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May 1, 2013

Old School Cool – Our History Includes You

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Our latest Team Durango mini film is a blast from the past. This short collection of Team Durango video footage includes some super exclusive shots of our first DEX210 prototypes back when we first started testing the chassis configuration. You can also marvel at a wonderful Hupo Hönigl slow-motion jump with his DEX410 buggy.

Watch our film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzzVtKYlUEw&feature=youtu.be

Enjoy and stay tuned for more Team Durango action shortly.

Follow us on Twitter to win great prizes – Follow @teamdurango

Learn why we win on all surfaces across the globe week in, week out. Click here: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

Win Signed Pro Team Driver Items Now – Free To Enter Competition

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Here at Team Durango we feel it is about time that we turned up the power! We are always really keen to share our achievements and successes with you all. As we always say, you are the reason we are here.

So, with a view to once again bringing you the most exciting and inspirational opportunities, we present a brand new competition. Free to enter, open to all, and definitely one not to be missed. If you are a fan of Team Durango, then this is a truly unique chance to own the items actually used by of our team racers. Many of these items have been used to race at some of the scenes most prestigious off-road meetings.

Our first super exclusive team driver give-away is a real corker.

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The actual chassis used to TQ the famous Worksop Players event last year - Chris Doughty - Team Durango DEX210

Above is the image of the actual chassis used by our resident European Champion Chris Doughty to TQ the prestigious Worksop Master in the UK last year. Complete with Doughty livery AND signature, this chassis has all the scars and battle wounds of a pro driver ride. Chris is synonymous with high profile race wins,and you can win this chassis to start your collection of Team Durango historical memorabilia. We suggest that this chassis is so rare that you do not enter to win and use this item. If you win then hang it in your pit room, share it with your club mates, and enjoy a wonderful piece of Team Durango history.

This chassis is well worn testimony to just how hard our pro racers drive to become the fastest racers in the world.

To be in with a chance of winning this true one-off item, complete the following sentence and email your answers to support@team-durango.com

“I love Team Durango because………………”

All entries will be added to a very special prize draw, and we will post our favourite messages and testimonials here over the next week for all of you to enjoy. Tell us why the brand that are ‘Serious About Racing’ means so much to you?

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This is the actual chassis you will win, getting air during the famous TQ run at the Worksop Players - Win it now!

Share with the world why we are the race team that make history, every time we touch the track.

Competition entries will be counted and drawn on Friday the 17th of May – Please include your name and postal address with your completed sentence.

We can not wait to read your responses.

Learn more about the world-famous DEX210 buggy, click here now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex210/

Read the race report from Chris Doughty’s famous TQ run. Visit our friends over at oOple.com: http://www.oople.com/rc/photos/worksopplayersheadtohead/

April 25, 2013

Fast Facts – 5 Things That Make Team Durango Powerful

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To continue with our Fast Facts articles, today we take a quick look at the things that we consider make Team Durango powerful. Some may think we are powered by battery cells or nitro fuel, the truth is even more interesting!

  1. Our fans – Without every single one of you we would not be here today. You are one of the most important parts of the global Team Durango phenomenon.
  2. Our racers and pro drivers – We are fueled by the amazing race results that you all achieve. You are the reason we create the products that we offer to the world.
  3. Our staff – The people who are dedicated to continually moving Team Durango forwards, every day. Most of you live RC. It is your lifestyle, not just your job.
  4. The media – Without the on-going love and support that we find from independent websites, blogs, forums and news pages, we wouldn’t reach so many people with the products we create.
  5. The RC community – This means everybody, and some may argue that this has been covered in the other four points? We are refering to the thousands of people all over the world who work tirelessly to make RC racing what it is. Club officials, track owners, hobby store staff, distributors of products, designers, writers, artists, marshals, the list could go on for pages. To all of you, we salute your contributions.

Stay tuned for more Fast Facts soon. Racing is not just our passion, it is our profession.

Share your love for Team Durango by following us over on Twitter – @teamdurango

Explore the products that you all contribute to, click here: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

April 19, 2013

Off-Road Titans – Team Durango Find Power In Numbers

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Team Durango is powered by people. We are always aware that without the hearts and minds of the people who contribute to our ever expanding global phenomenon, we just wouldn’t exist. From the early years of a one man dream, to the world-wide network of dedicated Team Durango staff and racers, it has always been about the people. It will always remain the same for Team Durango.

Every product we create is conceived, designed, tested and manufactured with our end user in mind. We promote that we never want our attention to detail to cease when our loyal fans invest in their Team Durango product. We want you all to feel part of the team every time you race.

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Team Durango Owners Club - Japan

From the race winning power of our DEX410 4WD buggy platform, to the all inclusive action of our Race Ready RTR vehicles, we strive for a community experience every time we race. It never ceases to amaze us when we discover new and exciting Team Durango fans, each one of you as unique as the cars you create from our precision manufactured platforms.

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The man who planted the seed - His dream has gone global - Mr Gerd Strenge AKA Mr Durango

The Team Durango philosophy is represented by thousands of die-hard racing fans all over the world. We are very grateful for all of your support. Our designers are inspired by you, our racers are excited by your passion, we are all motivated by your love of Team Durango.

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Team Durango Taiwan

Our goal has always been the same, and will remain so forever. We stay dedicated to the development of fresh ideas. We drive forwards to assist the global racing community in enjoying the highest quality engineered products that money can buy. We continue to build relationships with people who share our passions and help us realise our dreams. Team Durango is fueled by you, or should we say US. One team, world-wide, with thousands of members.

Join the ever expanding list of Team Durango fans by sending a picture of your vehicles to halloffame@team-durango.com are you famous yet?

Follow us over on Twitter to here the news first. Follow @teamdurango

Visit our friends at dBoots tyres for the very finest engineered racing rubber, click here: http://www.dboots.com/

Learn more about the products that we share with the world of RC racing, click here: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

If you have a cool and inspiring Team Durango story to share then get in touch with us now. We are always keen to share your experiences with the world. Send your pictures and words to halloffame@team-durango.com

April 5, 2013

RTR Pro Driver Signed Kit Competition – 3 Lucky Winners Announced

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Our recent pro driver signed kit competition has received a large amount of interest since the launch a few weeks ago. We have been really blown away by the wonderful messages and good wishes we have received from our loyal fans all over the world. Well the time is here folks! We have selected three very lucky winners from the hundreds of competition entries we received, each one of which will receive a hand signed Team Durango Race Ready kit from our range of precision manufactured RTR vehicles. Our pro team drivers are very excited to see who will be the lucky racers that get to own a piece of Team Durango history.

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Team Durango pro drivers with the exact kits that are about to be shipped out!

After a real nail biting draw of our three winners, we are really happy to announce that we have our winners confirmed! We printed out every single entrant and then drew our three lucky racers from a very special Team Durango RTR ‘hat’.

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European Champion & Team Durango UK off-road legend Chris Doughty gets his hand in the draw

We are proud to announce that the following lucky racers are now the proud owners of one of our pro driver signed Race Ready RTR kits:

The winner of the DEX210 Race Ready RTR kit – Paul Jones from Tyne & Wear in the United Kingdom

The winner of the DEST210 Race Ready RTR kit – Steve Hagino from Naperville, IL, in the USA

The winner of the DESC210 Race Ready RTR kit – Patrick Mathevon from Salindres in France

Congratulations to our three winners, your pro driver signed RTR kits are on the way! Our very warmest wishes go out to all of our fans who took the time to enter this truly unique competition. We are always humbled to receive so many entries and we are very excited to share that we will be launching another very exclusive Team Durango competition shortly.

Stay tuned here and also over on Twitter by searching for, and then following @teamdurango

To learn more about our Race Ready RTR vehicle range, click here: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

 

March 21, 2013

Team Durango Pro Driver Signed Kits – Win One Now!

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Hupo, Ryan, Jörn, Carson and Travis at the 27th annual Cactus Classic race event

Team Durango pro team drivers have just returned from a succession of great race results at the 27th annual Cactus Classic event. To celebrate their world-class performances, and also bring all our loyal fans closer to our professional drivers, we are offering you all the chance to win some amazingly exclusive prizes.

Team Durango are offering three of our Race Ready RTR kits to three very lucky winners. All three kit boxes have been signed by our pro team racers whilst in the pits at the prestigious Cactus Classic race meeting. We have a DEX210, DESC210 and DEST210 to give away, all in our wonderful Race Ready RTR configuration. Learn more about these cars here: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

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Ryan Lutz signs one of our famous Race Ready kits - Imagine owning this very vehicle!

With only three kits available, and demand for entry space sure to be hot, we anticipate a really positive response to this truly unique opportunity. All entries will be drawn from a hat on the closing day, and the draw will be posted live here on the Team Durango blog! Imagine how cool it would be to own a real one-off Team Durango vehicle?

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Jörn Neumann enjoys the opportunity to add his name to the RTR kit competition

Entering is very simple. Just email the answer to the following question to support@team-durango.com and keep your fingers crossed ready for our live blog draw on the 5th of April.

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Travis Amezcua adds his name and wishes you all the very best of luck with winning this very kit

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Hupo adds his name to one of only three of these kits in the world

Competition question: What is the Patent Pending number of our famous Team Durango Hybrid Technology gearbox that is found on all our Race Ready RTR kits?

Follow this link for the source of your answer: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

As soon as you are happy with you answer email your name, full postal address and competition question guess and your in! All three winners will be announced on the 5th of April, with kits shipped out across the globe shortly after the draw. Email us at support@team-durango.com

Team Durango would like to congratulate our pro team drivers on their great Cactus Classic results and join them in inviting you all to enter this awesome competition. Three cool prizes, precision Team Durango quality, complete with pro team driver signatures. What a perfect way to celebrate.

Stay up to date on all Team Durango news, including the progress of this competition, by following us over on Twitter. Search for @teamdurango

Good luck to you all.

 

 

March 18, 2013

Cactus Classic 2013 – Team Durango Further Cement Their Global Position

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Second in 4WD buggy for the DEX410v3

The dust is yet to settle after the close of the 27th annual Cactus Classic in Arizona. Team Durango have solidified our position as a world famous racing manufacturer with impressive results in multiple classes against the stiffest competition that 10th off-road has to offer. With eight top ten finishes that included four podium positions, Team Durango pro drivers team are once again the racers to watch when it comes to performing at the very highest level of RC competition.

Jörn Neumann was once again the only European driver to truly rattle the combined forces of Maifield and Cavalieri on their home turf. Jörn returned with a second in 4WD buggy, positioning his DEX410v3 directly between the USA’s best racers. He then went on to gather a second overall in 2WD Stadium Truck with the DEST210R, and also add a third overall in 4WD Short Course with his DESC410v2.

Team Durango did not stop there! Super racer Ryan Lutz returned with a solid third in 2WD Short Course with his DESC210 . Carson Wernimont, Travis Amezcua and Hupo Hönigl all blasted into top ten finishing positions across multiple classes to further stamp Team Durango’s indelible mark on this pretigious 500+ racer attended event.

4WD Mod Buggy Overall Result
1. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 200 pts
2. Jörn Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 199
3. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 196

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Second in 2WD Stadium Truck for the DEST210R

Team Durango made light work of the grueling Cactus Classic race calendar with Travis Amezcua piloting his DEX210 buggy straight into the top ten finishing positions to deny rival manufacturers taking ‘total domination’ rights. Carson Wernimont was battling hard in the middle of his top ten 4WD buggy finish to once again drive a very firm Team Durango flag into the results board at Scottsdale RC Raceway. Hupo Hönigl was clearly travelling at world-class 4WD Short Course pace as he returned with a second from his third leg of the prestigious A main final.

2WD Stadium Truck Overall Result
1. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 200 pts
2. Jörn Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 198
3. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 198

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Team Durango with their world-class paced vehicles - The world are fully aware of their collective power

Team Durango fielded a full range of professional race kit vehicles, bringing our precision engineered off-road products directly into world focus once again. It is impossible to deny the powerful qualities of our products, and the pro team drivers we entrust with racing them at events such as the Cactus Classic.

2WD Short Course Overall Result
1. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 200 pts
2. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 199
3. Ryan Lutz – Durango/Tekin – 196

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Many colours - One world-class team - Team Durango representing innovation in its finest form

The Cactus Classic is a unique off-road event. The massive volume of entrants creates an intense racing schedule that demands as much endurance as it does speed, both from the vehicles and the racers who pilot them. With high ambient temperatures and the pit time between some rounds being nearly seven hours, it can be a truly exhausting experience for even the most experienced race teams. Combine this epic test of strength and stamina with the fastest racers from all four corners of the globe and you have a powder keg of action that seems to ignite on an hourly basis throughout the weeks racing calendar.

4WD Short Course Overall Result
1. Dakotah Phend – TLR/Orion – 200 pts
2. Billy Fischer – TLR/Novak – 198
3. Jörn Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 198

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Neumann was completely exhausted after a straight 15 hours at the track - To win at this level sleep is as important as racing when your working day can be this long

Our pro team drivers found that the enormous gap between some race class qualifying rounds gave them chance to work on their vehicles in finer detail. No detail is left unchecked at this level of competition, with some drivers even deciding to rebuild cars after each round. Imagine the unique demands that are placed on sporting professionals who only have five minute opportunities to perform, and that could possibly be five minutes every seven hours for a lot of the top-flight field. Consistency is very difficult to master when your ‘operating window’ is so critically balanced.

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Hupo Hönigl - Cactus Classic team racing colours - Stylish on the track and just the same in the pits

A race meeting of this style can be seen as the perfect testing ground for the best RC race manufacturers to battle their products against each other. The parallels with full-scale motor sport are very apparent for any of you who have been fortunate enough to attend a race of such scale. Team Durango never stop working on the development of our products, and the Cactus Classic was no exception.

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The Team Durango 'monument' - Testimony to the quantity of vehicles that we fielded at Cactus Classic

When Team Durango attend large-scale International race meetings it is a real company effort. As well as the pro team racers engaged in the track action, there is a dedicated crew of administration and support staff who make all the elements of our International racing tours run smoothly. Just imagine the intense organisation that can go into making every vehicle perform at such a high level. Let alone the hundreds of hours of promotions, product support, customer liaison, prototype development, logistical organisations and human resources that are required to move everybody in the direction of the winners podium.

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What do Team Durango pro racers do during those rare moments that they have away from racing? They watch racing of course - Hupo catches up on the F1 action during his 'sleep break'

Events that allow Team Durango to visit venues all over the world are always such a great inspiration to us all. We are truly humbled by the amazing support that the world-wide racing community show our brand. It is always so exciting to meet our customers in person. It is also such a wonderful feeling to stumble upon one of the millions of lovingly created model shops across the globe and find such a strong representation of Team Durango products.

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This model store is obviously 'Serious About Racing' - Fully loaded with Team Durango

The 27th annual Cactus Classic has provided our pro team drivers with some wonderful racing results. It has also further cemented Team Durango in the ‘premier league’ of off-road RC competition. We are very proud of our rich racing heritage, and the Cactus Classic has allowed us to share our philosophy with the world from the pit table to the winners podium. We congratulate our drivers, pit crew, support staff, International partners, retailers, family members, production staff and supporters for their dedicated hard work. Team Durango is ‘Serious About Racing’

Racing is not just our passion, it is our profession.

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The fortune cookie theme continued all week...perhaps there is some truth in the mystical art of sugar snacks? Team Durango officially love fortune cookie surprises

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We eat breathe and sleep RC racing. Our sincere thanks go to our International partners for all their support and tireless hard work

Explore the world-class products that we engineer to win, click here:  http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

Follow us on Twitter by searching @teamdurango – Retweet our Tweets for a chance to win some super special Team Durango prizes very soon.

Keep up with our pro team drivers custom set-ups, click here: http://www.team-durango.com/in-the-pits.php

 

 

March 15, 2013

Pro Drivers Share The Action – Cactus Classic Is Warming Up

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Cactus Classic 2013 - Over 500 racers!

Over in Arizona things are warming up nicely for Team Durango. With Ryan Lutz posting a fastest in practice for 4WD short course with his DESC410v2, and also posting second fastest in 2WD short course with his DESC210, it seems that the pace is well and truly set in the truck classes. Jörn Neumann has posted third fastest in practice in the stadium truck class with his DEST210R to add to his third in practice with the ever potent DEX410v3 in 4WD buggy.

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Neumann - DEST210R - Third in his class after practice

Not to be left out of the fortune cookie action, Jörn was also pleasantly shocked to find yet another potential off-road prophecy housed inside his crispy snack. With a silence to deafen the yelps of his enthusiastic team mates, he reflected on the truly epic company he was in for this prestigious event. Team Durango know the feeling of winning, let us hope that the picture below rings true over the next three days.

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With such strong team mates - This MAY apply to any of our pro racers

The really exciting practice sessions have given our pro team drivers a perfect opportunity to settle in at Scottsdale RC Raceway. The DEX410v3 is currently seeding four of the top ten places in 4WD and the drivers are reporting that the buggy is performing amazingly well on the sugar coated dirt surface. Travis Amezcua has seeded a top ten place in all his chosen classes during practice to further substantiate his recent shining success in the USA domestic scene. Hold on tight folks as we build up our excitement for what is looking to be an absolutely epic 27th annual Cactus Classic event.

Racing is not just our passion, it is our profession.

To get your hands on the car that is commanding the Scottsdale track in the 4WD buggy class, click here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v3/

Team Durango – Fortune Cookie Action At Cactus Classic 2013

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Hupo has received a message from another realm....maybe?

Here at TDHQ we trust science and precision engineering. These are the core tools that provide you all with the worlds best RC racing products. Although Hupo may have caused us to also add to that very well tested formula something of an altogether more ‘mystical’ quality. Evening meals at Scottsdale were brought to a sudden standstill last night as he cracked open a fortune cookie to find the above statement! The folks at Panda Express obviously knew that he was warming up for a truly epic week of high pressure off-road RC action with his Team Durango team mates. A message from the cosmos? perhaps more a perfect motivational statement as our pro racers get ready to attack the 27th annual Cactus Classic RC competition? Either way, it gave the team racers a few smiles as they relaxed after a busy day of preparation.

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Hupo had experienced a busy day prior to his fortune cookie news - Team Durango are always working towards new developments

Hupo and his fellow Team Durango racers had earned their few hours of relaxation last night. The team had been very busy all day making final adjustments to their Team Durango vehicles in preparation for this hotly anticipated race meeting. Drivers from the four corners of the globe have traveled to the Arizona based race venue once a year for the last 27 years.

The calibre of racing talent at this years event is a veritable ‘roll call’ of super stars. Team Durango pro racers are very focused on their track performances, but also commit an enormous amount of time to testing and developing the products that become available to you. Keep in mind that when you buy a Team Durango product, it has always passed through the hands of our pro team racers. When we state that an item is ‘pro racer approved’ we mean that sincerely.

This dedication to world-class design, testing and product development, combined with the fun and excitement of our team of professional RC experts, will always bring you the very best we have to offer. Team Durango is ‘Serious About Racing’, and the fortune cookie will hopefully be a forecast of our success at the 2013 Cactus Classic.

Explore our pro driver set-up information, click here: http://www.team-durango.com/in-the-pits.php

Learn about the products that are a result of years of pro driver dedication, click here: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

Cactus Classic – Team Durango Get To Grips With Mega Grip

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Sugar spread on the track pre-watering to create more grip

Team Durango pro team drivers are settling in at the 2013 Cactus Classic. The track crew have been dusting the dirt track with large amounts of sugar in an attempt to increase the grip levels experienced by the racers. This new technique had been field tested prior to the event and our drivers have reported that after the track was watered the grip was fantastic. This track revision has opened up a wonderful opportunity for Team Durango to begin practice with the DEX210 running in our famous mid-motor configuration.

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Pro drivers show off their Team Durango race vehicles - What a collection of cars!

Prior to this event we had discussed that fielding a full range of class entries would be the greatest benefit with regards potential results, and also the opportunity to continue our strict development regime under full race conditions. Team Durango are very proud to have our full range of 10th scale off-road vehicles on display at this prestigious event.

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Neumann takes to the tools - Our racers have been working hard on making sure they have every race situation fully covered

Team Durango pro drivers are super dedicated when it comes to the preperation of their equipment for such high profile race meetings. No screw is left unchecked, no set-up is left unchecked. At this level of world-class competition races can be won and lost at the pit table.

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Ryan Lutz lines up his weapons - Team Durango are prepared for anything that Cactus may throw at them...and then some

We are very excited about working alongside our colleagues from the USA. Ryan Lutz, Carson Wernimont and Travis Amezcua have welcomed our other international racers with open arms. At Team Durango we strongly believe in support and partnership. Cactus Classic will see our team focusing on this value as they race to win.

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Travis always races aggressive looking vehicles - His DEX210 looks ready for action in mid-motor configuration

Grip, Grip and more grip. Our pro drivers are finding that open practice for the 2WD buggy class has given them a surprise. Scottsdale RC Raceway have increased the grip so much that mid-motor DEX210 lay-out is on the dirt track as we speak! Our drivers have reported that the DEX410v3 was very quick during practice laps, we love how versatile our 10th scale 4WD always proves to be.

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Carson gives us his approval through the mirror! - Team Durango share their hotel with off-road cars...of course

Stay tuned over the next few days for the unfolding action. Team Durango are committed to bringing our fans just what you all love. Professional competition that oozes with our philosophy…we are ‘Serious About Racing’.

Learn more about the equipment used by our full-time pro racers, click here: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

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