Today the guys over at FTW RC announced a new clear body for the TLR 8ight-T truggy called the Phoenix. If you are looking to sport that wild “Extreme Cab Forward” look on your Losi then the Phoenix will be right down your alley.
The Phoenix is formed from .040″ polycarbonate and comes with window masks and over-spray protection. The part number for the FTW is #FTW00047 and it has a street price of $27.
Hit THIS link for more new body news right here on BigSquidRC.
Recently Venom team driver Chris Blais wrote an article on how to become a sponsored racer. He gives a bunch of tips on how you too can become a big name sponsored driver like he has for Venom. Be sure and click the “read more” button to read the article in its entirety, and hit THIS Link for more race news right here on BigSquidRC.
“You have to look at it from a business perspective. Companies don’t want to give out discounts or free product if they don’t think they will get a return in some way. I use Facebook and also send out monthly Press Releases, along with a Press Release after each big event. My PR contains a race report from the event, YouTube videos of each main event with sponsor logos at the beginning and sponsor logos with links to their website. Each of our team sponsors use this content to advertise their product on their websites, blogs, Facebook pages, etc. The Blais Racing Services team reports are a lot more than what most people can do but it makes it much easier to get sponsored and keep your current sponsors happy.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the race report of Pro-Line Racing driver Cody King. This is the race report from the Psycho Nitro Blast where he won truggy and finished second in buggy while using Pro-Line tires.
“In Truggy, Lutz would grab the TQ, but the main was little different. I would get the lead early and battle the entire 45 minutes with Pro-Line‘s Adam Drake and Barry Pettit. When I say the entire 45, I really mean the whole thing from tone to tone. Those guys really made me work for it, and it wasn’t until the last few laps that I finally started stretching out. I’m really pleased to have a win in truggy. It’s been awhile since I won a truggy event, and the truck is really good right now. We softened the shock oil and moved some weight up front, and it’s really good.
Big thank you to all my Sponsors for the support, many of whom did special things to make this happen at the last minute. Kyosho ran around and got me parts last minute to bring on the trip. Reds did so much and the R5T TE engines in both my cars were so perfect the entire time, as well as the Reds turbo #5 plug which may be the best plug in RC right now. The new 2104 pipe is very good as well, even smoother power and better fuel mileage. Pro-Line, thanks very much for sending tires out and getting them there by Thursday. I ran Holeshots in both classes (M3 in truggy/M4 in buggy) and they were hooked up the entire time. Even in the buggy after 45 minutes I did my fastest lap at the end of the race. Byron Fuels, thanks for the great juice. The Worlds Blend sweep at this race! A Main Hobbies, KO Propo, everyone, thanks very much.”
To get more information on race winning Pro-Line tires you can hit up their Official Website.
Speaking of race winning tires, have you read our Pro-Line Blockade SC Review?
The dust is yet to settle after the close of the 27th annual Cactus Classic in Arizona. Team Durango have solidified our position as a world famous racing manufacturer with impressive results in multiple classes against the stiffest competition that 10th off-road has to offer. With eight top ten finishes that included four podium positions, Team Durango pro drivers team are once again the racers to watch when it comes to performing at the very highest level of RC competition.
4WD Mod Buggy Overall Result
1. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 200 pts
2. Jörn Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 199
3. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 196
2WD Stadium Truck Overall Result
1. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 200 pts
2. Jörn Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 198
3. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 198
2WD Short Course Overall Result
1. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 200 pts
2. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 199
3. Ryan Lutz – Durango/Tekin – 196
Team Durango makes perhaps the best racing rigs on the planet, hit up THIS link for their official website.
Have you read our Team Durango buggy review? You can check it out right HERE.
The Vaterra Twin Hammers has proven to be the most anticipated release of 2013. The combination of tough scale appearance and smart features seems to have everyone looking at the Twin Hammers. Below you’ll find all of our unboxing pictures for the Twin Hammers, from top to bottom, from front to rear, you can see the Twin Hammers in all its glory before we bash the daylights out of it. Check out the official Twin Hammers page on the Vaterra website for more information.
We have 29 unboxing pictures in all, including size comparison shots between the Twin Hammers, a 2.2 crawler, a Losi SCB, and an Axial EXO. Click the “read more” button to see all the pictures.
Vaterra Twin Hammers Unboxing Gallery 1
One of the latest products from the crew over at A Main Hobbies is their EcoPower Electron 610 Battery Charger. The new 610 is said to be a very versatile and affordable charger for all your different types of batteries.
Some of the primary features of the EcoPower include- AC/DC, charge rates up to 10 amps, and charges Lipo, LiFe, and NiMH. The 610 is a 200 watt charger that can charge up to 6S Lipo or 18 cell NiMH.
Part number for the Electron 610 is #ECP-1002 and it has a street price of $99. HERE is the link that takes you directly to the Electron 610 on A Main’s website.
We’ve made it through yet another work week, why not check out a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link?
Who is TIC Racing? Well, they are Europe’s largest manufacturer of oval rc car kits and accessories, that’s who. From the looks of their latest kit they like their oval racers strong, simple and affordable. Sounds like a good basher to us.
So what is the latest car from TIC Racing? It is called the Manic Mini Stox. This is a very simple (and sturdy) looking solid axle 2wd car that looks perfect for high impact oval racing, or what we call demolition derby here at the office.
There is no suspension on the Manic, so no need to worry about pesky shock rebuilds or tuning. Before production, the bumpers were tested with a 5 lb hammer, that sounds like something we would do. Also, a full scale oval wheel was scanned with a laser in 3d then shrank down to 12th scale to ensure a perfectly scale look. Lastly, the body that comes with the Manic is made out of ABS plastic because Lexan could never take the abuse. These guys must really be after our hearts.
Now, do you want the good news or the bad news first? Everyone wants the good news first, so here it is. Street price is only £69.95 (about $104). The bad news? TIC Racing is not distributed here in the states. How do you get your hands on one? You’ll have to hit up the official TIC Racing Website.
Care to peruse some dirt oval news right here on BigSquidRC? Hit THIS link.
TIC Manic Stox Gallery
The crew over at iMaxRC have just finished up work on a new battery charger, the X350. The iMax RC X350 retains many of the traits of its predecessor, the X200, but now features more power. The touch screen X350 is good for up to 350 watts, with a maximum charge rate of 15 amps and a maximum discharge rate of 6 amps. For more information hit up the official iMax RC Website. Will we be seeing the X350 hit our shores any time soon? We’ll have to wait and see.
We reviewed the iMaxRC X200 a few weeks ago, hit up THIS link to read the full review.
iMax RC X350 Charger Gallery
Why would you need a “rear bumper support”? If you don’t know why, then you don’t need one. However, if you are a hardcore basher you’ve already destroyed a dozen rear bumpers from demo-derby and rear-end landings and you know they aren’t cheap to replace.
T-Bone Racing (aka- TBR) has just released a new rear bumper support for the Losi XXX-SCT. The rear bumper support will help keep your stock bumper intact during even the most hardcore of bash sessions.
How much does one of these go for? Well street price is a measly $18 and you can pick one up right now off the TBR Website.
Want to check out more T-Bone Racing news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.
Mardave is a company in the UK that makes some very affordable (and durable) cars for the racing and bashing scene. One of their latest cars is the 12th scale V12VRXcec Carbon Circuit Edition. This carries over many of the parts from their other 12th scalers, but includes carbon fiber for the chassis. Like their other 12th scale cars, it is typically run on a 1S Lipo pack. Size wise, the V12VRXcec has a width of 163mm and a wheelbase of 203mm.
Mardave cars are not distributed in the USA, but you never know when they might get picked up. Street price for the V12VRXcec is £99.95 (about $150), and they are available in the UK right now. Hit up the Mardave Website for more information.
Looking for more on-road news? Hit up THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.
Mardave V12VRXcec Carbon Gallery
There have been a lot of hot looking new on-road cars hitting the market lately and the RedCat Pagani Huayra can be added to that list. The RedCat is a licensed replica of the uber full size Pagani Huayra and it looks like they hit the mark.
For performance- the RedCat is driven by a full time 4wd belt system and comes with brushless power. A 2.4 GHz radio system and Lipo battery (with charger) also come standard. Size wise, the Huayra has a wheelbase of 277mm and a width of 210mm.
Street price for the RedCat is $299 and they are available right now. Hit up the official RedCat Website for more information.
Here is a special TGIF “not so mystery link” for our friend and one of the coolest guys in rc, Stephen Bess.
RedCat Pagani Huayra Gallery
You’ve seen that 3D Printers are becoming all the rage, here is an example of how they can be used in rc. The spiked wheels in the pictures were made from a 3D printer and you can make them at home too. First you have to buy a 3D printer, then you have to visit Thingiverse and download the spiked wheel file. Feed the file into your printer and sha-zam, you end up with a set of crazy spiked wheels. The person sharing the file over on Thingiverse, kallaspriit, says the spiked wheels get great traction on snow, but they look like they would get a lot of traction on most any loose surface.
Hit up THIS link to check out all the cool things you can make on a 3D printer at Thingiverse, and click HERE to download the file for the spiked wheels.
Looking for more short course truck news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.
Spiked Wheel Gallery
Thanks to HobbyMedia.it for the heads up on this one.
Last fall we posted some pictures of a new 3 wheeled bash machine from RedCat called the S-TRYK-R. It seems we weren’t the only people liking the uniqueness of the S-TRYK-R, it aquired quite a following on the web and it had not even been released yet.
The wait is over and the S-TRYK-R is now for sale. There are two versions- brushed and brushless, and they are both shipping right now. The S-TRYK-R uses belts to power all three of its wheels, which should make it quite unique to drive. Here are some of the other specifications-
* Includes 2.4 GHz radio system
* Forward and Reverse
* Full time 3 Wheel Belt Drive
* Length- 368mm
* Width- 216mm
* Height- 135mm
* Wheelbase- 285mm
* Ground Clearance- 9mm
* Shocks- Aluminum Capped Oil Filled
* Includes 7.2v Ni-MH (brushed) or 7.4v Lipo (brushless PRO) with Charger
* Brushed motor on standard edition, 4500kv brushless on PRO model
Street pricing for the brushed S-TRYK-R is $199, while the brushless PRO model goes for $299. For more information hit up the official RedCat Website.
Looking for more RedCat news? Hit up THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.
RedCat S-TRYK-R Gallery