RC Build – Larry Genova’s Losi 22 2.0 RC DRIVER

Articles— 10 December 2013
RC Build – Larry Genova’s Losi 22 2.0

As you can about imagine, we’re all about RC. RC cars, RC trucks, RC heli’s, boats and quadcopter. Heck we even play with RC Airsoft tanks. But to do all that, we have a great support team in place that takes care of alot of things we don’t have time for. Like painting.

Larry Genova is one of our go-to painters that takes really good care of us. He’s one of the premier painters in RC and runs a little shop called Kustom RC Graphics. When not painting his 5000 bodies a day (it sometimes seems), he does like to get out and do a little driving with his son Zack.

We thought it might be cool to show everyone what a pro painter drives, so we’ve thrown together a little gallery complete with a small build guide from his buddy Jeff Harris. Here’s a little background on the story:

Jeff Harris: “A couple weeks ago Larry Genova texted me, giddy like a schoolgirl about his new TLR 22 2.0. Having seen the customization of my 2.0′s as well as the car I recently built for Zack, he knew instantly that his car had to be built in the same manner. After all, when your business is named KUSTOMrcgraphics you have little choice but to elevate the customization of your own ride beyond a few colored aluminum nuts and a cool paint job. Larry sent the car to me and asked that it receive the top treatment. Not to disappoint, I built Larry’s car using the formula listed below:

Larry’s Losi 22 2.0 Build
• Chassis Kustom anodized with hard black anodize
• Suspension mounts (f/r), shock collars and bottom caps, rear wheel hexes and slipper washers all Kustom anodized blue
• Dog bones Kustom chromed
• Titanium screws, ball studs and upper shock mounts used
• Each steel nut was replaced with a blue aluminum nut for appearance and weight savings

JConcepts provided the following parts:
• 2240 Front axle conversion
• 2266 Front carbon fiber shock tower
• 2156 4mm low profile locking wheel nuts
• 2225 Finnisher series Titanium turnbuckles
• 2271 Honeycomb motor plate

The resulting product is nothing short of awesome to look at, but it functions as well as it looks. Additionally, the weight saving efforts result in a stock class car that weighs 1510 grams when equipped with an Airtronics 774 servo, M11x receiver, LRP Flow ESC, LRP X20 17.5 motor and standard weight HVR shorty battery. At the recent region 4 off road championships this setup was found to be the lightest TLR 22 by far.”

As you can see, this build has Kustom written all over it. Now we just have to see if Larry can send a pic in with a 1st place trophy sitting next to it! Good luck Larry!

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REDS RACING FOR 2014

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RRW Big Bird Cash Rumble

Open Truck 1st place

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2013 IFMAR Electric Worlds

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7th Annual JConcepts Clash Floowood Mississippi

4WD Buggy A-2 Result
1.(1) Ryan Maifield – Team Associated – 15/5:09.354
2.(8) Zack Genova – Xray – 14/5:07.472
3.(11)Alfredo Arrieta – Xray – 14/5:13.981
4.(7) Ryan Eckert – Kyosho – 14/5:17.284
5.(6) Brett Kingsbury – Team Associated – 14/5:18.317
6.(9) Jimmy Vanderhaar – Team Associated – 14/5:18.474
7.(12)Barry Goodwin – Team Associated – 14/5:20.750
8.(3) Cody Hollis – Team Losi Racing – 14/5:22.405
9.(2) Dustin Evans – Team Losi Racing – 12/4:14.720
10.(5)Damion Borkowicz – Team Associated – 5/1:43.291
11.(4)Jason Ruona – Team Associated – DNS
12.(10)Blaine Cavin – Team Associated – DNS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Wicked Weekend

We arrived at the Wicked Weekend for our first 1/8 scale event. Casey Wilson Racing supplied Zack with a RC8 E buggy and a Losi 3.0 Nitro Car with a REDS Racing engine. We installed receivers and hit the track to practice all day Friday.

Saturday was qualifying. Electric went flawless, with a 12, 7, 3, 3 Zack qualified 5th in the A Main. Nitro on the other hand was a struggle, I was in charge of glueing tires and Zack’s first run ended when a couple tires flung off the rims….enough said…but the resort would put him in the lowest qualifier for the remainder of the 3 rounds left.

Sunday, mains day. Zack won the D Main and lapped the field twice, then won the C Main. The B main was an intense 20 minutes, and Zack managed to get into the final bump position. Zack started the A Main in 15th, and soon moved into the top 3, leading for a couple minutes also. After the 30 minutes was complete, Zack finished 3rd. Not a bad day at all!!!!

The electric triple A Mains were a battle, and Zack ended up with a 5, a 6, and an 8.

We met a bunch of great people and had an absolute blast all weekend.

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REDS Racing USA Wicked Weekend Race Report

 

What happens when you provide a ROAR Electric National Champion an opportunity to run Nitro at the Wicked Weekend event? 16yr old Zach Genova had never run nitro 1/8 scale until this weekend. He was provided a Losi 3.0 with a REDS R5T Team Edition from Casey Wilson Racing. He ended up bumping up in Pro Buggy from the D Main to A. Finishing 3rd behind, Barry Pettit in 2nd and Cole Ogden 1st.

 
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Supercup Fall Season Round 1

With the first round of the Supercup only 6 days away and Florida experiencing heavy amounts of non-stop rain storms, the race directors decided to move the race indoors to SCRC. Most racers traveling to the race were now concerned that this layout, being the same layout the local racers have been running for months now, would give them a pretty big advantage.

Zack arrived Friday afternoon for practice and dialed in is car as best as possible. He had me send down more M3 ions with a local racer here that was leaving Saturday morning, since he decided this was the fastest tire for his 2wd buggy and the track conditions.

Saturday, in round one of mod buggy, Zack had a great run, placing him 4th overall for the round. The race had 200 entries, around 40 mod drivers and mod buggy was pretty stacked.

Top 5 round one:

Billy Easton, Jason Rouna, Paul Wynn, Zack Genova, JR Mitch

 

Zacks buggy, based on a B4.2 with a homemade chassis

Round 2 was a wash, as the car was hard to drive, later finding out that the motor plate had come loose. Putting him 9th overall he had to race the B main, in which he checked out for the win and the bump.

The main would see a buggy stuff a pipe and collect Zack, but he managed to battle back to mid pack, then another pile up would put him back to 8th.

Zack ran:

Proline body wheels tires

Novak Pulse esc and ballistic motor

Airtronics radio and servo

Avid steering rack bearing hex adapters top shaft and slipper

MIP ball diff outdrives dog bones and CVDs

Stickit1Racing decals and radio wrap

LMR wing and wing wrap

Kustomrcgraphics paint

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JConcepts Summer Tour round 2, Belleview Florida

What started off as a great day of racing ended after round one of qualifying when the skies opened up and drowned the track.

During round one, the track was just drying out from the previous nights rain, and traction was hard to find. Zack qualified second overall in Mod buggy in round one with is Proline, Novak, Airtronics, Avid, MIP, Stickit1 Racing and Kustomrcgraphics ride and was looking forward to the second run after figuring out his tire program.

Awards were decided on one round, and Zack got 2nd in Mod buggy and I got 1st in 40 plus 2wd buggy.

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Short Course Showdown Holeshot Raceway Sanford Florida

We didn’t have the results we were hoping for, but Zack and I had a blast attending a race we otherwise would not get to experience, but luckily it was moved to Florida. Just a couple pictures, as we were wrenching and testing, and I wasn’t able to take my normal amount of photos.

 

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