Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 Electric Truggy (G2)

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The Helion Animus 18TR (G2) is the next generation of 1/18th scale performance with an unprecedented set of features and value. This project came to life as a cooperative effort between some of the greatest minds in the RC industry and you, Helion customers. The premise behind the project set to offer you something different, something revolutionary...value AND performance.

Helion R/C design engineers optimized the Animus platform for the latest generation of bashers and enthusiasts. The use of gear differentials and a robust shaft based, ball bearing supported, gear drivetrain reduces maintenance requirements, improves efficiency and performance without compromising value. With the advent and inclusion of crystal-less 2.4 GHz radio technology in the Animus, R/C bashers and enthusiasts can now enjoy using their cars alongside one another instead of worrying about changing or having to buy extra crystals. With a 370 size, all weather ESC brushed motor and high performance 1100mAh NiMH battery included, the Animus is equipped to not disappoint with speeds topping 20mph!

NOTE: The model shown may not be an accurate representation of the color you will receive. Colors are selected randomly. The Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 model HLNA0602 is available in three different colors, red, blue or yellow. If you would like a specific color, please contact our customer service department prior to placing your order and we will do our best to honor your request. 


  • Under the Hood: Fitted with low resistance High Current T-Style (HCT) connectors the weather resistant, self-contained 3-in-1 ERS (ESC / receiver / servo) unit, coupled to the 370 size brushed motor, delivers outstanding performance in forward and reverse, and speeds in excess of 20mph!
  • Full Range of Aluminum Hop-up Parts: With a full range of orange anodized aluminum upgrade parts you can turn your Animus into a thing of beauty that boasts increased strength, improved rigidity and refined handling. From wheel hexes, through shock towers, chassis plate, drive shafts and motor mount, to caster block and gear cover, the list is extensive and the effect of the upgrade outstanding.
  • Brushless Upgrade: Quick as the standard Animus truly is, there will come a time when you’re ready to turn this blistering little truck into a flaming hot rod. When that time comes, you’ll need a dedicated brushless upgrade package with a Radient Reaktor 5000kV motor and Reaktor 30 ESC combo at its heart.
  • Oil-filled Shocks: 6.5mm mini “big bore” oil-filled, bladder top shocks with adjustable ride height and rebuild-able seal cartridges.
  • Gear Differentials: Rotating on ball bearings, the high performance Nylon composite used throughout the heavy-duty differentials make the Animus' drivetrain one of the strongest and most reliable in its class. So it’s ready when you are for the optional Radient Reaktor brushless power system.
  • 2.4 GHZ Transmitter: Utilizing one of the most competitive 2.4GHz radios in its class, the Animus brings specs to your hand that are typically found in high end radios! Integrated features like fully proportional controls and steering dual rate (D/R) remain easy for users of all experience levels.
  • All-terrain Traction: Aggressive tread design with real rubber compound for great traction on all surfaces which outlasts that of other minis' plastic-rubber compounds.
  • Low Center of Gravity: For all-terrain domination, one thing you gotta have is stability! The low center of gravity (LCG) Chassis keeps the weight low to help you stay on your wheels.
  • 1100mAh Battery & AC Charger: A 1100mAh 6-Cell NiMH rechargeable battery pack with dependable HCT connector delivers the power necessary to reach speeds in excess of 20mph while the included AC charger improves your driving-to-waiting ratio.
Battery: 6-Cell 2/3A NiMH Flat Configuration
LiPo Compatibility: Up to a 2S LiPo
Motor: 370 Size High Speed Brushed
Length: 235 (9.25in)
Height: 100mm (3.9in)
Width: 172mm (6.77in)
Wheelbase: 159mm (6.3in)
Weight (approx): 540g (1.2lb)
Gear Pitch: M0.6
Internal Gear Ratio: 8.8:1 (14T Pinion)

  • Animus 18TR 4WD Truck
  • 2.4GHz 2-Channel Radio System
  • 1100mAh 7.2V NiMH Rechargeable Battery Pack & A/C Wall Charger
  • Documentation pack with Owner’s manual and Exploded Views
Needed to Complete:
  • (8) AA-size batteries for transmitter

This product was added to our catalog on May 17, 2016

Stephen Bobe
Average Rating: 1
Wednesday, Dec 27 2017 (about a year ago)
Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 Electric Truggy (G2)
This car has broke 5 shafts in less than 30 minutes of run time. I spent 8.99 on a pack of plastic replacements thinking that the first one that broke was a rare occurrence. I was wrong. Had to have the ESC unit replaced after 15 minutes of use. Now apparently have to spend 30 dollars on aluminum drive shafts to be able to run an entire battery through this car. Almost 40 dollars now on drive shafts. Between that and gas to drive 25 minutes to the hobby town store 3 times, I could of bought a 1/10th model.
Greg Allen
Average Rating: 1
Thursday, Nov 30 2017 (about a year ago)
Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 Electric Truggy (G2)
Bought this thinking it would be a fun little car to drive and not being brushless might last. During the third battery a rear drive shaft broke and the other rear shaft was twisted and ready to let go as well. Most of the drive train is plastic and doesn’t last and the metal upgrades cost as much as the car. Not happy with the idea of replacing plastic parts unless I spend ridiculous amounts of money on metal upgrades. Save your money and get something better quality with better parts out of the box.
glenn white
Average Rating: 5
Thursday, Feb 2 2017 (about a year ago)
Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 Electric Truggy (G2)
Love this car own 2 of them race with my grandson 10yrs old . I drive car on pavement no off road or sand. Fast and fun with long run time.Have had collisions with curbs and some damage but easy fix with parts from hobbytown. reasonable parts cost. plan on getting larger truck next Rock Rider RTR 4WD Electric Rock Racer by Helion.For price great machine
Christopher Cain
Average Rating: 1
Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 (12 months ago)
Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 Electric Truggy (G2)
AHEM... so
buy this
piece of absolute garbage. The shocks, half shafts, and gearbox all broke in less than one battery use. GUYS, PLEASE just go buy a Traxxas. The slash is bigger and i have one that's 10 years old and nothing has broken on it and its been through hell and back at least 6 times. the animus is just cheap trash and its less expensive to buy the traxxas in the long run becasue you need to spend more on parts than the car is worth and it is just bad its like buying a car from 2003 with 150,000 miles on it. problems EVERYWHERE
heres the website link and all the stuff you need

Bill Bateman
Average Rating: 5
Thursday, Jun 29 2017 (about a year ago)
Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 Electric Truggy (G2)
its an ok car, not too enjoyable but super durable, just a tad bit on the ugly side
Isaiah Bateman
Average Rating: 5
Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 (about a year ago)
Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 Electric Truggy (G2)
Got my friend into rc and he wanted a traxxis but i convinced him to buy a Helion, his budget was low so he bought this one, i have a full on traack on a big hill in the back of my shop where i use my select and rockrider on , and me and my friend ride our rcs on it, this little chepo rides it decent and is a perfect starter for my friend. he is very pleased.
Francisco Salazar
Average Rating: 4
Thursday, Feb 2 2017 (about a year ago)
Helion Animus 18TR 4x4 Electric Truggy (G2)
Can I upgrade yhe battery for this car. If you say yes. Can you let me know what is the item number