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Scottie Brewer reports from the 2013 King of the Hill race in White Rock NM:

Had another great weekend of racing, good friends and family—what else could you ask for? I ended up TQ’ing both Nitro Buggy & Truggy and Qualified 2nd in both 4×4 SCT & E-buggy. 

I took 1st in Nitro Buggy and 2nd in 4X4 SCT. In Truggy I took 3rd after leading for most of the race until a bad crash and a flame out with about 2 to go. Still got a top 5 in e-buggy after a really bad run. I have to say thank you to the good Lord for another safe trip, my family, and my sponsors AKA, HobbyWing, FTW, Vp Racing Fuels, Vp-Pro, Tekno RC, Venom, DE Racing and RadioPost. I truly appreciate each and every one of you for your help and support.

Scottie used the following FTW racing components:

FTW00029 Night Fox body mounted on Losi 8ight 3.0

FTW00035 Diamondback body mounted on Tekno SCT410

FTW00047 Phoenix body mounted on Losi 8ight-T 2.0

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Scottie’s report:

RC Pro Mountain Round 2 Albuquerque Nm 7-19/ 7-21

We arrived at ARCOR Raceway Saturday morning for the RC Pro Mountain Round 2.  There were about20guys from Amarillo that made the trip, plus our families, my wife, our two sons (ages 3 & 16) and his best friend who has become very fast. The guys at Arcor (Scott Box, Richard Pfaff, and Joe Atencio, Scott Spear and a special race announcer Scott Harrell) they all did an amazing job with the track and with rain Friday evening.  There was a lot of good racing with good family, friends, and teammates.  Really what else could you ask for, we had such a good time. I ran 4 classes at this race so to say I was busy was an understatement.   I have to give a lot of credit to my son William Brewer, who is an amazing pit guy, turn marshal, and without a second thought helps anyone that’s asks, oh and I forgot to mention will be better than me soon.   I struggled a little with my Eb-48 but was pretty consistent with the others. Taking 1st & T’Q in Open Buggy, 2nd in Open Truggy, 3rd in 4×4 Sct ( took 2nd in both A1 & A2 then forgot to change my battery for A3 :-/) and 4th in E-Buggy. I have to say thank you to the good Lord for another safe trip, my family, and my sponsors AKA, HobbyWing, FTW, Vp Racing Fuels, Vp-Pro, Tekno RC, Venom, DE Racing and RadioPost. I truly appreciate each and everyone of you for your help and support

TQ &1st Open Buggy

2nd Open Truggy

3rd  4×4 SCT

4th  E-Buggy

Scottie used the following FTW products.

Night Fox for the Losi Eight 2.0

Phoenix for the Losi Eight-T 2.0

Diamondback for the SCT410

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The RC Pro Texas Series landed in Corpus Christi last weekend for Rd 2 as the state’s fastest continued the points battle at Star Car Raceway. Much like Rd 1 at Porter, Team FTW would dominate, monopolizing the podium with 5 class wins. The series now heads to Lubbock for Rd 3 in June, where Team FTW will arrive with the points lead in all three open classes and in Pro4. Full report after the pics:

Open Buggy:

TQ honors went to Brian “Smiley” Henn, who seemed to have a podium spot locked down in the main event until mechanical troubles dealt a DNF. Series Rd 1 winner Jason Branham would drive to another victory, extending his series points advantage. Jake Dellinger took second and Mike Battaile followed to complete a Team FTW sweep of the top three podium spots.

Open E-buggy:

Jake Dellinger picked up where he left off in Rd1, taking the TQ and win after triple A mains. “Smiley” Henn followed in second, Isaac Price grabbed 4th, and Tyler Hooks took 5th.

Open Truggy:

Mike Battaile had some catching up to do in the open truggy points chase after his A main flameout in Rd1. In Corpus Christi he came back strong with a class TQ and win. Jason Branham held on to the points lead with a second place finish.

Pro 4

As usual, 2012 RC Pro National Pro 4 champion Henn took the Pro 4 TQ and win. As in Rd1, Battaile took second. Aaron Royston had great drive to third for another 1-3 podium sweep for Team FTW.

Intermediate E-buggy:

Josh Scott proved unbeatable, taking taking TQ and clinching the win with victories in A1 and A2. Aaron Royston took the second podium spot for Team FTW.

Thanks to Aaron Royston for the podium and team pics, and Roger Ayres for the track photo.

The team used these FTW Racing Components to dominate:

Mike Battaile:

  • FTW00029 Night Fox for 8ight 2.0
  • FTW00042 Wing mount spacers for 8ight 2.0
  • FTW00047 Phoenix body for 8ight-T 2.0
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on Slash 4×4

Jason Branham:

  • FTW00047 Phoenix on XT8

Jake Dellinger

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2
  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

Brian “Smiley” Henn

  • FTW00010 Night Fox on HB D812
  • FTW00013 Fan Kit for SCTE
  • FTW00014 Ackerman Set for SCTE
  • FTW00031 Night Fox on D812 w/ Tekno chassis
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on SCTE 2.0

Tyler Hooks

  • FTW00029 Night Fox on DEX408

Isaac Price

  • FTW00043 Night Fox on MBX7 e-buggy conversion

Aaron Royston

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on DESC410

Josh Scott

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

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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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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It was just brought to our attention by an anonymous source that FTW00031 Night Fox for Agama A8 fits Tekno V4 conversions rather nicely.

Considering that A) before FTW changed the game with the purpose-built Exabyte body, Tekno V4 owners used Losi bodies that were too wide, and B) Agama A8 bodies are similar similar to Team Losi 8ight bodies but narrower, this makes sense.

The chassis shot, which shows how well the body fits to the V4 mud guards, is unfortunately all we have at this point. Though we don’t have any more detail from the photos, there are a some observations we should make based on our experience with all the components under discussion here. The Exabyte has greater clearance for big LiPos than the Night Fox body in question, so if you are using a monster pack Night Fox probably won’t fit. Also, the Exabyte bodies for Tekno V4 conversions (FTW00027A & FTW00027B) were designed to clear the large profile of the big ‘ol Castle ESCs. If you are still running a monstrous ESC, Night Fox may not clear it. We are told the car in the photo is running a Tekin RX8 and it fits fine. Also, as the photo car is apparently an RC8.2, we can say this works with that conversion, and should also match up to the body mounts of a Team Losi 8ight V4 conversion. The body mounts on other cars may not match up as well, so you may have to go with the Velcro solution.

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.