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Monster Truck Driver Bari Musawwir is Now a Member of Team Futaba

Monster Truck Driver Bari Musawwir is Now a Member of Team Futaba

Throughout the years, professional sports and the R/C world have experienced some unique connections. Many athletes, specifically race car drivers and motocross/supercross riders, have flocked to the radio-control hobby as a way to unwind (and still fuel their passion for competition and speed).

The latest pro-sports-to-R/C connection comes in the form of a Monster Jam Monster Truck driver, Bari Musawwir. Bari, who drives “Zombie”, and has a history filled with experience in the radio-controlled vehicle hobby, has joined Team Futaba.

In this 2014 interview, Bari (who was then driving the Spider-Man truck, shares a few of his thoughts on how his experience with R/C vehicles translated into his becoming a monster truck driver.

Bari Musawwir, a professional monster truck driver, is joining Team Futaba. For him, the combination of RC and full-scale professional driving is ful lling a lifelong dream.

Musawwir is getting to do exactly what he dreamed of as a kid. He grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, building plastic models, drawing and designing his own cars, and modifying them. When he got a little older, he started racing RC cars competitively.

RC helped get Musawwir into professional driving, and also helps him in the full-scale arena. It’s “almost like a simulator because the laws of physics and inertia still apply. You jump an RC vehicle just like a full size truck. I take that knowledge and experience and apply it to what I’m doing in the monster truck. It really helps out; you can set up for a turn the same way you set up a turn in an RC vehicle.”

With a career that has taken him to many countries, earned him awards, and will undoubtedly provide insights into upcoming RC races with Team Futaba, Musawwir really is living the dream.

Team Futaba is looking forward to seeing his talents displayed for the RC community in the upcoming season.

Learn more about this new partnership between Bari and Futaba on Futaba’s Facebook page.

Image credit: Futaba


Losi’s Large-Scale (1/5) Desert Buggy XL-E

Losi’s Large-Scale (1/5) Desert Buggy XL-E

Every scale of R/C machine has its own group of fans and supporters. While some people enjoy wheeling small-to-mid-scale radio-controlled machines, there are those that prefer to wield something much larger. To meet the needs of the large-scale crowd, Losi has introduced a new ⅕-scale, electric, ready-to-run model that’s sure to ignite a passion for all-out performance.

The Losi Desert Buggy XL-E is a true beast of a machine that appears to have very few compromises when it comes to construction and components. Capable of speeds in excess of 50 mph (with optional gearing and 8S LiPo batteries), this big buggy looks like an absolute blast to drive, provided you have the open real estate to let it roam.


Making this 4-wheel drive machine move is a 800kv brushless motor and 8S-capable electronic speed control (ESC). Beefy, oil-filled shocks and large tires (Maxxis Creepy Crawler) allow the Desert Buggy XL-E to grip the terrain and float over bumps, jumps and obstacles.

A Losi S900S steering servo controls the front wheels and AVC (Active Vehicle Control) makes sure you stay in control when traction is at a minimum. The electronics in this machine are all waterproof/water resistant, so there’s no holding back when you encounter some of nature’s more “questionable” elements.

Losi Desert Buggy XL-E - Side

A durable chassis and flip-top cage help ensure this machine is not only willing and able to take some abuse, but you won’t be tortured to reach the internal components when you have to make adjustments and tune-ups. An included LED light bar will help illuminate the path when bashing into the darkness (and it adds to the overall “scale” appearance of this vehicle).

Losi Desert Buggy XL-E Specifications

  • Type: 4WD Buggy
  • Scale: 1/5
  • Length: 33.25 in (844mm)
  • Width: 19.75 in (501mm)
  • Height: 12.12 in (308mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 2.75 in (69mm)
  • Wheelbase: 21.75 in (552mm)
  • Weight: 27.5 lbs w/o batteries (12.5 kg), 30.5 lbs w/batteries (13.8kg)
  • Chassis: 4mm Plate, 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Suspension: Independent
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Tire Type: Maxxis Creepy Crawler
  • Motor or Engine: Non-Sensored Brushless, 57 x 114mm
  • Speed Control: Dynamite Fuze 160A
  • Radio: Spektrum DX2E 2-Channel with AVC
  • Servos: Included
  • Batteries: 14.8V 5000mAh 50C 4s LiPo Recommended x2 (Not Included)
  • Charger: Not Included
  • Ball Bearings:Full Ball Bearing Drivetrain
  • Experience Level: Intermediate

Losi Desert Buggy XL-E - Action

Priced at $999.99, the Losi Desert Buggy XL-E will be available online through and through your local Losi dealer. Learn more about this ⅕-scale sand-scorcher at

Image credit: Losi

The 2017 Futaba/O.S. Nitro Challenge

The 2017 Futaba/O.S. Nitro Challenge

Off-Road R/C racing hits the Midwest, July 27 – 30

When the weather heats up this summer, the only thing hotter may be the on-track action at radio-controlled races across the globe. If you live in the Midwestern United States and feel like venturing to St. Louis, there is a 4-day event that’s worth checking out.

The 2017 Futaba/O.S. Speed Nitro Challenge will take place from July 27 through the 30th at the St. Louis Dirt Burners R/C Raceway. Two days of open practice kick off the event, with additional on-track activity such as “B Main”, “A Main”, and “Dash for Cash” races.

While this is a primarily nitro-focused event, there are classes available for electric buggies.

2017 Futaba/O.S. Speed Nitro Challenge Classes


  • Intermediate Buggy & Truggy (no chassis sponsors)
  • Expert Buggy & Truggy
  • Pro Buggy & Truggy
  • 40+ Buggy


  • Buggy

The Nitro Challenge kicks off its second decade on July 27 at the St. Louis Dirt Burners R/C Raceway. Two days of open practice will be followed by qualifying rounds that begin Friday night, July 28. Drivers can enter in eight divisions. Every competitor gets a free gift — but the really BIG honors must be earned.

All “A” Main finishers and the top six “B” Main finishers receive impressive trophies. Prizes for the top three in the Nitro Classes include O.S. engines, a Futaba 4PX radio system and Futaba high-voltage servos. Tickets will also be available for a raffle to win merchandise donated by event sponsors.

Sunday, July 30, opens with a 7-lap Pro Class “Dash for Cash”. The results will determine starting positions for the first “A” Main — and the winner gets cold, hard cash! Pro Class Buggy and Truggy “A” Main finishers are also eligible for cash prizes. The 11th annual Futaba/O.S. Nitro Challenge gives everyone a shot at racing for fame and fortune. There’s even a nitro buggy class for drivers age 40 and above.

Learn more about this event at

Image credit: Hobbico

JConcepts S2 Team Associated RC10 B64 Body

JConcepts S2 Team Associated RC10 B64 Body

A R/C racing body is not only a canvas, but it’s also a tool that can help you cross the finish line first. While the look of your lid helps you identify your machine in a pack, the overall design of the shell, can help provide small performance improvements and affect how your vehicle cuts through the air, both on-track and over jumps.

Team Associated’s latest electric buggy, the RC10 B64, has an equally new body option in the S2 from JConcepts. This polycarbonate buggy body utilizes design features to keep it glued to the track in the corners, and cut through the air on straightaways.

JConcepts S2 Team Associated RC10 B64 Body - Side

With a low-profile look and characteristics such as a channeled roof, functioning side-pod vents, and an aggressive cab design, this body can be a useful asset towards improving on-track performance and handling.

What’s Included with the JConcepts S2 Team Associated B64/B64D Body:

  • 1 JConcepts S2 Body Shell (clear, unpainted)
  • 2 Aero rear wings
  • 1 JConcepts decal sheet
  • 1 set of window masks

JConcepts S2 Team Associated RC10 B64 Body - Rear

Priced at $27.20, this body is available through and through JConcepts dealers.

Image credit: JConcepts

Blade’s Torrent 110 FPV Quadcopter

Blade’s Torrent 110 FPV Quadcopter

The landscape (or is it airspace) of micro, multi-rotor aircraft and quadcopters has rapidly been gaining new options for indoor pilots. The customization and transformation of the Blade Inductrix into the “Tiny Whoop” Has shown there is a demand for small, indoor-focused FPV aircraft. A new, larger (yet portable) model from Blade builds upon that desire for indoor first person view flight with the Torrent 110 FPV.

This bind and fly (BNF) model is powered by four 1104 brushless motors and runs on a 3S LiPo battery (not included). The small, 100mm frame makes it perfect for indoor/in-house flight and included propeller guards help ensure you won’t damage your walls and furniture (not to mention the props themselves) if things get out of hand.

Blade Torrent 110 FPV Angle

Blade has given the Torrent 110 FPV a carbon fiber airframe and durable body shell to help protect it in the event of a crash. This high-durability allows for outdoor flight, should you feel the call of the wild.

The FPV functionality of the Torrent 110 uses a 600TVL wide angle camera that provides a 120-degree field of view. To Fully complete the FPV functionality of this model, you will need to supply a monitor/headset.  

Blade Torrent 110 FPV Specifications

  • Type: Multi-Rotor
  • Weight: 120g
  • Length: 100mm
  • Kit/ARF/RTF: BNF Basic
  • Rotor Blade Length: 2″
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Recommended Environment: Indoor/Outdoor
  • Is Assembly Required: No

Blade Torrent FPV - Flight

Along with the video monitor or headset, the Blade Torrent 110 requires a 6+ channel DSM2/DSMX transmitter, 3S 11.1V LiPo, and battery charger before you can take to the skies.

The Torrent 110 carries a price tag of $199.99 and will be available online and at hobby shops that carry Blade products. Learn more about the Blade Torrent 110 FPV at

Image credit: Blade

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