HB/Hotbodies News

HB Europe’s Black Friday plans


HB Europe let us know that they will be joining the hoards of retailers and partaking in the annual ‘Black Friday’ sales event which has spread from the shores of N.America to Europe. We understand HB Europe will be offering 15% off their entire webshop, so stay tuned for Friday 27th November for bargains!


‘Puddin’ last minute pass to win Shaw RC finale

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This past weekend was the series finale for the Shaw RC Series. Drivers from all over Oklahoma and Texas came together in Ardmore, Oklahoma at Shaw RC to finish out the season. Pro truggy had some great competition with the top 7 all on the same lap and very close in time. Scott Stanley took TQ, with Matt “Puddin” Sistrunk only .028 back in 2nd. At the start of the main, Scott got a good lead on the field and lead for almost the entire race. With only five minutes to go Scott and Matt were battling bumper to bumper with very clean racing. At the two minute mark, Scott and Matt were going into the wagon wheel section, and Scott went a little wide. Matt went under him to take the lead, and never look back!

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Tessmann ‘Worlds Replica’ charity live on ebay


Ty Tessmann has announced his ‘Worlds Replica Project’ is now live on ebay!

Ty states, “We had originally planned on doing an auction, but then on the advice of some fans, we have decided to sell collectible numbered digital certificates as shown in the picture. With the purchase of this certificate your name will be entered for a chance to win the Worlds replica buggy package (details below). You can print the certificate as a keepsake if you wish, but that is optional, you don’t need to print the certificate to win. The certificates are $5 each with all proceeds going to the 2 charities chosen (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the South Coast Children’s Society), and there is no limit to the number of certificates that you can purchase.

Remember with each certificate you receive an entry for a chance to win the buggy package! We felt we can raise way more money for the charities doing it this way. Thank you for your support on this project and hopefully we can raise a lot of money for these charities! This is worldwide, anyone can purchase these certificates and be entered to win.”

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Schelle releases D413 Stretch Chassis Set

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The Schelle D413 Aluminum Stretch Chassis Set is now available to the public. At 153g total weight (53g heavier than carbon fiber) the added weight and stiffness stabilize the car on high grip. The +4mm longer wheelbase of the stretch chassis gives the car a longer footprint, reducing the pitching weight transfer that can cause the car to “3 wheel” and pick up a rear tire in the turns. Also in the air, the car with the longer chassis is less sensitive. All in all, test drivers reported that the car was easier to control and drive hard without getting upset on braking, turn-in, or corner exit. Jumping landings into turns are easier to control as well. Recommended for indoor astro, carpet, and high-grip clay.

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Yeung family & HB win China Team Score Championship

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The China 1/10 Offroad National Championship was held in Yongkang Zhejiang, China recently. The event attracted 120+ racers from across the country. The Shanghai Hot Bodies team and father/son duo of Carson and Jonathan Yeung teamed up for the team score race. The team scores of Carson, Jonathan, and Rocket Zhang were were enough to take the buggy championship win! In addition, Jonathan (13 years old) would go on to finish second overall in the individual championship, with his father Carson in fourth.


HPI/HB releases new +6mm extended D413 chassis

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HPI Racing/Hot Bodies has released their new +6mm chassis for the D413 buggy. The extended chassis lengthens the wheelbase, and in turn is designed to provide more overall stability. The new chassis requires the use of new +3mm extended front and rear top decks, however, uses standard length center driveshafts.


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Halloween Hara: Quits SWORKz


Two-time IFMAR World Champion Atsushi Hara has quit the SWORKz factory team.

Having joined exactly 20 months ago to the day (31st January 2014) in what would go down as one of the heavyweight ‘mega-signings’ in the RC Racing industry’s history, the partnership did not last the distance. A three year deal saw the Japanese ace sign on as a full time employee with a role of ‘Team Brand Ambassador’ and work on developing SWORKz’ 1/10 & 1/8 products.

Early signs were there already this season and a slight surprise not to see Hara racing the 1/10 EL Worlds in his native Japan, the reasons given a lack of time to prepare with a new car. The 2008 1/8 Buggy World Champion famously departed the Hot Bodies HPI team after a partnership spanning 13 years back in August 2013, he would spend some months as a free agent, testing different cars in ‘arrive n’drive’ deals before settling on the SWORKz deal. Results didn’t go Hara’s way however, as he struggled to emulate results of past at the majors (DNC, Neo, Worlds etc.) despite successes on the home front.

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Hara’s statement:

Dear All, I have to announcement about terminate contract for Sworkz in between myself on 31st October 2015. I’d like to thank Sworkz owner Scott Yang and Sworkz USA team manager Marty Korn. It was great opportunities to start build for new brand Sworkz with them.

I have such a great time to working with them and I had a lot of experience for many things. I never forget over my life those are great time for me. Also, Thanks to all of Sworkz distributors and Sworkz Fans are great support! It will make me a big motivation for all time.

Thank you very much for your attention.
31 October 2015, Atsushi Hara

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We caught up with Hara-san after releasing his statement and he told us that it was still early days and would be talking with interested parties, he had no plans in place to join any manufacturers at the current time and will consider his options.

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Hot Bodies 1-2-3 sweep at Revelation ‘Fall Classic’


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Revelation Raceway in sunny California hosted their annual Fall Classic event this past weekend. This year saw a new track layout by Levi Jackson with world famous Sik Track Designs and it didn’t disappoint. After the 3 rounds of qualifying Brian Givens with his Hotbodies D815 was on top. The start of the race Givens got away clean and led until the first fuel stop when he had some issues in pit lane. That put Victor Pintado from Hotbodies into the lead with Victor Guerrero also driving a Hotbodies D815 charging hard from 2nd. Guerrero eventually would get by Pintado for the lead until Guerrero had an issue with only a few minutes to go. So that left it up to Givens and Pintado to decide the win. After a good battle between Givens and Pintado, Givens was able to get by for the win. Hotbodies D815 1-2-3 on the podium!

JMAmodelismo to distribute Hot Bodies in Portugal


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Hot Bodies continues to expand their products around the globe, announcing their all-new distributor; JMAmodelismo. JMAmodelismo will distribute the full-line of HB products throughout Portugal, as well as racer support at the upcoming races for 2016.


HB D216 1/10 2WD unveiled


Despite not being officially announced yet, we were very kindly granted access to a production-ready version of Hot Bodies’ new 2WD 1/10 buggy, the D216, here this week competing in Japan for the first time in the hands of Ty Tessmann and David Ronnefalk. We reported earlier in our spy shots story about HB’s rather unique vertical transmission setup, rather than go with the popular laydown transmission as used on multiple prototypes here the D216 features a unique design.

Having not been specifically designed for astroturf surfaces, the D216 is likely more at home on dirt surfaces with an emphasis on adaptability and offering a plethora of adjustment options. Speaking with David Ronnefalk it sounds as if a laydown transmission would be the way to go for future astroturf and carpet racing – the trend more in Europe.

With the layout and style of transmission, motor and speedo placement is such they balance the car from left to right, expect more details in the official announcement and release expected before the end of the year in time for indoor season!

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