Team Orion News

Team Orion tease HMX technology

Team Orion have unveiled a teaser image of their forthcoming  brushless speed controller “Intel HMX Inside”. The ESC seems to have a low profile, with a compact head cooler without fan which suggests it heats very little.

We know that one ESC “HMX” has been used at the Winter Cup in Italy with succès because it was already on the Ty Tessmann’s E817 which won the race.

More information will be available soon.

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Dakotah Phend sweeps CRCRC Winter Midwest Champs

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Last weekend were held the 30th annual CRCRC Winter Midwest Championships at The Ohio R/C Factory. Over 330 drivers attended to the race. Team Orion’s Dakotah Phend, Jared Tebo and Aaron Korhman will share the TQ: 2wd Modified Buggy, 4wd Modified Buggy and 2wd Modified SC for Phend, Modified Truck for Tebo and 4×4 Modified SCT for Korhman. In the finals Phend was able to win all classes except the Mod Truck which will be won by his teammate Tebo and the 4×4 Mod SCT which will be won by Aaron Korhmann. In 2WD Mod Buggy A-mains Phend takes the win in front of Ryan Cavalieri in second and Tebo in third.

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Dakotah Phend continues with Team Orion (electric)

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Team Orion have announced that Dakotah Phend re-signed to another 2 year contract for 2017-2018. This will be Dakotah’s 7th and 8th consecutive year racing with Team Orion. For the 2017-2018 race season, Dakotah will use only 1/10 and 1/8 electric racing products. Team Orion USA team manager Joe Pillars has the following to say about the deal:

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Dakotah Phend confirms Team Orion (nitro) departure

Confirming our previous post, Dakotah Phend announced today he had parted ways with long term nitro engine sponsor Team Orion,

After many years and lots of success with team Orion, I have decides to part ways with them on the Nitro side of my program.I have had lots of success and learned a ton from Adrien Crf Bertin.

I want to wish him and Orions nitro program nothing but the best as they are truly great people and put in tons of work! Excited to announce my future nitro program for this year!”

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Thomas Musso joins Team Orion

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6mik, Team Orion distributor in France, have announced the signing of Thomas Musso to their team for 2017. The TLR driver, 2016 french champion in 1/8 E-Truggy and multi-time finalist at the Pierrefeu GP will use the products of the World champion brand in his 2017 campaign that will include the french national championship, and some international events. Thomas has the following to say:

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Interview with HB Racing & Team Orion’s Adrien Bertin

Hi Adrien, thank you for giving us this interview. We’d like to cover a few topics with you; First off, can you explain a bit more on your position and dual role for HB racing and Team Orion ?

Hi everybody , It’s my pleasure to give some answers to Neobuggy readers!

I know many people wonder how it works so I will try to give some explanation on this. Since I joined Team Orion, I am in charge of making everything happen related to nitro engine side. From development, production, sales, team and so on. During this year, our company Neidhart SA had to step in and save the HB brand for which we were European distributor. Philippe (Neidhart) decided to jump into this new venture and as I was already linked to the brand, I wanted to be part of it.

“Many of the drivers on the market have a wrong perception of what this sector is bringing in terms of economic return…”

Although it brought a lot of extra work, it was worthy in regards of what we did in the past 6 months…. . So I am also today HB product manager and I work closely with Torrance Deguzman to make the new products happening. But I handle both projects separately.

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Dakotah Phend leaving Team Orion ?


Word on the rather gridlocked Gossip Straße is that TLR‘s star driver Dakotah Phend may be heading towards the stage exit at Team Orion. The ‘Phenom’ having raced with the celebrated Swiss company for much of his blossoming Pro racing career since 2008.

Phend hitting the offroad headlines for some his unique charging drives and battles at the front with peers such as Tessmann & Co, this is the latest gossip adding yet another chapter to what many are calling the ‘craziest silly season ever’, with no less than all top 6-7 ranked drivers expected to make at least one change heading into 2017’s interim nitro Worlds season.

According to the rumours, we hear Dakotah is switching both his nitro and electric programmes from Team Orion, unlike current team mate Ryan Maifield who elected to continue running for Orion in electric only.

Ryan Cavalieri sweeps 2016 Top Gun Shootout


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Last weekend was held the 2016 Team Associated Top Gun Shootout at the SDRC track in San Diego, CA. After qualifying was complete, Team Orion factory driver Ryan Cavalieri would take the TQ in 2wd Modified Buggy and Modified Truck. He would also qualify a close 2nd in 4wd Modified Buggy behind his Team Associated teammate Spencer Rivkin. Cavalieri went onto Win A-Mains 1 and 2 of 2wd Modified Buggy to take home his 1st title of the weekend. Cavalieri then won A-Mains 2 and 3 of 4wd Modified Buggy to take home his 2nd title. Cavalieri finished off the weekend in style by taking the convincing win in the Modified Truck single A-Main.