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Brake Bias Quick Tip: Ty Tessmann

Nitro Brakes Quick Tip

Ty Tessmann and his pit-pop Gord know a thing or two about wrenching on a 1/8-scale buggy or truggy, and Ty’s cars always look perfectly tuned-in on the track.  Who better to ask for a quick tip than the guy who owns multiple championships at races like the ROAR Nationals, Dirt Nitro Challenge, Silver State and Neo Race, among countless others?

We sent some electronic mail across international borders to Ty in Canada for a tuning tip that would be quick, easy, and informative–and after (we assume) finishing off his Tim Horton’s coffee Panda Express, he sent us this tip on setting brake bias.  Ty simply and succinctly shares with us his preferences for brake bias and driving style.  It may surprise you to discover that Ty doesn’t think much bout the percentage of brake bias he runs–only the way it feels on the track and on the pit bench. 

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HB delivers new D8T Tessmann Edition

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Ty Tessmann’s D8T has been setting the pace at tracks all over the world, and he’s put his own touches on what HPI likes to call the D8T Tessmann Edition!

Ty’s been racing the D8T with his D812 for years, and with the help of ‘Team Tessmann’ (dad Gord and mother Leann) Ty has steadily updated and refined the D8T to make it almost a whole new truck. With a huge number of racing tweaks to make it win at the highest level, Ty has made the D8T his own, and along the way has claimed major wins and A-main results with his D8T Tessmann Edition!

Top results for Ty and his D8T:

  • 2014, 2013, 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge Truggy Champion
  • 2014 Pro-Line Dual Champion
  • 2013, 2012 ROAR Nationals Champion

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New HB D8 LiPo radio tray revealed

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For quite some time Hot Bodies D8, D812, and D8T owners have been begging for a new radio tray in order to fit a LiPo receiver pack without modifications. Hot Bodies team driver Ty Tessmann has revealed the new production radio tray for the D8 platforms, in which is designed to resolve that issue. Tessmann is sporting the new radio trays on both of his vehicles (D812 and D8T) this weekend at the ROAR 1/8 Offroad Nationals, and we expect the new radio tray to be officially released shortly after.

Potter powers to NW Buggy Champs win


This past weekend Tri-Cities RC held the Northwest Buggy Championships in Pasco, Washington. In the 1/8 Electric Buggy class, Tekin Team Drivers, Jeremy Potter and Nick Buechler, would fight hard in the 3 rounds of qualifying to start 2nd (Potter) and 3rd (Buechler) on the grid for the triple A-Mains. In A1 Potter and Nick would engage in a 3-way battle for the lead, halfway through the main Potter would pull away from the rest for the A1 win, with Buechler locking down 2nd. In A2, once again Potter and Buechler would jump out front early on where Potter would never look back. Buechler would have a couple rough laps to finish out in 8th. In A3, with Potter on the sidelines already wrapping up the overall, Buechler would jump to the lead by the 2nd corner, but a mechanical issue would end his run where he would have to settle for a 6th overall. AE’s Chris Nealeigh would take the win in A3 and 2nd overall with Brian Munn rounding out the podium in 3rd.

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Tanner Stees joins HB / HPI for 2014

Tanner Stees joins HB HPI

Team HB HPI Racing welcomes 16 year old Tanner Stees from Chandler, Arizona to their family. Tanner has been racing 1/8th scale Nitro Off Road for 9.5 years and has continually improved his performances at the National level. Additionally Tanner also competes in the 1/8th scale E-Buggy, Modified Electric 4WD and 2WD 1/10th scale Buggy classes. 

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Under the Hood: Ty Tessmann


Ty Tessmann (21) – Canada

Chassis: HB D413
Motor: Orion 5.5
ESC: Orion Vortex R10
Batteries: XS 4000 Shorty
Tyres: Pro-Line X2 Rear VTR Suburbs, Front Transistor VTR
Radio & Servos: Savox 2274
Notes: Fuelled by Panda Express

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Chassis: HB prototype – (Kyosho RB6 front, modded Centro C4.2 rear end)
Motor: Orion 6.5
ESC: Orion Vortex R10
Batteries: 2x Orion 5500
Tyres: Pro-Line X2 Rear VTR Suburbs, Front Transistor VTR
Radio & Servos: Savox 1251
Notes: Fuelled by Panda Express

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Hot Bodies ‘Tessmann Edition D8T’

Hot Bodies ‘Tessmann Edition D8T’

Two time defending champion Ty Tessmann is running his ‘Tessmann Edition D8T’ at this year’s Dirt Nitro Challenge which is underway in Phoenix, Arizona. Determined to claim a DNC truck hat trick we understand that Tessmann in fact designed the shock and camber hole locations through repeated research, development and testing with HPI’s designer Torrance Deguzman heading up the rest.

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Masayuki Miura & HPI Racing Split

Masayuki Miura & HPI Racing Split

HPI Racing see’s their second recent high profile departure following Atsushi Hara, after team manager and manager of Japanese operations; Masayuki Miura announced his resignation earlier today on Facebook. After working at the company for 11 years and seeing HPI’s two IFMAR World titles claimed by Andy Moore in 2006 and Atsushi Hara in 2008, Masayuki would like to thank Watanabe-san the chairman of HPI, staff, team drivers and all of the HPI/HB fans for the support! A statement from Masayuki Miura can be found below.

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Adrien Bertin confirmed at HB / HPI


Looking rather pleased with himself, Adrien Bertin post HPI warehouse break-in (disguise complete with t-shirt & edgy beanie) ? Looks like he walked out of the warehouse fairly unscathed with a D812 and an R10 – they really should beef up security at HPI Mat!

HB / HPI Racing is delighted to announce that Adrien Bertin has signed to Team HB / HPI and will bring his huge wealth of experience to our expanding race team. We are excited not only to be adding a winner of IFMAR World Championships in both nitro on road classes but also an ambassador for RC who has earned a high level of respect across the industry.  With Adrien joining our established team of top level drivers we eagerly await the start of the 2014 season and a bright future ahead for Team HB!

“I am really proud to join the HB / HPI Racing team and would like to thank  Tatsuro Watanabe and Hiroyuki Kasuya for the great welcome I received. Hot bodies is one of the few world champion brands to have a winning car in any class it attends and this is a great demonstration of their passion  and design experience.

I am happy to join this team to help in developing their recent  nitro on road racing car and make it successful on highest level .

Finally I would like to thanks Kenny and KM Racing for their support in 2013 .  See you at the track !”

Adrien Bertin in HB / HPI move ?


Informed sources tell us that Orion’s nitro guru looks set to sign a deal to drive for HB / HPI in both on and offroad, the deal brings to an end a partnership with former sponsors KM Racing for 2013 and before that a deal with Kyosho that lasted over a decade. Expect Bertin to be tearing up the tarmac soon, but first we hear he’s racing the Italian Job Race, so stay tuned to NeoBuggy for news…

The move if confirmed comes at a time of year where the whole driver market is seeing serious seismic activity, this one however we did not forsee, perhaps Bertin has an eye on young Ty Tessmann for Orion, or a long term view for his Kyosho protege David Ronnefalk ?

One of the more likely indicators it may well be confirmed soon is the close association between HPI and Swiss distributors Neidhart SA (Orion founder Philippe Neidhart’s company). Watch this space.