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March 31, 2011

Team Durango DESC410R kit review on

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 11:20 am

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Created by people who are passionate about, and have many years’ experience with, RC cars, Area52 publishes in-depth news, reviews and how-tos, supplemented by some really great photography.

Team Durango sent one of our new DESC410R Short Course kits to Area52 to see what they thought of it. Their review can be found here:

March 30, 2011

DESC410R at the Cactus Classic

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 9:21 am

The DESC410R had a great showing at the recent Cactus Classic, with Jörn Neumann taking the second leg of the A-Main and finishing 2nd overall – with Hupo Hönigl 3rd overall with his DESC410R.

If you want to see just how dialled the Team Durango SC’s looked at the Cactus – check out the video below.

DESC410R – Slipper Setting

Filed under: Tricks and Tips — Tags: — Stuart @ 8:56 am

The DESC410R comes equipped with a slipper clutch to protect the drivetrain from high loads and shocks from landing jumps.  With proper build technique the gearboxes should be tough but setting the slipper is a vital part in the process of preparing your vehicle for the punishment of the race track.

TTT-Slipper-parts The DESC410R slipper unit in unassembled form

The slipper works by clamping two fibre-pads, one either side of the spur gear – and by varying the clamping force applied you can change at what point things start to slip.  An ideal setting is one that will allow the vehicle to accelerate quickly whilst minimizing front wheel-lift (wheelies!) and protect the drivetrain from harsh impacts.

ttt-slipper-pads ttt-slipper-padson
ttt-slipper-spring On the DESC410R the slipper is set with a nut clamping down a heavy duty steel spring.  A second nut is used to effectively lock the setting and prevent things from coming loose.

We’ve found a good base setting to be 3mm between the bottom of the first nut and the face of the bearing that sits against the slipper plate.  From this point you can adjust and find a setting that suits your setup and track conditions.

ttt-slipper-measure2 ttt-slipper-measure
ttt-slipper-test You should be able to hold the diff-casing between the fingers of one hand and turn the spur gear with the other.   If it’s very hard to turn then loosen things off – you can always play with the setting in the car to adjust it.  If you tighten things too much you could damage the drivetrain as a result of an ineffective slipper.

Holding the body of the slipper unit in your hand you need to lock the first nut in place so as not to change the setting whilst locking things up.  You can position one of the included wrenches around the lower nut and clamp it with your thumb – then using the second wrench carefully tighten the top nut against the first to lock the two in position.

ttt-slipper-tighten ttt-slipper-nuts

A good test of your slipper is to place the vehicle on a very high traction surface and accelerate hard – you want the slipper to slip for the first few feet instead of the front end elevating.  You should be able to feel & hear when the slipper is doing its job.  It’s best to start loose and tighten up as required rather than risk damaging the drivetrain.

If you choose, you can purchase the centre diff option parts (#TD210031) to run a centre differential to help put the power down on bumpy / loose surfaces.  The centre diff will absorb some impact and help the slipper protect the rest of the drivetrain but don’t assume the centre slipper will protect the drivetrain properly on its own – you still need to use the slipper.  It can be harder to set the slipper and test the setting when using in combination with the centre diff so measuring the setting might be the best way of getting things set right.

March 28, 2011

Jaco Van Eeden takes DESC410R to SA win

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 1:22 pm

This past weekend saw the first 4WD Short Course race and Team Durango driver Jaco Can Eeden led the field with his DESC410R to take the overall TQ and win. Louis Foure driving the other DESC410R that was racing took second in qualifying but a servo fault cost him a place in the finals as he dropped to third overall. A great result for the DESC410R in this new form of racing.


1. Jaco van Eeden TD SC
2. Phillip van Aswegen
3. Louis Foure TD SC

Video of Kyle McBride @ Australian Nationals

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 10:59 am

Kyle McBride recently took the Australian National Titles with his DNX408 – taking the TQ and win at the tender age of just 15.  If you want to see just how dialled Kyle was with his Team Durango buggy at the race, check out the video below!

You can read more about the race and Kyle’s victory in our previous report HERE.

March 25, 2011

Team Durango at the Cactus Classic

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 4:06 pm

The annual Cactus Classic race took place over the weekend of 18-20th March 2011 at Scottsdale RC Speedway in Arizona, USA.  Team Durango were in attendance with the DEX410, DEX210 prototype and newly released DESC410R Short Course truck. New Team Durango signing Travis ‘peanut’ Amezcua was wheeling the DEX410 and DEX210 prototype, both for the first time.


There were a total of four 2WD DEX210 prototypes in attendance, with Jörn Neumann, Hupo Hönigl, Billy Fischer and Travis Amezcua.  Some bad luck meant pole in the B final was the best result but with Jorn’s domination at the JBRL race the weekend before the guys are very pleased with the performance of the upcoming car which they tried in both rear and mid-motor configurations.

thurs-honiglaction2 Hupo Honigl thurs-teamdurango Some of the team working on their cars

Jörn Neumann qualified 4th overall in the 4WD class with his DEX410 but had some bad luck in the finals. Some drivers were trying the new big-bore dampers that will be available soon for the 410 buggy as well as testing some other development parts.

sat-fischeraction1 Billy Fischer sat-neumannaction1 Jörn Neumann

In the PRO-4 Short Course class, Billy Fisher lead the Team Durango charge, placing 3rd on the grid with Hupo and Jörn in 4th & 5th respectively.  Team Durango designer Adam Skelding made the trip over to help the team and placed his SC truck 7th overall in qualifying to give Team durango a healthy 4 cars in the A-Main.

The Pro-4 SC was run over two legs with the average of the two giving the result.   In leg one, Hupo took the lead after a clash of wheels sent Maifield onto his roof – Hupo waited and lost the lead in the process.  A battle between team mates took place with Jörn and Hupo going nose-to-tail for a few laps before Jörn made a mistake and allowed Hupo to start chasing down the leader.  The gap closed but it wasn’t enough and Hupo finished second with Jörn 4th and Billy 5th. In the second leg, Jörn showed what he’s capable of and took the win with his DESC410R, Hupo finished 3rd.  Jörn’s win wasn’t quite enough to take the overall victory.

sat-huposcaction1 Hupo flys his DESC410R sctrophies Jörn and Hupo placed 2nd and 3rd respectively  in Pro-4 SC

The team were impressed with the new DESC410R and felt they had the best car on the track  by far in this class so we can expect some good results in the coming months in this exciting new form of racing.

DEX410 Setups:

Travis Amezcua

Jorn Neumann

Billy Fischer

DESC410R Setups:

Jorn Neumann

Adam Skelding

Billy Fischer

Hupo Honigl

Thanks to for the use of some photos – please visit their report on this great event at:  REDRC.NET

March 22, 2011

Sadikin podium with DESC410R, West Java Traxxas Champs.

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 1:31 pm

Sadikin Kurniawan took his DESC410R to a podium finish this past weekend at the Traxxas Offroad Championship Series II.  Held at the Abadi circuit in the city of Bandung, West Java – there were 46 drivers from West Java and Jakarta with three classes the 4WD class was by far the biggest and most hotly contested class

sadikintrx Podium Main A: 3rd Uji – 1st Stanley – 2nd Sadikin (Team Durango DESC410R),

Kyle McBride secures Aussie National Title with DNX408

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 12:25 pm

Kyle McBride took his Team Durango DNX408 to National Championship glory this weekend, at the National Titles in Australia.

In qualifying, Kyle set the pace in round one and was the only car on 18 lap pace during the round.  A hiccup in round two saw a slightly disapointing second in round after hitting traffic.


After the disappointment, Kyle was determined to win and after rounds three and four had already secured TQ and didn’t have to run the last qualifier – but of course, he did.  Kyle set about the final qualifier driving faster than ever and missed out on lapping second place by only 7 seconds.


It wasn’t the way any racer wants to win a big title but due to rain the finals had to be called off and so the results were called on qualifying – and if ever there was a deserving winner under such circumstances its Kyle McBride – who takes the National Title at just 15 years old!

Elliott Boots wins at Westmill.

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 9:15 am

Elliott Boots had a mixed day in qualifying and a terrible start to the A final but pulled out a stunning win against the odds, at round 8 of the Herts Nitro Model Club winter series at Westmill.


Westmill Race Meeting – Sunday 6th March 2011
We arrived at Westmill feeling very confident with the car.  The track was in top condition, a little dusty but at least the sun was shining, or trying to.  It was still very cold, about 4 degrees centigrade.  We decided to leave the car very similar to how we left Frankley just to see how little amount of changes we had to make between Astro and Dirt, which is a good sign of a well balanced car where you can make little changes but still be able to run it at a good pace.  The only thing we decided to do was to lower it a little bit.  We went out in practice and immediately the car was looking very very good.  It was a very fast track so there was no room for error.  Elliott was looking super confident with the car, exactly how I like to see it as he has an aggressive driving style and the car needs to be fairly stable.  After practice Elliott said the car looked very good and we should leave it for the moment.

Round One
We were in a good race pace for this first round and also in good company with some good National drivers there, one in particular Darren Bloomfield, who is obviously the target for this year as he is usually very fast at this track.  Immediately Elliott was setting the pace and leading the heat quite comfortably when the car came to a stop and one of the pins on the centre drive had fallen out so we lost the front drive and had to retire from the race.

Round Two
Again Elliott was setting the pace leading the heat and due to an unfortunate error at the back of sthe track, which was not seen by the Marshall, which cost him TQ in the second round but the car was not quite as good as we tried some different tyres.

elliottbootslogoRound Three
Elliott decided to change our tyres back to the original ones from the start of the day and the car was much better.  The track had deteriorated slightly and was getting a bit bumpy and rutty in places.  The dust had disappeared so the track was getting very clean on the racing line and therefore getting slightly quicker.  Elliott was on target to TQ this round with a 9 lapper, which no-one was near, but unfortunately got held up badly by some back markers which allowed Darren to take the round and TQ the meeting.  Due to a few poroblems along the way in qualification we ended up 6th on the grid.

Main A Final
We decided that we would change the car slightly and decided to drop the front and rear camber links down one hole and move the rear camber link to the longest hole on the rear hub as I felt the car was looking a little unstable at some of the high speed corners due to the changing track conditions.  I also decided to refresh the shock oils and lower the car slightly.  At the start of the main final Elliott was unfortunately taken out and ended up last but the car was looking absolutely stunning around the track.  His speed was extremely impressive and the car looked very stable, the best it had looked all weekend, still using the same tyres as we started the day off with.  It wasn’t too long before Elliott had moved into third position, chasing Darren and Reece hard, and eventually passing Darren and catching Reece very quickly.  Eventually taking the lead and putting a substantial lead on the rest of the pack and after the fuel stop and a few hold ups with back markers Elliott won the meeting easily with Darren coming in second, which was in my opinion, a very impressive drive and Elliott was extremely happy with the car, saying it is probably the fastest he has ever been round the Westmill track.

Thanks to PirateRC for the photo :-

March 18, 2011

Cyril Baldini takes the TQ and Win – French Nationals RD1

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 11:52 am

Cyril Baldini takes the TQ and Win at the opening round of the 2011 French 10th off road National series with his DEX410.


The weekend of 12th & 13th March 2011 saw the first round of the French 1/10th off road national championship in Merlevenez, France.  131 drivers turned out for the event.  Cyril took TQ in the 4WD class with his DEX410 and won the first two finals in style to take the victory!  A very good week-end for Team Durango france!!!!!!

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