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April 16, 2015

Team Tech Tips Video Series – Episode 3 – Travis Amezcua

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Travis Amezcua Explores the DNX8 Patent Pending Sliding Gear Mesh

In the third installment of our new Team Tech Tips video series, Travis Amezcua and Mark Williams show you how fast and easy the Patent Pending Sliding Gear Mesh is to use.

This innovative all-new Team Durango design allows you to quickly set your Gear mesh, without altering the weight distribution of your vehicle as dramatically as moving the heavy Nitro Engine.

Learn how fast and hassle-free this feature is now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4d0U-_hlbs

Stay tuned for more exciting Team Tech Tips very soon.

Learn how the DNX8 will make you faster on your pit table, then faster on the track: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

Stay connected with Travis Amezcua and Team Durango racers in your area here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango?fref=ts

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

Watch Jason Ametrine set and adjust the Sliding Gear mesh on the DEX8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0g5TgXiZaI

April 10, 2015

DNX8 – Team Tech Tips – Rear Toe-in Tuning

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Travis Amezcua – DNX8 Fast Rear Toe-in Tuning

In the second part of our new series of Team Tech Tip videos, Travis Amezcua and Mark Williams show you how the DNX8 can be easily adjusted, giving you access to custom set-up options in minutes.

The Team Durango Suspension Hanger Insert system provides a wide range of hassle-free composite Inserts, allowing the DNX8 to be adjusted to specific track conditions quickly.

Learn how this tuning option will make you faster in the pits, then even faster on the track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8sZsVPIcOk

Stay tuned for the next episode of this all-new series. Travis will continue to explore how the DNX8 1/8 Nitro Buggy can transform your winning potential, straight from the kit box.

Learn more about the Team Durango Suspension Hanger Insert system here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byhPMafXq6o

Explore the race-winning features of the DNX8 now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

Connect with Travis and other Team Durango racers here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Get your hands on the DNX8 now: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

Enjoy more very detailed Team Tech Tips from TDUK racer Jason Ametrine now: https://www.youtube.com/user/WatchTeamDurango

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 9, 2015

Amezcua Double Podium Success – Chi Town Shootout 2015

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Travis On Top Form – DEX210v2 Takes The Win 

Team Durango off-road star and North American Field Representative, Travis Amezcua, has returned from the 2015 Chi Town Shootout with a win and TQ in 2WD Buggy and a second overall in 4WD Buggy.

Racing the DEX210v2 against fast competition, Travis was really happy to add to his previous Chi Town successes by taking the TQ for Team Durango. He then powered home in the 2WD ‘A’ Main final to lift the coveted Shootout trophy once again.

Lining up for the always popular 4WD Buggy class, Travis felt confident he could add to his already fast pace in 2WD, using his trusted DEX410v4 on the flowing dirt track of Leisure Hours Hobbies Raceway. Travis has a strong reputation at this venue, having taken several prestigious podium finishes over the last few years, including winning the annual Chi Town ‘Dash For Cash’ race.

Team Durango fans were not disappointed, as Travis added a second overall in 4WD to complete his weekend of double podium results.

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Chi Town Shootout 2015 – First and second in respective classes – Job Done

Travis was really pleased to be supporting a strong line-up of Team Durango racers at the 2015 Shootout, with Team Durango vehicles appearing in all race classes at the prestigious off-road event.

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Travis and Team Durango racers at the 2015 Chi Town Shootout

We send our congratulations and thanks to Travis for a great set of results. We also share our thanks to Brad Brucker from Hobbico, who was supporting Travis during the race meeting.

A big shout out to all the attending Team Durango racers who helped fly the flag alongside Travis.

Get closer to Travis Amezcua and other Team Durango racers now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Learn how the DEX210v2 can put you on the top spot here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex210v2/

Explore the race-winning features that Travis uses to battle for podium places with the DEX410v4 now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/

 

 

 

January 13, 2015

Amezcua Takes Double Podium – CRCRC Championships

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Double Success – Amezcua Starts 2015 With a Bang

 Team Durango North American Technical Representative, Travis Amezcua, has concluded his trip to the annual CRCRC Midwest Championships with a double podium finish.

Travis raced his DEX210v2 to a third place finish in the super-competitive 2WD Buggy class, finding good pace on the technical dirt track, against some of the fastest racers in the USA. The 4WD Buggy class was to be a similar story for Travis, with his DEX410v4 finding good form, also bringing home the third place overall finish.

Travis is very happy to start his 2015 off-road campaign with a solid double podium finish for Team Durango, once again showing the consistent pace of both Team Durango 1/10 Buggy platforms when the competition pace is hot.

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Lined up and ready for action – Travis found consistent pace with his DEX210v2 & DEX410v4

We send our congratulations to Travis and our thanks to the amazing folks at CRCRC in Ohio for another awesome event.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from Travis Amezcua, as he makes his way around North America, appearing at many club-based events to help support Team Durango racers.

Learn more about the DEX210v2 here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex210v2/

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

Get connected to Team Durango racers all over the world here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

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

November 21, 2014

Team Durango – Strengthening Local Support

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As part of our recently announced strategy changes, we are very excited to announce the appointment of Travis Amezcua as our North American Technical Representative.

Travis is a long-serving Team Durango team member, racing a range of our products at the highest competitive level in the world.  Travis will step into his new Team Durango role with immediate effect. Travis will be travelling from his SoCal base, around the US, bringing expert track-side support to local club racers and Team Durango fans.

An important part of our new strategy is to gather more information from local racers and communicate that across our network, to help develop our products in sympathy with exactly what you all need to continue winning. Travis will assist in this area, helping us gain a valuable insight into what is happening at your local track.

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Travis Amezcua – Team Durango North American Technical Representative

Travis will work closely with our newly appointed, Champaign based, Hobbico Field Communications Manager, Brad Brucker, in the US. This new support team for Northern America will allow our fans to gain race-day support, whilst also feeding back important ideas and issues to our design engineers

Travis will also be scouting for new talent, in all racing classes, allowing us to build a base of local racers who will contribute to how we design new race machines.

Expect to see these guys travelling across the US to meet as many of you as they can at your local events.

Stay tuned for more news on how your local racing scene will benefit from regionally appointed Team Durango Trackside Representatives very soon.

Stay close to all the Team Durango news here:  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

 

 

November 11, 2014

Travis Amezcua – Double Podium Victory – DEX210v2 & DEX410v4

Filed under: Hall Of Fame,News,Team Driver — Tags: , , , , , , — Stuart @ 1:02 pm

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Double Podium Finish – NEIC 2014

Travis Amezcua has returned from the North East Indoor Championships with a double podium finish for Team Durango.

Travis was able to race to overall victory in 2WD Buggy, running his DEX210v2 in Rear Motor configuration on the Maximus RC clay track surface. Crowned as 2WD TQ man, Travis reported that his DEX210v2 was consistent and fast on the challenging race surface.

Straight into the 4WD class battle, Travis was happy to secure a second place podium finish with his DEX410v4, double success for the Team Durango racer.

Travis was keen to share news that both cars handled extremely well on the clay surface at Maximus RC. Running Rear Motor with his DEX210v2 gave Travis a competitive edge against the vast majority of the field, proving the versatility of the Team Durango 2WD Buggy when every second counts.

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Explore how the DEX210v2 can help you conquer your local race track now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex210v2/

Learn why racers choose the DEX410v4 for consistent performance and easy set-up adjustments here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex410v4/

Meet new Team Durango racers by hitting the ‘Like’ button here now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

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

September 30, 2014

2014 IFMAR Nitro World Championships – DNX8

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 DNX8 Prototype – Top Ten Qualifying Positions and fourth for ‘A’ Mains

Our Pro team returned from the 2014 IFMAR World Championships in Sicily with a solid final pace-test for the DNX8 Buggy platform.

Armed with limited pre-production parts, the team secured several top ten qualifying places, with Neumann and Lutz taking a sixth and eighth respectively during the second round.

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Neumann putting the DNX8 Prototype through a Worlds pace-test 

Having qualified directly for the semi-final, Ryan secured fourth on the ‘A’ Main grid. Ryan finished 12th overall with his DNX8 Prototype, holding third place during the finals for a period of time.

We send our congratulations to the team for a successful IFMAR World Championship week, and share our building excitement for the soon to be launched DNX8 1/8 Nitro Buggy.

Stay close to all the DNX8 news by hitting the ‘Like’ button here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Explore the Team Durango global distribution network now: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

Thanks to RC Car Action for the awesome photographs used in this article.

June 9, 2014

DETC410 – Travis Amezcua Set-Up Released

Filed under: Hall Of Fame,News,Team Driver — Tags: , , , , , — Stuart @ 12:56 pm

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Tune Your DETC410 Like Amezcua 

Team Durango racing Pro Travis Amezcua may be more known in recent time for his off-road 1/10 scale racing prowess, but he is no slouch when it comes to Touring Car racing. Travis has been away from smoother track driving since 2006 but found he was ready to re-visit his old haunts recently, just as Team Durango released the much anticipated DETC410 Touring Car kit.

Travis has always been known for his tenacious racing style and professional philosophy, so what better way for him to push his own ability levels even further than to go head-first into prestigious on-road meetings such as The Reedy Race and the globally recognised Snowbirds Tournament?

We are very excited that Travis has settled into his old rhythm quickly with the DETC410. He recently sent us an exclusive set-up sheet that helped him secure a top five ‘A’ main finish at the Reedy Race of Champions in the USA.

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Now you can study the way our Pro team use the huge amounts of tunability designed into each Team Durango car, creating a tactical advantage on the most challenging of tracks.

Enjoy Travis’ latest set-up sheet by searching for his name under the DETC410 drop-down here: http://www.team-durango.com/in-the-pits.php

Explore the race-winning features of the DETC410 here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/detc410/

 

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