Team Orion News

‘Superstar’ Ryan Maifield joins Orion


The cat is out of the bag! Team Orion is very excited to announce today their mystery “Superstar” driver. The superstar addition to the team is in fact top US Driver Ryan Maifield! Ryan will be utilizing all of Team Orion’s 1/10 and 1/8 Electric Products including Orion ESC’s, motors, batteries, servos and chargers through 2015.

Team Orion says, “Ryan brings great knowledge & experience to Team Orion. He will have a big part in our Research & Development on all Team Orion Electric Products. Throughout Maifield’s racing career, he has racked up 2 IFMAR Worlds TQ’s in 4wd Buggy, 6 IFMAR Worlds Podiums in 2wd/4wd Buggy, 11 ROAR National Championships, and countless other victories.”

Maifield will complete the, “Strong Six” in the US for Team Orion which also includes: Ryan Cavalieri, Jared Tebo, Dakotah Phend, Dustin Evans, and Ty Tessmann.

Ryan Maifield says, “I have always thought of Team Orion as the “bench mark” of quality and performance in the R/C industry. I told myself if I ever had the opportunity to race for Team Orion, I would do it. I’m extremely excited to start working with everyone at Team Orion and looking forward to showing what I can do with all their amazing equipment.”

“I would like to thank Team Orion President Philippe Neidhart, Team Orion World Team Manager Oscar Jansen, & Team Orion USA Team Manager Joe Pillars for this great opportunity.”

Source: Team Orion

Orion CRF RS Review: First Look


The Team Orion CRF project is one of the few real innovations that has shaken up the engine market in the last decade, with the acronym “CRF” standing for “Concept Ramela Fabrice”. The CRF engines feature a unique crankshaft designed by Monsieur Ramela, and further developed by World Championship winning competitors and designers including Adrien Bertin.

The CRF RS ABI features a 3-port design, ceramic bearing, and is built to win races.

Bertin, a skillful driver in both onroad and offroad, is a Frenchman from Paris who has a rare talent to improve and refine engines. After moving to Italy, home of some of the largest engine companies in the industry, Bertin turned the Team Orion CRF concept from a “side job” at the company into one of the most successful lineups of engines to date.

With that being said, we decided it was time we get our hands on one of these race-winning engines for a product test and review of our own. We were fortunate enough to get the opportunity (thanks to to try out the new “CRF RS Edition ABI” engine. This is a limited edition buggy engine based on that of the European Championship winning engine.

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Introducing the Orion Vortex R10.1

Introducing the Team Orion Vortex R10.1

It is to our understanding that the highly anticipated Vortex R10.1 competition 1/10th scale speed controller from Team Orion is due for release very shortly. Designed for use with 2S LiPos the follow up model to the already popular R10 features black anodizing combined with a carbon look, new generation FET for improved performance and customizable and update-able state of the art software.

It also uses a new and improved PCB design which reduces resistance and increases maximum available power, combined with a new refined software that offers even better control for the throttle and brakes. Full features can be found below.

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Many of our eager readers and clued up fans have noticed the subtle ascendancy of the new platform – a new venture, concept, patnership and platform between Reno Savoya and Team Orion (not dissimilar to the concept but with engines rather than tyres! offers a new way of promoting and distributing the Team Orion brand and in close association with nitro engine guru Adrien Bertin, he explains the ideas behind the new website and shop below. Which sets out to offer a complete package ‘Team Pack‘ or ‘Top Team Pack‘ to racers, whether beginners or experienced that will see them comfortably through a whole season, including a free additional engine – all pre run in and tuned by Adrien Bertin himself.

The concept stretches out to work with existing shops as well as being available worldwide within 72 hours of ordering – Have a watch of the video which explains it all below!


The CRF Concept explained

Former 1/8th and 1/10th World Champion and Team Orion CRF Project Manager Adrien Bertin explains the patented CRF engine concept.

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Factory re-tune your Orion

If like us you’re not the most skilled engine tuning specialist in the World, its handy to know how to return to those original factory settings before you began accidentally making the engine cough & splutter, thankfully Reno Savoya has heard our request and produced a useful video in association with Team Orion.

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Video: When to change piston/Sleeve

Team Orion continue to pimp out their nitro guru Adrien Bertin, in today’s short video we see Adrien explaining a very simple method of checking whether the piston/sleeve is still good. Two thumbs up!

Orion Vortex R8.1 Pro Speedo

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The Vortex R8.1 Pro is our new ESC designed specifically for sensor brushless 1/8 scale racing. Until today, 1/8 ESCs have not disposed of all the technologies available in high-end 1/10 ESCs, this is where the R8.1 Pro comes into play. Because it is based on our world championship winning

R10 Pro ESC, it features the same ground breaking performance, advanced programmable software, dual sensor port and machined aluminum case design.

You can now fit the latest ESC technology into your 1/8 scale car. The R8.1 Pro has been extensively tested by our R&D team to ensure that you get the same kind of performance that R10 Pro users have become accustomed to. Paired with one of our new 690 size VST2 motors, this ESC forms the ultimate 1/8 brushless power combo.

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How to disassemble your engine


Adrien Bertin shows you in this handy video how to disassemble a nitro engine the correct way, don’t forget to check out the new Orion cooling heads spotted at the Italian Job Race!

Bertin explains Orion’s ‘CRF’

Its Adrien Bertin day on NeoBuggy!

If like us, on occasion you may be a curious sole, might have wondered what the initials ‘CRF’ referred to on much of Team Orion’s gear and until recently Adrien Bertin’s racewear (according to the article below he’ll be wearing his new HB / HPI clobber which he got away with from the warehouse).

Anyway, predictably Adrien explains ‘CRF’ and what it means and what it does, sadly CRF doesn’t refer to Crazy Racing Fuel or Cats running Fast… but Concept Ramela Fabrice… Who knew!