Team Durango has announced a new 1/8-scale truggy. Called the Team Durango DEX408T, it's a large-scale offroad racer that's built to withstand "the very highest level of 8th scale competition."
Sold as a kit, it's an electric version of Team Durango's nitro-powered buggy platform. Don't mistake it for a mere conversion, though. Instead, the truggy is reengineered as an electric racer from the ground up, ensuring it brings quality performance and durability unique to its powertrain, all while being compatible with 95 percent of the kit parts from its nitro-powered DEX408 brethren. That's right, you can quickly outfit your truggy with upgraded performance parts as soon as you can get it up and running.
The Team Durango DEX408T Truggy brings a laundry list of premium features. Specs include a specially-designed 6061-T6 aluminum chassis plate, machined alloy suspension hangers, machined aluminum bulk heads, 15mm Big Bore shocks, aluminum shock caps, and a hub/steering assembly that's fully ball-raced. To save on weight to the rotational mass, it uses composite cross shafts and inserts, while the composite spur gear boasts reduced wear rate and improved acceleration.
No word yet on exact release date or pricing, but the Team Durango DEX408T Truggy is expected to be in stores soon.
While the name sounds like it's lifted straight off the Kama Sutra, there's nothing Tantric about the Tamiya Vajra. Instead, it's an electric 4WD racing truck based off the 2011 Avante chassis.
Sold as a kit, the 1/10-scale truggy is built on the shaft-driven 4WD Avante that's been converted to a truck with a locked center differential in place of the ball diff and ball diffs in place of the open gear units in the front and rear. It retains the longitudinally mounted motor and battery pack, as well as all the other properties that made the platform quite the attractive racer.
The Tamiya Vajra uses 2mm-thick carbon fiber for the upper and lower decks, as well as a 2mm carbon plate steering rack. Other details include a 4-wheel double wishbone suspension (with aluminum front knuckles and durable resin suspension arms), universal drive shafts, aluminum wheel hex hubs, 3.5mm-thick carbon fiber damper stays, and bumper guards (both front and rear).
The polycarbonate truck body (at least, the one on the product photo) looks very ordinary, though. Same with the included V-pattern block tires. Suffice to say, you'll probably want to look for something better to do the Avante chassis the justice it deserves.
MSRP for the Tamiya Vajra is $812. Radio gear, motor, battery and ESC are available separately.
Looking for a nitro truggy that you can rip from the box and set on the tracks in no time? The Ofna Jammin X2-CRT isn't only ready to run, it's completely ready to race. Tough as nails and packing decent power, it's a guaranteed way to get beginners acclimated to the class.
Clad in a blazing red and white color scheme, the 1/8th scale vehicle does just enough in the attractiveness department. The paint job is excellent and the decorations are busy, but tastefully applied.
The Jammin X2-CRT runs on a Force .28 engine with Electric Shaft Starter. It's an intermediate engine - easy to tune and low-maintenance. While good enough for an RTR racer, it's still rightly considered a basher's engine. For an all-around truck aimed at intermediates and below, though, it fits the bill perfectly.
Ask anyone who's driven this model and they're likely to give the same impression - this is an extremely durable vehicle. Boasting all-aluminum parts, this thing can rumble with the best of them. During drives, the handling feels very aggressive while the long travel suspension soaks up everything smoothly. Compared to many similarly-priced truggies out there (e.g. the Muggy), the difference in quality of experience is night and day.
Notable features include a new composite carburator, 150cc fuel tank, big bore shocks, 7075 Billet hard anodized aluminum chassis and a responsive two-channel wheel-type radio system. Do note that you may want to replace the servos down the line for more serious racing - everything else seems for keeps.
Hands down, the Ofna Jammin X2-CRT RTR is one of the best bang-for-the-buck truggies out there. Definitely well-worth looking into for intermediate drivers and below.
- Length: 20.2" (513mm)
- Width: 7.1" (180mm) ahead of rear wheels, narrowest point
- Width: 7.3" (186mm) at rear wheels, widest point
- Height: 4.7" (120mm)
- Chassis: CNC machined hard coated 7075 aluminum
- Drive: Four wheel shaft drive
- Radio: Ofna 2-channel 27MHz AM
- Engine: .28 cu in (4.6cc)
- Exhaust: Polished tuned pipe
- Fuel Tank: 5.1oz (150cc)
- Transmission: Single speed
Need a truggy that can run over all surfaces without compromising speed or performance? That's exactly what the Losi 8ight-T 2.0 brings to the table - an off-roader that's been tuned to perform like a high-speed truggy should.
Sure, the factory-assembled shell and pre-loaded decals aren't exciting, but they ain't half-bad either. While the looks aren't exactly to die for, this 1/8th scale basher packs it where it counts: dependable performance.
See that body? The design was built to allow free-flowing air into the system, helping cool down your ride during non-stop runs under extreme weather. You also get easy access to the truck's interior for adjustment and tuning.
Power is provided by the 454 .28 engine, which delivers enough punch to see you through the toughest challenges. It's easy to tune and stands up well over many runs - there's a good chance you'll want to keep this engine intact for a long time. While many manufacturers like to pull out a buggy drivetrain, slip it into a bigger vehicle and call it a truggy, Losi did their job here, tuning the driveline specifically for the larger wheels.
The 8IGHT-T handles very well off-road due to a properly-built suspension and steering servos. Performing jumps at 40mph will leave you barely breaking a sweat, as this is a very forgiving setup - you don't need perfect technique to pull off big air.
From the first time you pull the trigger to the end of raceday, the Losi 8IGHT-T 2.0 is bound to make a believer out of you. Perfect for backyard bashers and mid-level casual racers, this is not just a powerful truggy, it's an easy-to-learn 4WD that will let you dive into the thick of the action in no time.
- Type:8IGHT-T 2.0 Truggy Race Roller
- Length:22.075 in (560mm)
- Width:16.375 in (415.9mm)
- Wheelbase:14.93 - 15.09 in (379 - 383mm)
- Weight:8.50 lb (3.855 kg)
- Chassis:Tuned Flex Technology (TFT) 2.0
- Kit/RTR:Race Roller
- Body:Clear Polycarbonate Body
Geared towards an excellent monster trucking experience (despite some obvious truggy characteristics), Losi's Muggy 4WD brings up-to-date innovations and excellent engineering talents to the table. With a unique design and a capable set of features, it's a scary-looking performer that should keep you off your seat with non-stop driving fun.
The vehicle's intimidating form starts with an aggressively-designed body shell that comes pre-painted to deliver the look of a monster truck-inspired truggy. Evoking a commanding presence is barely a challenge with its gigantic wheels and 420-Series tires that should keep it moving regardless of the terrain. In-house-crafted wing and wing mount add even more flair to the ride.
Sure, it looks scary, but can it perform with matching intensity? Under the hood, the Muggy 4WD fits in a 427 engine and a large 150cc fuel tank, allowing it to deliver power that supports its monstrous frame. Stability should be more or less set with an ultra-tough aluminum chassis, oversized shocks and low center of gravity, ensuring proper maneuvering even through difficult turns. Helping you tame the beast is a computer-based JR Xr2i radio system, which lets you operate the barreling giant from a broad distance without experiencing any signal trouble.
Considered as one of the best model monster trucks currently in the market, the Muggy 4WD should handily bring all the aggro-destruction that you crave for. It's heavy for racing fanatics too, borrowing some of the best features from its LST heritage. Beginners looking to get into truggy racing should definitely take a look at this as an option, as it offers one of the easiest handling for its category.
- Length: 21.75 in
- Width: 18 in
- Wheelbase: 14 in
- Weight: 11.4 lbs
- Drive Train: Gear Ratio 14.48:1
- Motor or Engine: Losi Sport 427 engine
- Radio: JR XR2i
More info at Losi