Team Orion News

Team Orion appointed Absima as distributor

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Team Orion have announced that the German company Absima will be their new distributor in the area of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Absima will use their distribution strengths in Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg to make the World Championship winning products of Team Orion available to every dealer and hobbyist.

Team Orion is sure that ABSIMA is the right partner to strengthen the product supply and brand image of the World Championship winning brand in the mentioned area.

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New Team Orion HMX ESC firmwares & PC software

Team Orion have announced that new ESC firmwares and a new version of the PC software are available to download. The main difference is that you can now set the timing 1start down to 1’000rpm instead of 10’000rpm. This will result in more performance for boosted stock and slower mod motors. With the new firmware and the new PC software  you can also reset the settings to factory defaults. You must update the ESC and the PC software in order to use the new features. You can get the new PC software and firmware files by clicking here.

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Team Orion CRF 7 Port V3 Worlds Spec Edition engine & EFRA 2149 pipe

Team Orion have introduced the new CRF 7 Port V3 Worlds Spec Edition engine and the EFRA 2149 exhaust pipe. Developed all over the 2016 season with the collaboration of the US team, the new Team Orion 7 Port Worlds Spec Edition brings the best of what the most demanding racers need: power and maximum control. This edition is a complete review of the 7 Ports Factory Team Engine.

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RC Business Insights – Interview with Lorenz Schmid

Hirosaka, Cavalieri and Ronnefalk are big names of RC but have you heard of Schmid? The Swiss marketer signs responsible for many different tasks related to the Neidhart brands (Team Orion, HB Racing, Peak Racing, nVision, HMX). We have met Lorenz and talked with him about their latest developments, digital transformation, his career and his latest hobby where he just launched a crowdfunding campaign.

Probably every RC enthusiast in the world knows at least one of the Neidhart brands (Team Orion, HB Racing, Peak Racing, nVision, HMX). Can you explain what you are responsible for?

First, I would like to say that our boss Philippe Neidhart built up an extremely strong team since the founding of the company in 1987, with many of the members working for the company for more than 20 years. It is thanks to this team that we can work efficiently and react quickly to market changes. All my colleagues are very passionate and talented, and everyone has many different responsibilities; so have I. For Team Orion, Peak Racing, Nvision and HMX I am in charge of the marketing and the graphic design such as logo design, packaging design, the catalog and website or product photography. I am also grateful that I had the chance to develop the touch screen chargers for the brand, including product and software design. For HB Racing marketing I am working with Kent Clausen in the US who has accompanied the brand since its beginning at HPI. For all the brands as well as the Neidhart distribution activities in Switzerland, I oversee the IT and web activities which have become more and more important, as well as legal aspects like trademark and product design protections.

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Orion CRF 21 Factory RS V3 WC Edition

After David Ronnefalk’s victory at the World Championships in Las Vegas, Team Orion present the brand new WC edition CRF .21 3 Ports Factory RS V3 engine.

As all the other CRF engines also the WC edition features the patented CRF crankshaft (PAT EP 1 787 018) with a compressor-like technology. However this is the first Team Orion CRF engine which comes with a DLC treated, black crankshaft (Diamond-like carbon) for approved durability! Compared to the standard RS engine this model comes with a modified crankcase and tuned sleeve. All this gives you a different feeling with smoother response and higher mid-range and top speed. Also the mileage could be improved. 

The WC edition engine comes with a Ceramic high quality bearing and is available world-wide by now!

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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.