RC Car Action: What are your work
Eric Epp: Depends which day you ask! My
main focus is the Protoform brand, for which I
oversee the development and public release of
all body projects as well as doing some product
development myself. I also manage our race
team, making sure our drivers have the products
needed to compete at the highest levels.
What’s the most fun part of the job?
;e most fun part is traveling to events to repre-
sent the brand on and o; the track. I handle
designing all the graphics for our decal kits, social
media, and promotional materials. I work in the
Pro-Line o;ces with the o;-road team, but I am
the only one in-house that specializes in on-road
a new product? We follow real racing very closely
for inspiration and aero trends.
How have designs changed over the years?
For the hard-core racing classes, the Global Body
Spec rules implemented in the mid-2000s mean
that designs haven’t changed much to the naked
eye. Nowadays, it’s mostly just about refining
and finding every tiny detail that can provide
improved aero for our drivers. Luckily, the “fun”
classes, like USGT, Formula 1, and GT8, have
allowed us to replicate more scale-looking styles.
When you design a race body, what are the
main features you focus on?
It’s all about balance. Trying to find that magic
recipe between front vs. rear downforce, overall
grip vs. a more free-feeling car. In the past few
years, more attention has been placed on the
weight and materials. Lighter-weight bodies and
varying thicknesses and profiles of rear wings
[have become important] as well.
What is your favorite type of body to design?
USGT bodies have really been my favorite style
in recent years. ;ey look awesome, and they
get an instant response from our fans, who
recognize scale looks and can relate them to
1:1 race cars. ✇
Watch any A-main at a big event
and chances are racers are running
Dale and Eric Epp form a powerful family duo and are the
driving force behind Protoform products.
Designer, R&D, and Race Team
Manager for Protoform
products. ;at being said, I have also worked on
many projects on the Pro-Line o;-road side.
It must be cool to get to work with your dad.
For sure! Even though we are 2,500 miles
apart—with him living in eastern Canada and
myself in Southern California—we work very
closely together on all our projects. I try to learn
as much as I can from him when it comes to style,
aerodynamics, and the industry at large. Over the
past 20+ years, he grew Protoform from scratch
into the respected brand it is today.
When you start on a new body project, like a
touring-car body, what are your first steps?
;e first step is always to identify a need: Is there
an up-and-coming class we need to enter? Does
one of our existing products need improvement?
Is there something in 1:1 racing that has inspired
Protoform bodies, wings, and
accessories are known worldwide
and the leading brand when pros
try to find an edge. Take a look at
what the pros are running at events
and you’ll see that most choose
Protoform. Along with his father Dale,
Eric Epp is part of a family duo that
helps bring these great products to
life. Besides being part of the industry,
Eric is a passionate racer at heart.