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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
Chassis: HB D815 Engine: Team Orion Fuel: Runnertime Tyres: AKA Rasp Radio & Servos: Ko Propo EX-1 | Ko Propo RSX2 Event: 2015 Dirt Nitro Challenge Notes: Running all new parts that will be available on the D815 Kit, Pro-Line’s Trifecta wing.
Hot Bodies has announced their newest creation today, the D815! Racing car development is a never-ending process, and the same is true with World Championship-winning RC cars. After multiple National Championships and dominating major races such as The Dirt and the Neo ’14, Ty Tessmann and his HB D812 won the 2014-2015 IFMAR World Championships in Sicily, his first world title win! Although much of the credit is owed to Ty’s skills and dedication, as well as unending help from the rest of “Team Tessmann”, Ty’s weapon of choice deserves a fair amount of acclaim as well. The HB D812 was a development of the 2008-2009 World Championship-winning D8, and has been a stalwart addition to the HB stable of pure racing cars for a few years, and the HB D815 is the culmination of this work – tried and tested, and victorious at the highest levels of competition.