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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
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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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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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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.

WEST MONROE, LA — Those who have attended generally rave about the Southern Nats, and its easy to see why. Held in a cavernous temperature-controlled facility perfectly suited to a major RC race, the event typically draws around 300 participants including pros like Ryan Lutz and Josh Wheeler. Team FTW joined that number this year, ready to make a statement. They did.

Jason Branham was strong all weekend in Pro buggy and truggy. He narrowly missed the Pro truggy win after a pitched battle with eventual winner Josh Wheeler. Branham would get the job done later in Pro buggy. With cool consistency he outlasted the field and took the crown. He was joined on the podium by Jake Dellinger, who added to his recent string of impressive finishes with 5th place run.

Open buggy and truggy were the domain of Andrew Clark. After taking the Open truggy title with authority, he followed up with a determined drive in buggy that earned him his second win of the day.

Jake Dellinger and David Joor added to the hardware count for Team FTW with 3rd and 5th place finishes respectively in Pro E-buggy.

With wins in the A1 and A2 mains, Ryan Lutz took the 4wd short course title, but the battle for second was intense throughout. Andrew Clark and “Smiley” Henn traded the spot back and forth with flair, consistently airing it out over the big double that deterred all others but Lutz. Henn would win the duel and take 2nd overall, followed by Clark in 3rd. Mike Battaile grabbed a third podium finish for Team FTW, taking 5th with a relentless charge following early issues.

The team used these FTW Racing Components in the aforementioned exploits:

JASON BRANHAM

FTW00031 Night Fox on Agama A8

ANDREW CLARK

FTW00033 Night Fox on Xray XB9

FTW00035 Diamondback on Losi SCTE

FTW00012 Shock Tower Kit for Losi SCTE

FTW00013 Fan Kit for Losi SCTE

FTW00014 Ackerman Set for Losi SCTE

JAKE DELLINGER

FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2

FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

BRIAN “SMILEY” HENN

FTW00010 Night Fox on Hot Bodies D8

FTW00027A Exabyte of Hot Bodies Ve8

FTW00035 Diamondback on Losi SCTE

FTW00013 Fan Kit for Losi SCTE

DAVID JOOR

FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2

FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

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.

We ran across a video of FTW co-founder John Riewe’s spectacular crash at Indy RC World earlier this year and decided to make a GIF out of it. BLAM! Seems John’s didn’t quite have his new buggy dialed in just yet…

AMITE, LA — In a quaint hamlet in Louisiana this past weekend the top drivers in the Southeast battled it out for glory in the Cajun Classic. The commodious Florida Parishes Arena housed an awesome track built by the artist whose paintbrush is a skid-steer–Joey “The Dirt” Christensen. An option lane and a massive 7′ step-up highlighted the expansive, flowing track layout. Except for the unyielding assault of the equatorial humidity it was the perfect setting for the battles to come.

During Friday practice Team FTW looked fast as usual. Representing FTW this weekend were Mike Battaile, Jason Branham, Jake Dellinger, David Joor, and Joshua Riewe. Early in practice the inside option lane seemed to be the fast line. However, as practice progressed most of the fast guys discovered the smaller entrance to the outer option lane was more bark than bite, and the three rollers were preferable to the inside’s double-double. Despite a healthy dose of rocky bits and sand the track was relatively easy on tires.

After three rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Branham TQ’d in Pro Buggy with his Agama A8, Dellinger TQ’d Pro E-buggy with his RC8.2E, and Andrew Clark added another FTW TQ by dominating the Open buggy class with his XB9.

Sunday commenced with the first of the triple A-mains in the electric classes. Riewe faced the daunting task of chasing Traxxas Slash guru Mike Battaile for the Pro 2 title. Dellinger was off to a good start in Pro E-Buggy.

The electric mains were punctuated midday by the feature nitro races. Clark drove his FTW Night Fox-equipped Xray to a convincing victory in Open Buggy. Later the Pro Buggy A-main featured a series of very physical battles on the track. TLR’s Ryan Lopez made the best of it, eventually taking the win. Dellinger avoided most of the shenanigans and earned a hard-fought second. Joor persevered after some early bobbles to take third.

Triple-A mains resumed afterward. In Pro 2, Riewe went went for an all-or-nothing holeshot attempt in A2, his one shot to best Battaile’s intrepid Slash, but came up short. Battaile would secure the top spot and Riewe the second podium position. Later Dellinger completed his domination of Pro E-buggy, adding the first place plaque to his TQ. Battaile would stand next to Dellinger on that podium with a second place finish in the class.

In addition to all the Team FTW podium appearances, a lot of other FTW-equipped rides appeared in the A-mains. FTW would like to congratulate all of them along all of the other FTW-equipped drivers that were a part of the action. Additionally, FTW would like to thank everyone responsible for making the Cajun Classic happen.

Check out the FTW Facebook page for more pictures of the event: Facebook.com/ftwrc

Team FTW used the following products in their chase for the win:

Battaile: FTW00029 Night Fox for Team Losi 8ight 2.0, FTW00032 Exabyte for 8ight-E 2.0

Branham: FTW00031 Night Fox for Agama A8

Clark: FTW00033 Night Fox for Xray XB9

Dellinger: FTW00008 Night Fox for Team Associated RC8.2 and fitted to RC8.2e

Joor: FTW00008 Night Fox for Team Associated RC8.2

Riewe: FTW Prototype Body for Short Course

The race weekend of May 18-20 was a busy one in Texas. Mike’s Hobby Shop near Dallas hosted Round 3 of the popular RC Pro Texas State Series while 350 miles away in the Texas Panhandle the AKA Mid-America Championships were held at Amarillo RC Motocross. Both were well-attended, attesting to the vibrance of the region’s RC scene.

AKA Mid-America Championship

With former IFMAR world champion and countless-time national champion Mark Pavidis of AKA among the 119 entries, excitement was guaranteed. AKA’s soft compound City Blocks were the spec tire for the race. Strategic watering throughout the event rendered an excellent racing surface that held up beautifully over the weekend. The stage was set for some thrilling action.

FTW’s Mike Battaile and Jason Branham dueled all day Saturday for the TQ in open buggy and truggy, with Branham eventually securing both. In the meantime Battaile dominated both open short course classes and took the second starting spot for the E-buggy A Main.

On Sunday, Battaile took second in open buggy behind Pavidis, and Branham grabbed third. In truggy, Battaile and Branham would swap finishing spots, finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively while Pavidis took the top spot. Battaile continued the podium parade for FTW taking 2nd in E-buggy.

Click here for more event pics.

FTW Racing Components: 

Battaile: FTW00029 Night Fox & FTW00030 Tactic for Team Losi 8ight 2.0, FTW Prototype Exabyte for 8ight-E 2.0

Branham: FTW Prototype Night Fox for Agama A8

RC Pro Texas State Series Round 3

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Registration filled months in advance for Round 3 at Mike’s, as is becoming the norm for the RC Pro State Series in Texas. Around 170 entrants battled from early Saturday morning til the early morning hours of Sunday, as the state series format holds all quals and mains on Saturday.

In E-buggy, Jake Dellinger’s hot streak continued as he took the class TQ and win. Hunter Kinsey crossed the line behind Dellinger to take 2nd. Micah Smith took 5th in the class and recently crowned Intergalactic Buggy Champion Tyler Hooks took 8th.

Dellinger and Kinsey also had good runs in open buggy, taking 6th and 8th respectively.

Sportsman driver Robbie Williams grabbed another podium spot for FTW with his 3rd place finish.

A gallery of awesome photos of the event by freelanceshots.com can be seen by clicking here.

FTW Racing Components:

Dellinger: FTW00008 Night Fox fitted to Team Associated RC8.2e and RC8.2

Kinsey: FTW00008 Night Fox fitted to Intech BR5 Evo and BR5 Evo custom electric conversion

Smith: FTW00010 Night Fox fitted to Xray XB9

Hooks: FTW00029 Night Fox fitted to Team Losi 8ight-E 2.0

Williams: FTW00008 Night Fox fitted to Team Associated RC8.2

May 4-6 was another weekend of FTW success on the tracks both in our home country, the USA, and beyond. Considering the trajectory of Team FTW’s growth this comes as little surprise, but this past weekend the team took winning to new heights beyond the atmospheric confines of our comfortable planet and indeed beyond our home galaxy. More on this later. This week’s report begins at Wolfpack RC near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

VP POWERMASTER CHALLENGE 

The first annual VP Powermaster Challenge was held at the widely acclaimed track at Wolfpack RC in Pearcy, Arkansas.  When the dust cleared the hour was late and the photos were fuzzy, but they told the tale–FTW drivers were all over the podium again.

Jason Branham held point in the Pro Buggy A-Main until a mechanical failure rendered his brakes useless. Mike Battaile overtook him for the lead and the eventual win, while Branham managed to hold on to second despite his misfortune, thereby securing the 1-2 finish for Team FTW.

David Joor’s deployed his usual E-buggy mastery to take the top spot in that class. Mike Battaile took second.

FTW Racing Components:

Mike Battaile: FTW00030 Tactic for Team Losi 8ight 2.0

Jason Branham: FTW prototype body for Agama A8

David Joor: FTW00008 Night Fox fitted to Team Associated RC8.2e

PORTUGUESE NATIONALS

Round 3 of the Portuguese Nats was held at the Pista Ortigosa near Leiria, Portugal. FTW’s Ricardo Monteiro put together a fantastic race weekend and earned the third spot on the podium.

FTW Racing Components:

FTW00029 Night Fox for Team Losi 8ight 2.0

Photo Credit: RCGafa

INTERGALACTIC BUGGY CHAMPIONSHIP 2

The Nationals have nothing on IGBC. The Worlds have nothing on IGBC. If there were an interplanetary championship, it would also pale in importance relative to the Intergalactic Buggy Championship. Since 2011, each galaxy has sent its best drivers to RC Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas to compete for massive trophies and the title of Intergalactic Buggy Champion. This year’s competition was dominated as usual by Earthlings. This was especially true in the E-buggy class, where FTW’s Tyler Hooks drove from a 3rd starting spot in the A-main straight to the top of the podium, laying down 20 minutes of blazing fast laps. You heard correctly–IGBC’s E-buggy A-mains are 20 minutes long, punctuated at the 10-minute mark by a unique 5-minute “halftime” that affords drivers the opportunity to replace batteries and make any other desired changes to their cars, as well as engage in some good-natured trash talking.

Check out more pictures from IGBC2 by clicking here.

FTW Racing Components:

Tyler Hooks: FTW00029 Night Fox fitted to Team Losi 8ight-E