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.
A ready-to-run from Team Losi? Not in the traditional “entry level” sense. According to Losi, the race-prepped Triple-XNTs will be the same full-on racing trucks Losi offers in kit form, but will be built, adjusted, and personally inspected by actual Team Losi team members like Adam Drake, Todd Hodge and Greg Hodapp. The trucks will come complete with a performance Picco .12 bump-start engine, JR XR3 FM radio system and custom painted body.