Exotek Racing has just released their new heavy duty 7075 precision machined alloy caster hubs for the Hot Bodies D413. Machined down to 5.5 grams per hub for lightness, but are designed to be much stronger and stiffer than the stock plastic hubs for optimum suspension action and reduced play. Polished and anodized in factory orange, and laser etched for easy left/right identification. The new hubs match stock geometry and accommodates a set screw (not included) for the hinge pin.
Round 3 of the Laliwarehouse 2015 EP Offroad Series took place recently, and saw the young superstar Jonathan Yeung (13 years old) take a dominating victory in all four classes offered. Yeung set the pace by taking TQ in 1/8 E-Buggy, 1/8 Tekno Cup, 1/10 4wd Buggy, and 1/10 4wd SCT classes. The youngster went on to take convincing wins in all four A-Main finals. Yeung has made quite a name for himself in 2015, and will be seen running the IFMAR Worlds at Yatabe Arena in a few short months.
The 1/10 European Championships are right around the corner, held at Robin Hood Raceway in the UK.
Follow Team HB at the 2015 1/10th EP Off Road Championship. You’ll find daily reports, results, in-depth tech info, setup sheets and interviews of Team HB factory drivers on HBEurope’s blog throughout the event. Stay tuned.
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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!
Photos by Matokiller Graphics
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.
Photos: Upgrade RC & Jason Snyder
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.
See also David Ronnefalk’s Under the Hood
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.
For more, see HB Europe Blog
David Ronnefalk (Sweden), 19
Chassis: HB D815
Engine: Team Orion RS
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.
Ty Tessmann (Canada), 22
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.