Tebo, Neumann, and Maifield stand out through opening rounds of the Cactus Classic

Morning cloud cover gave way to crystal clear blue skies for the opening round of the 28th Annual Cactus Classic, with both the racing action and temperature climbing throughout the morning. The grippy and rough track conditions proved troublesome for even the best racers in the country, with several big names struggling in the first [...]

Mar 15, 2014 Comments
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Team Associated engineer Josh Alton teaches roll-center tuning

Roll center. You’ve likely heard the term thrown around by your buddies when bench racing, but do you (or they) really understand what it means? Did you know that it doesn’t just affect a single wheel, but also each end of the car, both independently and linked, from the front-to-rear? And just how do you [...]

Mar 14, 2014 Comments
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Basher Announces “Nitro Circus” Short-Course 4X4

Basher’s Nitro Circus line now includes a 4WD short-course machine, offered as an “Almost Ready to Run” model ready for the transmitter, receiver, and batteries of your choice. Specs are similar to the Nitro Circus monster truck (as tested in our latest issue), with an aluminum chassis, oversized aluminum shocks, a triple-diff drivetrain, 35-amp speed control, [...]

Mar 13, 2014 Comments
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Throwback Thursday, April 2008: Kyosho and OFNA Face Off, We Test the B44, and Swauger Speaks

For this week’s Throwback, we’re setting the Wayback Machine less far back than usual for a trip to 2008 and our April issue. Back then, Katy Perry was kissing a girl (spoiler, she liked it), Christian Bale was doing right by the dark knight in Batman Begins, and Lost was still two years away from [...]

Mar 13, 2014 Comments
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One final time under the sun – 2014 Cactus Classic Preview

One of the longest-tenured races in RC, the 28th Annual Cactus Classic will again run for the final time at the original Scottsdale RC Speedway in Scottsdale, AZ, and the track looks like one of the fastest and least risky in years, with plenty of high speed corners that should ensure incredibly close racing. Last [...]

Mar 13, 2014 Comments
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Kyosho Reveals 6S-Rated Psycho Kruiser

Kyosho hasn’t released much in the way of details on their new Orion-powered, 6S-rated monster truggy, but it sure looks like a lot of fun in the video. The power system and servo are waterproof, and as you can see, the LCD-equipped version of Kyosho’s Synchro transmitter is included. Unlike the solid-axle Madforce Kruiser, the Psycho [...]

Mar 12, 2014 Comments
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Keepin’ It Real? Not If You’re Racing

Now that Pro-Line has unveiled the awesome Performance Buggy conversion for their PRO-2 truck (as well as the Traxxas Slash if outfitted with various Pro-Line components), there’s no better time to talk about the widening gap between a large portion of RC racing enthusiasts and their non-competitive hobby brethren. The closed-cockpit transformation that requires little [...]

Mar 10, 2014 Comments
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Traxxas Returns to TORC for 2014 Season

Traxxas is back in he saddle with TORC as an “Official Series Partner,” and will field three trucks in the 2014 series (a pair of Pro 4 machines driven by Mike and Mark Jenkins, with Mike getting additional seat time in a Traxxas Pro 2). The series currently includes 14 rounds of racing at seven [...]

Mar 07, 2014 Comments
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