Hot Bodies News

More HB for Teemu Leino


Team HB is very happy to announce that Teemu Leino has extended his contract to drive for the HB racing team!

I look forward to another season with HB-HPI Racing. They give me the best cars on the market for all my racing categories. Also, the team work is really great in Team HB. I look forward to another year working with great people and having some fun at the track. I want to say thanks to Tatsuro Watanabe and Hiroyuki Kasuya for this opportunity. See you at the races next year. - Teemu

Finnish racing legend Teemu Leino has been a mainstay of Team HB since first signing with the team. A European Champion in the electric touring car class, Teemus focus is now 100% nitro, and he is one of Team HBs most versatile racers, racing at the top level in 1/10th nitro touring cars, 1/8th nitro track racing and 1/8th buggies. He has been instrumental in developing the HB R10, R8 and D812 and has been a great teammate for every member of Team HBs international factory team. In 2012, Teemu was TQ at the Worlds with the R10 nitro touring car, and Team HB is confident of more success for Teemu with the R10 and other HB racing cars.


Drew Moller to join Hot Bodies?


As the ‘Silly Season’ continues, we have received word from our sources that yet another driver to possibly be making a move for 2015 is Drew Moller. ‘DrewMo’ finished of a successful season with his Mugen 1/8 scale vehicles, but rumor has it his Mugen days are behind him. If this is true, the question of where he will turn still lingers. We have received a picture from the recent Top Gun Shootout, where Drew Moller was spotted running Hot Bodies 1/10 vehicles.

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Mugen Seiki does not offer a 1/10 offroad lineup of vehicles, therefore whats the big deal, right? Wrong. You will notice in the photo it appears Moller is not only running a Hot Bodies D413, but also what is either Hot Bodies prototype 2wd buggy (seen only run by Ty Tessmann) or possibly a Kyosho RB6 mid-motor with HB shocks and stickers. Our guess is that if Moller is truly leaving Mugen, and Hot Bodies is willing to share the prototype 2wd and/or Moller is rocking HB shocks and stickers on another brand 2wd, there is some sort of relationship growing between the two.

Stees stays with Hot Bodies for 2015


The Hot Bodies team has been in the spotlight these past few days as their championship winning team continues to grow. Today the team has announced that Arizona young gun, Tanner Stees, has extended his contract for 2015.

Tanner says, “I’m very excited to continue racing with HB-HPI Racing for 2015! The cars are great, my teammates are awesome and I look forward to much success next year.”

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Savoya confirmed at HPI/Hot Bodies

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After a successful debut weekend at the Pierrefeu GP in France, Hot Bodies has officially announced the signing of Reno Savoya to their growing team of factory drivers.

Reno says, “Im delighted to join Team HB! For the last several years, HB products have had much success. This is a great opportunity for me to join such a successful company and team. The latest Team HB achievements are incredible, and Im really motivated to bring more success to Team HB in Europe in the next 4 years! I will of course race the D812, D8T Tessmann Edition and the D413.”

Source: HPI

Reno Savoya to Hot Bodies?

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The Pierrefeu GP is taking this weekend in France. Among the drivers in attendance is none other than Reno Savoya. Official news of his XRAY departure was made earlier this week, and has left the industry wondering where he will be going. Our sneaky team of photographers have snapped this photo, showing off Savoya’s ride for the weekend; a Hot Bodies D812. While this doesn’t say 100% that he is joining Hot Bodies, we tend to believe so much effort would not be put into a paint job, sticker kit, wing wrap, and rumors if it was only a one race ordeal…


David Ronnefalk signs for HB


A week after his halloween departure from Kyosho, newly crowned chassis World Champions HB have taken major steps in the European market by announcing the bold signing of 2x European Champion David Ronnefalk, a move which is likely to whet appetites for the brand which is clearly looking to establish more of a ‘team’ look to itself rather than the one machine Ty Tessmann.

Team HB is thrilled and pleased to announce that multiple European Champion David Ronnefalk will be joining our off-road racing team!

“I would like to thank Tatsuro Watanabe and Team HB for giving me the opportunity to join the team. I’m very excited to get started with all the new products, and I’m sure we will have many successful years together. I already feel very welcome in the team and I’m looking forward to be working with everybody. See you all out on the track!”
- David

David has been very successful in off-road racing at the National, European and World level, and he brings with him a wealth of skill and knowledge to Team HB. David may be only 18 years old, however the Swedish racing star already has a huge amount of racing experience that makes him a consistent threat for the top positions in every race he enters.

Together, David, Ty and the entire HB factory and R&D team will help continue to develop and improve HB racing cars for more race wins and championships, not just for themselves but for all HB racers. As a multiple Worlds Main Finalist and double European Champion, we are very excited to see what David can accomplish with the HB D413 and World Champion D812 in 2015 and beyond.

Tessmann stays at home with HB

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While many drivers are changing homes, the Tessmann team chooses not to stray from their World Championship winning home at Hot Bodies. HB is very proud to announce that Ty has signed with HB for another 2 years, to the end of 2016.

Ty says, “I’m excited to be signing with HB for another 2 years, my entire career has been spent with HB and I am grateful for their support. I want to thank Tatsuro, Hiro, Torrance and the rest of the HB staff for supporting me throughout the years. Success is a team effort and I believe that we have a winning team.”

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Alsop continues with HPI/HB for 2015

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After a quite successful racing season in 2014, HPI Racing and HotBodies is proud to announce that UK superstar Graham Alsop has extended his contract through 2015. Graham says, “Awesome car, unbelievable reliability, and an all-round fantastic product. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new parts, roll on 2015!”

Source: HPI Racing

The D413 gets the JC ‘Silent’ treatment

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The JConcepts design team has spent many hours in development with leading team drivers to develop a new high-speed style body, specifically for the latest circuits. One of the most recognizable items, the Silencer body style, has now been designed for perfect fit and finish on the Hot Bodies D413 buggy.

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Reno Savoya linked with HB HPI move


Three-time European Champion Reno Savoya has been heavily linked with a move away from current chassis sponsor XRAY to join recently crowned World Champions HB HPI – the rumours surfaced just after the World Championships in Sicily after a disappointing result (due to servo horn coming loose in his final), the move would make sense given Savoya’s strong backing from Team Orion & engine maestro Adrien Bertin – who himself made the switch to the HB HPI earlier this year.

Info RC initially spilled the beans on a move we believe to be signed, and almost delivered, it would bring a three-year tenure with XRAY to an early end, however as we understand it Savoya is still under contract to race for XRAY at the present time.

We caught up with the Shark himself who was coy on the subject:

“At the present time, these are just rumours, I am still happily racing under contract with the XRAY family”