Team Orion News

Dakota Phend wins 2016 Reedy Race

Reedy International Off-Road Race podium

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The 2016 Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions was held this past weekend at OC R/C Raceway in beautiful Huntington Beach, California for its 3rd consecutive year. The Invitational class would again be limited to the 30 best qualified drivers from around the World. After all 6 rounds of Invitational 2wd Buggy were raced, Dustin Evans leading the way with 7 points. Dakotah Phend was just 1 point behind with 8 points. Ryan Maifield, Ryan Cavalieri, & Jared Tebo all were just 3 points out of the lead and in the hunt with 10 points.

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Team Orion Advantage Touch Duo V-Max charger

Team Orion Advantage Touch Duo V-Max

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Team Orion improves the range of the Advantage Touch chargers with the Advantage Touch Duo V-Max. For 2016 Team Orion has updated the Touch Duo by adding a LiPo HV charge mode. LiPo HV batteries, like the LiPo V-Max batteries, require a charge end voltage of 4.35V/cell (vs 4.2V/cell for regular LiPo). The 200W integrated power supply allows charge currents of up to 10A and fast charging of any type of battery. You can simultaneously charge, discharge, store, cycle or balance any combination of LiPo/LiPoHV/LiFe/NiMH/NiCd/Pb batteries.

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Team Orion Carbon Pro V-Max & V-Max HV LiPo

7.6V V-Max Rocket Packs Team Orion

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Team Orion complete their range of LiPo battery with the Carbon Pro V-Max “Outlaw“ HV Racing and the V-Max Rocket.

The Carbon Pro V-Max 110C is the latest evolution of a range of racing batteries produced for over 25 years. In the 90’s we developed the V-Max process to enhance NiMH battery performance and achieve outstanding results at competitions. Now, V-Max battery enhancement technology is back for LiPo batteries. The new Carbon Pro V-Max LiPo batteries have a higher nominal voltage (3.8V vs 3.7V) and can be charged up to 4.35V/Cell. The higher voltage allows for more performance and more capacity for the same battery size. Clic here to see all Carbon Pro V-Max 110C configurations.

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Team Orion Vortex VST2 Pro Mg

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Team Orion presents their new Vortex VST2 Pro Mg 540 and 690 size brushless motor, a lightweight motor with magnesium case for 1/10 and 1/8 cars.

The Vortex VST2 Pro Mg motor case is made out of magnesium! In our quest to save weight, using magnesium for our VST 2 Pro competition motors was a natural choice. Magnesium is 33% lighter than aluminum with similar or superior mechanical characteristics, it widely used in automotive racing, aircraft and spacecraft manufacturing, a true space age material. Reducing weight is beneficial to the car’s handling and the motor makes up a good part of the car’s total weight.

The Vortex VST2 Pro Mg is manufactured using the world championship winning VST2 Pro technology and features the latest developments in brushless motor technology. Clic here to see the new Team Orion catalog.

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Dakotah Phend re-signed with TLR

Dakotah Phend re-signed TLR

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Team Losi Racing is proud to announce american star Dakotah Phend has signed a two year contract extension with Horizon Hobby. It’s hard to believe that 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of his first signing with Team Losi Racing. In that time, Dakotah has positioned himself as one of the elite drivers in the world and earned the nick name “The Phenom”.

With over ten ROAR National titles, numerous IFMAR Worlds finals appearances and countless other major event wins before the age of twenty…we’d say he’s earned it!

Dakotah will continue his long running use of Spektrum Pro level radio systems and high-performance servos. He has used Spektrum since the inception of the first pro level transmitter and trusts Spektrum reliability and performance to deliver more wins. He will also continue to rely on world championship winning Team Orion products carried exclusively by Horizon Hobby. From everyone at Team Losi Racing, Spektrum and Team Orion, thanks for the outstanding race performances and we look forward to more in the years to come!

Ryan Maifield continues with Orion

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Team Orion has just released information that confirms what we have unveiled here. Ryan Maifield continues with the World Champion manufacturing only in Electric.

Team Orion is very happy to announce that Ryan Maifield has just signed a 2-year contract extension with Team Orion and will continue to use all our 1/10 & 1/8 electric products. Since originally joining Team Orion halfway through 2014, Ryan and Team Orion have enjoyed these big Wins in just a short time:

  • 2014 Surf City Classic – 2wd Modified Buggy, 4wd Modified Buggy, & 1/8 Electric Buggy Champion
  • 2014 J-Concepts Indoor National Series – 2wd Modified Buggy, 4wd Modified Buggy, & 2wd Modified Short Couse Overall Series Champion
  • 2015 Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions – 2wd/4wd Modified Buggy Invitational Champion
  • 2015 The Dirt Nitro Challenge – 1/8 Nitro Buggy Champion
  • 2015 Cactus Classic – Modified Truck & 2wd Modified Short Course Champion
  • 2015 Silver State Nitro Challenge – 1/8 Nitro Truggy Champion
  • 2015 NeoBuggy Challenge – 1/8 Nitro Buggy Dash 4 Cash Champion
  • 2015 ROAR 1/8 Electric Off-Road Nationals – 1/8 Electric Buggy & 1/8 Electric Truggy National Champion
  • 2015 Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout – 2wd Modified Buggy & 4wd Modified Buggy Champion
  • 2015 Surf City Classic – 2wd Modified Buggy Champion
  • 2015 J-Concepts Indoor National Series Finale – 2wd Modified Buggy & 4wd Modified Buggy Champion

Tanner Denney goes to TLR

Team Losi Racing Tanner Denney

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Team Losi Racing is proud to announce the signing of Tanner Denney to its Factory Team. Denney brings years of experience and race winning results to the team including countless JConcepts Indoor National wins, KBRL Series wins, ROAR National finalist and the coveted Reedy Race Open Class Champion…just to name a few. Denney will once again be teammates with one of his local mentors, Ryan Maifield. Maifield took Denney under his wing at a young age and helped groom him into the talented superstar he is today. With these to two drivers working on the same team once again, it will push both of them even harder to go faster and achieve more.
To round out the deal, Denney will be making the switch to run the new Spektrum servos in all of his 1/10 and 1/8 vehicles. In the horsepower department, Denney will also be making a change to the World Championship winning Team Orion and will use all 1/10 & 1/8 electric products for 2016.

Ty Tessmann continues with Team Orion

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Team Orion is also very excited to announce that Ty Tessmann has just signed a 2-year contract extension with Team Orion and will continue to take advantage of all our 1/10 & 1/8 Electric Products!

Since originally joining Team Orion in 2013, Ty has built up quite the racing resume that includes these major accomplishments:

  • 2013 Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout – 4wd Modified Buggy Champion
  • 2013 ROAR 1/10 Electric Off-Road Nationals – 4wd Modified Buggy National Champion
  • 2013 IFMAR 1/10 Off-Road World Championships – 4wd Modified Buggy – 3rd Overall
  • 2014 The Neo Race- 1/8 Electric Buggy Champion
  • 2014 Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout – 4wd Modified Buggy Champion
  • 2014 ROAR 1/10 Electric Off-Road Nationals – 4wd Modified Buggy National Champion
  • 2015 The Dirt Nitro Challenge – 1/8 Electric Buggy Champion
  • 2015 Cactus Classic – 2wd Modified Buggy Champion
  • 2015 The Neo Race- 1/8 Electric Buggy Champion

Ryan Maifield due for engine switch?

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A big story may be brewing in the shape of an imminent engine switch for TLR’s Ryan Maifield – spotted TQ’ing and winning the annual Toys for Tots event at Thunder Alley RC Raceway in Beaumont, CA with a nitro powerplant that suspiciously appears to be a REDS engine, despite being signed to Team Orion.

Rumours have persisted that Maifield might be on the verge of a change in his nitro programme, however with the ‘silly season’ all but dormant, this news might kickstart the annual festivities – its rare to see a driver race in public with another brand’s engine – heavily suggesting he might be heading towards a REDS drive in 2016.

Adding further weight to the proposed departure from Orion and link up with REDS was that the photo is from Ryan Maifield’s own page on Facebook, almost comic in fueling the gossip-sayers however was the lack of Maifield (& engine)  from the official podium photos!

Watch this space…

 

Kyosho & Orion sign Nolan Anderson

Kyosho America Nolan Anderson

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Rising star Nolan Anderson appears to have attracted the attention from a couple of industry heavyweights with Kyosho America snapping him up and Orion following suit, aligning the ‘brand idendity’ he’ll be running.

Kyosho America & Team Orion are excited to announce the signing of Nolan Anderson to the Race Team. Nolan has made countless A-Mains throughout his racing career and highlighted last year when he finished 3rd overall at the Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions in the Open 2wd Modified Buggy class.

Look for Nolan to make his official Kyosho/Team Orion debut at the 2016 Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions hosted by OC R/C Raceway in Huntington Beach, California in January.