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Under the Champion’s Hood: Ty Tessmann


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Chassis: HB D815 Tessmann Worlds Edition
Engine: OS B2101 Tessmann World Edition, T-2090SC Pipe
Tyres: Pro-Line Electrons (X1 Fugitive in the final)
Fuel: VP Powermaster 25%
Radio & Servos: Sanwa/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: 2015 ROAR Offroad 1/8 Nationals
Notes: Tessmann is running lightened screws made by Andy Chen at the HB factory in Taiwan, reminiscent to the ones we saw years ago on Reno Savoya’s Euros-winning Mugen cars. The screws are steel rather than titanium, and not only are the countersunk heads milled out but the bodies are drilled (hollowed out) almost all the way, they are a tiny bit heavier than the titanium screws but stronger. The Tessmanns received them at the Silverstate but have waited to use them until this event.

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After the hour-long final, we borrowed Ty’s Championship-winning D815 buggy for a few more photos – to give viewers a ‘before & after’ perspective of the three-time buggy Champion’s car. Especially impressive are his Pro-Line Fugitive tyres after the 60 mins with plenty of tread left on them.

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HB team Europe go testing with Adrien Bertin

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Source: Circus RC | See: HB Europe
Its rare to find the likes of David Ronnefalk & Reno Savoya with a weekend ‘off’ from their chosen professions – RC Racing. However that was the case as HB’s D815-rocking duo headed to the beautiful Pierrefeu track in Provence countryside in S.France to do a bit of hardcore testing ahead of a European Championships in Italy that they go into with a bit of pressure on their robust shoulders.

The team had an unlucky warm up, both Reno & David suffering problems in their semis, enter Orion’s talisman Adrien Bertin – fellow HB racer and Ronnefalk’s mentor to get their star duo in ‘tip-top’ shape and understanding the World Championship winning D815 buggy on European-style tracks. It’s no secret Bertin is well-renowned for his encyclopaedic Yoda-like setup knowledge not to mention ‘his’ engine guru-ness.

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The choice of Pierrefeu as the test location no accident, with conditions close to that of the Ongaroring Euros track in Sacile, we hear that 12-hour long days of testing yielded positive results especially on fine tuning and finding setups, however no word on whether any secretive new parts were tested…

HB’s Ronnefalk & Savoya choose JC Silencer body


Since joining the HB/HPI team we’ve seen David Ronnefalk slowly explore the ‘market of aftermarkets’ – e.g. both David & team mate Reno Savoya opting to run Pro-Line’s lexan trifecta wing despite being sponsored by rival tyre companies.

In Ronnefalk’s case in particular, under Kyosho’s contractual rules, the team stipulate that factory drivers must only use ‘in house’ product – i.e. no aftermarket bodies, wings etc. where possible. An issue that arose originally when Mark Pavidis won the 2006 IFMAR Worlds for Kyosho with an MP777 largely made up of Fioroni options.

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Originally both Ronnefalk & Savoya used Pro-Line’s ‘Type-R’ D812 body [$22.99] on their HB buggy, as used by team leader Ty Tessmann, however all change now as both have adopted JConcepts’ D812 Silencer body [$22.49] from now on it seems. Both drivers praising the looks of the Silencer especially, Ronnefalk having originally tested the Silencer whilst in the US after the Dirt Nitro Challenge saying that the car feels a bit lighter and rolls less with the Silencer – now racing with it at the Euro warm up in Sacile, Italy this weekend, incidentally bought himself, not sponsor provided!

Given Savoya’s signing with JConcepts recently, it’s more obvious that the 3x European Champion would be expected to run the JConcepts body, but the fact that team mate Ronnefalk has chosen that route independently suggests its purely for competition reasons.

Tessmann’s Tips: D815 Shock build

Ty Tessmann

Savoya wins EFRA GP in France

Savoya EFRA GP France

This past weekend was host to the EFRA GP in France. As always, this event gathered racers from across the country, including several of the world’s best. In the end it was Hot Bodies driver, Reno Savoya, who captured the overall win with relative ease in the final. A hard-fought battle for second and third ensued between TLR’s Jerome Sartel and XRAY’s Lorenzo Crolla. Sartel would inch his way across the line ahead for second, with Crolla finishing third.

Source: XRAY

HPI Racing appoints new distributor


HPI is pleased to announce that Avio and Tiger have been appointed the exclusive distributor for their complete product range in both Belgium and the Netherlands.

“Avio and Tiger has been our exclusive distributor in France for more than fifteen years. We have always found them to be honest, reliable, knowledgeable and committed to providing HPI customers with excellent service and support.We are very confident that they will bring this same level of service and support to the markets in both Belgium and the Netherlands.”

Source: HPI Racing

White wins Deerdale Summer Rd.1

Deerdale Win

Round 1 of the Deerdale Offroad Club Summer Series took place this past weekend in the UK. Dry weather was a welcome surprise for racers, and provided for some great racing all-day long. In qualifying, Kyosho’s Lloyd Bostock would set the early pace in Q1, but that time would be shattered in Q2 by Nathan Powney. Powney’s time would then be beaten my Hot Bodies driver Wayne Wilson who captured the top spot in both Q3 and 4. As the final got underway it was anyone’s race to win. From 5th on the grid, young Hot Bodies driver Robson White worked his way to the front of the pack. The 14-year old collected his first A-Final victory, with Wayne Wilson and Lloyd Bostock finishing out the podium.

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Avid’s new D413 Carbon Arm Inserts

Avid D413 Arm Inserts

Avid has just released their new Hot Bodies D413 Carbon Arm Inserts, which are designed to offer your buggy another great tuning feature by reducing the flex and twist in the arm.   It is common to fine tune the response of the vehicle by placing them just on the front or rear, be creative, but Avid doesn’t recommend running them on just the left or right side because no one will believe you when you tell them that all the right turns are high speed and the 2 left turns on the track have bumps in them. Available as a complete car set (front and rear), or individual front and rear sets.

Source: Avid

HB Europe website now online

Hot Bodies Europe

HB Europe – now fulfilled by Neidhart, is the new way for racers, shops and distributors to get HB parts, spares and kits anywhere in Europe! Racers can now get what they need directly from Team HB’s fully stocked European warehouse based in the heart of Europe. European distributors can now order direct from HPI Racing’s multiple World Championship winning specialist brand and have confidence that the world renowned race-focused team behind Team Orion will have the right parts at the right price to satisfy demand in their region. Continue Reading…

Pro-Line’s new ‘Enforcer’ truggy body


Pro-Line has a brand new Truck body style for Truggy racers: The Enforcer! From the mind of Ty Tessmann and inspired from the success of the Type-R buggy body, the Enforcer has a meaner and more angular front end look with swooping roof and bed sections for improved airflow and high-speed stability. The hood of the body is steeper to create more down force over the front wheels for more steering and faster lap times. Available for the Hot Bodies D8T, Mugen MBX-7T, and TLR 8IGHT-T 3.0.

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Source: Pro-Line