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So here we go... finally. The FF210 Buggy is ready for production! On behalf of ORB Racing I'd like to say we're ready to share the front-wheel-drive experience with you – now the question remains: are you ready?







What is the FF210?
The FF210 is a conversion kit that turns the Team Durango DEX210V2 and DEX210 into a competitive front-wheel-drive buggy for low-medium bite surfaces such as dirt, outdoor clay, grass and wet astroturf.

What makes the FF210 unique?
The front-wheel-drive concept offers higher cornering speeds than rear-wheel-drive buggies whilst also maintaining better stability, resulting in a car that is both consistent and quick. In addition to that, the majority of the car is made with state-of-the-art materials and production techniques, amongst which the use of additive manufacturing.

What’s does the kit consist of?
In the kit are nylon 3D components (dyed black), carbon fibre composite plates, a clear polycarbonate bodyshell and some small parts and hardware. In addition with a (separately available) Team Durango DEX210V2 donor vehicle and electronics, you can build the FWD Buggy. With addition of a few parts, the conversion kit is also compatible with the DEX210 (details available in the price list, see at the end of the post).

I am interested. How do I go from here?
We have opened up a pre-order until the 25th of August for the first batch. The kit and parts are directly available from us by email: Orbracing@gmail.com (Please not through PM, my inbox is pretty full). We are also working to get a webshop online as soon as possible - until that time, the price list is available through this link.

PS @ Mods: I have thought about whether to place this under sales or here, and in the end I thought the FWD project would be more appropriately placed in this 'DIY' section, as here people can reply to ask questions and discuss the car. If you feel otherwise, could we discuss an appropriate solution?
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glad to see you went with the black instead of white parts
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Nice conversion and would love to try it but wow it's pricey !!! With the conversion kit and a doner dex210v2 it's a £600 rolling chassis !!!!! Ouch
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Thanks guys

@Dkfream: Yes, it's indeed expensive, but mind you the costs are not £600 - they are as follows (with exchange rates on 18-08-2015):

- Conversion kit: €350 / £250 / $390.
- New DEX210V2: €250 / £180 / $280.

The total (using a new DEX210V2) comes in at €600 / £430 / $670. Keep in mind that there are plenty of parts from the V2 that you can sell on again, amongst which nearly the entire front and rear suspension and the bodyshell, which form a useful spares package for DEX210 users and should therefore prove easy to sell.

Besides this there are alternatives, such as using a second hand donor car, or to source the gearbox, shocks, driveshafts and the remaining small bits seperately. Part sets like these regularly occur on eBay at competitive prices. As such, rollers may be made with a budget from €450 / £320 / $500, which is within the price range of 4WD buggies
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Isnt this just like the an old tamiya?
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Isnt this just like the an old tamiya?
I don't recall Tamiya ever made a front-wheel-drive buggy. I did use Tamiya's in my first two prototypes and they too had the motor up front... but that's where similarities end.

I hope this answers your question, but if not, could you clarify what you mean?
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Nice conversion and would love to try it but wow it's pricey !!! With the conversion kit and a doner dex210v2 it's a £600 rolling chassis !!!!! Ouch
Not really any worse than things like the b4 conversions or the cobra, neither of which have as much custom design as this one.
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Great work and Congratulations.

I've been popping in and checking on your progress with this buggy for several years now. So happy for you that you've got it to production.

Best of luck with it all.
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Some updates are in order I think, so here we go:

- The manual is ready. The online version can be downloaded here (click).
- The start setup is also available here (click).
- PetitRC already has a page dedicated to all FF210-related items here (click) It should form a nice platform for the FWD-owners to exchange info!


As for production: some parts have already arrived, some are still in production. These are exciting times and I personally can't wait to ship out the first batch of cars!
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