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Team Losi sees Red! JULY 2001

Team Losi sees Red! JULY 2001

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
  • Ball-bearing steering
  • 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
  • Machined-titanium turnbuckles
  • 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.

Kinwald to Tekin!

Just in case you had any doubts as to Tekin’s competitive intentions, the signing of off-road legend Brian Kinwald confirms Team Tekin plans on winning a lot of races. No other sponsorship shake-ups have been announced for the Dirtinator, but his speed-control switch is big news enough.
Burch and Kyosho dominate ROAR Nats

Burch and Kyosho dominate ROAR Nats

Team Kyosho's Ralph Burch TQ'ed and won the 2006 ROAR 1/8 On-Road Nationals held at the TSRCAR facility at Joyce Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. In a convincing win, Burch was the only driver to turn 16 laps in qualifying with his Max-powered Kyosho Evolva WC Edition. More info here.
Marc Rheinard Wins Thailand TC Champs

Marc Rheinard Wins Thailand TC Champs

This guy is officially on fire. Marc held off Atsushi Hara and Andy Moore with his Orion-powered Tamiya 415MS, and joined the powerful pair in post-race celebration as teammates: all three wheel for Team Orion. Click Here to talk about it.
Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout: Cavalieri doubles, Maifield and Truhe score in 2WD and 4WD

Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout: Cavalieri doubles, Maifield and Truhe score in 2WD and 4WD

Jimmy Babcock’s popular Shootout was the scene of yet another victory for RC’s new vanguard of off-road talent. Team Trinity/Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri won both Gas Truck and Modified Truck with his Factory Team GT and T4 trucks, while Ryan Maifield won Modified 2WD with his Reedy-powered B4. In four-wheel, Team Trinity/Losi’s Mike Truhe wheeled a Triple-X4 to the podium’s top step.Click here for discussion at the Zone.
Click "More" for the top five in each Factory class.
Factory Modified 2WD
1 Ryan Maifield Associated B4
2 Jared Tebo Associated B4
3 Billy Easton Losi BK2
4 Mike Truhe Losi BK2
5 Travis Amezcua Losi BK2

Factory Modified 4WD
1 Mike Truhe Losi Triple-X4
2 Ryan Cavalieri J-Concepts BJ4
3 Dave Montgomery J-Concepts BJ4
4 Greg Hodapp X-5
5 Billy Fischer Losi Triple-X4

Factory Modified Truck
1 Ryan Cavalieri Associated FT T4
2 Jared Tebo Associated FT T4
3 Dave Montgomery Associated FT T4
4 Ryan Maifield Associated FT T4
5 Travis Amezcua Losi MF2

Factory Gas Truck
1 Ryan Cavalieri Associated FT GT
2 Jared Tebo Associated FT GT
3 Marty Korn Associated FT GT
4 Philip Atondo Losi AD2
5 Joe Pillars Associated FT GT
XRAY announces 1/18 NITRO mini!

XRAY announces 1/18 NITRO mini!

You heard right! XRAY has just announced the NT18 on-road nitro mini will appear in time for the holidays. There's little in the way of details right now, but you can see a teaser at Check it out now, then come on back to talk about it here!
Associated belt car revealed!

Associated belt car revealed!

Senior West Coast Editor is in Vegas covering the International Indoor Champs, where he snapped this shot of Associated's belt car prototype. Will it be the TC5? Click Here for discussion and a close-up.

David Spashett now Peak Powered!

We last spotted David when he won the 2002 Cleveland Nats, and that's where we'll spot him next, running for Peak Racing. David will take the new V2-series Vantage motors into battle, along with the latest 3300 PowerFlo cells. He joins 2002 IFMAR ISTC Touring Car World Champion Surikarn Chaidejsuriya, making Peak's touring team a formidable force for the 2004 season. For more info, visit Peak Racing.
Tebo and Bradley get it done at The Dirt

Tebo and Bradley get it done at The Dirt

Team Associated/Kyosho/O’Donnell ace Jared “The Kid” Tebo (who just turned 18 this past weekend) won both the 1/10-scale and 1/8-scale pro classes at The Dirt Nitro Challenge.
In the Unlimited Monster Truck class, Mugen’s Chad Bradley TQ’d and won with the new Mugen MBX5-T truggy, which will be offered as a conversion kit for the MBX-5 buggy.
Tebo was top qualifier in 1/10-scale and managed to break away from an early battle with Team Trinity/Losi’s Adam Drake. In 1/8-scale, Jared put in a valiant effort late in the race to pass Kyosho/Peak driver Mark Pavidis with just a couple minutes remaining in the race. Eight-scale TQ Ryan Cavalieri passed Pavidis with seconds remaining to grab second.
While Bradley TQ’d and won the monster truck class, Matt Gosch put in a strong showing taking second place earning him a100% Pro-Line ride—and did we mention he’s just 13 years old?. Mugen’s Jason Ashton (also running an MBX5-T) was on fire, and bumped all the way up from the G-main (the lowest Main for monster trucks) to take home third place. Ashton even led part of the A-main despite being 12th on the grid for the start of the race.

1/8-scale Pro
•1st Jared Tebo Kyosho MP-777
•2nd Ryan Cavalieri(TQ) Kyosho MP-777
•3rd Mark Pavidis Kyosho MP-777

1/10-scale Pro
•1st Jared Tebo (TQ) Team Associated GT
•2nd Adam DrakeTeam Losi Triple X-NT AD2
•3rd Jeremy Kortz Team Associated GT

Unlimited Monster Truck
•1st Chad Bradley (TQ) Mugen MBX5-T
•2nd Matt Gosch Hot Bodies Lighting Pro
•3rd Jason Ashton Mugen MBX5-T

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