one of them! Known as the "pumpkin" by most off-roaders, the differentials on each axle on the Venture feature aluminum covers for an instant custom look. You can also customize the diff covers yourself by polishing them or painting them your favorite color! 

 

Swing-Away Tailgate

With a functional swing-away spare tire mount on the back bumper, the Venture adds a super cool feature that is unique among all stock scaler trucks! Fitted with a real, ready-to-use spare tire (the all-new Rockthorn off-road tire on a black CR-10 wheel!), the spare tire mount also helps hold the back of the body in place. 

Front & Rear Bumpers

The Venture features sturdy front and rear bumpers to protect the replica body and the chassis from the inevitable scrapes and incidents that come with off-road trail driving. The front bumper is fitted with tubular brush guards and holes where you can mount LED lights for night driving. Both bumpers feature functional D-ring shackles so you can use ropes and bungees to strap down scale gear or attach winch cables. 

 

Functional Roof Rack

No trail run is complete without a full set of scale overland accessories like a rolled-up tent, sleeping bags and more, and the roof is the perfect place to store that while driving from campsite to campsite. Side and rear rails let you use bungees to hold down your gear for extra scaler points - or use a cargo net for ultimate scale realism! 

 

Rock Rail Sliders

Robust side bars, known as rock sliders or rock rails, allow the Venture to slide over obstacles that are just a bit too tall for it to completely clear. Stretching from the front to rear wheel openings, they serve to aid off-road performance as well as protect the body from scratches by ground obstacles like rocks and boulders. Although they are the perfect fit for the Wayfinder body, they can be adjusted in width to fit other scaler bodies. 

Rockthorn Off-Road Tires on CR-10 Wheels

The Venture features Rockthorn tires with thick, self-cleaning tread blocks for driving on hard-packed dirt, gravel, wet or dry rocks, loose dirt, mud and more. The Rockthorn tires have additional sidewall tread to help get the truck over extra-difficult obstacles like slippery rocks and tree roots. The tires are mounted on great-looking CR-10 1.9" beadlock-style multispoke wheels, which themselves feature center hub caps that hide the wheel nuts for maximum scale realism. 

Includes HPI Option Parts

The Venture scale crawler truck is packed with features already (you can read all about them below), and the Wayfinder version includes a selection of hand-picked options that will make it even more capable not just on the trail, but also through the most difficult terrain. If you already have a Venture, all of these options are also available separately to enhance and strengthen your truck.

Venture Front Universal Driveshafts

Front Universal Driveshafts

#115942 Front Universal Driveshafts - these are stronger than the standard dogbones, and are also completely rebuildable for when you need to perform routine maintenance. They also increase the steering angle for easier turning around obstacles.

Venture 6mm Aluminum Lower Links

6mm Aluminum Lower Links

#116442 Aluminum Lower Links - machined from 6mm thick aluminum alloy and then anodized to match the shock bodies and motor plate, these burly metal links help stiffen the suspension and allow the dual-stage shocks to do their duties to the utmost.

Venture 4-Link Rear

4-Link Rear Suspension

#117079 4-Link Rear - adding extra articulation to the rear axle gives extra grip at critical moments, such as when side-hilling up steep embankments, giving you the confidence to take the Venture to the extreme limits of scale crawler performance.

 

Balanced Weight Distribution

The chassis layout of the Venture, with the forward-mounted motor and transmission, plus the chassis-mounted servo (CMS), puts the weight at the front end, giving the Venture ultra-realistic driving performance and great handling when hitting the trail.

 

Battery placement options

The chassis layout of the Venture Wayfinder can be adjusted with three distinct battery positions, right out of the box! We have included the parts to convert your Wayfinder to run any of these three battery locations.

The Front Battery Tray allows you to put your battery pack right up front. The front battery tray replaces the radio box so you'll want to make sure you are running a waterproof receiver like the RF-41WP!

The standard position for the Ready-to-Run Venture is just behind the central gearbox and as low in the chassis as you can get. With the NiMH battery installed, this position gives a slightly forward weight balance and the best centre of gravity.

The rear position is as close to a 50/50 weight balance as you can get!

All-Metal Transmission

The Venture features strong metal gears throughout its transmission. With a main gear set taken from the ultra-fast and ultra-strong Savage XS Flux, the Venture drivetrain can handle LiPo power up to 3S without any upgrades.

 

Perfect Off-Road Trail Gearing

With the transmission drive ratio of 1.53:1, the overall drivetrain ratio is 7.6:1 for good all-around gearing and a final drive ratio of 30.4:1 out of the box. This will get you up or down most trails and get you started climbing difficult inclines. With pinion gears of 15-28 teeth, you can get final drive ratios of 30.4:1 to 16.2:1. You can easily alter the ratio with an optional 56-tooth spur and pinion gears from 19-32 teeth for final drive ratios of 22.4:1 to 13.3:1. 

Center Transfer Case

In addition to the motor and transmission at the front, the Venture features a centrally mounted transfer case with a gear ratio of 1.5:1. Whilst putting the maximum amount of weight on the front of the chassis, the central location of the transfer case allows the drivetrain to sit low and down the centerline of the chassis so the driveshafts are perpendicular to the axles for maximum power transfer to the tires.

 

Low Angle Driveshafts

The low angle and central position of the driveshafts allow for maximum power transfer, so as much power as possible reaches the tires. The driveshafts are composite slider-style shafts with universal joints at each end, where they meet the transfer case and axle. At the axles, 13-tooth pinions and 43-tooth ring gears (axle ratio of 3.31:1) sit inside the "pumpkin" or center of the axles. Each differential is equipped with metal diff lockers for pure 4WD traction at all times.  

Adjustable Slipper Clutch

An externally adjustable slipper lets you tackle slick rocks and loose surfaces without having to make big changes to the setup of the Venture. Correct adjustment gives you the perfect amount of power and grip by reducing wheelspin - and the easy to reach adjustment nut lets you make quick adjustments on the trail.

 

Advanced Truck Steering

The steering system for scale RC trucks is very important - and that's why the Venture was designed with the latest advancements in steering and suspension for strength as well as realism. This makes the Venture a versatile scaler truck on the trail! With a Chassis-Mounted Servo (CMS) and Behind The Axle (BTA) steering, plus a functional Panhard bar, you get perfect scale looks with realistic and ideal performance, no matter what terrain you're hitting. Aluminum mounts for the Panhard bar and aluminum steering plates add strength and durability to give you total confidence on the trail.

Panhard Bar

A Panhard bar on aluminum mounts provides extra scale looks, because it's featured on most off-road trucks and vehicles. The purpose of the Panhard bar is to maintain zero bump steer as the axle rises over bumps and falls into holes and ruts. This helps the Venture go exactly where you want it with precise steering control!

CMS (Chassis-Mounted Servo)

The realistic steering for the Venture begins with a Chassis-Mounted Servo. With a strong SS-30MGWR Metal Geared servo firmly mounted at the front of the chassis, the weight of the servo aids the front weight bias of the Venture. The solid metal steering link also looks like it came out of a real truck, and connects to the tough steering knuckle. The high torque (8kg-cm at 6V) SS-30MGWR servo is water-resistant so you can take it through water, snow and mud without fear of damage, and if you want to upgrade the steering it's easy to drop in an ultra-powerful servo for maximum off-road steering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Zero Ackermann Steering

For a super-tight turning radius, the Venture features zero Ackermann steering angle. This means you have equal steering angles for the front tires when they are steered all the way to the left or right - the maximum amount of steering for the best performance when tackling rugged off-road terrain. 

 

BTA (Behind The Axle) steering

The Venture features Behind The Axle (BTA) steering linkage out of the box, so you don't have to do any complicated modifications to get maximum performance on the trail. A tough steel rod connects the two metal-reinforced steering knuckles behind the front axle. With all of the steering linkage kept out of the way of potential obstacles such as rocks and roots, the truck has a much better approach angle than with standard crawler kit steering designs.

 

Maximized Clearance Angles

The Venture chassis is loaded with potential, making it extremely versatile on the trail and up tough climbing routes. Its capability lies in several factors, including off-road friendly clearance angles from the tire contact points to the bumpers and chassis, as well as good ground clearance thanks to its minimal diff case size. 

  • Break-over angle: 44.5 degrees
  • Approach angle: 55 deg
  • Departure angle: 45.5 deg
  • Max climb angle: 49 deg
  • Max tilt angle: 28 deg
  • Axle articulation: 30 deg
  • Ground clearance 68mm capable: (2.7")
  • Ground clearance at standard ride height 60mm: (2.4")
  • Axle ground clearance 32mm: (1.3") 

 

Trail-Ready Suspension

Good suspension is at the heart of every off-road vehicle, and this principle is evident everywhere you look on the Venture chassis. From the aluminum mounts on the axles to the dual-stage shock absorbers, the Venture is packed with advanced features - without purchasing optional parts! The Venture can perform on any trail, thanks to adjustable oil-filled shock absorbers and standard-sized 12mm hex hubs to fit a huge range of scale wheels and tires.

 

 

Rugged Aluminum Parts

Enhancing the look and style of the Venture chassis are aluminum suspension parts that are a fantastic throwback to truck kits from RC's retro golden age. From the axle covers which have the HPI hex logo on them, to the thick shock and rod link mounts, the real metal parts add a great look to the Venture that other scale trucks can't match! Both Panhard bar mounts are also aluminum, as well as all four hex hubs for the wheels. Each hex hub is also held in place on the axles by steel setscrews for additional security. 

 

Multi-Link Suspension

The Venture Wayfinder features a sturdy and reliable 3-link suspension front and a highly articulated 4-link suspension at the rear. 6mm aluminum rod links form the lower suspension links front and rear. The upper links consist of a single aluminum single link for the front, and 2 aluminum upper links at the rear. 

Dual Stage Coil-Over Shocks

For ultimate trail tuning, the alloy shock absorbers feature dual-stage shock springs. This means the short spring softens the gentle bumps and dips you encounter while driving, and the longer firm spring catches the harder hits, such as when the Venture is descending a steep embankment. HPI designers have found the perfect combination of springs and oils for all-around driving, but you can fine-tune the ride of your truck with different shock oils and springs to make the Venture perform at its best on the trail.

Adjustable Wheelbase

The Venture chassis lets you change the wheelbase from 290mm to 315mm (11.4 to 12.2 inches) by modifying the length of the rear linkages, which can change the look and driving of the truck. If you fit a different body to customize your Venture, adjusting the wheelbase lets the tires fit in the wheel openings, which helps the truck look perfectly scaled. 

 

SC-3SWP3 Crawler Edition ESC

The Venture is equipped with a highly versatile and fully waterproof HPI SC-3SWP3 Crawler Edition electronic speed controller, which is packed with a full range of adjustments and capabilities. In addition to being able to take power from the included 2000mAh NiMH (nickel metal-hydride) rechargeable battery pack, you can swap the battery for a 2S or 3S LiPo (lithium-polymer) battery for extra power and runtime. The Venture on 3S is a beast on the trail!  

The SC-3SWP3 Crawler Edition also features our HDC Hill Descent Control adjustable electronic drag brake system to make driving down steep declines more controllable at all angles - just like modern luxury off-roaders! 

High Torque SS-30MGWR Steering Servo

The water-resistant HPI SS-30MGWR steering servo is the ideal companion for the Venture electronics package. This is a high torque servo with up to 8kg-cm holding power at 6V, plus it's water-resistant so it can easily handle splashes and water drops when driving through puddles, snow and mud. Mounted directly to the chassis next to motor, it provides extra weight over the front axle to enhance the front weight bias of the Venture. 

  • Operating Voltage: 4.8-6V
  • 4.8V: Speed: 0.19 sec/60 degrees, Torque: 6kg-cm/83 oz-in
  • 6V: Speed: 0.15 sec/60 degrees, Torque: 8kg-cm/111 oz-in
  • Servo Spline: 25T

TF-41 2.4GHz Radio System with Waterproof Receiver

The popular steering wheel & pistol grip HPI TF-41 radio system controls the Venture on its travels, giving you total control of the steering and throttle/brake. The carry handle makes it convenient to take on your trail walks, and the shape of the controller lets you set it on the ground for easy picking it up by the grip. The folding antenna allows it to take up the minimum amount of space in your backpack on the way to the trail. The RF-50 receiver is fully waterproof, so you don't have to think about what you're driving through. For extra protection, the receiver is encased in a secure receiver box which also allows you to install your own radio set.

35-turn Crawler Spec Motor

A sealed, brushed motor with 35 turns provides the perfect mix of speed on the trail and crawling torque for climbing steep embankments and obstacles. It's a standard 540-size motor, so it's easy to change the motor for something else you've got in your collection. Thanks to the all-metal gears in the transmission and standard electronics sizing, you can easily upgrade to a brushless motor and 3S battery for extra speed and wheelspin to get over anything. 

Comprehensive Instruction Manual

All HPI Racing kits include a detailed multi-language instruction manual. Exploded diagrams and extensive information about your Venture ensure that you have the know-how when it comes to maintaining and upgrading your kit. You can also download a digital version of the manual to your personal electronic device and keep it with you for easy reference on the go.

 

MYhpi: The Ultimate Resource 
for Your Venture

Once you've got your Venture, add it to your MYhpi garage to get direct information about what will make your truck grippier, more adjustable and easier to tune. Add your entire HPI collection to your MYhpi garage so you can directly access manuals, videos, tips and help for each of your HPI cars!

Download the Free Venture posters Here!

Brighten up your RC workspace with a FREE poster featuring the Venture! Just click here to download it, then print it out or use it as your tablet or computer wallpaper!

Features

  • Factory-assembled & pre-painted electric-powered full-time 4WD 1/10 scale off-road truck
  • Hand-painted polycarbonate Wayfinder body
  • Functional roof rack plus side mirrors
  • Front bumper features brush guard, light mounts and D-ring shackles
  • Rear bumper features swing-away spare tire mount and D-ring shackles
  • Adjustable rock rail side sliders help the truck get over tough obstacles
  • Formed steel C-channel chassis rails
  • Front Universal Driveshafts
  • Front-mount motor and transmission position for ultimate scale realism
  • Front weight bias improves climbing traction and provides more realistic driving
  • Parts for all three battery positions are included with the Wayfinder
  • All-metal gear drivetrain for extreme durability
  • Central transfer case with slider driveshafts to front and rear differentials
  • Transfer case prevents motor stall for the best climbing action
  • Transfer case also straightens & lowers center driveshafts for more efficient power transfer
  • Axles feature small diff case or "pumpkin" size for best possible ground clearance
  • Aluminum differential pumpkin cover
  • Locked differentials for superb off-road climbing traction
  • 12mm aluminum hex hubs to fit any available crawler wheels
  • Shock towers have multiple shock mounting positions to allow for wheelbase options
  • BTA (Behind The Axle) steering linkage for improved approach and departure angles
  • Panhard bar for scale looks and optimized geometry with zero bump steer
  • Zero Ackermann high steer knuckle design for improved obstacle clearance and tighter turning radius
  • 3-link front and triangulated 4-link rear suspension
  • Oil-filled aluminum coilover shock absorbers (63-90mm stroke)
  • Adjustable threaded shock bodies for quick ride height changes
  • Dual-stage shock springs
  • Aluminum lower link/shock mounts
  • Aluminum panhard mounts
  • CMS (Chassis Mounted Servo) realistic steering setup
  • Adjustable body mounting to fit any style of off-road body
  • Fully braced rear body mounts
  • All-terrain Rockthorn 109mm x 38mm soft S-Compound tires with chunky tread blocks
  • Beadlock style CR-10 ten-spoke 1.9” wheels
  • HPI 35-turn crawler spec motor provides speed as well as crawling torque 
  • HPI waterproof SC-3SWP3 Crawler Edition adjustable electronic speed control 
  • HPI water-resistant SS-30MGWR steering servo
  • HPI 2.4GHz radio system with carry handle
  • HPI waterproof 2.4GHz receiver in a protective case
  • Full set of ball bearings
  • Includes NiMH battery and charger and 4 AA batteries for radio transmitter

 

Specification


DIMENSIONS

  • Length: 527mm (20.7")
  • Width: 227mm (9")
  • Height: 238mm (9.4") with roof rack, 217mm (8.5") without (will vary depending on tire choice and suspension settings)
  • Wheelbase: 311mm (12.3")
  • Front overhang: 101mm (3.9")
  • Rear overhang: 135mm (5.3")

WEIGHT

  • Running weight: 2.4kg (5.3lbs)
  • Weight without battery: 2.1kg (4.7lbs)
  • Body Weight: 0.21kg (7.44oz)

CAPABILITY

  • Break-over angle: 44.5 degrees
  • Approach angle: 55 deg
  • Departure angle: 45.5 deg
  • Max climb angle: 49 deg
  • Max tilt angle: 28 deg
  • Axle articulation: 30 deg
  • Ground clearance 68mm capable: (2.7")
  • Ground clearance at standard ride height 60mm: (2.4")
  • Axle ground clearance 32mm: (1.3") 

GEARING

  • Drivetrain ratio: 7.6:1
  • Transmission gearing: 1.53:1
  • Axle gearing: 3.31:1
  • Transfer case gearing: 1.5:1

#160511 VENTURE CRAWLER RTR WAYFINDER – GUNMETAL

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