At this stage the answer to the question many people seem to be asking is nobody knows!
Ok, let’s go back a step, there has been a few things that have been annoying me about Team Durango over the last year. Trying to get a DEX210 V2 or V3 body for example. for the last 12 months few if anybody seems to have managed it! But I never put anything together with something happening until I read this Inside Line RC article this morning http://www.insidelinerc.com/off-road/durango-dnx8-discontinued-is-there-more-to-the-story/ .
The gist of it is that the new DNX8 buggy from Team Durango is showing on Tower Hobbies/Hobbico as Discontinued. Now this car was only announced early in 2015, a 1.5 year lifetime is extremely short for any platform. Ok, so the IFMAR 1/8 World Championships are coming up, but it seems a little off to me. Other models are also listed as temporarily unavailable as well. Of note these items are not listed as unavailable or discontinued on the Team Durango website.
Next came the confirmation this afternoon (again hinted at in the Inside Line RC article) that Travis Amezcua, who is to many the public face of Team Durango, has parted ways with the company. Again this could be a case of greener pastures, or just time to move on, however the only thing hinted at in recent online postings from Travis was only hinting at new products that couldn’t be revealed. Exciting maybe, but then to leave in the next breath seems … odd. Maybe it’s the conspiracy theorist in me LOL.
I would suggest that something big is in the works for Team Durango. A swath of new vehicles seems unlikely, however big news at a company level seems to be a likely outcome. What that news is for better, or for worse, is yet to be seen. Certainly it would be a pity to see such an innovative player in the market disappear, especially one that discards the norms that have been set by other manufacturers and stands up to clearly say, “i’m doing things my way.”
Still, it adds a certain amount of drama to the lead up to the IFMAR Worlds doesn’t it!