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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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FREDERICKSBURG, VA—The Awesome Brawl Cash Race this past weekend at Awesome Hobbies was particularly awesome for Brian Miskolczi. In his typically dominant fashion, Brian drove his way to the TQ spot in both nitro and electric buggy classes. That’s when things got interesting.

To spice up the dash for cash, the TQ for each class would flip a coin, and if he called it incorrectly the field would be inverted. Brian lost both his coin flips, sending him to the back of the grid for both nitro and electric buggy A mains. Undeterred, he sliced his way to the front of the pack, taking the win in the 30-minute nitro buggy main and 2nd in the electric buggy 10-minute triple A mains.

Technical issues plagued Brian’s truggy throughout the quals, so the truggy TQ’s loss on his coin flip put Brian on the pole. He never looked back, putting two laps on the field on the way to another decisive win.

Brian underscored all the above by taking fast lap honors in all three class.

 

The following FTW Racing Components were used in the aforementioned exploits:

FTW00029 Night Fox body for 8ight 2.0

FTW00032 Exabyte body for 8ight-E 2.0

 

With a solid finish in the Region 2 finale at LCRC Raceway in Oakland Mills, PA, FTW’s Brian Miskolczi took the series championship in Truggy and narrowly missed the Nitro Buggy title. Brian Reports:

I had a chance to win the title in 1/8 Nitro Buggy and Truggy. Made the 3 hour trip to the track, got setup and the weather was perfect. Ran some practice and decided on some tires for qualifying. Grid Irons when they watered and City Blocks when it was dry. I was able to make all 3 mains. The competition was pretty tough, and I was happy just to make it in the A’s. The mains got going under the lights and the track had picked become very tacky with moisture. I ran SS Grid Irons on all vehicles. In Truggy I was able to Finish 3rd. Ebuggy I was able to finish 4th, and Nitro Buggy I had a DNF due to a servo failing. 

After the points were tallied. I was crowned the Roar Region 2 Truggy Champion for the 2nd year in a row, 2nd for Nitro Buggy and 4th for E Buggy. 

Thanks to all of my sponsors for supporting me for the 2012 season.

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.

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

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

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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.