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March 30, 2015

DESC10 Takes First Win – Novotny Sweeps Lestr Cup

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Novotny Pilots DESC10 To Overall Win – Lestr Cup Final

Lestr Cup Sixth Round Final – 4WD Short Course – 1st Place & TQ – Kaja Novotny – DESC10

Lestr Cup Sixth Round Final – 2WD Buggy – 1st Place & TQ – Kaja Novotny – DEX210v2

Lestr Cup Sixth Round Final – 4WD Buggy – 1st Place & TQ – Kaja Novotny – DEX410v4

Czech Team Durango racing star, Kaja Novotny, has returned from the sixth and final round of the Lestr Cup in Prague with a clean sweep of all winning places.

Kaja was really excited to be racing his newly built DESC10 1/10 4WD Short Course Truck, easily overcoming local racers to take the overall win, this being the first race trophy won by the all-new SC platform.

Kaja was even happier to take the overall TQ with the DESC10, having won all three qualifying rounds with the new Team Durango vehicle.

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Kaja is working hard to support other young local Team Durango racers

Adding the overall win and TQ in both 2WD and 4WD Buggy classes was to put Kaja straight into clean sweep position, with him locking out all podium top spots at this highly competitive final round of the Lestr race series.

Young local Team Durango racers, Kate Kalvodova, managed to qualify third in the Hobby Class ‘A’ Main, driving the DEX 410v4. She then went on to finish second overall in the final, once again showing consistent form for such a young racer.

We send our congratulations to Kaja, his father Karel, Kate Kalvodova and her father once again. A great triple win, triple TQ and triple fastest lap for Team Durango.

Explore the race-winning features of the DESC10 now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/desc10/

Learn how the DEX210v2 can make you faster: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex210v2/

Get closer to the global success story here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/

Get connected with fellow Team Durango racers easily now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

March 28, 2015

New Video Series Launched – DNX8 Tech Tips

Filed under: Hall Of Fame,New Products,News,Team Driver — Tags: , , , — Stuart @ 5:00 am

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Travis Amezcua Explores the DNX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy

We are proud to announce the launch of a new video series that will allow you to get closer to the innovative features of the DNX8.

Hosted by Travis Amezcua, Team Durango Field Consultant for North America, this new weekly video series will take a deeper look at how the hotly anticipated DNX8 will make you faster.

Travis will showcase all-new tuning and set-up options, fast and easy servicing features, and allow you to visualise why the DNX8 is the perfect Buggy if you want to advance your performances.

Each video will allow you to understand the DNX8 through the hands of a racer who possesses a huge amount of experience.

The series introduction is now available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8poXw5vJxlw

Learn more about the DNX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

Stay close to Travis and other Team Durango racers all over the globe: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

March 27, 2015

Team Driver Interview – Travis Amezcua Talks DNX8

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Get Closer To The DNX8 With Travis Amezcua

With the pending arrival of the all-new Team Durango vehicles, we thought it was the perfect time to catch up with long-serving Team Durango racer and newly appointed Field Consultant for North America, Travis Amezcua, so he could give us an exclusive insight into the hotly anticipated Nitro Buggy platform.

Travis has worked closely with the Team Durango development team in the creation of the DNX8, contributing to track testing of early prototype vehicles, as each feature was analysed prior to going for full production.

Travis has a wealth of RC experience, offering his many years of racing prestige to the project, helping our engineers to create vehicles that can make you faster on the pit table, then faster when you hit the track.

Travis took some time out of his very busy schedule to answer a few questions about how the very early stages of the DNX8′s public launch are going, sharing some very interesting personal preferences that should inspire you all.

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Travis Amezcua Interview – DNX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy – 2015

  •  What is the most exciting feature on the new DNX8 Nitro Buggy?

TravisThere are many great features in the DNX8 platform. But the best one I feel is how easy you are able to remove the front and rear Diff from the car. Super-fast access will make tuning and servicing your car hassle-free.

  •  Explain how you feel the DNX8 can make racers faster, in the pits and on the track?

Travis - First off, the car has many great tuning options built into the kit. The DNX8 has been tested and developed over the past couple of years, allowing us to create a car that is fast to work on and fast around the track. This car will work well for any racer, from beginners to Pros. That is exactly what we wanted, a car that has the potential to make EVERYBODY quicker.

  •  With US Gas Buggy racing being a grueling test of endurance, explain how the DNX8 will help racers finish faster, and most importantly, always finish?

Travis - The development team spent many hours on making sure this car will stand up to the style of tracks that we race on. With main events being so long these days, we wanted a car that will drive the same from start to finish. Durability and consistency are fundamental to the DNX8′s design. We use tough and durable steel and very strong composite materials on our cars.

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Travis working on his DNX8 Nitro Buggy, ready for some track testing

  • How fast can you remove the front Diff on your DNX8? Karel Novotny has already posted a fast time. What does the stopwatch say Travis?

Travis - I myself have not yet put a stop watch on it yet. But I’ve been practicing for my battle with Team US Manager Brad Brucker. Stay tuned for the videos very soon.

Learn how the Team Durango quick-access Diff units will make you faster in the pits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHsYCqI8xGs

  • Can you describe how the DNX8 Active Front Caster feature will make the car super-consistent?

Travis - Yes this is a great feature that you don’t see on many other cars. It allows you to tune the amount of steering in your car, quickly and easily. This is a win/win set-up change, unlike static caster, you can make a change that gains steering on corner entry AND corner exit (or vice versa). This creates super-consistent steering, resulting in faster cornering.

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The DNX8 will provide super-fast build tasks due to our precision pre-assembled parts. You can get into the racing action even quicker

  • Patent Pending Sliding Gear Mesh. How cool is that? Explain why you like this feature?

Travis - It’s a very cool idea. Weight balance has a huge effect on the car. On other cars when you change the gearing, you have to move the Motor in or further out. Which will change the side to side balance. With our system the Motor never moves. Only the centre Diff moves, which is less weight than your Motor and Pipe.

Learn more about this innovative Team Durango feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COsEyfPjwbA

  • What are you most excited to try with regards DNX8 set-up options?

Travis - I really like the amount of pivot widths we can change. We are able to run a different front to rear pivot width with a really simple Insert change. Many other cars cannot make so many precise set-up changes. This will be a great option to help you ‘dial in’ to your chosen track. Really quick to change and super-flexible.

  • Servicing a Gas Buggy can be a hard job after some punishing races. What features do you think will help racers get this done more efficiently on the DNX8?

Travis - Yes Nitro Buggies do require a great amount of work. But the DNX8 is a very easy and quick car to work on. Your able to remove the front or rear end very quickly. This allows you  to get everything clean. The removable Radio Tray with fixed-point Linkages is also a great design. You can service the DNX8 without losing your Linkage settings.

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Travis’ DNX8 Buggy awaiting some new set-up adjustments from the man himself 

  •  If you had the chance to create your own Team Durango Body Shell, what would you call it and why?

Travis - Well I think it would have to come from the look of the body. But a name that is popping into my head is ‘Intruder’ at the moment. 

  • The DNX8 performance features are specially designed to make every racer faster. Can you explain what benefits drivers can expect to feel straight out of the kit box?

Travis - The DNX8 platform was designed for all types of racers. This kit is a very well balanced and easy to drive car. I feel most drivers will be on pace right out of the box.

Learn about how the DNX8 provides hassle-free set-up options and also makes servicing your car easier than ever before:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n31JNKcWOQk

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Stay tuned for the release of our exclusive Team Tech Tips Set-Up cards. Print them and learn exactly what it takes to ‘dial in’ your vehicle

  •  The DNX8 is shipped with a selection of high-quality pre-assembled parts. What advantages will these bring to new owners of the Buggy?

Travis - Yes with the pre-assembled parts new owners will have the cars on the track much faster. After building many different 1/8 scale cars over the years, this by far was the quickest. Less time building more time running.

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Ready for action. Sporting his famous Body Shell colour scheme

  •   Which upcoming race do you feel the DNX8 will allow you to really push the new vehicle hard? 

Travis - Silver State in Las Vegas. Not only because the competition should be high, but also this is the host track for the IFMAR Worlds next year. 

  •  Adjustable Rear Toe Inserts. Explain how this will make set-up adjustments quicker for racers under pressure?

Travis - With our Toe Insets you are able to tune the amount of toe-in on the rear of your car. All the different Inserts come in the kit. Where other brands you have to buy different Toe Plates. Which can cost a lot.  A great tuning options in the kit. For super-high- bite tracks you will use less rear toe-in. On those loose tracks your able to add more easily. Very easy and fast to adjust.

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The DNX8 includes a newly-designed Polycarbonate Cab-Forward Body Shell

  •  If you needed to tune the DNX8 to find more forward traction on medium-low bite clay, what would be the first tuning feature you would attack and why?

Travis - This really depends on your current setup. But a quick set-up change would be the wheel base of the car. Next I would look at your Diff setup. If your running on a super loose track you should look at going lighter in your Diff oils. Team Durango Diffs are so fast to tune, it should encourage us all to make valuable set-up changes more often.

  •  Any final thoughts on the new range of Team Durango vehicles that you would like to share with your fans Travis?

Travis - Yes, I look forward to working with all of our customers across the world. Remember each and every one of you can email me at travis@team-durango.com for any questions you may have about set-up and builds on Team Durango products.

Explore the full list of exciting new DNX8 features now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

Get connected with Travis and other Team Durango racers in your region here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Find your local Team Durango dealer here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

 

March 25, 2015

DEX8 Podium – Oeste Dirt Race

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Roque Secures Dirt Podium For DEX8

Portuguese Team Durango racer, Nuno Roque, has recently taken second overall at the Oeste Dirt Track with his newly built DEX8 1/8 Electric Buggy .

Nuno was very happy to secure this podium finish during his DEX8′s first race outing, having only built the vehicle a few days prior to the race taking place.

Racing against strong competition at the newly opened Oeste Indoor RC Track, Nuno stated that his DEX8 was ‘Perfectly balanced on the dirt surface‘.

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Nuno was really proud to secure this podium finish, on a brand new track, with his freshly built DEX8.

With the recent addition of Carlos Fonseca to Team Durango Portugal, we are very excited to watch the guys continue to enjoy the recently launched range of Team Durango race machines.

With Nuno and Carlos both ready to support customers who want to experience the new vehicles first hand, we expect to see more action-packed race news from Team Durango Portugal this year.

Congratulations go to Nuno for an excellent first race meeting with his DEX8.

Explore how the DEX8 can make you faster on your pit table and faster on the track now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Find your local Team Durango dealer here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

Connect with Team Durango racers all over the globe now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

March 24, 2015

DEX8 Wins Czech Open Challenge

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Novotny Takes Win – DEX8 Has Strong Start

The DEX8 has won the Sixth round of the Czech Open Challenge in the hands of Team Durango racing star, Kaja Novotny.

Driving the newly launched 1/8 4WD Electric race machine, Kaja took the overall TQ, winning all qualifying rounds and two legs of the ‘A’ Main final.

Kaja was extremely happy to have built his box stock DEX8 kit with his father Karel, drop it on the track with very little set-up tuning beyond the kit manual suggestions, then race to victory with the recently launched vehicle.

Kaja was keen to mention that the high-grip carpet surface was easily tamed by the DEX8, with the Buggy bringing consistent lap times as Kaja enjoyed predictable handling, lap after lap.

We send our congratulations to Kaja and Karel for a great first run with the DEX8. We are very excited to see Kaja continue to develop his formidable race reputation with the DEX8 Electric Buggy.

Stay tuned for exclusive Novotny DEX8 set-up sheets very soon.

Learn why Kaja found the DEX8 so consistent on it’s first race outing now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Find your local Team Durango dealer here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

Connect with Team Durango racers in your region now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

March 20, 2015

Carlos Fonseca Joins Team Durango

Filed under: Hall Of Fame,News,Team Driver — Tags: , , , , , , — Stuart @ 2:37 pm

 

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Fonseca Ready For Track Action With Team Durango

We are very excited to announce that Portuguese off-road racer, Carlos Fonseca, will be driving Team Durango products this coming season.

Carlos will be working closely with long-serving Team Durango driver, Nuno Roque, to bring increased track-side support to racers in Portugal, whilst also providing our fans with set-up tips and vehicle build advice through social media and RC forums.

Racing the DNX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy, Carlos is ready for a fast-paced season of racing. He is very excited to meet Team Durango fans out at the track.

Stay tuned for more news from Carlos and his DNX8 very soon.

Learn why the new DNX8 1/8 Nitro Buggy can make you faster on the track and provide hassle-free servicing and tuning: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

Get connected with Carlos, Nuno and other Team Durango racers in your region here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango 

Find your local dealer now: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

Check out Carlos’ own RC website here: www.carlosfonseca-rc.com

March 19, 2015

Team Driver Interview – Novotny Talks DEX8

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Novotny Talks DEX8 – Faster In The Pits, Faster On The Track

With the upcoming global arrival of our all-new DEX8, DNX8, DEX8T and DESC10 vehicles, what better way for you to get closer to these hotly anticipated race machines, than an exclusive interview with a young man who knows a thing or two about fast RC racing cars?

Czech racing star, Kaja Novotny, shares his excitement over the latest Team Durango kit releases.

Kaja is very keen to explain how he thinks every racer will feel the benefit of faster laps, faster servicing and innovative new features, that will bring speed to every element of owning one of these precision engineered racing vehicles.

With a racing career that has allowed Kaja the opportunity to experience thousands of hours of fierce off-road competition, many races resulting in his trademark multiple podium wins, you can now enjoy an exclusive insight into what the new Team Durango kits mean for you.

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Kaja Novotny Interview – Team Durango DEX8 1/8 Electric Buggy

  • Can you explain how you are feeling about your new DEX8 Buggy. Share your first impressions please?

KajaThe DEX8 is absolutely amazing. From the first time I opened the box to the first test run, the car felt very good. The car is easy to build, everything is easy to access and it behaves great on the track. Definitely a big step forward for the 1/8 Buggy racer.

  • What is your favourite feature on the new platform design?

KajaDefinitely the new front suspension, which gives the car much more steering. The car is packed with exciting new features, racers will not be disappointed when it comes to options. It is so easy to understand.

  •  What new features do you think will allow you to become even faster on the track?

KajaI like the new ESC position, which is now placed directly on the chassis. This gives the car much more stability in the corners. Faster corners means faster laps. I also think the new steering set-up will allow me to really push the car hard, knowing I can make the tighter turns and carry more speed than other drivers on the track. The new wider Chassis gives the car much better handling on bumpy tracks. Finally, I like this new adjustable Wing. It should give me more set-up options on dusty and slippery tracks.

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Fast Front Diff access combined with lightweight Cross-Shafts and super-durable Steel Gears

  •  Can you see features that will save time during servicing the car?

KajaAll Durango cars are well known for their fast and easy access to all the important components. The DEX8 will prove once again this Team Durango feature saves time. The fast access to Differentials, easy setting of  the Sliding Gear Mesh and universal hardware fittings, will all make servicing your car faster.

  • What are you looking forward to trying most with the DEX8?

KajaIt’s an all-new car, completely different compared to a DEX 408, which means the DEX8 is a completely new challenge. I look forward to trying every feature that this innovate Buggy offers. I can see a huge appeal for new racers. The all-new design will allow them a great place to start learning more. This car feels fast all over the track. New Team Durango owners will be very excited when they drive the car.

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Kaja and his father Karel – Karel is responsible for all mechanical maintenance during Kaja’s racing season

  • Explain to our readers how the DEX8 can help them win more races? How does all this new design make a difference on the track?

KajaIt’s fast, durable, easy to make core set-up changes. The car is designed to be quick on the track and quick to maintain. The perfect combination I feel. You can feel how the new features work together, complimenting each other. We all want to save time, every lap. This is the car to help you get quicker. Everything is designed around the racer, making working on the DEX8 really simple.

  •  Tell us why you love 1/8 racing? What is your favourite surface to race on and why?

KajaThe 1/8 race class offers racing on large tracks with challenging jumps and fast straights. I also enjoy the longer races compared to 1/10 Buggy. Probably the same as a lot of 1/8 racers, my answer is clay when it comes to my favourite surface to race on.

  •  Strength and durability are so important in 1/8 racing, largely due to the weight of the cars and the endurance needed for longer finals. Can you explain which parts of your DEX8 shows how strong it is designed to be?

KajaEvery part seems to be strong and precisely made. Simply put, the DEX8 is made for winning, and to win, the car needs to be strong enough to finish. With the DEX8, you have it all. The aluminium Suspension Hangers are really strong and the fitting of tuning Inserts is very fast and easy to understand. The composite parts are tough, I have really driven my test cars hard, no issues with strength for me.

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Access your Middle Diff by removing four Screws

  •  What is your favourite 1/8 Buggy race of the season. What have your previous results been at this race?

KajaIn 2015 I look forward to the European championship in the 1/8 E-Buggy category. This event takes place for the first time so I can‘t say anything about my experiences just yet.

  • If you could name your own Team Durango Body Shell, what would you call it and why?

KajaThe Hurricane. Sounds cool and also a bit scary.

  • How fast can you remove the front Diff on your DEX8?

KajaThe stopwatch says that it’s 1 minute 11 seconds. I am sure I can go even quicker with the DEX8. Anybody want to challenge my time?

  •  When will the adjustable wing position and Gurney Flap tuning help you out?

KajaProbably during my first race on a dusty or loose track, as I think this new feature can give me more grip during high-speed corners. I look forward to trying this new feature as I have never raced a Buggy with so much wing tuning available. It is very quick to change Wing set-up, making the DEX8 very easy to ‘dial-in’ for your specific track conditions.

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Anodised black aluminium Suspension Hangers and Team Durango’s hassle-free Rear Tow-In Insert system

  •  Pre-assembled parts are included in each new Team Durango 1/8 scale kit. What are the benefits of this to you?

 KajaThis was something I was fascinated by when we opened the box. It’s amazing, how everything is precisely built, just like a pro driver or team mechanic created each assembly. You can just put these pre-assembled parts together and you have your DEX8 built in a few hours. Fast builds mean more track time!

  •  How easy is the Patent Pending Sliding Gear Mesh to learn? Is it intuitive when you are in a rush?

KajaIt’s something new compared to my previous cars. I found this idea very interesting as you can remove and then replace the Motor without re-setting a gear mesh. Easy to learn. This will save so much time in the pits. Definitely another step forward by Team Durango. Meshing Gears can be a real difficult task, Team Durango just made it so much easier to hit the ‘sweet spot’ every time.

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Ready for the track – Watch out for upcoming race results from Kaja Novotny and his DEX8

  • Any goals for the 2015 season you can share with our readers?

Kaja - I would like to reach the ‘A’Main in the 1/8E Buggy European Championship this summer in Austria, but I know it’s going be tough as many of European top drivers will be there. I am sure the DEX8 will give me the very best chance to achieve my goal. The second goal of the season is to win the Czech National Championship.

Explore the new DEX8 1/8 4WD Electric Race Buggy here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Stay close to Kaja Novonty and his racing performances for Team Durango here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Find your local Team Durango dealer here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

 

 

 

 

March 18, 2015

Four All-New Race Kits – All Specifications & Pictures Live

Filed under: New Products,News — Tags: , , , , , , , — Stuart @ 4:09 pm

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Full Feature Galleries & Technical Specifications Go Live 

Four all-new Team Durango premium race kits are now available to view at our dedicated kit pages.

Explore full feature galleries and delve into the innovative and exciting specifications of the newly-launched race machines now.

Be the first to see the new vehicles in full detail.

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 View the kit page now

http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

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View the kit page now

http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

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View the kit page now

http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8t/

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View the kit page now

http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/desc10/

 

Contact your local Team Durango dealer for information on arrival schedules for your region now: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

 

March 16, 2015

Novotny Crowned 2015 Mibosport Duel Champion

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Final Round Brings Double Championship Title

Mibosport 2015 4WD Champion – Kaja Novotny – DEX410v4

Mibosport 2014 2WD Champion – Kaja Novotny – DEX210v2

The final round of the prestigious Mibosport Cup has recently been concluded in Trebic, Czech Republic.

Team Durango off-road star, Kaja Novotny, was able to conclude his Mibosport Cup campaign with an overall win and TQ in 4WD Buggy, adding a second overall in 2WD Buggy to make it a double podium weekend for Team Durango.

Having only attended three out of the four staged rounds of this highly-competitive race series, Kaja was to rely on previously secured winning points for his overall series position.

Having won the third, fourth and fifth rounds in 4WD Buggy, with his DEX410v4, and also having solid 2WD finishes with his DEX210v2 throughout the series, Kaja was crowned overall series champion in both classes.

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Kaja was keen to send thanks to the series organisers for creating such a competitive and well-managed set of events. Kaja also sighting the reliability and precise tuning options of his Team Durango vehicles as being fundamental in his recent Mibosport success.

We send our sincere congratulations to Kaja and his father Karel for a wonderful conclusion to the Mibosport 2015 race calendar. Double Championship win, job done young man.

Get closer to Kaja and Karel Novotny now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Learn how the DEX210v2 can take you straight to the winning spot: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex210v2/

Explore the race winning features of the DEX410v4 here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/

 

 

 

March 11, 2015

New Team Durango Vehicles Shipped From Factory

Filed under: New Products,News — Tags: , , , , , — Stuart @ 4:03 pm

Are you ready for new Team Durango race machines?

We are happy to confirm that the following all-new Team Durango kits are making their way to our global distributors now.

Stay tuned for more updates here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

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More news coming shortly …

 

 

 

 

 

 

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