HB/Hotbodies News

Under the E-Hood: David Ronnefalk

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David Ronnefalk (Sweden), 19

Chassis: HB D815 (Tekno Conversion)
Motor: Team Orion
ESC: Team Orion Vortex R8.1 Pro
Batteries: Team Orion Carbon Pro
Tyres: AKA
Radio & Servos: AMain Hobbies Sanwa M12 Highest D3000 Power HV
Event: The Neo Race 2016

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Marco Neves joins HB Europe

Marco Neves HB Europe

See: HB Europe 

HB Europe welcome Marco Neves in their team for the 2016 season. Marco will participate at the Portugal championship. Here is what Marco had to say about the sponsorship from HB Europe.

“I am extremely excited for 2016 in my new venture of joining the HB Europe Team. I would like to thank all of you guys from HB Europe for this opportunity to join this team. The brand is very well World known and is very good represented in Portugal by JMA Modelismo. See you at the races! “

Miguel Matias signs with HB


See: HB Europe

HB has announced the signing of former XRAY driver Miguel Matias for their team for the 2016 season. The former european champion and multiple worlds finalist will participate at major Portuguese and international events such as Euro and the IFMAR 1/8th Nitro Buggy World Championships.

“HB is happy to welcome Miguel Matias in his official team. Miguel is one of the most experimented driver as former european champion and multiple worlds finalist and will be a great add to developp and promote the soon to be released D815 EU edition.”

Under the Hood: Ty Tessmann


Ty Tessmann, 23 – Canada

Chassis:HB D815 Tessmann Worlds Edition
Engine: OS B2101 Tessmann World Edition, T-2090SC Pipe
Tyres: Pro-Line
Fuel: VP Powermaster 25%
Radio & Servos: Airtronics M12 provided by Amain.com, Savox SB-2274 & SB-2274 servos
Body: Pro-Line ‘Type R’, Pro-Line lexan wing
Options: 110% Racing Wheel nuts, Avid wing buttons, Lunsford turnbuckles
Event: 2016 The Dirt Nitro Challenge

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Exotek D413 alloy rear hubs set

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See: Exotek Racing

Exotek introduces alloy rear hubs with vertical ball stud mounting for the HB D413. These heavy duty rear hubs are machined from 7075 aluminium to be lightweight and they are machined a second time to insure precise bearing fit and polished and anodized in factory orange. They have a conventional upright ball design for precise and easy roll center adjustments. Allows an optional 3mm set screw (not included) on the hinge pin for improved hinge pin fit. Includes (2) 2mm alloy spacers to match the stock geometry. Requires D413 6mm ball stud (112727) and D413 ball cups (112724).

Exotek D413 alloy rear hubs set

HB D816 E-Buggy: First look


See: HB Europe

The class E-Buggy version of the HB D815 is ready! Our official sources tell us that the EV816 (that’s its internal code name) is a new 1/8 Off-Road concept, specifically designed for brushless power. It’s not just a brushless conversion kit for the nitro version, it’s a new platform.

To ensure optimal weight distribution and performance a new chassis design is required when using brushless power. The R&D team tested brushless conversion kits and was not fully satisfied with their performance. This delayed the release of the car, but HB only releases cars which represent the pinnacle of performance, no compromises are accepted. In 2015 David Ronnefalk achieved a top 3 result and the European Brushless Championships, using a simple brushless conversion kit, but a car specifically designed for brushless power represents an immense performance increase potential.

The drivetrain is similar to the D815, but what did HB improve on? What are the evolutions? What is hidden behind the futuristic looking body shell? Our next posts will give you more information, stay tuned!

HB Europe announce Orion based ‘HB CRF3’ nitro offroad engine

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Neidhart SA, the owner & designer of the Team Orion brand and also the European distributor for HB (not HPI…yet!), it seemed only a matter of time before a collaboration hit the market.

And here it is… The HB nitro competition engine, HB CRF3. As the name clearly suggests, it is a 3-port racing engine with a crankshaft featuring the “CRF Technology”. It comes with the latest dual bearings of Swiss quality and with a large cooling head as the one used by David Ronnefalk at the last Euros. This first HB CRF3 Nitro engine benefits from years of development of Team Orion engine racing is priced at 239 €.

For more info, contact your local store or use the following address: hb@neidhart.com

HB D216 “Dirt Edition” coming soon


See: HB Europe

After unveiling a preview of a production-ready version of the new 2wd 1/10 buggy, the D216, then all the details of this highly anticipated competition 2WD buggy, HB Europe has communicated that the first kits will arrive in Europe in a few days. This first shipment includes only the “Dirt Edition” version, this indicates that an “Carpet Edition” is on the horizon.

The all-new D216 HB “Dirt Edition” arrives in Europe February 15th

This version has been designed exclusively for use on dirt track. Weight balance, flexible frames, long suspension travel, everything has been optimized to provide maximum traction and driveability on tracks with low grip. We understand the first production run is already pretty much sold out but another one is on it’s way.

HPI Europe ‘in administration’ – the full story…


“The affairs, business and property of Hobby Products International Europe Limited are being managed by Eddie Williams and Nick Wood, appointed as Joint Administrators on 14 January 2016.”

“In administration is when a person, ‘the administrator’, is appointed to manage a company’s affairs, business and property for the benefit of the creditors.”

Just over 2 weeks ago, news arrived that “HPI INC. will give the exclusive European distribution rights for HPI and HB products to Neidhart SA in Switzerland” [See Story]

That process appears to have stalled completely…

Read the full story on RCNews.net


HB/HPI issue Savoya statement


HB/HPI have broken their silence as the ‘Savoya Saga‘ continues to intrigue readers, fuel message boards and conspiracy theorists, we were issued with the following short and blunt statement from official sources:

“HPI USA is ending the sponsoring contract of Mr Reno Savoya from the 11th of January 2016.  Mr Savoya no longer represents the brand image neither the interests of the HB brand from this date.”

The start of the second sentence, “Mr Savoya no longer represents the brand image….” and brevity of the statement comes across as quite direct & ruthless; naturally in contrast to Reno’s own statement which has elements of shock and surprise, “HB / HPI Racing has decided to terminate my contract prematurely without notice and for reasons unfounded in my opinion. >>>  I always spoke good about the company, my smile on the racetracks could attest it every day.” 

With respect to both parties involved, speculation as to further reasons may not be wholly appropriate, however cast your minds back to 12 months ago, and you may recall a certain Mr Drake was very hurriedly released from his duties at TLR/Horizon Hobby – Recognise anything ? Deja Vu ?

History has an uncanny penchant of repeating itself, might Savoya be tempted and Mugen Seiki persuaded to emulate his glory years again… ?