See: HPI Racing
After a second place finish at the European Championships, Hot Bodies driver David Ronnefalk wanted redemption. He returned home to Sweden to join the Swedish 1/8 National Championship. A rain-filled weekend greeted racers, and made for some heavy racing. Ronnefalk would set TQ by winning 4 rounds of qualifying. He then went on to win the final, clinching his fourth Swedish 1/8 National Championship!
Round 4 of the Colorado State Point Series took place at Amain Speedway in Pueblo, Colorado. The event saw many of the state’s best drivers in attendance. In the Nitro Truggy class, it was Hot Bodies team driver Addy Musaefendic who would capture the race win. Gerren Jennings crossed the line in second, with John Martin in third.
Rather surprisingly no juicy detailed photos of HB’s 2WD (named the D216) have surfaced however thanks to Upgrade RC a couple more photos have found their way onto the interweb and we’ve taken a bit of a look at the car…
We can see the position of the motor. It sits at the very rear, just in front of rear shock tower. Top shaft seems to sit right above the motor, with the spur gear on the right side of the car, so it could be like a vertically mounted 3 gear tranny. Quite different to the current trend of lay down transmissions and weight moved forward (Yokomo YZ2, AE B5M Worlds Proto).
It seems to retain the same rear arm mounts as it’s 4wd cousin the D413, and it uses a rear sway bar. Aluminum front steering blocks, carbon chassis, although the Shootout event was hit by some bad weather and limited running this year, the HB Team had a pretty low key showing with their new 2WD 1/10 platform.
Source: HB Europe
Team HB Europe have come along way in the 6 months since they signed the likes of David Ronnefalk and Reno Savoya – last weekend at the 2015 Euros they had the more cars in the main final than anyone else (3), with David Ronnefalk claiming 2nd overall. The team have just now helpfully uploaded their final setups from the event which are available here.
Our Euros Coverage Sponsors HB Europe are providing updates and news from this year’s Euros as well as posting setup information, tips. Not only that but they announced a conversion kit for existing HB D812 customers to bring their shocks up to D815 spec. [Link] Follow the likes of David Ronnefalk, Reno Savoya, Teemu Leino and Jeremy Pittet’s progress in Italy as well.
Chassis: HB D815 Engine: Team Orion RS Fuel: Runnertime Tyres: AKA New unnamed tyre, longwear compound Radio & Servos: Ko Propo EX-1 | Ko Propo RSX2 Body & Wing: JConcepts Silencer body, Pro-Line Trifecta lexan wing Event: 2015 European Championships Notes: Running the rear shock tower from the original HB D8 which gives a more stable rear end and less roll. Longer chassis (+4mm) which improves handling in long fast corners. Carbon inserts in suspension arms, 20 degree caster blocks, running Pro-Line trifecta lexan wing with home made large wing end plates to satisfy EFRA rules.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.