Team Losi Matt Francis Edition Triple-XT Move over Brian, Matt Francis now has a signature truck! Matt’s well-known red motif visually separates his namesake ride from a standard-issue Triple-XT, and in typical signature-vehicle fashion, the Matt Francis Edition includes just about every performance upgrade part Losi offers. Here’s the list:
Graphite composite chassis and suspension components
Hard-coated, machined-aluminum slipper shaft and top gear
Titanium-nitride-coated, gold shock shafts
Threaded, hard-coated shock bodies with molded preload collars
MIP CVD drive shafts
Red-anodized-aluminum front hinge-pin brace
Red anodized, ball-milled motor plate
Red-anodized front axles
New “Fury” body and Special Edition stickers
Red aluminum rear hinge-pin brace
Red front and rear bumpers, body mounts, wheels and rod ends
Suh-weet! The Matt Francis Edition will cost more than a standard Triple-XT (duh), but you’ll save megabucks compared with the cost of buying the upgrades separately.
DuraTrax’s new Vendetta RTR mini-buggy is getting a lot of positive notice in the Hot News and New Stuff forum, and now you can see it in action on a real off-road track for yourself! Click here to download.
Sun Valley Speedway, Sun Valley, CA: Team Associated/Thunder Tiger’s Taylor James won the Pro 1/10 and Pro 1/8 classes at the RC Pro Finals. In Pro 1/8, Jammin’ drivers Chad Bradley and Adam Drake were one and two, but Bradleys receiver pack came unplugged giving the lead to Drake… Drake led for a while until a drivetrain malfunction took him out, handing the lead to Taylor, who finished with a comfortable lead over second-place finisher Marty Korn of GS Racing and Ho Bao’s Greg Degani in third. Bradley battled with Mugens Bobby Tillman in an Unlimited Monster Truck show stopper that came down to the last lap.Bradley crashed in front of pit row and fellow Jammin’ driver Dean Sexton. Dean, who was pitting for Jay Halsey at the time, jumped out and marshaled Bradleys truck just as Tillman was passing for the lead. Tillman made an aggressive move to the inside on the next turn and had to be marshaled, giving Bradley the win. Mugen protested the win because Sexton was not a marshal or Bradleys pit man, but Bradley was not docked and retained the win.
Tamiya’s Terra Crusher follow-up is called the TNX, and lops nearly 4 pounds off the original truck (3.5-4lbs, depending on who you ask). Much of the weight savings comes from the smaller-diameter, thinner-carcass tires–and we all know how all-important rotating weight is. Other major changes include an O.S.-built .18 engine, and a new chassis that spans from shock tower to shock tower (as you’ll recall, the Terra Crusher’s chassis plate stopped short of the front suspension, where a plastic nose section with integrated electronics box took over). Electric starting returns, but reverse does not.- FS-18RS engine - Pre-painted Body - 3.5lbs. lighter than the Terra Crusher - Claimed speed in excess of 40mph - Electric start - Two-speed forward only transmission
In anticipation of the Chicago hobby show, Associated has revealed more photos of it’s “Bigger, Faster, Tougher” monster truck concept. The final details haven’t been worked out yet…but the A-Team promises the BFT will be powered by a rear-exhaust .21 engine and will include an aluminum “backbone” chassis, 2-speed tranny, extra-long arms with adjustable pivot-ball suspension suspended by eight oil-filled shocks, and huge monster-style tires and wheels. A factory-painted body will also be included, but no word on the final paint scheme (the flag look would be cool though). Check out www.rc10.com for more info.