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IFMAR Worlds Qualifying: Three Rounds, Three Wins for Ty Tessmann. Here’s His Ride

Ty Tessmann has three wins in as many rounds to lead the qualifiers. His performance has been impressive and I was lucky enough to get a peak at his D812 with Hot Bodies’ Lead Designer Torrance DeGuzman showing me all of its newest features. Highlights on the Ty’s D812 include: -       New Gearboxes -       New [...]

Sep 24, 2014 Comments
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What’s Hooking Up at the 1/8 Off-Road Worlds?

Tires are always a hot topic at any race and at the Worlds they are more critical than ever. The surface is like concrete and this makes for high traction, but also eats tires. This isn’t that unusual, but the sections with tiles and astroturf add another completely different element that forces the drivers in [...]

Sep 24, 2014 Comments
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Up Close With the IFMAR 1/8 Worlds Track

It seems that whenever countries in far away lands host a race, Americans have a culture shock. I’m not talking about eating some exotic foods, or some funky language dialect, but their reaction to the actual track itself. What at first appears like a challenging layout slowly reveals its teeth as I take a closer [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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We’re In Italy: 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Scale Nitro Off-Road Championships

Two layovers and 20 hours is roughly how long it takes to fly from Orange County, California, to Catania, Italy. This means waking up at an ungodly hour, packing the car up with smokin’ coffee in hand, making haste with crusty eyes half shut, traveling to the airport going Mach 5, and standing in line [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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HRP Gmade Sawback Sweeps Rules

OFFICIAL RULES. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ENTRANTS MUST BE 18 AND OLDER. BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, ENTRANTS AGREE TO ACCEPT AND BE BOUND BY ALL TERMS OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES (“OFFICIAL RULES”). WINNERS THAT HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED MUST RESPOND [...]

Sep 18, 2014 Comments
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Latest Rides: SWorkz 350T, HPI Micro RS4 Discount Tire S13 & Turnigy Nitro-T

Three new cars to reveal today, with a pair of nitro truggies that span the size spectrum (1/16 for Turnigy, 1/8 for SWorkz) and the latest flavor for HPI’s 1/18 Micro RS4 on-road car. SWorkz’ new 350T is the biggest release of the bunch (literally and figuratively), so let’s start there. The short version of [...]

Sep 11, 2014 Comments
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The 25 Most Important RC Cars of All Time

In the long history of the radio control car hobby, many models have resonated as popular, innovative, influential, successful, or any combination thereof. To choose just 25 as “The Most Important Cars of All Time” is not an easy task, considering the 40-plus years of car development that encompasses the RC hobby. Some of the [...]

Sep 02, 2014 Comments
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8 Steps For a Bomb-Proof Lexan Body

Even the best racers in the world don’t stay shiny-side-up 100% of the time. Experimenting with different lines, jump approaches or rhythms is bound to land even the smoothest drivers on their lids once in a while. If you’re stunting and jumping, then your RC machine’s body is bound to take a beating. Here are [...]

Sep 02, 2014 Comments
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