Followed suggestions from folks on the forum about running on sand; installed 32p gears, added tamiya axle boots to the driveshafts and moved up to the brushless velineon. At home, the raptor runs an old ballfield for a track. Small jumps but mainly like running on a sprint car dirt track.
Made sure I ran on hardpack sand here at the beach. It is so much fun to be able to run flat out for long straights and powerslide the corners. Built a few jumps too.
TRaxxas spec tires work just fine on the hardpack. In fact, they almost bite too good in the corners that it's sometimes hard to get it to powerslide.
Fun fun fun.