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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.

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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…

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This past weekend the FTW posse made the trek to T and T Speedway in Shreveport, LA for the Dialed Race. An 8″ deluge submerged the track the week of the race posing a seemingly insuperable challenge for the world’s greatest track builder, Joey “The Dirt” Christensen, and the local track building team. With the application of countless man-hours and a fleet of serious earth moving machinery a race track was somehow carved from the muck and practice commenced Friday evening. It might not have been the track everyone imagined before the rains came, but it was a great layout with a wild surface that proved to be a formidable equalizer that dished out traction rolls and cartwheels with equal disdain for all racers. Gate starts and a Reedy Race format made for some spectacular moments in the Invite class.

It was awesome to meet so many cool people from all over the US who are so passionate about racing rc cars. So many of you are donning FTW shirts and hats and pushing your FTW-equipped rides to the max out on the track. Thank you. We’re so energized to get back to the labs and develop more cool stuff.

Team FTW racked up several podium finishes. On Saturday Kurt Kellum rocked Invite Truggy from the start, securing a second place finish after 4 of the 6 rounds. Mike Battaile was on fire too, and took home third.

On Sunday Kurt faced some technical challenges but took Invite buggy’s fifth plaque. En route he logged a blistering 25.1 in race 2 of 6–the fastest lap of the day at that point and one that we think stood till the end of the day.

FTW also took home most of the shiny Dialed plaques in E-buggy. Mike Battaile took second, Hunter Kinsey took third in his first ever E-buggy outing, and David Joor took fifth.

FTW-equipped rides blitzed sportsman and open buggy too. Robby Williams’ storm trooper white Night Fox-equipped RC8.2 dominated sportsman buggy. With a Night Fox-equipped XB9, Micah Smith TQ’ed open buggy and brushed off an early flameout to grab third.

We posted a ton of pictures on our Facebook page. Check ’em out here.

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After battle-testing for durability, yesterday we introduced this new FTW-grade shock tower for the Team Durango DEX210. It’s the perfect companion to our wildly popular carbon fiber steering rack for the DEX210. The official product description goes like this:

Eliminate the flex and weakness of the OEM piece with FTW’s rear shock tower for Durango’s DEX210. Airflow to the wing is also improved thanks to its lower profile center section. Fabricated in the USA from premium grade 4mm quasi-isotropic carbon fiber, this shock tower maintains all factory mounting and adjustment holes. Wing mount holes are countersunk for a cleaner look and replacement screws are included.

FTW’s rear shock tower for the DEX210 comes ready for installation, but we recommend sealing the edges with cyanoacrylate (CA) glue first.

It is available now from FTW Authorized Resellers (See a list here). If your favorite retailer doesn’t have it, DEMAND IT!