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May 11, 2015

DEX8 Takes Podium at Battle of the Sikest 2015



Amezcua Pilots Podium Finisher – DEX8 Top Three Finish

The DEX8 has returned from an exciting weekend of racing in the experienced hands of US team Durango racer Travis Amezcua.

Our recently appointed North American Field Consultant was very happy to secure a third place podium finish in the 2015 Battle of the Sikest Pro E-Buggy race class.

Travis was able to deliver his podium place performance over three 10 minute qualifying rounds, hitting the three legged ‘A’ Mains from third place on the grid. A great start for the DEX8.


Travis raced Nitro and Electric at the Battle of the Sikest

Travis held this position to conclude the meeting with a very pleasing third overall, allowing the DEX8 to stamp its mark on this prestigious annual event.

We send our thanks and congratulations to Travis for a great result.

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May 1, 2015

Team Tech Tips – Droop Tuning Guide


 Learn How To Get The Most From Droop Settings

As the first part of an exciting new series of Team Durango tuning articles, Travis Amezcua shares a nice guide on how the Droop travel on the newly launched vehicle range can help you access custom set-up configurations.

We hand over to Travis for an exciting look on the facts that surround adjusting your Droop Screw settings.

This week I will cover the effects of Droop Travel. Down stops limit how far the suspension arms travel downward.

Travel, or Droop, is a very sensitive adjustment configuration you can make on your vehicle. It also a very quickly accessed by turning small Screws positioned in your lower Suspension Arms. This can be adjusted easily in pit lane using a 2mm Hex driver. The effects may change with the type of track and/or the level of grip you encounter.

Turning your Droop Screws clockwise decreases droop, counter clockwise increases the amount of droop.

I find the best was to measure the amount of droop you are running is with a pair of digital Calipers. I measure the distance from the center of the top Shock Mount Screw to the center of the bottom Shock Screw. Making sure each side of the vehicle is equal length.


Measuring the amount of Droop you are currently running is a good starting point

More Droop Travel:

This makes the car more responsive but less stable. Typically better on bumpy tracks or on tracks with slower corners. This allows the chassis to transfer more weight back under acceleration or transfer the weight forward under braking.


How your vehicle will look when set to have increased Droop Travel

Less Droop Travel:

This makes the car more stable and is typically better on smooth tracks. This stops the chassis from transferring to much weight back under acceleration or transferring too much to the front during braking.


How your vehicle will look when set to have decreased Droop Travel

Effects of front Travel:

More front Travel


Note how far the Suspension Arms travel beyond the Chassis line

1. It will increases rear traction on corner exit allowing more weight transfer

2. Land better on big jumps

3. Better on bumpy tracks

Less front Travel:


Note the position of the Suspension Arms in relation to the vehicle Chassis line

1. Increase on power steering when accelerating

2. More responsive when changing direction

3. Better on smooth tracks

Having such fast access to this easy tuning option will allow you to make super-fine adjustments in seconds. Roll into the pit lane and have your car back on the track quickly. This will encourage you to continue tuning the car during the action of each race meeting, meaning you can gain an even greater advantage against the competition.

Team Durango make it easy for you to become faster at tuning, then faster when you hit the race track. The perfect winning combination.

Stay tuned for more exclusive set-up tips from Travis Amezcua during the coming weeks.

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April 10, 2015

DNX8 – Team Tech Tips – Rear Toe-in Tuning


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:

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.

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March 27, 2015

Team Driver Interview – Travis Amezcua Talks DNX8


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.


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.


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.

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  • 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.


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.

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  • 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.


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:


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  •  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.


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.


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 for any questions you may have about set-up and builds on Team Durango products.

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January 13, 2015

Amezcua Takes Double Podium – CRCRC Championships


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.


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.

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November 21, 2014

Team Durango – Strengthening Local Support


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.


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.

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November 11, 2014

Travis Amezcua – Double Podium Victory – DEX210v2 & DEX410v4

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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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September 9, 2014

Lutz Triple Podium – Futaba Electric Challenge


Ryan Lutz – Triple Success

2014 Futaba Electric Challenge 1/8 E-Buggy – TQ and first place – Ryan Lutz – Team Durango DEX408v2

2014 Futaba Electric Challenge 1/10 4WD Buggy – TQ and first place – Ryan Lutz – Team Durango DEX410v4

2014 Futaba Electric Challenge 1/10 2WD Buggy – Second place – Ryan Lutz – Team Durango DEX210v2

Team Durango super-racer, Ryan Lutz, has returned from the 2014 Futaba Electric Challenge with a triple podium finish for Team Durango.

Ryan was really pleased to take the overall TQ and first place in both 1/8 E-Buggy and 1/10 4WD, with his DEX408v2 and DEX410v4 respectively. He then added a second overall in 1/10 WD with his DEX210v2 to make it a weekend triple in Joliet, Illinois.

Ryan was able to show his continued versatility at the event, with the included racing classes requiring a quick change of driving style during the busy weekend of multi-discipline racing.

We send our congratulations and sincere thanks to Ryan for an excellent performance.

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August 11, 2014

Lutz & DNX8 Prototype Victory


Ryan Lutz – DNX8 Prototype Victory

Team Durango USA super star, Ryan Lutz, has just returned from the 2014 Battle of the Sikest race meeting with a victory for the DNX8 Nitro Buggy Prototype.

Ryan was very excited to secure the winning spot, and overall TQ, in the Nitro Pro Buggy class. He then went on to also take the second overall podium spot in Nitro Pro Truggy, with the DNX408T.

The event was hosted by Thunder Alley Raceway, Beaumont, California. With a very strong field of US racing stars for Ryan to battle in an exciting weekend of fast-paced off-road track action. Ryan took leg one and three of the Nitro Pro Buggy ‘A’ Main, shaking off stiff competition from the likes of Drake and King on his way to victory.


The Nitro Pro Truggy class gave Ryan a chance to show that the DNX408T is ready for winning action. His podium finish performance included a really cool drift show for the watching crowds, just to spice up the racing even further!

We send our congratulations to Ryan for another awesome performance over at Thunder Alley.

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July 28, 2014

Lutz Win & Podium – 2014 Futaba/O.S Nitro Challenge


 Ryan Lutz & Team Durango Win 

Team Durango Pro racer, Ryan Lutz, has just returned from the 2014 Futaba/O.S Nitro Challenge with a victory for his DEX408v2 and a podium place finish in nitro Buggy.

Held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the mega-popular Dirtburners RC venue, this year’s installment of this annual clash of the fastest off-road stars the scene has to offer, was action-packed from start to finish.

Ryan dominated qualifying in the 1/8 E-Buggy class, racing his DEX408v2 to a first place finish and overall TQ place. Ryan was able to win the first two legs of the prestigious ‘A’ Main finals, claiming the top spot well before proceedings had concluded for the rest of the field.

In the fiercely competitive 1/8 Pro Nitro Buggy class, Ryan put together some really solid qualifying runs. He was able to secure third place overall for Team Durango in the ‘A’ Main finals.

With a fourth overall for Ryan and his DNX408T in the Pro Truck class, the weekend of exciting dirt track racing was concluded with a very strong overall performance from the man who is often known as ‘The Lutzinator’.


The DNX408T of Ryan Lutz – Cooling down in the pits at the 2014 Futaba/O.S Challenge

We send our congratulations and sincere thanks to Ryan for a great performance in Missouri last weekend.

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