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July 20, 2015

DEX8 Clean Sweep – Novotny Takes It All

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Winner – Novotny and DEX8 secure another victory 

Young Team Durango race star, Kaja Novotny, has returned from the recently contested Czech 40+ 1/8 Race with a clean sweep of the day’s schedule, taking a first place finish for Team Durango with his DEX8.

Kaja raced this event in the 1/8 E-Buggy open class, winning all three qualifiers as he set an early TQ pace for the experienced field of racers to try and chase.

The dry and dusty Horni Jeleni track gave some challenging conditions, with very warm weather making the racing an intense experience, with Kaja taking each qualifier more than half a lap ahead of the competition.

Gridded up on pole for the ‘A’ Main final, Kaja powered home with his DEX8 1/8 4WD Electric Buggy to take the win in all three legs, securing overall TQ and first place for Team Durango easily.

Kaja was very happy to also record the event’s fastest lap, proving he and the DEX8 had race-winning pace from the first lap of this prestigious race.

We send our sincere congratulations to Kaja and his father Karel. The Novotny camp just keep on winning with Team Durango race machines.

Learn why the DEX8 will transform your race results now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

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

Connect with Kaja and other TD racers in your region here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

 

July 13, 2015

Travis Amezcua – Ride Height Basics – Tutorial

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Hot new tips from the Team Durango super-racer, Travis Amezcua

In the latest instalment of our exciting Team Tech Tips tuning series, hosted by our Field Consultant for North America, Travis Amezcua, we take a closer look at vehicle ride height.

Travis shares some useful hints on how to gain a fast and easily adjusted tuning advantage when the track conditions are difficult. Using his DEX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy as an example, Travis shows you how to get the perfect ride height adjustments, time after time.

Over to Travis for his valuable insights:

This week I will cover the effects of ride height. Ride height is best explained as the height of the chassis in relation to the ground.

You should always set your ride height when your car is race-ready. Electronics or Engine and Battery Cells installed.

First up, how to check the ride height you are currently running.

  • You will want to use a flat surface/set-up board.
  • There are many different ride height gauges out there you can use. Stick to using the same gauge as consistency is key when taking measurements.
  • When your car is race-ready, lift the car about 6-8 inches from the ground. Then drop the car onto the flat surface/setup board.
  • Take your ride height gauge and slide it under the chassis. This will tell you what the ride height of your car is at from the ground to the bottom of the chassis.

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Position your chosen ride height gauge in the center of your Chassis Plate, underneath the front Diff 

 Now to look at making adjustments and what you can expect to see from your tuning efforts:

  • Rotating your Shock Collars will increase your ride height in one direction, then decrease your ride height when rotated the opposite way.
  • Adjusting the ride height is a quick tuning option for your car. This simple adjustment can really change the way your car is handling on the track and can have you ‘dialled’ back into the changing race conditions quickly.
  • For most cars, you will want the front and rear ride height to be within a few mm from each other, or ‘equalized’, as we say at Team Durango.
  • Make sure that the adjustment is equal from side to side on the Shock Collars. You can easily check each ‘quarter’ of the ride height setting by putting your gauge in the four corners of the Chassis Plate.

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Now we know how easy it is to make the actual ride height adjustments, and also measure them, lets understand what we can expect to happen when we increase, or decrease our vehicle ride height:

  • Generally speaking a lower ride height will have less traction, and will be less prone to traction rolling.
  • A higher ride height will produce more traction but also want to traction roll easier.
  • With a higher ride height your car will also land the jumps and handle those bumpy tracks a lot better. Again this will depend on the surface that you’re running on.

Some settings to consider:

Front lower than Rear

  • Increases weight transfer to the front off power.
  • Increases steering.
  • It will also make the car want to jump more nose down.

Front higher than rear

  • More rear traction on power
  • Decreases steering.
  • Will make the car jump more nose up

Always keep in mind that no matter how often you tune a setting on your vehicle, you should keep a starting set-up noted on your Team Durango set-up sheet. This will allow you to easily return the car back to the settings you started out with, without forgetting valuable measurements and values.

You can also see our colleague, Jason Ametrine, creating custom ride height settings with his DEX210v2 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKTfEGZom4Q

Stay tuned for the next Travis Amezcua Team Tech Tips article very soon.

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

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Contact Travis directly here: travis@team-durango.com

 

TD Germany Take Team Title

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Victory! – Team Durango Germany Win Intense Battle

German team drivers have recently returned from the exciting ‘Nitro Meets Electric’ race event at the Rasenracer track with an overall team win for Team Durango.

This unusual race meeting pitted teams of four drivers against each other across two classes, mixing Nitro and Electric 1/8 vehicles into one exhilarating race.

Julian Heitjan, Giuseppe Pulicano, Maximilian Petzold and Chris Kammann, enjoyed fast and consistent track performances from the DEX8 and the DNX8, making easy work of the high-grip Astroturf track surface.

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The four hour race gave drivers 30 minutes of Nitro racing, with a switch to Electric, then back to Nitro every half-an-hour.

At the end of this unique battle, Team Durango Germany hit the top podium spot for this team event, bringing home the DEX8 and the DNX8 with the winners honours again.

We send our sincere congratulations and thanks to our German colleagues. Great performance under high-pressure circumstances.

Check out why the team trust the DNX8 when the action is intense: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/ 

Get more information on the race-winning DEX8 here now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Connect with TD racers in your region and beyond: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Find you local TD dealer easily here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

July 6, 2015

Double Win – Novotny Pilots DEX8 & DNX8 to Victory

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Novotny Takes Double Win

 KS Challenge – Third Round – E-Buggy – 1st and overall TQ – Kaja Novotny – DEX8

KS Challenge – Third Round – Nitro Buggy – 1st and overall TQ – Kaja Novotny – DNX8

Kaja Novotny has returned from the recently contested third round of the popular KS Challenge, with a double victory for Team Durango.

Kaja was very happy to win both 1/8 Buggy classes, Electric and Nitro, taking first place overall with his DEX8 and DNX8 race machines respectively.

The Kolin track was baked under burning temperatures, seeing 38 degree thermometer readings, as the drivers prepared for battle.

The dry and dusty track conditions were easily managed by Kaja, as he found fast pace with both Team Durango vehicles, taking the events fastest lap in both classes, whilst adding the double TQ to his two podium wins.

Local Team Durango racer, Jan Bílek, was very happy to win the 1/10 4WD class, also raced at the event. He piloted the DEX410v3 to victory.

We send our sincere thanks and congratulations to Kaja, Karel and also Jan.

Explore how you can storm to the podium with the DEX8 now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Learn how the race-winning features of the DNX8 are perfect for your local track: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

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

 

 

July 2, 2015

DEX8 Takes Irish National – Aaron Vance First Place

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The DNX8 Secures Another Solid Victory

Irish Team Durango racer, Aaron Vance, has returned from the 1/8 E-Buggy National with a victory for his DEX8 Buggy.

Aaron was really happy to take top spot for Team Durango at the NIMCC race venue, finding fast pace on the high-grip Astroturf track.

Fastest car on the track was easily achieved when Aaron flew to an overall TQ, enjoying the consistent handling features of his DEX8.

With recent success racing both DEX8 and DNX8 vehicles, Aaron continues to bring great results home for Team Durango on the Emerald Isle.

We send our thanks to Aaron and wish him further success as the season begins to heat up all over Europe.

Explore how the DEX8 can transform your lap times now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

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

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

June 16, 2015

Multiple Canadian Success – Pascal Morin

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Pascal Morin – Multi-Class Wins

Team Durango Canada racer, Pascal Morin, has returned from a recent club race meeting in Chazel, Quebec, with multiple race wins and TQ finishes.

The results of Pascal’s awesome performance looked like this:

4WD Buggy – 1ST place finish and overall TQ – Pascal Morin – DEX410v4

2WD Buggy – 2ND place finish and overall TQ – Pascal Morin – DEX210v2

1/8 E Buggy – 1ST place finish – Pascal Morin – Pascal Morin – DEX8

2WD Stadium Truck – 1ST place finish – Pascal Morin – DEST210R

Pascal was really happy to secure solid results in four classes during just one race meeting, testimony to his skill when quickly switching racing styles.

Pascal was quick to comment on the consistent performance of the newly launched DEX8 1/8 4WD Electric Buggy, stating he was “… very pleased with how well it handled”

This was also the first time Pascal had driven his newly built DEX210v2, taking it straight to a TQ finish. Great work Pascal.

We send our thanks and congratulations to Pascal for a really great set of race results.

Connect with Pascal and his race team colleagues over at Team Durango Canada here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Explore the range of products that Pascal uses to win: http://www.team-durango.com/parts.php

Find a Team Durango dealer in your region now: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

June 8, 2015

DNX8 & DEX8 Take Double French Win

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DNX8 – WIN – DEX8 – WIN

1/8 Nitro Buggy – 1ST and overall TQ – Romain Valter – Team Durango DNX8

1/8 E Buggy – 1ST and overall TQ – Raphael Robert – Team Durango DEX8

The recently contested French Region 4 League clash has provided Team Durango France with double success.

Romain Valter and  Raphael Robert visited the dry and dusty Avesnes Sur Helpe race track, with Romain to run the DNX8 Nitro Buggy and Raphael running the DEX8 Electric Buggy.

Early pace for both racers saw them easily dismantle any threat from the strong field of competitors, as both drivers put together a solid example of off-road racing.

Romain was really happy  to be hitting the top podium spot, stating that the racing was made easy because of how well his DNX8 had handled the challenging track, lap after lap.

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Robert Raphael and his winning DEX8

Raphael was keen to echo his team mates pleasure, stating that his overall TQ was easily achieved with the help of his consistently performing DEX8.

We send our sincere thanks and congratulations to Romain and Raphael for a great performance.

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The DEX8 and DNX8 that provided a double win and double TQ for our French race stars

Find out more about the race-winning DNX8 now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

Learn why the DEX8 is designed for winners: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

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

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May 26, 2015

Team Tech Tips – How To Create A Car Stand Using Kit Boxes

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Learn How To Quickly Make Your Own Car Stand

Here at Team Durango we are always working hard to bring you the very best Team Tech Tips.

Our latest edition of this exciting video series shares a really cool guide on how to create your own Team Durango car stand, using your DEX8, DNX8, DESC10 or DEX8T kit box.

Watch the latest installment with Jason Ametrine here now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPKwOwwVNqw

Stay close to all the Team Tech Tips action here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WatchTeamDurango

Connect with Jason and other Team Durango racers now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Do you have your own Team Tech Tip? Send us the information here: halloffame@team-durango.com

 

 

DEX8 Secures Czech National Podium

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Novotny Pilots DEX8 for success

The first round of the hotly contested Czech 1/8 Nationals took place last weekend in Horni Jeleni. Kaja Novotny was quickly on the race pace, piloting his DEX8 straight to a second overall podium finish for Team Durango.

Kaja was very happy to win and TQ all three qualifying rounds, securing the overall event TQ, as he set about stamping his mark on the 50 strong field of racers.

Qualifying done and a very happy pit area in the Novotny camp before the finals started.

Kaja was straight into the ‘A’ Main final action, battling Martin Bayer as he drove the DEX8 hard on the rough dirt track surface . Kaja was very happy to finish second overall against such fast competition.

Congratulations go to Kaja and his father Karel for another strong performance. The DEX8 1/8 4WD Electric Buggy continues to provide podium place pace all over the world.

Explore how the DEX8 can take you to the podium now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Stay connected with Kaja and other Team Durago 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

DEX8 Takes French Podium Finish

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DEX8 Secures Podium Honours

The second round of the League 4 Championship was recently contested in Noeux-les-Mines, with Team Durango France racer Raphael Robert securing a podium finish for his DEX8 1/8 4WD Electric Buggy.

With this prestigious meeting being only his second outing with the all-new DEX8, Raphael was very happy to find consistent pace against some of the regions fastest racers.

Raphael was able to qualify for the ‘A’ Main in third place on the grid, holding this position until the final lap, to take the podium place for Team Durango.

We send our sincere congratulations to Raphael for a great performance. We look forward to watching him race his DEX8 at the upcoming fourth round of the French 1/8 Nationals.

Learn how the DEX8 can make you faster 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

Join the global Team Durango community now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

 

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