UNDER THE HOOD
MATT OLSON’S TEAM ASSOCIATED B64D
With the growing popularity of the 13.5T 4 WD Buggy class, drivers are scrambling to find an
edge. Like any Spec class, racers are finding ways to gain an edge, and they often walk a fine
line, using tuning options that would not necessarily work in full-blown modified classes.
Matt’s B64D is designed specifically to race in the 13.5T 4WD Buggy class, and his TQ at the
at the recent 1st Annual Desert Classic and then at the 2017 April Fools Classic along with the
overall win in Utah show that his work has paid o;. Matt also works at MIP and helps with the
development of its products and is lucky enough to get to test items long before the public can
get its hands on them. Let’s take a closer look at his setup.
Transmitter: Sanwa M12
Receiver: Sanwa RX-481
Speed control: Tekin RS Gen2
Motor: Tekin 13.5T Gen3 (non-rpm version)
Servo: Hitec Shorty HS875MG
Battery: SMC 2S 4400mAh 60C Shorty
Tires (front/rear): JConcepts Gold Dirt Webs/
JConcepts Gold Dirt Webs
Fan: WTF 30mm Matt Olson’s Team Associated
B64D is outfitted with many
of the latest aftermarket
parts to give him an edge in
the 13. 5 4 WD Spec Buggy
class. ;e wing is a JConcepts
6.5-inch Hi-Clearance, and
Matt also used JConcepts Dirt
Webs in Gold (Clay) compound
on all four corners.
Left: ;e buggy is outfitted with lots of items to gain small advantages. ;e di;s use
plastic gears instead of the stock metal ones. ;ese help lower overall weight and provide
quicker spool-up under acceleration. Matt also uses Tekin products—in this case, the RS
Gen2. It is smooth and can handle lots of power, but its main benefit is its light weight.
Matt was quick to point out that electronics are often a good source for weight shaving. He also makes sure to use lightweight wires with just the right amount of wire and
insulation to remain e;cient.
Below, left: MIP’s Puck system was also used at the front and rear. Notice the aluminum
outdrives on the gear di;, which help lower the weight and spool-up time.
Below: Matt used a Hitec shorty HS875MG with aluminum servo horn. ;is servo has
plenty of speed and torque, and it is significantly lighter than standard servos. He also
modified the carbon-fiber upper servo mount brace to be simpler and lighter.