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Tessmann develops Avid D8T inserts


Avid has released their new Hot Bodies D8T Carbon Arm Inserts, developed and used by Ty Tessmann to win the 2014 Dirt Nitro Challenge, which offer your Truggy another great tuning feature by reducing the flex and twist in the arm. The carbon inserts starts as a 3.9mm thick piece which is milled down to 2mm thick, while leaving 6 islands still at 3.9mm, and to finish them up the islands are pocketed in the middle to 2mm to remove unnecessary weight. These inserts are installed on the bottom of the arm and the islands key around the molded ribs in the arm. Installing these pieces will take some personal time but as Ty will tell you, the rewards are worth it. With every set Avid is including the screws and the two drill bits needed to install them (2.52mm and 3.04mm).

Source: Avid

A Closer Look: Ty Tessmann’s D812


Ty Tessmann’s HB D812 has been the star of the Worlds so far so having already done an Under the Hood, we thought we’d take a closer look and lift the covers on Tessmann’s buggy with help from designer Torrance Deguzman.

Torrance showed us all the new parts which will be available soon as options for the D812, in a nutshell the only remaining legacy of the original 2008 Worlds-winning D8 buggy is the steering system, everything else is new since then. However, rather interestingly, all the new parts are reverse compatible with the old car.

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Under the Hood: Ty Tessmann


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Chassis: HB D812
Engine: OS B2101
Tyres: Pro-Line
Fuel: Nitrotane
Radio & Servos: Spektrum DX4R Pro, Spektrum
Body: Pro-Line ‘Type R’
Event: 2014 IFMAR World Championships – Giardini Naxos, Italy
Notes: Running a lot of new parts on the D812 for this event which will be available afterwards, one of the major changes is the Pro-Line lexan wing developed by Ty & Gord with Pro-Line as well as the new lighter weight wing mount from Torrance Deguzman. New rear gear box, new radio tray with larger receiver battery box & rear hubs with new geometry.

Ty is also running very trick wheel hubs with magnetic wheel nuts developed by family company 110% Racing, when used with the wheel wrench the nut won’t fall out of the wrench, see separate post. In the 2nd round of free practice on Saturday Ty also tried a slightly longer chassis. Gord also told us that they are running bone stock shocks, however the lower threads have been sanded down and removed and then polished.

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Hooks hooks Intergalactic double

Tyler Hooks

The Intergalactic Buggy Championship was hosted by RCHQ this past weekend. Tekin team driver, Tyler Hooks, finished up with an out of this world TQ and win in both 2wd and 4wd modified buggy classes. In addition to a double victory in the 1/10 scale department, Hooks finished a successful 2nd in 1/8 E-Buggy and 4th in 1/8 Pro Nitro Buggy.

Source: Tekin

Avid reveals new D413 alu chassis set

Avid D413 Chassis

Avid R/C has released a sneak peek of their all-new Hot Bodies D413 aluminum chassis set. This fresh new design is said to be “almost ready for production” according to Avid, and we are certainly anxious to see it in person. The chassis set will feature an updated ballast weight system and Avid is integrating some touring car technology into offroad by offering an optional floating servo mount.

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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

d8 radio tray

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.

Source: Tekin, Photo courtesy of

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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