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For the Team C nation–our Katana body for Kyosho RB5 Team C TC02 Evo is what you need. Thanks to Team FTW’s Kristopher Bolin for illustrating how it works.

 
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How did Mike “Ironman” Battaile shake off the theft of his truggy? By dominating with a borrowed one.

Victory at The Dirt Nitro Challenge probably seemed a distant prospect for Mike Battaile when his truggy and a pit bag were stolen just before his departure for Phoenix. Undeterred, Battaile borrowed a friend’s truggy and hit the road. Wednesday’s practice session would be his opportunity to get the new truck’s setup dialed. Wednesday morning, Team FTW set up at the Fear Farm ready to get some laps on Joey “The Dirt” Christensen’s latest masterpiece. The desert skies had other ideas. A soggy round of truggy practice was fit in amidst the intermittent rains, but the snowy hailstones that blanketed the venue after lunch scuttled any hopes of completing the practice sessions.

Truggy qualifiers began Thursday on a wet but drying track sprinkled with wood chips. With each round Battaile found more speed, dialing in the borrowed truggy as he went. At the end of the day he would hold the 40+ truggy TQ and huge momentum going into Saturday’s truggy final.

Saturday dawned, and Battaile would not be denied. Starting on the pole, he never looked back, crossing the finish line 30 minutes later with a commanding lead.

While this win would be the highlight for Battaile, his weekend was far from over. After taking 3rd in 2wd short course, he finished the weekend with another podium finish on Sunday. In the opening eight minutes of the 40+ buggy final,  Battaile fought a pitched battle for the lead with eventual winner Mark Pavidis. Battaile’s chance for victory was dashed when a hard impact destroyed a rear hub; despite the carnage he limped the car home to finish second behind the former world champion.

Mike Battaile used the following FTW Racing Components to win and podium at DNC2013:

FTW00029 Night Fox for Team Losi 8ight 2.0

FTW00035 Diamondback mounted on Traxxas Slash 2wd

FTW prototype truggy body for Team Losi 8ight-T 2.0

 

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Question: Which Night Fox fits the B4.1 with +8mm chassis, or the B4.2?

Answer: Night Fox for B4.1, part number FTW00002

It’s not as perfect a fit as we would like, but if you’re using Velcro in lieu of body clips to attach it you will be hard-pressed to notice. Check out the pics.

You might be wondering if the Night Fox XL is a better choice. In short, its not. Designed for a B4.1 with a T4.1 chassis, its limousine-esque 19mm stretch makes it way too long to fit the +8mm chassis-equipped cars.

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Nitro Buggy Podium

Gulf Coast Raceway has been especially popular of late, due in no small part to its successful bid to host the ROAR Fuel Nats this year. Not that drawing entries to this gem of a facility in Porter, Texas has ever been an issue; but with each event held there serving as a warm up for the Nationals, it’s no surprise that this past weekend’s first round of RC Pro’s Texas State Series was stacked with the region’s fastest and those chasing them. Nearly 250 entries vied for hardware and prizes in Open and Intermediate classes of nitro and electric buggy, nitro truggy, and Pro4 short course.

After Friday practice, competitors prepared themselves mentally and physically for a grueling Saturday. As is the custom for Texas State Series races, the full race program would begin Saturday after the 8:30 driver’s meeting and run straight through until the end if the last A main in wee hours of Sunday morning.

New RC Pro Series director James Manderano kicked things off promptly Saturday morning and masterfully kept the program on pace throughout all three rounds of qualifying and the mains. With the main listing posted, Team FTW was poised for domination with a TQ sweep—Smiley Henn in Pro4, David Joor in E-buggy, and Jason Branham in Nitro Buggy and Truggy.

Pro4 was decided after the conclusion of the A2 main. TQ Brian “Smiley” Henn would not be denied his usual Pro4 victory at GCR. Mike “Ironman” Battaile wheeled his Traxxas machine into the second spot while Isaac Price took an impressive third in his debut with Team FTW.

Pro 4 podium

The Electric buggy battle was also all-FTW, featuring TQ Joor, Henn, Jake Dellinger, and Tyler Hooks. Dellinger took the overall win, followed by Joor, Henn, and Hooks.

Ebuggy podium

Jason Branham’s truggy adventure began with him still assembling his truck while the first qualifier proceeded without him, and ended with him on top of the podium. Battaile qualified third but technical issues prevented him from mounting a challenge to Branham.

Nitro buggy saw Jason Branham in familiar territory, at the front of the pack looking comfortable in his second outing back with Team Xray. Dellinger climbed to within striking distance of Branham and stole the lead twice. Ultimately Branham would prevail, making it two for two in 2013 after his HARC series round one win in January. Roger Ayres’ cruised to third with his new Team Associated ride, Battaile took fourth, and Joor recoved from a disastrous first lap to take the fifth and final podium spot.

Aaron Royston took home one more piece of hardware for Team FTW with his third place finish in the intermediate Electric buggy.

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PORTER, TX–The Houston area’s Gulf Coast Raceway, home of the 2013 ROAR Nationals, played host to one of the region’s last major off-road battles of 2012. Up for grabs were Region 9 titles for 1:8 E-buggy, 1:8 Buggy, 1:8 Truggy, and Pro 4. As practice commenced Friday the big question was if anyone could challenge the several local RC Pro champions that call GCR home. As Saturday’s race program unfolded, the answer became definitive. Jake Dellinger, 2012 RC Pro Series E-buggy vice-national champion, would take TQ honors in both nitro and electric 1:8 buggy classes, while TQ in Pro 4 would go to 2012 RC Pro national champ Smiley Henn.

Dellinger and Henn both proceeded to back up their TQs with wins. In E-buggy, Dellinger was followed by Henn, Brian Rickard, and Tyler Hooks for an FTW sweep of the top 4 spots. Dellinger was joined on the Nitro buggy podium by Roger Ayres, who took second. Along with Henn on the Pro 4 podium were Aaron Royston with an impressive second place finish and on-road master Nick LeFebvre, who took fourth in his first and possibly last Pro 4 outing.

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If you’re one of those people that loves everything about his/her Serpent 811 except that fact it cannot be taken to the next level of awesomeness with an FTW body shell, listen up. Somebody took a Night Fox intended for a Mugen MBX6 and jammed it onto an 811. Other than some creative trimming up front, it appears to have been a simple operation. So order up part number FTW00025 and get awesome.

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DOE SNOR 12 2X bannerHaving already clinched the buggy title during round 4 in Pachuca, Daniel Ornelas Elizondo entered the final round of the Mexican national 1:8 off-road championship set on a adding a truggy title to his resume. It would not be an easy task. Daniel reports:

COLIMA, MEXICO–During the final round of the Mexican nationals, held November 17-18 in the beautiful city of Colima Mexico, drivers all over the country attended for this magnificent event.  After 5  rounds of qualifying Daniel Ornelas qualified 3rd in Buggy and 2nd in Truggy. In the buggy class Daniel battled with Felipe Martinez for the 1st place for almost ¾ of the race, until Daniel’s Agama had a malfunction on the electronics, causing him not to be able to keep pace with the leader. In the end he was able to salvage 7th place. With that result, and the points earned during the series, Daniel won the National Title. Daniel used the following equipment: Agama A8 Evo with a FTW body, Novarossi BTTS, Airtronics M12 Radio, and Beta Tires.

In the truggy class Daniel qualified 2nd, but in the 3rd round the rear shock tower broke. Having no spare,  the only solution was to put a buggy rear tower on the truggy. Of course this affected the handling of the car. During the A main, Daniel struggled with Felipe Martinez again for the 1st place, but wasn’t able to pass Felipe.  It wouldn’t matter. Daniel’s 2nd place earned him enough points for a 1st place in the National Championship. Daniel used an Agama Truggy, with a Novarossi Roma Engine, Savox servos and an Airtronics M12 Radio.

Thanks for the  support to all my sponsors: Agama, Hobby Pro USA, Airtronics, Novarossi, Savox, FTW and Beta Tires.

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ImageFrom today’s press release:

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

LIBERTY HILL, TEXAS, November 26, 2012 – FTW Racing Components today added to its lineup of carbon fiber upgrades with the release of its wing spacer kits for Team Losi’s 8ight series of 1:8 off-road cars. Testing has shown performance gains can be realized by fine tuning the orientation of the wing. FTW’s mount mount spacer kit creates additional wing tuning options through the use of pairs of spacers which can be placed between the rear shock tower and wing mount. The kit include two pairs of 4mm-thick carbon fiber spacers, allowing the wing mount to be moved 4mm or 8mm away from the rear shock tower. Longer screws are supplied with the kit to facilitate proper fastening of the wing mount.

Fitment:

Team Losi 8ight 2.0 1:8 nitro buggy

Team Losi 8ight-E 2-0 1:8 electric buggy

Team Losi 8ight-T 2.0 1:8 nitro truggy

 

Availability:

FTW Racing Components are available at www.ftwrc.com and through FTW Authorized Resellers worldwide. Qualified retailers or distributors seeking FTW Authorized Reseller status should email sales@ftwrc.com.

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Among close observers of these things, it has become common knowledge that the Hot Bodies aficionado is not out of luck if he wants to top his D8 or Ve8 with a ridiculously stylish and functional FTW body–despite the fact that FTW does not offer a tailor-fit body for either. FTW team driver Brian “Smiley” Henn, who also happens to be a team driver for Hot Bodies, can be credited with discovering that FTW’s Night Fox body for Mugen’s MBX6R is a reasonably good fit for the D8, and that the Exabyte body for the Tekno V4-converted D8 (FTW00027A) is almost a perfect fit for the Ve8.

Recently, Smiley discovered an even better choice for the D8–the Night Fox for XRAY’s 808 (FTW00010). Unlike the Mugen body, this one even has a clearance hump for the throttle linkage. By moving the rear body post to the top mounting position and doing a little custom trimming he found it to be an excellent fit. Check out the photos and you’ll agree.

PORTER, TX—The yearlong RC Pro Series points battle culminated last weekend with the RC Pro Series National Finals. Several class titles were up for grabs as the series’ top drivers converged upon Porter, Texas’ world-class Gulf Coast Raceway to decide who would go home with a trophy. What appeared to be a fast track layout in the end took its toll on the cars. Breakage was rampant throughout the weekend, exacerbated by the marathon of five qualifiers. In the end, the series finale unquestionably belonged to Ryan Lutz, who took wins in 4WD SC, Pro buggy, Pro truggy, and E-truggy. The crowning of national champions however was largely a Texas affair.

For the third consecutive year David Joor clinched the E-buggy crown, followed by Jake Dellinger, Mike Battaile, Danny Bartholomew, and Smiley Henn for a podium sweep by FTW bodies. Henn’s mastery of the short course earned him the 4WD SC national title, while FTW teammate Battaile joined him on the podium with his 3rd place finish in the points chase.

FTW’s Eddie Doggett ended his impressive 2012 campaign with a national title in the intermediate truggy class and a third place points finish in intermediate buggy. Josh Glancy secured the Pro buggy national title ahead of FTW’s Dellinger (2nd), Henn (4th), and Battaile (5th). Battaile put the exclamation point on his 2012 season by taking the Pro truggy title.