Team Orion News

Cody King teams up with HB Racing

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HB Racing have announced the signing of the 2010 IFMAR 1/8 Nitro Buggy World Champion Cody King to their Factory team for 2017 and beyond. Cody brings his vast racing experience to the team, and he’ll be attending races around the world campaigning his HB Racing cars. Cody stated:

“It’s exciting to join the HB Racing team, and be reunited with Philippe Neidhart, Adrien Bertin, and David Ronnefalk. Clearly the platform has potential after winning 3 of the last 5 Worlds, including the last 2 in a row. The Team Orion engines have only improved over the last few years, and I won the Pattya Worlds with Team Orion power. It feels like a fresh start with a great team, and I’m looking forward to 2017 and beyond.”

Team Orion HMX10 speed controller: HMX Technology inside

Team Orion have introduced the new HMX10 speed controller with brand new HMX® Technology inside. Team Orion is a world-renowned manufacturer of World Championship winning batteries, chargers, motors and ESCs. Since their first release in 2012, the Swiss brand’s Vortex R10 and R10.1 Pro ESC have dominated almost every major off-road event in the USA, won several European Championships and taken home World Championship titles in on-road and off-road categories.

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Riccardo Berton leaves Team Orion

In a surprise ‘late’ move after the typical ‘silly season’ has come to an end, or rather early pre-season move, Italian frontrunner Riccardo Berton announced his departure from Swiss engine sponsor Team Orion.

“Today It’s time to start a new adventure! I have to say an HUGE thanks to Adrien Bertin and to all Team Orion for the support in the last 3 years!!
See you on the track!”

The announcement and timing comes as a slight surprise given Adrien Bertin’s successful track record of guiding and nurturing talent to win Championships, a commonly heard phrase in the pits hailing Berton ‘as the next Ronnefalk’ – 3 years junior to the new World Champion, and with a similar career progression and expected trajectory. 

However 2017 will offer up fresh challenges, LRP have been linked with the Italian driver, although given their close relationship to fellow Italian Davide Ongaro one wonders if another home would seem likelier. 

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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