Archives for the month of: September, 2012

An essay by Tyler Hooks:

The first time you hear it, smell it, feel it, its too late. You are a part of it. You are addicted whether or not it is actually racing, watching, or being part of a team. It quickly becomes part of your life. It is not something that is given up easily. It’s an addiction, one that causes trouble and heartache but also brings triumph and reward. You are in the pursuit of victory, whether it be a national championship or not getting lapped by the “fast guy.” It’s in human DNA, the want to strive for the personal goal to feel you have succeeded. It has its ups and downs–winning the losing, and the in between. It is inconsistent. No one wins or loses forever. Even when it is given up on it still creeps back in to your mind. You check and see how old racing friends are doing, look at an old magazine, find info online. It never leaves your life and it is never forgotten. It is a great hobby and it will last forever. For those that aren’t apart of it, try it. You don’t know what your missing.

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With typical disregard for the status quo, FTW’s hybrid style/engineering section set forth to create a sleek short course body with a menacing visage and a propensity for discarding air during flight. The usual months of research and track testing ensued. Soon forty-hour work weeks sounded like a vacation. Coffee and energy drinks obliterated the project’s budget. Diamondback is the result. Innovation in design creates the illusion of a lean, chopped cab profile. A high-rise cowl induction hood was integrated with a provision for a huge cutout to shed underhood air. The raked windshield flows into a lowered center section of the roof, terminating in a gaping cutout provision strategically recessed into the back of the cab to further mitigate the parachute effect. Additional cutout provisions in the bed area are surrounded by a roll cage. LED-effect taillight decals finish up the rear, completing the image that will become familiar to the competition.

Diamondback fits most 1:10 short course trucks including Losi’s SCTE and XXX-SCT, Team Associated’s SC10 and SC104x4, and Traxxas’ Slash and Slash 4×4. Diamondback is formed from premium clear .040” polycarbonate. It comes unpainted and includes two decal sheets and window masks.

Purposed for altering air like its namesake, Vane is our laboratory’s response to the challenge of creating a body with enhanced aerodynamics for the 22 platform. Vane attacks the track with shocking design elements and aerodynamic advantages that wowed our test pilots. Vane fits Team Losi Racing’s 22 1:10 scale off-road buggy in both mid- and rear- motor configurations, and includes molded cut lines for each configuration. Vane is formed from clear .030” polycarbonate with protective outer film. It comes in clear and includes two wings, a decal sheet, and window masks

Our laboratories are averse to tradition, so when tasked with creating a traditional rear- cab body they were stumped for about 3 seconds. They then set to work incorporating a dramatic stabilizer on the roof of a body bent along a series of long sweeping curves. Blade fits Team Losi Racing’s 22 1:10 scale off-road buggy in both mid- and rear- motor configurations, and includes molded cut lines for each configuration. Vane is formed from clear .030” polycarbonate with protective outer film. It comes in clear and includes two wings, a decal sheet, and window masks

Team FTW wondered what would happen if they stretched the wheelbase of the Team Associated B4.1. So they bolted T4.1 chassis to their B4.1s, notched their Night Foxes for clearance, and hit the track. Testing on various surfaces, they found the B4.1/T4.1 was more forgiving and could be pushed harder. All that was left was to stretch the Night Fox to fit. The result is the Night Fox XL, the only body shell designed to fit a B4.1 equipped with a T4.1 chassis. The Night Fox XL body fits Team Associated B4.1 1:10 scale off-road buggy. Night Fox is formed from clear .030″ Lexan with a protective outer film and includes two wings, a decal sheet, and window masks.

Perfectly matched for our Puma body for the Cougar SV, our under tray will protect that beautiful carbon fiber chassis and afford you the opportunity to make the bottom of your Schumacher look as nice as the top. Fits the original SV chassis and the later +8mm chassis.

Wield your RB5 like corner-carving samurai when you equip it with the FTW Katana. Katana’s innovative styling is fused with enhanced downforce characteristics to give you a distinct competitive advantage. Katana For The Win! Katana fits Kyosho’s Ultima RB5 1:10 scale off-road buggy. Katana is formed from clear .030” polycarbonate with a protective outer film. It comes clear with molded cut lines and includes two wings, a decal sheet, and window masks.

Amp up your assault on the checkered flag by deploying FTW’s stealthy Night Fox body for B4.1. Its revolutionary knife-edge styling strikes a blow for functionality with its excellent downforce characteristics that you’ll feel in the turns. You’ve never seen anything like it. Deploy Night Fox For The Win! Night Fox fits Team Associated’s B4.1 1:10 scale off-road buggy. Night Fox is formed from clear .030” polycarbonate with protective outer film. It comes clear with molded cut lines and includes two wings, a decal sheet, and window masks. NOTE: Night Fox for B4.1 also fits B4.1 Worlds Edition and +8mm chassis-equipped cars almost perfectly if attached with Velcro.

Enhance your Cougar’s pouncing ability with a Puma body. Distinctively swoopy styling sets it apart but the real difference is in its downforce characteristics, which are significantly improved over stock. Puma For The Win! Don’t forget to button up the bottom with our optional under tray.

Specs: Tailored fit for Schumacher Cougar SV 1:10 buggy. Crafted from clear .030” polycarbonate with protective outer film. Includes two wings, a decal sheet, and window masks.